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Is Ford´s Move A Cave-In
To Trump Protectionist Talk,
Or A Savvy Bet On Future?

Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff

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Posted By:RockyTCB, 1/4/2017 6:33:14 AM

Trade: Ford´s decision to build a factory in the U.S. instead of Mexico, saving 700 jobs, is a good thing. But is it because Ford fears what Donald Trump might do to it, or because it thinks the corporate environment will be so much better under Trump than under Obama? And, yes, the answer really matters. Ford´s move to invest $700 million in Michigan, creating about 700 new jobs here has created quite a political stir. The new plant, slated for Flat Rock, Mich., will make cutting-edge electric and self-driving cars, which Ford has said will likely outsell traditional cars


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Bur Oak, 1/4/2017 7:25:58 AM     (No. 11093698)

IBD made the point that automation is the big driver of job loss. They did not spend any time explaining what drive automation. That would be regulations. Regulations are increasing at an exponential rate and will eventually destroy the economy. Note the recent increase in the minimum wage in many states. In some cases union wages are tied to the minimum wage. So when the minimum wage goes up other wages go up also.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 1/4/2017 7:26:16 AM     (No. 11093699)

Go where there´s smart money!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Judith, 1/4/2017 8:05:38 AM     (No. 11093750)


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Reply 4 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 1/4/2017 8:19:11 AM     (No. 11093769)

I haven´t had time to dig through all the parsed rhetoric, but remember this: Ford did NOT take the buyout that GMC and the banks latched onto.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 1/4/2017 8:26:55 AM     (No. 11093780)

I think it´s a smart move and yes regulations by the Obama administration is at the front of everything including minimum wage talk.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/4/2017 8:28:36 AM     (No. 11093783)

Well, Ford’s CEO, who looks straight out of Mad Men, says it has nothing to do with Trump and everything to do with business.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/4/2017 8:30:42 AM     (No. 11093786)

$4, the bailout accepted by GM and Chrysler was more a union bailout.
I´m troubled by the use of ´protectionism´ as defined as keeping jobs here instead of shipping them overseas. Protectionism, in a clkassic sense, was creating tariff barriers to keep foreign goods out. (Steel is the best example.)
President Trump, convincing American compannies to keep their production facilities in the U.S., is common sense.
Negotiating trade agreements, NAFTA for example, is insanity, since it creates incentives to move production facilities out of the U.S.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bnrmusa, 1/4/2017 8:35:06 AM     (No. 11093792)

Ford Motor has had it´s snout in the Federal Treasury many times in past.

They suckled taxpayer money in the "Clean car initiative" is one that comes to mind. $10B

Henry II was happy to get federal trade protection, so they could keep building crap.

His grand dad selling Hitler tooling technology back in the the day was a real piece of work too.

FOMOCO gave us the Molotov cocktail called the Pinto..... Sure all hail Ford.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mc squared, 1/4/2017 9:12:42 AM     (No. 11093855)

How easily people get sidetracked.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: MattMusson, 1/4/2017 9:32:07 AM     (No. 11093885)

Business leaders cannot deal with uncertainty. So, just suggesting the tariff is causing planners to onshore.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: coldoc, 1/4/2017 10:32:41 AM     (No. 11093975)

At this point, what difference does it make?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 1/4/2017 12:18:02 PM     (No. 11094122)

For an Investor´s journal, this is a pretty stupid question. Anything that impacts the business is important. Therefore the answer is: ALL of the above, and more.

Trump is going to shine a spotlight on companies shipping jobs out of the Country. That´s bad PR for the company. Keeping jobs will be good PR. With optimism and business already picking up in anticipation of Trump making the business climate better, companies need to SERIOUSLY reevaluate their business plans to take these changes into account. When Trump calls out a company, it forces that reevaluation to happen in real time.

Ford made an easy choice to do something that looks good, makes nice with the new administration, and will probably be a good business decision. Now they can get to making product with their path clear and heads held high.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: harper, 1/4/2017 2:23:48 PM     (No. 11094303)

Should mention as an aside that the future of coal powered cars is entirely dependent on a continuation of Dumbocrat policy on vehicles.

Like 0zerocare, it has very little to do with logic and a whole lot to do with academic stupidity. So the plant will build something but probably not 0bamamobiles. Hope it is Frackmobiles.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 1/4/2017 6:10:09 PM     (No. 11094631)

These decisions to go over seas are based on low production costs and no tariffs or duty on products. Add to that new taxes for foreign incomes. The playing field looks better and better.

Trump has always hated being unable to purchase domestic products for his projects. (I know, I know, he just didn´t want to pay the price.)

Nope! Try buying domestic steel in quantities sufficient to build a skyscraper. Try buying 20,000 toilets, sinks and water heaters, etc. There are those who might produce them, but the lag time to get them too often puts them into the unrealistic.

Try buying a pair of wire cutters in Lowes, Home Depot, Grainger, etc that is made in the USA. Hmmmmm!

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