Is Donald Trump Right About Oreo Cookies?
Way back in July of 2015, it was decided in a corporate board room to move another factory to Mexico. This one didn’t make refrigerators or cars, it made cookies.
It employed 600 Americans and as far as can be told, it generated a profit, not that it mattered. Moving a factory to Mexico can be deducted directly from a corporation’s taxes. So, basically all Americans pay to be de-industrialized.
Lately, the destruction of these American jobs, these lives, has attracted some attention because Donald Trump has been talking about it.
Donald Trump says he’s “never eating another Oreo again” because its parent company is “closing a factory in Chicago and they’re moving to Mexico.” Some Oreo production is moving to Mexico, but a downsized Chicago plant will remain. And there will still be three plants in the U.S. making Oreos.
Trump also has overstated the number of job losses in Chicago. The parent company projects 600 employees in Chicago will be laid off, not 1,200, as Trump has said.
So, the company will still make oreos at two plants in the United States and while 600 jobs will be lost, it won’t be 1200 like Trump claims.
So, should we continue to eat oreos?
It seems to me that the “Donald” is mostly right about this. They are closing a part of a factory in Chicago and moving the jobs to Mexico. The fact that they didn’t entirely close the factory and move all the jobs to Mexico might mitigate against his claims. But the simple fact is that there is no impediment to the destruction of those remaining jobs and that factory at any time. It may well be just a matter of time before the company moves all production to Mexico. Why not? They can take if off their taxes and the public pays the bill. Isn’t that the smart move?
When I was a boy, my father worked at a factory and he supported our family with that one job. That world’s disappearance is not an accident, was not inevitable and did not have to happen. But powerful people decided that policies beneficial to capital (money, financial interests) were more important than policies beneficial to workers. And over the past forty or fifty depending on where you start counting, the jobs have been disappearing, the salaries decreasing and the factories torn down.
America has been diminished in a real and fundamental way. The ability of a nation to make things, to create, is much more important that the glittering mansions and skyscrapers devoted to a besotted financial class.
Impoverishing millions of Americans to make financial speculators rich is wrong and will never be right, no matter how it is defended by venal and bought politicians.
So, I’m going to side with Donald Trump on this issue. I will not eat or buy an oreo even though the company still retains a couple of factories in the United States. In principle, he is right on this issue.
Below is an article I used for reference. It is a good one. You might give it a read. jp
This article is from the web site, In These Times – http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/18259/oreos-union-busting
I may have to give up one of my longest-standing indulgences: the dunking of an Oreo cookie in cold milk (whole is preferred). I don’t do this lightly, as I have been dunking those deliciously wicked rounds of chocolate and what I choose to believe is cream since I’ve been three.
Why give them up? Because this week, Irene Rosenfeld, the head of Mondolez (the food conglomerate based in Illinois that has Nabisco in its portfolio), a woman touted for breaking the glass ceiling upon becoming the head of Kraft Foods and then its spin off, announced that rather than invest $130 million in modernizing the plant in Chicago, where Oreos have been lovingly produced for the past 100 years, she will instead move the jobs to a new factory in Mexico. The result: a loss of 600 well-paying and community-sustaining jobs on Chicago’s Southwest Side.