Today’s Wall Street Journal has six letters taking apart Thomas Geoghegan’s inane and outrageous attack on Boeing wanting to open a manufacturing plant in South Carolina that appeared in Monday’s paper.
Rarely have I read something so insulting and poorly reasoned in the WSJ. Here’s the angle I took in my response to the WSJ. The newspaper ran a letter from me two or three weeks ago, so I knew there wasn’t much chance it would get in, but it was worth a shot:
To the editor:
I live in the North, yet I was still insulted by Thomas Geoghegan’s argument that Boeing opening a manufacturing plant in South Carolina would represent “another American firm seeking to ruin its reputation for quality” because it “wants a less-skilled, lower-quality work force” (“Boeing’s Threat to American Enterprise,” June 20).
Atlanta-based Coca-Cola is one of the world’s most successful corporations. Ask Coca-Cola executives if they staff their headquarters with low-skilled, low-quality workers.
Mr. Geoghegan mentions competition with German firms. Perhaps he does not know German automaker BMW has an auto plant in South Carolina? Or that German automaker Volkswagen – the world’s largest automaker — has a new auto plant in Tennessee? Or that German automaker Mercedes-Benz also builds autos in the Deep South?
Are we to believe these German automakers turn out some of the world’s best automobiles while at the same time using low-skilled, low-quality workers and seeking to ruin their reputations?
Honda, Kia, Nissan, and Toyota are some of the other automakers that also build cars in the Deep South. Are they, too, seeking to ruin their reputations?
With Mr. Geoghegan, a union lawyer, presenting this pathetic argument to defend labor unions, it’s no wonder 93 percent of private-sector workers have not joined unions.