CARRIER JOBS AND EUPHEMISMS

You know Carrier. It’s that air conditioning/furnace place in Indiana that was going to move 2,100 jobs to Mexico. During the campaign, Donald Trump promised that Carrier would do no such thing, go no such place. After the campaign Mr. Trump presumably forgot about Carrier.

Until someone said something. This is the way it is with Mr. Trump. He says whatever he wants, then forgets about it until someone brings it up again, then tailors his response based on what people around him tell him to do.

Like with Carrier. Someone said, “No, they’re not moving our jobs, because Trump!” And Trump went, “Oh, wait, they believed me?” Then Trump explained, “I didn’t really mean it. I was euphemizing is all.” But then someone must’ve explained to him that “promise” has a particular meaning, and he was all, “Oh, I didn’t know.”

So, he called the guy who runs the company that owns Carrier. Said head-honcho of United Technologies met with Mike Pence at Trump Tower this week, and the two of them worked out a deal wherein United Technologies gets perks for agreeing to keep some of those jobs here in the USA.

Weird, isn’t it, that an agreement between the Governor of Indiana and a company doing business in Indiana gets hashed out in New York City at Trump Tower?

Weird, isn’t it, that Indiana’s not-resigning-yet (January is soon enough!) Governor is already spending his precious time cleaning up after Mr. Trump’s broken and almost-broken and I-didn’t-really-mean-that “promises” (“euphemisms”) when he’s supposed to be doing the transition team full-time.

Our suggestion is that Mr. Pence be more, not less involved, with the President-Elect’s day-to-daying. For example, today, he should have stepped in and said, “No, sir. Don’t take that call from Taipei. Let it go to voicemail already.”

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Sharon Hambrick grew up in Fundamentalist Christianity and still "defaults" Fundy much of the time, to her own consternation. A licensed California lawyer, mother of five, wife of one, writer, inveterate road-tripper, and burgeoning feminist Democrat, Sharon wept away November 9, but woke up on November 10 determined to do something. When the idea of a Pence Watch was presented to her, she eagerly hopped on board.
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