John Ransom

MSNBC, the Houston Chronicle and other mainstream media outlets are saying that Republican intervention in the union vote at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee helped to tip scales, like somehow the GOP committed a crime.

And in doing so, they provided the GOP with an important campaign focus group: The liberals are deathly afraid that Americans will discover that, yes, the Republicans aren’t afraid of helping to create jobs in the private sector.

“It was as ferocious an anti-union campaign as anything Americans have seen in a while,” says the MSNBC Rachel Maddow blog. “Indeed, the Republican effort, bolstered by inside-the-Beltway lobbying activists like Grover Norquist, featured both carrots and sticks: GOP policymakers not only threatened to kill tax incentives for the plant if workers joined a union, but Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said he had secret knowledge that if employees turned down the UAW, the plant would be rewarded with a new product line.”

Then thank God for Bob Corker.

The GOP governor and members of the Tennessee legislature, along with Sen. Bob Corker combined to warn workers at the Volkswagen plant that acceptance of the UAW representation would cost jobs and cost job creation in the future, as it always does when the UAW is involved.

“The German automaker's CEO, Martin Winterkorn, announced at the Detroit auto show last month that the seven-passenger SUV will go on sale in the U.S. in 2016,” says the Chronicle. “Winterkorn said the new model will be part of a five-year, $7 billion investment in North America.”

Now that the union vote is out of the way Tennessee might be in line for that investment.

$7 billion multiplied by 50 states is $350 billion, or a third of the money Obama wasted on stimulus spending to create no jobs.

So that begs the question: Can the GOP hurry up and do for the rest of the country what they did for Tennessee?

Yes, we can. Sí, se puede.

John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance, host of Ransom Notes Radio and you can catch more of the best money advice and monetary commentary by him daily 10am PT, 1pm ET at or on Comcast Cable


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