JD Vance Has Plans of Increasing Car Worker Wages by Scrapping Electric Vehicle Mandates
Ohio Senator J.D. Vance recently put forward a wage increase proposal for American auto workers that consists of replacing President Joe Biden’s Electric Vehicle (EV) mandates with tax credits for gas-powered cars manufactured in the United States at plants where workers make higher wages.
Vance’s “Drive American Act” would get rid of over $100 billion in EV subsidies from the Biden regime and replace them with the “America First Vehicle Credit.”
The credit would grant American consumers making less than $150,000 up to $7,500 in tax credits in the case that they buy a gas-powered car. The catch here is that the gas-powered car be manufactured in the US at a plant where auto workers are making at least $35 per hour and where the parts are originally from the US.
“Right now, the official policy of the Biden administration is to spend billions of dollars on subsidies for electric vehicles made overseas,” Vance declared in a statement:
“If we’re subsidizing anything, it ought to be Ohio workers — not the green energy daydreams that are offshoring their jobs to China. We can secure a bright future for American autoworkers by passing this legislation and reversing the misguided policies of the Biden administration.”
Vance called attention to how Jeeps manufactured at the Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio would be eligible for the tax credit provided that auto workers at the plant received a substantial wage hike.
The plan came at a time when the United Auto Workers (UAW) launched a strike against General Motors (GM), Ford, and Stellantis as they expect to extract long-sought pay increases to keep up with record levels of inflation and the cost of living, in addition to commitments that their jobs will not disappear as a consequence of the Biden regime’s EV mandates.
Vance had been joined by other Republicans such as Missouri Senator Josh Hawley and former President Donald Trump, to stand for auto workers against the Biden regime’s green energy agenda that threatens to send their jobs overseas to countries such as China, which dominates the EV supply chain.
“What proponents of this premature push to electric vehicles fail to appreciate is how much their agenda decreases the bargaining power of Ohio auto workers,” Vance said in an op-ed he recently penned. “The more the Big Three’s business model relies on global supply chains and non-union labor, the less the UAW can effectively push for higher wages.”
Vance has a rational proposal here. The UAW, like most modern unions, has turned into a professional extortion operation that lines the pockets of union bosses at the everyday worker’s expense.
However, there are ways that union and non-union workers can both benefit. One of the most effective ways for these workers to attain economic prosperity is by deregulating large swathes of the economy.
By doing so, everyone benefits without having to grant politically-privileged union bosses further power.