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.

He wrote:

"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.


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conservativeview 9 years 11 weeks ago

Your assertion that republicans want to depress wages is baseless. You also ignore basic economics. A job is not created to address the wants of the job seeker. The job is created to serve the demands of the business. If you have a million doctors and no janitors, some non-essential doctors may have to clean toilets to make money. The individuals who are expendable in his or her industry are now working in a factory. If he or she wants something better they should find a different niche.

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