In this modern day of Communist China leading the world in capitalist business ventures funded by U.S. Government taxpayers, we are not surprised to learn of Chinese plans to seek cheap labor in Idaho.
The latest scheme is an electric BUS FACTORY to be built in the Treasure Valley.
GUARDIAN GROWTHOPHOBES caution the enthusiastic Chamber of Commerce cheerleaders to tread lightly. The buzz often preceeds questionable public expenses–and failure.
Yes, we have a work force nearly 10% unemployed, but big employers like Albertson, HP, and Micron can dump a lot of workers and their families on society when their business wanes or management leaves town. Claims of a great work force, lifestyle, education opportunities, energy resources, and proximity to markets ring hollow to realists. Most often businesses come here based on cheap labor, cheap power, and how much taxpayer money they can get.
Over the years we have seen the likes of Tamarack and the tennis star fail to produce on a ski resort and hotel. No surprise when the GM Saturn plant didn’t get built at Kellogg.
Lockheed tried to convince the government Idaho Falls was a perfect location for a space station launch site because it was a mile closer to the moon than Cape Canaveral.
Then there was the clamor to locate the super colliding super conductor at the “ideal location” in the Idaho desert.
The rumor of a Boeing plant in the area of Kuna never gets off the ground, but surfaces periodically.
Team Dave had a gas-fired electricity plant all but pumping volts near the airport along with a massive train-truck-plane shipping facility. They also were touting solar panels providing covered parking at the airport remote parking lot, but now seek another parking ramp. So far all have been abandoned or curtailed.
Meanwhile the Communist Chinese are taking advantage of local and US Government subsidies for energy projects like the Hoku solar panel plant at Pocatello and now a factory to build buses. This in addition to whatever will or will not happen with the “research park” idea near the airport.
In short, we GROWTHOPHOBES welcome any business venture willing to pay a fair wage, build its own facilities, and pay taxes like everyone else. If they can’t do that, perhaps Communist China has more to offer.
For us there is just something missing when China finds it more profitable to build something in Idaho than in their homeland.
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