GM ex­cuse for ‘off­shoring' is cheap

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Pun­dits have valid points about shut­ting plants that are pro­duc­ing cars not selling enough. How­ever, Gen­eral Mo­tors’ job was to fore­see this hap­pen­ing so all that was needed was a rel­a­tively short shut­down to change plants’ man­u­fac­tur­ing to differ­ent cars or trucks.

With the newer plants, with all the robotics avail­able, this should not be as time con­sum­ing or difficult. To use this as an ex­cuse to pos­si­bly take man­u­fac­ture “offshore” — es­pe­cially if it’s China — is cheap and clueless, at best. I would se­ri­ously con­sider a GM elec­tric ve­hi­cle made in the U.S., but never one from China. Short­sighted peo­ple will say, “But the profits go to us.” But what about the lost wages and profits from them? Glen Gunter

York, Pa.

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