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2,000 Workers Laid Off While State Buys Cranes From China

Where are the photo-ops on this $40 million deal?

In Marge Neals article on RG Steel the headline was stark, cold and to the point -

Those words impacted close to 2,000 workers at the RG Steel Plant at Sparrows Point.  Most will lose their jobs.  Remember when the cameras were there?  Remember when Governor Martin O’Malley, RG CEO John Goodwin and Union International President Leo Gerard announcing a line of credit had been secured, enabling the plant to restart the “L” furnace? 

Where are they now?  No photo ops, but—and there is always a but—we have this little ditty that kicks sand in the faces of those workers and the people of this community and state.

As headlines go, this one adds insult to injury.  Gigantic cranes for port of Baltimore are en route from China.  That’s right, you heard me, China!  How much did this merchandise from abroad cost? $40 million.  Now you think with a steel mill right next to the port, 2,000 hard working Americans that supply steel for things made out of this stuff, there might be some work there?  Ya think!

I almost forgot about the $100,000 the guv spent on a little trip awhile back.  You know the one I’m talking about.  No it ain’t Towson, even though he’s been there many times wheeling and dealing.  Need a hint, how about a boat ride to where the cranes are coming from?  You got it!  China!

You remember the governor’s trip over there.  I’m talking about this one:  “O’Malley (D) is traveling with a 68-member delegation, which includes government and business leaders and educators, on a trip with stops in China, South Korea and Vietnam. The costs for most members are being covered personally or by their companies or institutions.”

 There is a matter of $100,000 of travel incidentals though.

Heck, the governor’s entourage rivals that of the Rolling Stones on tour.

I wonder if the conversation of the price of cranes came up.  No wonder we have a trade deficit.  He brags about gaining $40 million in business deals and turns around and gives it right back, although the devil is in the details of the deals he is supposedly bringing home.

Oh, I almost forgot about this deal.  It seems that we can’t build something as simple as a passenger gangway to get on a boat, so we pay Spain (whose economy is about to tank) $2.9 million to build one for us for the Port of Baltimore.

Seems like of lot of stuff coming in but little going out in the way of exports—you know, stuff we make in the good old U.S.A.

The end result of doing business the democratic way is companies are hiring American workers but at far less wages and benefits in order to compete with countries like CHINA!   

The lead paint is extra.

And all of this from the governor that champions labor and vice versa, thank goodness for that. 

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Arbutus Town Crier June 05, 2012 at 02:24 AM
The other countries don't have EPA, OSHA and other countless regulations, its called Global economy due to greed and exploitation of people and their children etc... GE and others support countries that rather see us dead! Global economy is Corporate Treason supporting large armies that want to take us down?. The stock holders belief .GREED IS GOOD? That have no pride in MADE IN AMERICA its all about money.and Capital Hill shooting us in the foot! Its a shame we made the super tankers and I wonder what crane is used to build Americas Aircraft Carriers,Chinese?
Buzz Beeler June 05, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Thanks ATC, but sometimes Ron's tape doesn't always rewind and fit back into the VHS box. If he only knew! I wasn't easy sever owners ago. Pure economics Ron. If the governor wants to trip, excuse me, step onto the national stage he has to be accountable for his actions. If you are going to take the WSJ on you better have command of your facts. Your right we are a global economy and the mess in Europe is based on the Democratic principal of - show me the goodies, cause there ain't no money! Were are we? The stock market is sinking faster than the Titanic, the unemployment rate is ticking back up, the debt is out of control and pushing this country over a cliff. We can't even pay the interest on the deficit. Now that's one heck of a conspiracy. Cheap shot bloggers don't get past the editors here at Patch. You see after 39 years of gathering facts it's like riding a bike, you never forget how to do it. A conspiracy? You mean the cranes were made in Annapolis? The governor doesn't mind taking donations from the unions. I guess his band members were playing the fiddle while RG was packing up and moving on. Better get your tums out because there will be more coming out except this time I just used the governors name once. The guv has a blog, the county has a blog. How was this comment routed? Addressing the common folk is not he guv's forte I guess.
james June 05, 2012 at 10:57 AM
are we hiring the chinese to operate them.
Steve June 28, 2012 at 06:18 AM
The cranes were purchased by the company running the port, not with taxpayer's money. Another Big BuzzFail ! Ready! Shoot! Aim! Does anybody check his rants to see if they are actually based on fact ?
Buzz Beeler June 28, 2012 at 12:57 PM
You can't get your three different names straight. Those are facts. I've got 7,000 words of your rants taking ups 30 pages. I'll send them to you in a PDF.

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