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Bernie Sanders sees Trump's Carrier deal as a handout to corporations: Should the government entice employers to stay in the U.S. using tax benefits?

Bernie Sanders sees Trump's Carrier deal as a handout to corporations: Should the government entice employers to stay in the U.S. using tax benefits?
  • The government should entice companies to stay in the US.

    Automation and off-shoring are reducing the number of jobs, especially manufacturing, that remain in the US. Any enticement should include either claw-back provisions and/or some method to make certain that the company keeps the jobs that it is promising to keep. Assuming that safeguards are in place and the net value in terms of payroll greatly outweighs the tax incentive, then yes the government should take action to prevent jobs from shifting overseas.

  • No, the government should not entice employers to stay in the U.S. using tax benefits

    No, the government should not entice employers to stay in the U.S. using tax benefits. It's not a lasting solution. Local governments have been using tax breaks to lure businesses to their communities for years. It's great initially, but there is always a better offer somewhere. The businesses are only there for the duration of their benefits. Then, they leave taking jobs with them.

  • No, the government should not entice employers to stay in the U.S. using tax benefits.

    No, the government should not entice employers to stay in the U.S. using tax benefits and incentives. Donald Trump's handout to Carrier only sends a message to the largest corporations in America that all that's needed to gain millions of dollars in tax advantages is to threaten to leave the country.

  • A bribe will ultimately backfire.

    Major corporations will abuse Donald Trump's Carrier deal in the end. The greediest corporations could threaten to move jobs or operate mostly overseas and domestic jobs could be lost. Bernie Sanders has a good solid point that they (large corporations) will ultimately look for Trump's handout and thus, a vicious cycle will ensue.


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