With the South, and most of the country, turning to the Republican Party for answers to our economic crisis, this recent story in the Washington Post by Peter Whoriskey, takes on new meaning.
"GREER, S.C. - When German automaker BMW put out the call recently to
hire a thousand factory workers here, the people who responded reflected
the upheaval occurring in the U.S. economy.
Among the applicants: a former manager of a major distribution center for
Target; a consultant who oversaw construction projects in four Western
states, and a supervisor at a plastics recycling firm. Some held college
degrees and resumes in other fields where they made more money.
But they're all in the factory now making $15 an hour -- about half of what
the typical German autoworker makes.
The trade debate in the United States usually focuses on the jobs lost to
factories in the developing world. But the recession has forced countless
skilled workers in this country to consider jobs they would have rejected in
the past. They now offer foreign manufacturers a resource that was far less
common just a few years ago: cheaper wages for better talent.
"We are a low-wage country compared to Germany," said Kristin
Dziczek, director of Labor and Industry Group at the Center for
Automotive Research. "And that helps put jobs here."
So the answer to our economic troubles, as far as Republicans may be concerned, is to depress wages in the United States in order to be competitive with third-world countries.
Sounds like a plan.