Wednesday, July 13, 2005


Chinese workers in neat, clean uniforms, building Japanese cars much cheaper and neater than Americans working for Japan.
by Elaine Meinel Supkis

When doing business with us, all the Asians smile. They don't do this for naturally. They learned the hard way to do this when doing business with foreign devils. More than one person has noted that the smile often hides hostility. Certainly, it is a social marker which can be learned and applied.

Americans in particular like to imagine people smile because they are guiless and friendly and thus can be cheated if we are very clever. Sort of like handing out candies to children from army tanks.

But alas for our delusions, the world isn't a nice place.

I reported just last week the startling information that the Japanese are building car finishing plants here in America only as charity but that they despise us even as they plop these plants down in the deep south in states run by DeLay and Trent Lott and Haley Barbour, that corrupt troika of Republicans eager to sell their services to any foreign entity. Thanks to an alert poster at Atrios--From the Canadian Broadcasting Consortium:
Ontario workers are well-trained.

That simple explanation was cited as a main reason why Toyota turned its back on hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies offered from several American states in favour of building a second Ontario plant.

Industry experts say Ontarians are easier and cheaper to train - helping make it more cost-efficient to train workers when the new Woodstock plant opens in 2008, 40 kilometres away from its skilled workforce in Cambridge.
The Japanese welfare factories are totally 100% taxpayer subsidized. Namely, we allow them to erect them here as unattached entities. They contribute nothing to our pressing government bills that are killing us. Two trillion in the red during the Bush years so far! It gets worse, though,
The plant will produce the RAV-4, dubbed by some as a "mini sport-utility vehicle" that Toyota currently makes only in Japan. It plans to build 100,000 vehicles annually.

The factory will cost $800 million to build, with the federal and provincial governments kicking in $125 million of that to help cover research, training and infrastructure costs.

Several U.S. states were reportedly prepared to offer more than double that amount of subsidy. But Fedchun said much of that extra money would have been eaten away by higher training costs than are necessary for the Woodstock project.

He said Nissan and Honda have encountered difficulties getting new plants up to full production in recent years in Mississippi and Alabama due to an untrained - and often illiterate - workforce. In Alabama, trainers had to use "pictorials" to teach some illiterate workers how to use high-tech plant equipment.

"The educational level and the skill level of the people down there is so much lower than it is in Ontario," Fedchun said.
The Japanese think we are idiots. They are so annoyed with our collective stupidity that they are now willing to talk openly about it, in public. Do note that not one American news outfit carried this story. There are several shots across our prow here: one is, educational standards matter.

Second, the born again Jihad Christians and their war to dumb down America is fatal. The fact that the south gives the biggest goodies and has the lowest prices and the political muscle to lure in the Japanese is offset by the fact that the people there are inferior thanks to the GOP's efforts at stupifying Americans. After all, this dumbing downing is failing in the "Union" states, overall, but is a raging success in the Confederacy of Dunces down South.

All things are interconnected in other ways. The Japanese have decided that even the limited health services they provide is costing them dearly in America. They praise Canada for having a sane, single payer system and wonder outloud why America is too dumb to copy an obvious success story.
The provincial funds for the auto sector were drawn from a fund set up to attract investments specifically in that industry. McGuinty said no similar industry funds are being planned for other sectors, but added the province wants to attract biotechnology companies - those working on multibillion-dollar advanced medical research.

"What we have done for auto we would like to be able to do for biotech," he said. "That's where we're lending some real focus to at the present time."
The Canadians and the Japanese and the Chinese are all aiming straight at our core. This is due to us being hopelessly corrupted as well as our own pride and incompetence. Why do our rulers refuse to give us a good single payer health plan? I wonder about this. Sometimes, in darker moods, I think they seriously want us to die off in great numbers. But they can't make this a program so they do it via inaction. Hitler made the elimination of huge numbers of people the semi-official program of the Nazis. But even he hid it pretty well, more or less, until the armies of his opponents overwhelmed him and uncovered his annihilation programs.

I want to thank Toyota for speaking frankly. I hope someone here listens carefully. This is why I write on my blog!

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