Trump told us as recently as a week ago that car companies were opening new plants all across the country.
Maybe they are, but today General Motors announced that they’re closing three assembly plants in North America and cutting 14,000 jobs. That includes the plant in Oshawa, Ontario, where my 1988 Pontiac 6000 station wagon was built in February 1988.
Changes in the auto industry are nothing new, and it’s less than ten years since GM went through bankruptcy and made some very big cuts, including dropping four North American brands, including Pontiac. (Now it’s an orphan twice over.) That’s the way things go in capitalism.
But now Trump has been telling everyone that the American auto industry is booming, plants are opening, jobs are being created, and he’s taking all the credit, of course.
Well, now, who’s he going to blame when the plants close, people lose their jobs, and the ripple effect rattles through the towns and cities that depended on the car plant to keep the grocery stores and the schools open?
He’ll find a way to blame Obama. Or Hillary. Or Robert Mueller. Count on it.