OK, we will host BMW, in our building, if we must


In the interest of international peace between the United States, Germany and Mexico, the City of Clinton will agree to host the BMW automaker’s new $1 billion plant that will create 1,500 jobs.

The city already has the main building under construction, and there are 700 plus acres east of the city ready for development. We were holding onto to this industrial park to land a “big fish,” but in the interest of peace, this will have to do.

To not host BMW will have the city placing the world at risk of an all-out trade war.

President Trump, when he was not yet the president, told BMW if it did not build cars in the United States, it would face a 35% U.S. tariff. To avoid the tariff, BMW would have to not build a new plant in Mexico. City of Clinton officials hate to hurt Mexico and all the hard-working people who need jobs there but, hey, Mexico’s already stolen our textiles.

With President Trump playing hard-tweet with BMW, Germany would have to react, imposing a tariff on the United States. 

Certainly, Mexico would impose a tariff. That’s one way they will be able to pay for the wall.

Then, Europe will have to impose a tariff on the United States. As part of Europe, Russia will have to impose a tariff on Trump Enterprises Incorporated just, well, because.

China and India won’t be able to stay out of the fray, imposing tariffs on the U.S., Germany, Russia, Mexico and Trump Enterprises - which is the fourth largest economy in the world.

To head off the international tariff war, German officials felt compelled to remind President Trump that BMW already makes cars in the United States.

According to international media, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said, “I believe BMW’s biggest factory is already in the U.S., in Spartanburg. The U.S. car industry would have a bad awakening if all the supply parts that aren’t being built in the U.S. were to suddenly come with a 35 percent tariff. I believe it would make the U.S. car industry weaker, worse and above all more expensive. I would wait and see what the Congress has to say about that, which is mostly full of people who want the opposite of Trump. The American car industry is getting worse, weaker and more expensive. If U.S. buyers are choosing German models, as Trump suggests, then that’s why the U.S. needs to build better cars.”

The Vice-Chancellor, who also is Germany’s economics minister, was responding to this statement by the President: "If you want to build cars in the world, then I wish you all the best. You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay 35 percent tax. I would tell BMW that if you are building a factory in Mexico and plan to sell cars to the USA without a 35 percent tax, then you can forget that.”

Certainly, the City of Clinton has no interest in becoming host county for the next major automotive industry revolution in the United States. Sandwiched between ZF Transmissions and Volvo/Boeing, the City of Clinton wants something more diversified in its industrial portfolio.

However, these are desperate times. 

We are either with President Trump or we are against him, and as long as he is tweeting the United States into an international tariff war, we must do our part to encourage it.

We have a port and an inland port, and we’re not afraid to use them. We have two interstates, both of which connect to an even-more congested interstate to the west and a New York to Florida interstate to the east. We have the only giant building that’s for sale between Simpsonville and Prosperity. It is move-in ready (minus a sewer line), and a helicopter easily could drop a BMW logo right on the roof. We have workers - we have a 4.6% unemployed rate right now. 

The Laurens County 4.6% is ready and able and anxious to work.

I am readily available to become the new BMW plant’s Director of Community Engagement. (Did I say that out loud?)

Everything BMW needs is right here, ready to go. President Trump might even come here himself, wear Jim Yates’ sombrero and cut the opening ribbon. If not him, we might be able to get the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.


(Vic MacDonald is Editor of The Clinton Chronicle. Contact him at 833-1900 or sports@clintonchronicle.net. His column appears monthly in The Chronicle and in Blogs at MyClintonNews.com.)

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