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It’s time to say good night to manufacturing in US

Published: Fri, August 8, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

It’s time to say good night to manufacturing in US

Regarding the editorial “US steel industry gets a boost with ruling on steel dumping” in The Vindicator on July 16, the work that was needed to have the U.S. Commerce Department change a decision that had previously been made to allow the practice of “dumping” of steel products was in fact an error in judgment by the Department of Commerce. This is good as far as it goes.

However, there is more than one way to skin a cat, as the old saying goes. To wit, the BMW Co. recently announced that it was spending $ 1 billion to build a manufacturing plant in Mexico to increase its products’ presence in the United States. This was accompanied with the suggestion that NAFTA was a consideration in the decision making process.

All that is needed now is for the Tata Steel Co. of South Korea to emulate BMW and build a steel plant in Mexico to increase its presence in the U.S. And so it goes.

Maybe NAFTA has served its purpose and needs to go. But what is more interesting in this day of a very large anticipated increase for structural steel in rebuilding bridges and roads is that U.S. entrepreneurs are not looking to build new steel manufacturing plants in the U.S. Maybe it’s because of the Republican mantra that what is needed is less regulation and no taxes or at the least a very low tax rate.

We, in this country, are at a serious juncture. Do we give up on manufacturing as an economic means of increasing employment, and resign ourselves to becoming a second-class nation? Has greed so captured the rich in this country that anything that might decrease individual wealth is anathema to those with the means to bring this country to the greatness that it should have?

Small businesses will not propel us into prosperity. It will take manufacturing with an expenditure of $7 billion or $8 billion to do it. Take the commercial banks out of the investment banking business, and give it back to those who know how to raise the money that is needed to get this country rolling again.

Leonard J. Sainato, Warren


1steivo(540 comments)posted 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Letters like yours never cease to amaze me. We said over and over and over again that Obamacare would kill business and force them to go over seas. Now when it happens we are surprised? Mexico doesn't have Obamacare.

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2jojuggie(1606 comments)posted 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Unions are a major factor in the manufacturing industry also. With their demands, I don't blame mfg. going overseas. I look forward to the day when Ohio becomes a Right to Work State,

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3steivo(540 comments)posted 8 months, 4 weeks ago

"The SSA attempts to provide care to individuals who are without work, or whose employers do not offer health benefits. Most migrant farm workers, street vendors, day laborers, small landowners and indigenous people seek treatment here. Quality care at the SSA level is difficult to come by and patients often wait weeks or months for service. Those who depend on SSA services are expected to live 7 to 10 years fewer than the national average of approximately 70 years."
At least under the system we had before Liar Care, people could get medical service at the emergency room.

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4billdog1(3048 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

steivo, like most, you have no idea what Obammy Care is. Go out on line and read it. You all talk like it is universal health care. It is not. Try reading and quit listening to Lush Rimbauh. It is posted on line. I have read most of it before it was ever implemented. Cost is not an issue. Currently the best plan is cheaper than our employers have been telling us for years they are paying, the increase in price for our employers have been increasing 12-20% annually for the past 20 years, the industry has for decades been restricting and delaying non essential (non life treating) procedures by increasing cost and approval processes. I've always had health care, so this issue to me is more political than real. How about congress waste a little more time and resource fighting to change what is law, been found to be constitutional and effects business little. Nobody has told business they must pay for 100% (or any defined %) of anybody's health care. Quit making an argument that makes the side of hate apparent.

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5steivo(540 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Once again, you have everything backwards. The majority of people including me know exactly what Liar Care is. That is why the polls show the majority of the population disapproves of it and that majority is growing with time. (I know, I know, the polls are no good).
Liar Care is nothing more than a scheme to have people who work pay for healthcare for people who refuse to work no matter how good the pay and benefits. They feel that they are entitled to healthcare, food stamps housing assistance and they don't want to work for any of it.

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6billdog1(3048 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

The people you describe already get free health care. What real argument do you have.

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7steivo(540 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

That argument makes no sense at all.

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8billdog1(3048 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Your argument is that people already receiving services (free health care) are going to get free health care as a result of Obammy care. That argument makes no sense.

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9steivo(540 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

They were receiving free emergency room care only.

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10billdog1(3048 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Those with a medicaid card, ie... Health and Human Service recipients, go to doctors, dentist, and vision care under medicaid. Everybody has always gotten emergency room visits and always will. Now the difference is American Citizens that can or can't afford health care will have insurance. The people that are not American Citizens will still only receive emergency room care. They system is a single payer system. Nothing really has changed other than their is a system to help those that don't have $500/month to pay the insurance industries exaggerated cost. The industry also must show a certain percentage go to care and cannot determine their own rate of profit annually. Like I told a friend last week, at the rate the insurance industry was going, eventually all of us would be sending our entire check to the insurance companies eventually if this wasn't put in check. Something needed done. The new system isn't perfect but it is a place to start. If the republitards, would have put as much energy into working with the demitards as they did fighting them, maybe something more in line what you believe would work better would be in place.

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11tnmartin(388 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I will note, just for historical reference, that at the time the so-called "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act", popularly known as Obamacare was in the Congress, it did not have popular support. By most honest polls at the time, roughly TWO THIRDS of the American public was either opposed, or *strongly* opposed to it. That percentage hasn't changed much, perhaps has inched up a bit.
So the Dhimmicrap Party, the party justly represented by the jackass, foisted upon the nation something that most people, including the mere citizens who normally support said party, most opposed.
And did it anyway.
Now we really do see what's in it, and it's aromatic bovine organic fertilizer. And not all the whipped cream in the world will make it appetizing. It stinks.
Every.Single.Worthless.Bum who stuck the nation with this pile of garbage should be out of office, out of the country (after the public floggings), and spend the rest of his life emptying bed pans in a tropical leper colony under an assumed name in a vain attempt to expiate his sins. A pox, a plague, and curses unceasing be upon the lot of them.

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12steivo(540 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Those who could not afford to pay the insurance companies exaggerated cost before, now will not be able to afford to pay the deductibles and out of pockets now. The only difference is that free healthcare was handed to people who refuse to work under any circumstances.

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13jojuggie(1606 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

I think billdog watches too much of MSNBC.

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1476Ytown(1316 comments)posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago

Obamacare is a huge premium subsidy bailout to the insurance companies. It did nothing to make health care affordable.

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