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  •  It's a life cycle issue. (1+ / 0-)
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    Countries starting from near-zero have an advantage over countries with sunk costs in old plants.  The US steel plants that are competitive are high-tech and low-labor, and while it's great to see them (vs. a prognosis of zero steel production), they don't create a lot of employment.

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    by Rich in PA on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 06:04:16 AM PST

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    •  Generally, people here hate to see (0+ / 0-)

      human jobs replaced by robots. But working in a steel mill is a very dirty and dangerous job. Steel is very expensive to transport, so our own producers have an inherent advantage over those located overseas or in South America. If no American producer can compete on equal footing with imported steel, I think it is counterproductive to award them the contract anyhow. We should be subsidizing (or protecting) only industries that are competitive but are facing some sort of unfair competition. Not the case here.

      •  Hunh??? (0+ / 0-)

        You give them the contract, regardless. They use the money to modernized. Unbelieveable to see this argument to support development in China over US domestic development.

        If we were going into WWII again, we would lose. China does all of our manufacturing. China is our enemy. Do not support development of infrastructure of the enemy.

        •  you probably typed this on a device (0+ / 0-)

          made in China.

          China's your enemy. It isn't mine.

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          by terrypinder on Mon Dec 09, 2013 at 11:06:47 AM PST

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