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Mike Rowe Reacts to the Latest Ford Announcement

Ford has just announced that instead of building a 1.6 billion dollar factory in Mexico, they will now spend 700 million fixing up an existing plant that will employ 700 Americans.  Many people such as myself point to the election of Donald Trump and the rollback of the Obama anti-American policies for the announcement as well as their two previous announcements, including bringing a plant back from Mexico.  Remember this quote from Obama?


“Some of those jobs of the past are just not going to come back. And when somebody says, like the person you just mentioned who I’m not going to advertise for, that he’s going to bring all these jobs back. Well, how exactly are you going to do that? What are you going to do? There’s no answer to it. He just says, ‘I’m going to negotiate a better deal.’ Well how exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have, and usually the answer is he doesn’t have an answer.”


In addition to Ford, we have new promises from IPhone, Sprint, Carrier and others.  The parent company of Sprint has promised that they will invest 50 billion dollars in the United States and will create 50,000 new jobs.  Liberals try to paint all of this activity on the fact that the Obama boom is beginning.  They downplay Trump’s role in it and even suggest that no new jobs will come from any of this.  Rowe’s post on his Facebook page addresses everything:

I just read that my old employer, The Ford Motor Company, has reversed their decision to build a $1.6 billion manufacturing plant in Mexico, opting instead to invest $700 million in a Michigan assembly line. I’d like to take a moment to congratulate Ford, its current employees, its future employees, the great state of Michigan, and of course, The United States of America. This is a big, fat victory for anyone who wants to see America get back to the business of making things.


Will Ford’s decision be politicized? Yup.

Will Ford be accused of acting in their own self-interest? Yup.

Will critics say Ford could do more, and criticize them for doing too little? Yup.

Will the media overwhelm us with articles that explain why this is no big deal, and how Ford’s decision will ultimately result in no new jobs? Yup.

Do me a favor – ignore these people. They don’t know how to feel good about anything other than feeling bad. They don’t understand the value of justifiable optimism – or it’s importance.

Honestly, I don’t care what your politics are, or your opinion of NAFTA, The UAW, The New F-150, rich people, poor people, The Global Economy, or The President-Elect – this is good news, and sensible people should celebrate it. The company who invented mass production is once again betting on the future of America! What’s the worst part about that? And if I’m reading this right, it’s happening – at least in part – because of new “pro-growth policies, and a more positive manufacturing environment for US business.”

Couple years ago, I narrated a commercial for Walmart that announced their commitment to invest a quarter trillion dollars in US Manufacturing. That’s $250,000,000,000.00. That’s a lot of zeros.

The backlash was instantaneous. People with an axe to grind against Walmart were livid with me, and thousands came to this page to tell me personally they hoped that Walmart would fail. Why? Because some people hate Walmart more than they care about America. Some people can’t see the bigger picture. Some people don’t understand if companies like Walmart choose NOT to invest in this country, no one will. And they don’t realize the importance of other companies, following their example.

Bottom line – we need more companies to do what Ford just did. We need to support decisions like this one. And most of all, we need more policies that reward the kind of behavior we want to encourage. I hope we get them, soon. My only question now is…

who’s next?


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