If it’s a day that ends in “y” chances are Donald Trump will be lying about something. Just the other day he claimed credit for the stock market’s record high and for the new consumer confidence numbers, even though he hasn’t raised his tiny hand and taken the oath of office yet.
His poll numbers are already dreadful, and President Obama is right, he could have won a third term if it wasn’t for the 22nd Amendment. Naturally, Trump only has one way to distract from the looming scandals and conflicts of interest that await him on January 20th, claiming credit for corporate job plans he had no part in.
Remember the Carrier deal? Even though less than a thousand jobs were saved and the rest are still going to Mexico, Trump and Pence touted this as a huge success that they brought about.
Before we continue with this story, in the interest of full disclosure, I was employed by Sprint from 2005 to 2010. Because of that, I’m well aware how of outsourcing works, and why Trump’s announcement is a pile of horse shit.
Via The Guardian:
President-elect Donald Trump took credit for creating 8,000 jobs on Wednesday, although at least 3,000 of those were announced 10 days ago and there was confusion about Trump’s role in creating the others.
Speaking at his Mar-a-Largo estate in Palm Beach, Florida, during his working holiday, Trump said: “I was just called by the head people at Sprint and they are going to be bringing 5,000 jobs back to the United States. They are taking them from other countries.”
“And also OneWeb, a new company, is going to be hiring 3,000 people. So that’s very exciting,” he added. (Source)
5,000 jobs is a tiny drop in the bucket and entry-level positions at Sprint that are the jobs supposedly being brought back don’t pay very well. I wouldn’t be surprised if the increased cost of bringing these positions back to the United States aren’t outsourced to contractors who may only make nine dollars an hour, not actual corporate employees that Sprint would need to provide benefits to.
Another possibility is that Sprint will rotate other jobs that are currently in the United States back to Makati or Hyperabad, resulting in no net job gain.
Many corporations like Sprint hire as many people as they can via contractors, and the struggling cellular provider moved thousands of jobs overseas during the past decade. I encountered this first hand, and wrote a number of articles about my tenure there, their problems with outsourcing, along with the rampant fraud that cost Sprint millions of dollars monthly.
Companies don’t just make the decision to move jobs or hire thousands of new workers on a whim. These changes are planned out many months in advance and are done with their financial interests in mind, not because somebody got elected president or out of some newfound patriotism.
Republicans love to say that the government doesn’t create jobs, only the private sector and consumer demand do that. Aside from the fact that federal government is the largest employer in the country, Trump is not only lying about his effect on jobs, he’s also ironically contradicting part of the old trickle-down economics scam. Imagine that.