While encouraging, That's a 0.003% of our participation rate.
Here's something that SHOULD have been 100% made in America but wasn't.
Old story which has its roots in the 1989 San Francisco earthquake but still pisses me off.
Saw the article in the Journal this month and it made me remember this whole ugly episode.
I hope Arnold is proud of his decision to send this work overseas, and to communist China to boot.
And if I get the chance to meet him again I will be happy to tell him I don't like what he did.
To me this is not a Union/Non-union issue, we need to keep this work here in the USA
whenever possible, and in this case it WAS possible, and it looks like financially viable, since
the cost for the Chinese portion of the work is not complete and at $1.75 billion is barely
under the joint-venture bid from of US contractors of $1.8B. If china were able to complete
their contract for 1.75B then we gave away all those jobs for $500K ($0.05Billion).
What was lost on top of the direct jobs is all the spin off jobs and commerce. All those famliesfamilies
uld have kept up on mortgages or bought a new car or taken a vacation, paid for college tuition,
the list goes on and on as to how that money would have trickled down and out across the economy.
And did I hear correctly that the new span was dedicated this past Labor Day? Were they celebrating
sending all that labor overseas or keeping the project cost $500K under the bid of the US contractor.
I did a little more research and from what I have read the bridge will not open to traffic until some time
in December 2013 and possibly later, thanks to some critical bolts which do not meet spec. Apparently
the issue has to do with hydrogen embrittlement because CalTrans did not follow the spec. and used
the wrong process to galvanize the bolts.
How many of you know an out of work welder? Well, that was part of the argument for sending the work
to China, that were not enough qualified welders in this country to do the work. Turns out china didn't have
them either and they had to learn on the job. That's the quality of worker I want working on my bridge that's
supposed to survive an earthquake.
Only the bridge trolls know for sure what will happen with this mess.
And I hear NY is doing the same on a bridge there.
Makes sense to me.
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