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JOBS: Outsourcing is killing manufacturing base

Letter by Ernest J. LaChapelle, Fircrest on June 1, 2010 at 10:45 am | 32 Comments »
June 1, 2010 10:46 am

I was reading the morning (5-31) paper, when a strange thing occured to me, In the business section, an article appeared touting the arrival and shipment of windmill blades in Olympia. While this may seem trite, the irony is the blades were made in Brazil and destined for a facility in Vantage. The power generated is to be sent out of state.

It is just a poor indicator of the downfall of this country’s manufacturing capability. While I am all for globalization, I think it should be allowed only if all countries involved are able to compete equally. With the present economy and the call for jobs in this country, why are we allowing things like this?

We have evolved into a consumer culture with no real manufacturing remaining. Even the big employers in the Puget Sound region are outsourcing, to use the fancy name. It still is taking jobs away. The little things like this are what should be concerning the leaders, not boycotts.

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