RUSH: So what was your reaction when you heard that Carrier was going to keep a thousand jobs in the United States after talking to Trump? What was your reaction? I mean, you’re standing up and cheering, right? You’re saying, “My gosh, this is really happening! I mean, this is just flat-out cool. Somebody campaigned on something that nobody else has ever even tried to do and pulls it off even before he is inaugurated.”
RUSH: Let’s just get to the news here. “Trump to Announce Carrier Plant Will Keep Jobs in U.S.” This is the New York Times, a seething and very unhappy New York Times. “From the earliest days of his campaign, Donald J. Trump made keeping manufacturing jobs in the United States his signature economic issue, and the decision by Carrier, the big air-conditioner company, to move over 2,000 of them from Indiana to Mexico was a tailor-made talking point for him on the stump.”
See? He didn’t mean it! It was just a talking point. Trump was lying. Trump had no intention of trying to save these jobs. Trump was just making fools of the rubes that were supporting him. But the next paragraph: “On Thursday, Mr. Trump and Mike Pence, Indiana’s governor and the vice president-elect, plan to appear at Carrier’s Indianapolis factory to announce a deal with the company to keep roughly 1,000 jobs in the state, according to officials with the transition team as well as Carrier.
“Mr. Trump will be hard-pressed to alter the economic forces that have hammered the Rust Belt for decades, but forcing Carrier and its parent company, United Technologies, to reverse course is a powerful tactical strike that will hearten his followers even before he takes office.” So see how the New York Times is looking at this? Remember, now, who these people are. These are leftists. These are doom-and-gloomers. America’s best days are behind us, and we just are wrapping up eight years of the best, the most competent, the most brilliant president ever — and if he wasn’t able to fix anything, nobody can fix it.
This is the mind-set. And at the New York Times, at CNN, at the LA Times, at NBC (doesn’t matter where), Obama’s great, and if Obama couldn’t fix it, it can’t be fixed because America’s in the midst of a massive transformation which includes a decline. The smartest people Obama could find have been working on this via the stimulus plan and any number of things. It can’t happen. That’s why they say here, “Mr. Trump will be hard-pressed to alter the economic forces that have hammered the Rust Belt for decades…”
Why, well, if Obama couldn’t do it, I mean, certainly Trump can’t! They start laughing. So, to them, the Carrier deal — which saves a thousand jobs — is nothing more than a tactical strike that will increase the loyalty Trump supporters have for him, but it isn’t gonna really mean anything, see? And this is how the left looks at the things. They look at things… They give themselves away. They don’t really seek to accomplish things, but they want people to think they have. So they report things or characterize things.
Wow, that’s a brilliant tactical strike! What a brilliant speech that was! But it’s all designed, in the left, to fool as many people as they can. That’s their game. They can’t be honest, so they have to fool people, and they largely fool people by telling them how much they care. Well, you watch. This is arrogant ignorance. “”Mr. Trump will be hard-pressed to alter the economic forces that have hammered the Rust Belt for decades…”Well, they can be fixed. The reason that they’re broken is because we’ve had too much government run by people that don’t know what goes on in the Rust Belt.
We’ve had academicians. We’ve had theoreticians. We’ve had all of these brilliant, pointy-head think tank people that never spent a day in the Rust Belt, much less in the private sector, opining from the faculty lounge or wherever they repose, claiming that, “Well, those days and those industries and those jobs, they’re long gone! We don’t have any prayer. It’s just part of the transformation of America. We must accept the decline and move on.” You watch.
The Commerce secretary and the Treasury secretary that Trump announced yesterday have promised three to four percent economic growth. They damn well are gonna fix the Rust Belt. That’s the whole point here. They’re gonna lower taxes. They’re gonna come up with incentives to inspire a rebirth of the private sector economy. That’s what this is all about, domestic policy, anyway. That’s what the immigration policy is gonna be about. It’s about reviving a moribund domestic economy, which the left has given up on.
They prefer the government running as much of the economy as they can, anyway, ’cause they think people in the private sector are the ones that don’t know what they’re doing or they are cheats or they are liars or they scam people. The only intelligent people are in think tanks and in government and the faculty lounge, don’t you know. So the New York Times… I’ll tell you what’s developing here. The Trump agenda is gonna succeed wildly. The Never Trumpers and the leftists are gonna witness it, and they’re not going to know how to react to it.
And they’re gonna get even more out of control as Trump succeeds. He’s putting great people in these positions, folks. He’s putting people that know how to fix what’s wrong. He’s putting people in there who know how markets work and are prepared to establish policies, which is largely gonna be just getting government out of the way so that markets can function. On immigration, you know what they’re gonna do? The first thing they’re gonna do, is they’re just gonna start enforcing the law. Do you realize the big difference that will make in immigration?
They don’t need a new comprehensive immigration bill. They just need some people — and Sessions is the guy — to enforce existing law, which is not being done right now. So the New York Times firmly believes that Trump can’t, because Obama couldn’t do it. Obama tried. He saved the automobile industry, had the stimulus package, rebuilding roads and bridges and infrastructure! Obama really cared. He cared about this more than the Republicans do, and still we are stagnating with economic growth that doesn’t even reach 1%.
We haven’t had two successive quarters with economic growth anywhere, in between 2% and 2.5% for eight years, because we don’t have an administration that knows how it works. We got people in this administration who resent what is called the private sector. They resent private business. They consider people in private business to be cheats, scam artists, kill their customers, destroy the planet. That’s how they look at them. Trump doesn’t, obviously.
But I just am gonna be patiently waiting for Trump’s economic policies to pay off, which really are no more complicated than this: You get rid of ridiculous and onerous regulations. You get rid of roadblocks and obstacles that have been placed in the way by government. Basically, you just get government out of the way, and you turn the market over to people who are incentivized — because they’re human beings — to do well. Just turn the market over! Just let markets work; let people run their magic, do their magic with ’em. That’s all it takes.
It’s all we’ve ever said.
It doesn’t take brilliant policies.
It doesn’t take gobs and gobs of legislation.
It just requires government getting out of the way.
People will take care of their own self-interests. Liberals don’t trust that because to them “self-interest” is “selfishness,” and that’s not good, because then liberal voters get screwed, in their minds, because liberals haven’t taught their voters how to be self-sufficient. And this is gonna be… It may even end up being a reenactment of sorts of the robust economic growth of 1980s. But against the backdrop of the media and the Democrats saying it’s not possible because if Obama couldn’t do it, nobody else can do it. Obama’s the smartest! Hillary didn’t win. She could have done it. Trump’s a boob, doesn’t know what he’s doing.
When it works, it’s gonna be juicy to watch these people’s reaction.
RUSH: No, no. It’s a major theme. This is why I’m gonna have to spend some time on this. On the cutting edge of societal evolution here. What I say is if you listen regularly here, you’re going to be aware of things before they hit the mainstream — and I’m telling you that this whole theme that democracy itself is imperiled, that the Constitution itself hangs in the balance because of the election of Donald Trump? It started pre-election in the New York Times by a writer, a lecturer at Harvard. Not a professor, a lecturer.
He has since written again with data to prove it, citing the surveys of young people who claim that they’re not that concerned if democracy went by the wayside. The clear effort here is to present the election of Trump and the people who elected Trump — not just Trump, but the people who elected him — as a clear and present danger and threat to the very existence of our country. You must keep in mind that the people trying to gin up this fear are the very people who have spent the last eight years trying to do just that!
They have been trying to subvert and suborn the Constitution. They have been claiming publicly they were transforming America away from its founding because our founding was unjust and immoral with racism and sexism and bigotry and homophobia and all of that. Now they’re back claiming that Trump poses this threat as do his voters, as does his voter base. So I’m gonna have to get to that. They’re already fundraising off of this, so I’ll spend some time on it as we continue.
RUSH: Do you remember how all the experts at the Associated Press and the rest of the Drive-By Media said that Trump would never be able to stop companies like Carrier from moving to Mexico? And they said that if he tried, he would be acting like a tinhorn dictator? I remember it very clearly. They said, “Presidents don’t have this kind of power. They don’t have this accuse ability. Presidents can’t browbeat these companies into doing things.” What did they think Obama was doing? What did they think the cronyism is?
The argument here that probably is gonna be raised. There are gonna be people that try to poke holes here, and you’re gonna have people say, “Hey…” By the way, make book on this. You’re going to see stories, “Well, Obama was already working on this. Obama was already working on Carrier. Trump came along, and he’s taken the credit for it as usual, but it was really Obama who did it.” There are gonna be people who try to make that claim. There will be others who will say that this is why we need to be worried about Trump, because this is dictator-type stuff.
“This is a guy who went in there and was threatening an American corporation, threatening them with things, and that’s not empowered in the Constitution! He can’t.” After eight years of Obama and his cronyism, with CEOs from various companies like solar and wind, this is what happens. This is one of the fears, by the way, that people had, if I may be blunt with you. Obama opened the door to all of this. Obama is the guy who paved the road that runs around the Constitution. He did it constantly. He did it with executive orders. He did it by way of ignoring existing law, because Obama knew that nobody was gonna hold him accountable.
The Republicans had announced they weren’t gonna impeach. The Republicans… Even Mitch McConnell going into this calendar year announced that they weren’t gonna try to stop anything Obama was going to try to accomplish legislatively because they didn’t want to create any negative reporting for whoever their nominee was. So Obama had smooth sailing this whole year. He knew nobody was gonna stop him.
Well, now, since Obama has paved the road, the road is still there, and if Trump wants to take it, are the Democrats gonna try to stop him? It’s like the filibuster in the Senate. There’s already… There’s a senator from I think it’s Delaware. I could be wrong about this, but there’s a senator, a Democrat who’s already publicly lamenting what they did to make it harder for Republicans to stop Obama nominees, because now the shoe’s on the other foot, it’s come back to bite ’em. The things they did now also apply to President-Elect Trump, making it easier for him to get his nominees approved.
And in this case, the Republicans have more votes than the Democrats had in the Senate anyway. Obama got his people for the most part because the Republicans stood down. They had the votes in many cases to stop Obama. They just didn’t want to fight it, for all of the reasons that we have discussed. So, anyway, the bottom line here, the upshot is that Trump announces Carrier is going to keep half of the jobs they were gonna move to Mexico here in Indiana. And that’s all people are gonna hear.
And Trump is going to receive all kinds of credit, and what people are gonna say about this — particularly people who live there in the so-called Rust Belt, but even people who don’t. This is gonna validate their decision to support somebody from totally outside the political system. The political system is made up like all giant organizations that have been together and operating for decades and decades. The things that evolve out of major organizations like that, the things the top of the list are, “We can’t do that, can’t do that. No, we can’t do it that way. No, no, no. Can’t do that.”
Those are the things that rise to the surface in bureaucracies, because bureaucracies have to lose their energy. They lose their desire to accomplish things. They don’t have to! They’ve got what they want. They have their bureaucracy. It’s untouchable; it’s unassailable. They have their standard of living. They have their benefits. You know, why rock the boat? Why work hard? So the prevailing thing, “Can’t do that that way. No, no. You can’t do that. No, no, no.” And that’s the predominant attitude.
Here comes Trump, who doesn’t know any of that. He’s not been in politics. Trump would not be Trump if the area in which he worked featured as its identifying slogan, “You can’t do it that way,” or, “You can’t do it, period.” Trump doesn’t come from that. He comes from a place where you can do what you want to do. You give it a shot. You try to accomplish whatever you think needs to be done you put the people around you to get it done, and this is gonna become obvious to people that the political system has become a standstill.
It has become a roadblock in and of itself, and the Carrier deal is as simple as anything to understand. The way it’s gonna be seen is here’s a guy who said during the campaign that he was going to try to keep these jobs in the United States — and even before being inaugurated, he did it. That’s all they’re gonna see. They’re not gonna care about what ramifications might be involved in terms of the Constitution, did Trump literally have the power or not. Those are open-ended arguments anyway, the idea that presidents can’t cajole and can’t try to persuade.
I don’t know where that comes from. I think the worry is that they’re going to behave dictatorially and tell people like Carrier, “Well, if you move those jobs, you go ahead, but we’re gonna make sure you pay taxes and tariffs out the wazoo.” Well, there are objectives. Trump wants to get them done. He knows how he gets them done in his world — and he is not of politics. This is the thing that the media and the Democrat Party is gonna take the longest time learning. They are going to continue to misunderstand Donald Trump.
They are going to misinterpret. They’re gonna make major, major mistakes — tactically, strategically — because they still do not know how to view Donald Trump. They’re trying to plug Trump into the existing political system that they designed and they developed. And people in it — candidates, presidents — all have predictable roles to play with the media, with business, with Congress. And they’re trying to plug Trump into that, and Trump doesn’t know that. He doesn’t know those rules, and he doesn’t care about them.
He’s not in this to succeed and dominate the political system. He’s in this — in his own words — to make America great. And to him, the political system and all of these bureaucracies and all these people saying, “You can’t do that! You can’t do this!” those are the obstacles to him, and he’s finding ways around them, and that’s annoying as it can be to them and very frightening, if they can so easily be circumvented, that their system can be relegated such inconsequentiality. I mean, Trump doesn’t even need to be president to get this done?
But even with all of this evidence right in front of them, they’re going to continue to misjudge and misunderstand who Trump is. They’re gonna cover him — the media’s gonna cover him — in the standard, ordinary way they cover all politicians. They’re gonna announce him a success or failure within those parameters, and he’s not even gonna be there. They’re gonna continually misreport, misjudge. He owns the media now anyway. Donald Trump is the media with his tweets. The New York Times and the rest of the Drive-By Media may not know it yet that they are irrelevant.
They just spent the last year and a half trying to destroy Donald Trump. How did it work out for ’em? And they tried to destroy Trump the way they’ve succeeded in destroying every other political opponent they didn’t like, most of them Republicans. They threw everything they had at Donald Trump that they know to throw, and they threw it in expert fashion, and it just bounced off. It wasn’t as though Trump has Teflon and nothing stuck.
It was that it bounced off and boomeranged and came back and hit them between the eyes. The people who threw the ammo — whatever it was, the allegation — and I think this denial that they’re in because of their desire for their system to remain superior and supreme, they’re gonna remain in this state of mind denial, which is going to continue to blind them about what they are up against.