Ha, I see someone didn't read the first sentence! I would amend your statement to: "they'd much rather stare at their smartphones and play monopoly money with the mutual fund that controls your retirement account."yablanowitz wrote:Not going to happen as long as the EPA exists. Even if they were dismantled, I seriously doubt that we could compete on a purely economic level. People here don't want to work at a hot, dirty, labor intensive job for low pay. They'd much rather stare at their smartphones and vote for more government benefits so they don't have to work at all.
I work in the construction industry and know a little about steel production. There are numerous steel mills in the US, and a lot of structural steel and reinforcing steel is produced domestically. Foreign reinforcing steel is cheaper than domestic by a little bit. If a contractor is not required to use domestic they will usually use foreign in order to be able to bid lower on a project.yablanowitz wrote:Not going to happen as long as the EPA exists. Even if they were dismantled, I seriously doubt that we could compete on a purely economic level.
We do not have the industrial base we had for WW2. The general consensus is that any peer/near peer war will be over before new ships or even tanks and aircraft can be made and manned, trained and brought to bear. Notice we aren't even keeping a large combat reserve fleet like we did back after Ww2 where we brought carriers, cruisers and even battleships out of mothballs for Korea and Vietnam.The thing about this is, that if we get into a real shooting war, like a WWIII or something, we need to ask whether we have the at home production capability as we had in WWII to make us a fearsome antagonist able to defend our home.
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