[Marxism] Fwd: Can Trump Save Their Jobs? They’re Counting on It - The New York Times

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Nov 12 08:29:46 MST 2016

By the time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 
108 years this month, Paul Roell was already asleep. He did not stay up 
to see Barack Obama win the presidency in 2008, or watch in 2000 as the 
margin of votes separating George W. Bush and Al Gore in Florida shrank 
to the vanishing point.

After all, he has to clock in daily at 5:30 a.m. at the 
soon-to-be-shuttered Carrier factory here, where he has worked 17 years.

But shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday, when the networks projected that 
Donald J. Trump would be the next president of the United States, Mr. 
Roell was wide awake. His wife, Stephanie, was up, too, and they 
exchanged high fives in the wee hours.

In fact, Mr. Roell was so keyed up, he did not sleep at all that night 
and headed straight to the plant before sunrise, bleary-eyed but 
euphoric. “I don’t watch sports, but this was my World Series,” he said.

It is precisely this level of enthusiasm, from Mr. Roell and millions of 
like-minded Americans, that pollsters and the campaign of Hillary 
Clinton did not appreciate, even though it was vividly on display in 
February after a video went viral showing furious Carrier workers here 
learning from management that their jobs would be going abroad.

Carrier’s decision to move the factory to Monterrey, Mexico, will 
eliminate 1,400 jobs by 2019. Mr. Trump quickly made the factory Exhibit 
A in his argument against the trade policies of Republicans and 
Democrats alike.

He cited Carrier again and again on the campaign trail, threatening to 
phone executives at the company and its parent, United Technologies, and 
to hit them with 35 percent tariffs on any furnaces and air-conditioners 
they imported from Mexico. To the cheers of his supporters, he predicted 
at rallies that Carrier would call him up as president and say, “Sir, 
we’ve decided to stay in the United States.”

Now his supporters expect action. “If he doesn’t pass that tariff, I 
will vote the other way next time,” warned Nicole Hargrove, who has 
worked at Carrier for a decade and a half and is not certain what she 
will do if and when her job goes to Mexico.


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