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Radio Flyer to start making little red wagons in China

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a U.S. manufacturer who bankrupts the company by refusing to offshore jobs.
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Radio Flyer to start making little red wagons in China

Postby roguequijote » Wed Mar 31, 2004 12:46 pm

With the plant closing, Radio Flyer will lay off nearly half its 90 employees.

http://www.madison.com/captimes/busines ... /71317.php
In Dr. Strangelove, General Turgidson tells the president that they have to choose between two admittedly regrettable but nonetheless distinguishable alternatives. What if U.S. consumers will flock to cheaper foreign-made goods no matter what? Then we have to choose between (1) U.S. manufactrurers making cheap foreign goods abroad and keeping their management, marketing and distribution professionals here and (2) U.S. manufacturers losing ground to companies that employ no U.S. workers whatsoever, until most U.S. manufacturers close. Would you rather support a U.S. manufacturer who offshores some jobs and keeps others here or support a U.S. manufacturer who bankrupts the company by refusing to offshore jobs?

I concede that these are not the only two possibilities, but they are among the most likely, so it's not as bogus a question as the General's. If you see another prevalent pattern, please let me know. I may add it to the poll if possible.
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Postby True Blue » Wed Mar 31, 2004 2:07 pm

On the personal level, I try to buy American, or avoid stuff made in repressive countries. Voting with my dollars.

At the policy level, this is why commerce should not placed above labor and environmental policies. Countries that exploit people and the environment should not be given favorable trade treatment.

(Of course, this may preclude America under Bush....)
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