Searching for integrity in Trumplandia

Jim Hightower's Radio Lowdown
Jim Hightower's Radio Lowdown
Searching for integrity in Trumplandia

Bring those jobs back home, Donald Trump bellowed to those greedheaded corporate executives who’ve hauled our middle-class jobs out of country, or I’ll slap you with a big tariff when you try to sell your foreign-made products here.

Great stuff, Donnie – and to prove you mean business, I know just the CEO you should target first: Her name is Ivanka. Yes, your daughter! Her multi-million-dollar line of clothing and accessories, sold through major national retailers, ranging from Macy’s to Amazon, are pitched to America’s working women. Yet, practically all of her products are made on the cheap in low-wage factories in China, Indonesia, Vietnam – anywhere except America. Imagine the message it would send to runaway corporations and the integrity it would establish for The Donald if he slapped his first tariffs on Ivanka’s goods!

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But, neither Daddy Trump nor the daughter want to discuss the embarrassing conflict between his political bluster and her ethic of runaway capitalism. Instead, she’s tried to dodge the issue by saying it doesn’t matter, since she’ll “separate” herself from the business if she becomes a White House advisor.

Nice try Ivanka, but the stench of hypocrisy will only grow nastier if you’re at your father’s side while he castigates and punishes other corporations that’ve absconded from America. The only way to salvage even an iota of moral virtue is to repatriate the manufacturing of your brand-name apparel. And bringing those middle-class jobs home to the Good Ol’ US of A would also make a powerful political statement.

But, no – showing that money trumps both political savvy and the morality of simply doing what’s right, Ivanka says her corporate brand will stay offshore. As a spokeswoman put it: “We want to make responsible business decisions.”

Really? How does that “Make America Great Again?”

For the Trumps, ‘Made in U.S.A.’ May Be a Tricky Label to Stitch,” The New York Times, December 28, 2016.

Donald Trump doubles down on 35% tax for businesses that ship jobs out of U.S.CNN Money, December 5, 2016.

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