by: Brandon Turbeville
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
In a rare instance of real journalism, ABC news aired a report on the increasing number of foreign workers being contracted and imported into the United States for the purpose of rebuilding U.S. infrastructure.
It is part of a trend in globalization that sees an increasing Chinese presence in the United States, including everything from banking to outright purchase of U.S. cities
to planting Chinese flags on U.S. soil
to GM effectively becoming China Motors
to buying up U.S. oil and gas deposits
Indeed, ABC journalist Chris Cuomo of the Bringing America Back division of ABC News has reported that, out of the various different infrastructure repair projects being undertaken in the United States, a sizeable portion of those projects have been outsourced to foreign companies, particularly Chinese firms, who have then imported their own workers for the projects.For instance, Cuomo cites a $400 million renovation of the Alexander Hamilton bridge in New York, a $7.2 billion California project to build a new bridge in order to connect San Francisco and Oakland, and a proposed $190 million bridge project in Alaska as examples of foreign firms and labor being imported in place of what should have been American workers.
Understandably, union workers in Alaska began airing angry television commercials protesting the granting of Alaska’s bridge project to Chinese Corporations. “This is not the time to send more jobs to China,” the ads said. “Our tax dollars will provide hundreds of jobs there. Not at home.”
Indeed, in many cases, U.S. firms state that they are able to and would have met the guidelines set forth by the state governments in regards to their infrastructure projects. However, the contracts still went to their Chinese counterparts.
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