Strike a balance with overseas labor
I enjoyed the recent editorial on the exporting of jobs [``Message is painful, but don't kill bearer,'' March 10, Page 6] and a number of letters related to the subject. Since I reject Darwinism (we don't kill the infirm, old or young ), I reject using it in this or any other context.
If we are going to use biological metaphors may I suggest the more appropriate one is symbiosis. We must have balance in utilizing overseas labor to ensure we have places to sell, plus securing the development and protection of values and environments. Also, the playing field must be truly level. In recent trips to Europe, I noticed there are very few Japanese or Korean automobiles. The Europeans apparently offer a measure of protection for their markets and still have viable economies.
Americans toss away
The mailbag from March 10 [``Group seeks to save U.S. manufacturing,'' Page 6] is not just another witch-hunt letter. Those who are unwilling to comprehend the obvious are going to wake up one day to find that this country doesn't make anything anymore. You say I'm crazy? I am sure they said the same thing to the guy who predicted that farming one day would not be the No. 1 employer in the United States.
It is not just corporate America that has created the mass exodus of manufacturing jobs, it is the people who call themselves Americans.
Let me put it simply. After Sept. 11, people donated millions of dollars to help the victims' families, their neighbors, their friends. Why is it not possible for us to do the same for each other when purchasing goods? If I only purchase goods made here, then would that not give the ultimate competitive advantage to U.S. manufacturers?
One of the things this country prides itself on is its high standard of living. It is that same standard of living that has taken away our ability to compete. Until the standard of living in Third World countries reaches that of the United States, or ours plummets down to their level, we will never be competitive.
Finally, how much more competitive could we be if we did not have to finance world peace? Maybe it is time to withdraw our troops from the far reaches of the globe, or at least start charging these countries a defense fee.
Buckeye Polymers Inc.
hard to stomach
You hit the pig, er nail, right on the head! (``We need relief from pork-barrel politics,'' Viewpoint, March 17, Page 6). You're right, it does turn your stomach. I often wonder how our country has survived in spite of those treacherous idiots in Congress. It's sickening.
The only thing wrong with your editorial was that you should have put it on the front page of the issue. Be sure to send it to all the media types in the districts where these clowns were elected and tell them to publish it and put it on the air.
Sales Consultants of Scottsdale Metro