I'm writing about "Buying from China" (July 7). I am an employee of an automotive supplier, and what is happening to our industry, and for that matter to our country, makes no sense. The vision of short-term profit controls all decisions.
The short-term profit mentality leaves American manufacturing workers with little hope for the long term. What future do they have if manufacturing jobs are being sent to other parts of the world? We can't all be in the "service" business with nothing tangible to produce, sell and buy.
Government says it needs more money, yet it lets jobs go to other countries.
We have let go of the apparel, electronics and appliance industries. We have been able to absorb those job losses, but how far can we go?
Our industries are putting themselves at great risk and all of us with it. I work with people from around the world, and they are fine people. I want others to have the things that we have, however too many people paid the price so that we could be where we are. To let it slip away for short-term greed walks on the backs of those who earned us the position as the industrial leader of the world.
Somehow it seems immoral to sit across the table from a U.S. automaker and be told that our work is being sent to communist China. After years of quality production, exceptional service and meeting every price reduction expectation, the supplier is thrown out with the bath water. Morality is simple and is felt in the heart. It is unfortunate that most companies have no heart.