I’ve been amazed by the amount that the Donald has accomplished before becoming President. He’s been picking off the low-hanging fruit as far as companies who might keep or move jobs here. Not good policy to do individual deals, but then he can’t set policy yet, he’s not President. And the deals have established that he is serious about keeping his word.
However, I’ve been a bit concerned about the Pre-President’s habit of promising future tax and regulatory benefits to companies in order to get them to either keep or move jobs here in the US. For example, the big man at Ford, CEO Mark Fields, said of their decision:
“As you can imagine, we look at a lot of different factors and one is that we feel it’s going to be a positive business environment under President-elect Trump, particularly for manufacturing,” Fields said. “We are confident that he’s going to be able to deliver on that and that does play a part. It did play a part in those decisions.”
Now, up until today I’ve been thinking that making all of these promises before even getting into office might come back to bite Trump on the lazarette. I mean, there’s a lot that can happen between now and delivering on those promises. And if he can’t come through on the things he’s promised to say Ford, folks will not be happy.
But today I realized that there is another side to this that I hadn’t been considering. This is what will happen when the legislative rubber meets the road. At that point Trump will have to actually pass the enabling laws. And of course, when he starts to shepherd legislation through Congress he is sure to encounter opposition from various factions.
And that’s when Trump’s long game finally comes into play. At that point, if he’s being opposed by a Congressperson from say Michigan, Trump can say
“Gosh … I wonder what the Ford workers will say when they see they might lose their jobs because you’re obstructing the pro-business environment I promised the Ford CEO …”
And of course, if the Congressperson still balks, the Tweeter-In-Chief can rally the faithful by tweeting to the Ford workers that their jobs are in jeopardy, call their Congressman …
As a sometime practitioner of the art of the slow roll myself, I do admire a man who is playing a long game.
It’s a fascinating time to be alive …
Regards to each and every one,