"One of the arguments we are going to hear from the other side about the Carrier deal is that Obama did the same sort of thing with the auto industry."
ccp: 2 days ago Rush discussed this very issue. Fortunately I am able to find the transcript online. You may have to peruse further down the article to get to the part where he negates the argument that the deals are the same. One reason is Obama's deal was for the unions. Secondly the BHO administration basically bought GM and told them what to do:http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2016/11/30/the_petty_white_house_response_to_trump_s_carrier_deal
Good work on both the question and the answer. My view is that it is either unconstitutional or just plain wrong (equal protection under the law) for any government to offer any business any special treatment that would not be available to all, and WAY out of bounds for the federal government to take on the task of running a so-called private business.
Adhering to these principles might have cost us Chrysler in 1979, 2009, Harley Davidson in 1983 and General Motors in 2009. The positive effects of a consistent and dynamic, free and fair economy would more than make up for that, but telling that to the displaced workers would not be persuasive, consoling or pay the bills. Trump's approach polls better.
Part of what Trump offered Carrier is offered to all, the promise that lower tax rates and more reasonable regulations are coming. The rest I believe was the state offering special incentives in a deal brokered by Trump. I oppose that kind of thing even though it is common at the state and local level and nothing like what Obama did with General Motors. By coincidence, the Governor of Indiana is ... Mike Pence. http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2016/11/14/pence-finish-term-governor-he-leads-trump-transition/93794636/
Obama acted to prevent the auto workers union from having to take major losses in bankruptcy. He preventing bankruptcy laws from working as intended. GM was trying reorganize and President Obama took sides, putting the full faith and credit of the United States where it legally and constitutionally did not belong.
Article WHAT? of the constitution authorizes the federal government to acquire and run an automobile manufacturing company??