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Conley
06-26-2011, 07:06 PM
So, in the tax cut thread we were talking about job creation and how to do it. Now we see the government following the same path as private business, outsourcing the jobs to countries with crappy labor conditions and even crappier products. Where to begin with this one? How would the average SF-Oakland resident (the most liberal area in the country) feel about the Chinese labor conditions? How about trusting your commute to a country where business practices have led to lets just say...'inferior quality' products (tainted dog food, lead poisoned children's toys, and on and on). How about the lost jobs? Not sure where to start with this one.

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At a sprawling manufacturing complex here, hundreds of Chinese laborers are now completing work on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Next month, the last four of more than two dozen giant steel modules — each with a roadbed segment about half the size of a football field — will be loaded onto a huge ship and transported 6,500 miles to Oakland. There, they will be assembled to fit into the eastern span of the new Bay Bridge.

The project is part of China’s continual move up the global economic value chain — from cheap toys to Apple iPads to commercial jetliners — as it aims to become the world’s civil engineer.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/business/global/26bridge.html?_r=1&hp