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Repairing American industryPosted Friday, December 12, 2008, at 11:33 AM
Yes, the American auto industry definitely needs repair.
But I'd like to see Congress look beyond just one industry and focus on repairing the American economy across the board, starting with action against all businessess and industries.
Specifically: Force American companies to stop outsourcing jobs and looking outside our borders for cheap labor to import when so many United States citizens need work.
If "the way we've been doing things" works, then why is the economy in this mess?
As for the auto industry, I wonder if the reason they don't seem to pay a lot of attention to making smaller and more fuel-efficient, yet desirable, vehicles is because Big Oil doesn't want its income diminished.
The UAW? I can see both sides. If I were an auto worker I'd want my perks, such as high pay and guaranteed income during layoffs, kept.
But I can also understand Congress wanting pay cuts to equalize American manufacturers' pay scales with Japanese and European car plants in America.
Note, though, that most of those import brand plants are in the "non-union" South. Are Southerners being taken advantage of?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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