Much as we hate giving him yet another platform, it’s good just to read the Q&A, see how long it takes for your jaw to drop. Our favorite:
“The middle class and working men and women in the United States are going to continue to be assaulted by a continuing flow of cheap foreign labor into the United States and outsourcing of jobs to cheap foreign labor markets.”
You could drive a truck through the holes in his argument. If indeed we had all the “cheap foreign labor” we need here in the good ol’ US of A, why do we need to “outsource….jobs to cheap foreign labor markets”? Truth is, manufacturers locate facilities to be close to their customers and to the talent pool and affordable energy. Labor costs are but one small piece of the equation. Why does Lou think Haiti isn’t an economic powerhouse if it’s all about labor costs? Hey, don’t be a buzz-wrecker.
Before he’s done, he ends up throwing brickbats and Republicans and Democrats alike, laying all sorts of mayhem at the doorstep of “corporate America” (hey, that’s us!). As the Tim Rutten piece says in the LA Times, this is a guy who’s now against St. Patrick’s Day. OK, now he’s cutting a little close to the bone. He also criticized Columbus Day. We have friends in New Jersey who could make life very uncomfortable for him on that score. In fact, if Tony were not in the hospital, Lou might have real trouble on his hands.
So read it and click on the “Comments” tag below and let us know what you think.
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