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Old 09-17-2011, 12:11 PM   #15
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How about the Boeing thing? If the government tries to restrict companies too much they just go to another country.

The NLRB claims Boeing has acted unfairly in opening a new production line in South Carolina instead of in Washington State because Boeing’s South Carolina plant is non-union and SC is a “right to work” state.

What is your opinion on this? Do these guys get it?
My opinion is that South Carolina is in the same country as Washington...

But like I said, that's just my opinion!

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Old 09-17-2011, 12:36 PM   #16
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My opinion is that South Carolina is in the same country as Washington...

But like I said, that's just my opinion!

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Maybe SC is in the same country as Washington STATE, but not necessarily the same country as Washington DC!
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Old 09-17-2011, 03:02 PM   #17
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At one time we had a Dodge one ton, a Chevy Camaro, a Chevy Aveo and a Toyota Corolla. The Corolla was the ONLY one built in the US. The Dodge was built in Mexico, the Camaro in Canada and the Aveo in Korea. The earlier post as to foreign content is also correct. I don't think a vehicle exits any longer that doesn't have some foreign content. My only concern is that other countries not unfairly restrict imports from the USA (many do) or that our government keeps making it more difficult or costly to do business here. We can compete with anyone on a level playing field.
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Old 09-17-2011, 03:34 PM   #18
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To be fair, state and local governments are giving tax incentives, training, etc. to lure ANY companies (foreign or domestic) into their areas.
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And that's exactly what they SHOULD be doing. I just wish the FEDERAL government would get into the act too. They need to do whatever has to be done to make THIS country THE BEST business environment in the world. Then, companies from other countries will be scrambling to move their factories and offices here, instead of the other way around.
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Hmmmmm

First thing to go should be that pesky minimum wage...
Let's see...average chinese wage/benefit package...adjust for c.o.l.-U.S. value .....
Got it!
Think anybody in the U.S. of A. will work for $2.87 an hour?

Even in South Carolina?

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Old 09-17-2011, 05:45 PM   #20
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Folks,
This has been a good discussion so far but could easily drift into politics, please don't let it go there. "Don't be a Thread Killer!" Thanks!
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:39 PM   #21
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"Don't be a Thread Killer!" Thanks!
Sorry!
I lost my head- competition's so fierce in the Threadkiller Thread that it's tempting to branch out a little...
Any chance I can earn some points over at Are You A Thread Killer for being
"The Last Poster Here Immediately Before The Mods Stepped In And Told Us To Knock It Off"?

It'd mean a lot if you could put in a bad word for me...
Might give me some props with my homeys!

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I love my F-250 pickup. But I was amazed at the foreign content in it.

Wiring harness - made in Mexico
Fuel injector module - made in Brazil
Front suspension stampings - made in Mexico
Original tires - made in Canada replacement tires - made in Korea
Fuel filter - made in Germany

It was all ASSEMBLED in Louisville, Kentucky, though!
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I hear often people saying if you own a forgien car made in the USA the profits go to the foreign country, if you buy an American car , made elsewhere , the profits stay in the USA.
the profits for the CEOs everyone seems to hate? How about the income for the workers? ID almost rather buy a Toyota thAt employs Americans than buy a Chevy that employs Koreans.
One of the guys who says this is a friend who is a retired UAW Chrysler worker who has a dodge truck built in Mexico. When I try to explain how Chrysler products are no longer anymore American than a Mazda, he argues lol
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When I try to explain how Chrysler products are no longer anymore American than a Mazda,
Gonna be Fiat now....
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I posted the picture as a funny picture, didn't mean to spur a political debate.
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Some years back (don't remember how many now but probably 30) the State of WA decreed that we could buy only "US made" vehicles. They determined that by the percentage of US made vs foreign made parts we in them. That resulted in us being unable to buy the preferred Dodge vans but we could buy Toyota pickups. That lasted a couple years then they dropped it.
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Another one was we couldn't get AMC's with air even though they came stock with it. The State paid extra to remove them. Seems they decided that since most cars then weren't air conditioned it wouldn't look good for public employees to be driving air conditioned cars.
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Hmmmmm

First thing to go should be that pesky minimum wage...
Think anybody in the U.S. of A. will work for $2.87 an hour?
...Francesca
No, they wouldn't. Wages would seek a 'natural' level, on their own. Those with less experience (my first job, as a 14 year old, I made less than $1 per hour) would accept less to get that experience and would expect something more as their skill and experience level rose. The minimum wage, IMHO, does nothing but limit opportunity for those with limited cognitive or experience/skill levels. As minimum wage goes up, the employment rate among the unskilled will fall. Locking the unskilled out of the job market will only serve to sentence some of them to a life of total dependency.

I doubt that first job would have been available to me if they'd had to pay me $5, $6 or more per hour.
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Locking the unskilled out of the job market will only serve to sentence some of them to a life of total dependency.
And you just said the whole point of the welfare type system we have here...
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