It was a “big, fat victory for anyone who wants to see America get back to the business of making things,” Mike Rowe declared on Tuesday.
He was reacting to Ford Motor Company’s major announcement that it would be cancelling its plans to build a $1.6 billion manufacturing plant in Mexico and instead investing $700 million in a Michigan plant, keeping jobs in America.
Supporters of Donald Trump have claimed it was all thanks to the incoming president-elect, while his critics have been scrambling to explain why he deserves no credit at all.
They are missing the point, Rowe explained:
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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.”
Rowe is correct: Ford CEO Mark Fields said one of the factors that they are considering is a “more positive U.S. manufacturing business environment under President-elect Trump and some of the pro-growth policies he said he’s going to pursue.”
Fields went on to call it a “vote of confidence.”
Read Rowe’s entire post, which already had nearly 100,000 likes in about an hour, below: