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Old 05-21-2010, 09:56 AM   #1
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Old 05-21-2010, 10:09 AM   #2
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Splendid, another American company ****ing it's workers to save a buck. I hope your new Mexican adventures give you what you deserve...
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Old 05-21-2010, 10:10 AM   #3
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What you don't like the free market?
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Old 05-21-2010, 10:24 AM   #4
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Wasn't this NAFTA BS supposed to have a "good" side for the United States?
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Simple economics are at play here. Unions and pensions are killing profits. Unions won't budge on their side so it's easier to shut down and move. If Polaris can make the same units in Mexico, ship them faster and increase revenue then more power to them. For those WI employees- Rosetta Stone and the ability to move are your friend. They will me managers & supervisors there. Cost of living is cheaper, too.
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What you don't like the free market?

No as a matter of fact I don't. IMO International trade only works with a level playing field, the much trotted out "rising tide lifts all boats" argument actually more often exhibits the inverse, IE "a lowering tide lowers all boats"

But hey who am I to complain, we'll all be equal soon enough, just like China: every one has a bowl and a spoon...maybe a cup if you're lucky.....
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Old 05-21-2010, 11:13 AM   #7
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Some say Mexico is on the verge of another bloody revolution, which is odd, considering that most of the populace is only concerned with getting through another day intact and well fed. When the commies tried to incite a "workers revolution" in the late 40's, they were dumbfounded by the average Mexican's lack of interest in anything political, and the communist went back to the Soviet Union with their hammer and sickle tucked between their legs.

I wish Polaris lots of luck with their investment in a country so corrupt, it makes Paraguay look like a bastion of honesty.

And like our last big investment in setting up manufacturing facilities off-shore in a third world environment (Brazil) let's hope Mexico doesn't flip Polaris the bird, and nationalize the facilities.
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What you don't like the free market?
The problem with the "free market" is that it levels the playing field. What's wrong with that? Basically, I don't want to have to compete with a Mexican or Chinese worker who lives in a hovel, eats 800 calories a day, and dies of job-related chemical poisoning at 45.

Instead, we need to re-develop American manufacturing capacity, and be willing to pay a slightly higher price for products in order to preserve our higher standard of living. Let the Chinese and Mexicans come to us, we don't need to sink to their level.
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Some say Mexico is on the verge of another bloody revolution, which is odd, considering that most of the populace is only concerned with getting through another day intact and well fed. When the commies tried to incite a "workers revolution" in the late 40's, they were dumbfounded by the average Mexican's lack of interest in anything political, and the communist went back to the Soviet Union with their hammer and sickle tucked between their legs.

I wish Polaris lots of luck with their investment in a country so corrupt, it makes Paraguay look like a bastion of honesty.

And like our last big investment in setting up manufacturing facilities off-shore in a third world environment (Brazil) let's hope Mexico doesn't flip Polaris the bird, and nationalize the facilities.
Corrupt, perhaps, but Mexico is already home to production facilities for probably more automotive OEMs than not. I hate outsourcing American jobs, but this move makes financial sense.
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Old 05-21-2010, 12:33 PM   #10
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Ross Perot was a bit on the weird side but he called this one dead on. Pass NAFTA and all you'll hear is a giant sucking sound of jobs being lost to Mexico.
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