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I ain't buying the 'Buy American' bs
March 6, 2009 - Jody Murphy
Shame on the West Virginia House of Delegates and its "buy American" bill. And shame on Democratic party leaders for calling out those who voted against the bill.
Democratic party chairman Nick Casey was quoted in this morning's News and Sentinel chiding those "nay sayers," saying; "They need to check their ideology at the door and start representing their constituents, some of whom have recently lost their jobs."
I'm not sure Casey is aware who some of these constituents are.
Toyota and Hino; two foreign automakers that have made tremendous -- multimillion dollar -- investments in the state?
And here we have some our delegates, our elected leaders -- some of the same guys who attended the Hino grand opening a year and half ago -- thumbing their nose at them?
Yes, Century Aluminum is out of business, but what about Alcan? You know, Alcan, Jackson County's largest private employer. The plant that is still operating, still in business and still keeping the economy in Jackson County pumping? Isn't it foreign owned?
How 'bout NGK?
Or any one of a half dozen plants on the Ohio side of the river, that employs a lot of West Virginia workers?
Are we going to thumb our noses at them as well in name of legislative jingoism?
Or are we going to try and buy from companies who are employing our friends and neighbors?
The idea of "buying American" is nothing more than propaganda from American unions. American cars - Fords, GMs, Chryslers - are more foreign made than foreign car makers Toyota, Honda and Hino. These so-called "foreign" automakers that have plants all over the United States. About the only thing foreign about them is the plants run without union labor.
And that's what is really driving this "buy American" hocus pocus - the unions.
Our lawmakers and party leaders need to smarten up and tell some of these unions - trying to shovel a fresh of load of "buy American" propaganda on us - to take a good look around at the plants and factories that are still employing workers in West Virginia.
And then ask themselves why.
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