Toyota in Ontario
Wow, we were just talking about this yesterday. How convenient. Toyota has decided to open their Rav4 production plant in Ontario, Canada. Following suit with GM, they have obviously been attracted to the Canucks for their resources, namely, NO UAW, NO health care costs, and a goofy accent. An editorialist from the New York Times, Paul Krugman, a knob by the way, had an article discussing this in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, mainly elaborating and trying to promote the idea that the USA needs a national health care system to compete. He failed to bring up the UAW and the problems that they represent in the automotive manufacturing industry in this country. Really, if you read this article, you would realize that he is just pushing national health care, another topic reserved for a seperate blog. The subject at hand here is certainly manufacturing of automobiles in the US. Why is it so unpopular? Well, we can get into this, and it would take us a long time to sift through all of it. The one thing that we need to concentrate on here is the ability of GM and FoMoCo being able to manufacture a desireable, well built product which seems to me is a long way off. Fair trade is certainly relevant, but I don't wish to blather on about it. A rather poorly structured collection of thoughts and observations, yes, I know, I'm just trying to sneak my agenda in here and have found a weak way of doing so.