Donald Trump's Carrier deal is facing some harsh criticism from a surprising source: Sarah Palin. "When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent," and the free hand of the market gets "amputated," Palin writes in an op-ed for Young Conservatives. She says the free market requires that everyone be "operating on a level playing field," but Trump giving tax breaks to Carrier in exchange for keeping some jobs in Indiana appears to be an example of "special interest crony capitalism," and that's "one big fail."
With the Carrier deal, it seems Trump is doling out corporate welfare based on personal whims, and that's a "hallmark of corruption. And socialism. The Obama Administration dealt in spades," Palin writes. She says this kind of deal will lead to businesses threatening to leave the US unless they too get handouts footed by taxpayers. "A $20 trillion debt-ridden country can’t afford this sinfully stupid practice," she writes. Regardless, she says we "gotta’ have faith the Trump team knows all this." The Hill notes that Palin is being considered by Trump for secretary of Veterans Affairs.