NUMMI to shed 4,700 workers by spring -- report

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I am an Iowa farm boy and I sell Toyotas, Nissans, Mazdas and GM's in a small farming community. I do know that Japan does not need more cars and I also know they are the number 1 importer of US corn (number 2 for pork). Isn't this how trade works? You have something I want and I have something you want, let's trade. I understand the "buy american" sentiment when someone you know or yourself has a job on the line. However practically thinking we are a global economy now and it is by far healthier than putting our heads in the sand as it is less volatile and more profitable for everyone. History has shown that through trade the larger community will benefit. If for any reason we lose our trading partners for the agriculturing products the folks in my community would be more than happy to have the "half wage" jobs as opposed to no jobs at all. I am not anti-union my dad worked a union job to pay the bills while he was farming in the 70's and 80's and kept it until he retired. The labor movement has done alot for our country and has been a great example for the rest of the world. The unions are important now as they will be in the future. We as a country always need to be sure we walk a line down the middle where free markets are allowed to co-exist with fair labor practices. There is no lasting benefit for a company to under pay their workers or to mistreat their workers just as it does not benefit the workers for a company to be unprofitable. This plant closing is an unfortunate example of GM and Toyota deciding it is not profitable to build at the NUMMI plant. (not just Toyota's decision) We are fortunate that Toyota has made the commitment to produce the product here in the US and not Mexico (the number 2 importer of US corn) Just my two cents.
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