Indian Steel Bitch Slaps American Workers

First it was the H1B software coolies that began screwing American workers (thanks to greedy U.S. corporations).

Now, the down-on-their-luck American workers are being bitch slapped by other things Indian.

The New York Times has an interesting article today on how Indian steel pipes are being used in an oil pipeline project in Granite City, Illinois even as a local steel plant remains closed for the last four months and 2,000 workers are out of work.

Here’s an excerpt from the NYT story:

Jeff Rains, a retired steel worker at the sprawling mill here, made the discovery. Out walking a month ago, he waited impatiently at a rail crossing while a freight train slowly passed, its flatbed cars stacked with steel pipes, each wide enough for a child to crawl through. Then he noticed “Made in India” stenciled on the pipes.

That observation has made him a Paul Revere in the eyes of many townspeople. Hundreds of sections of imported steel pipe have been moving into Granite City for use in an oil pipeline. The steel mill, meanwhile, has been shut since December for lack of orders — the first time in its 130-year history — and nearly 2,000 workers are on furlough.

“I was very mad when I saw they were imported; I wondered why this pipe had not been made in the United States,” said Mr. Rains, who is 61.

16 Responses to "Indian Steel Bitch Slaps American Workers"

  1. allwin   April 15, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    [Trash Talk] Responds:

    What happened…the rats got your cojones?

  2. joeantony   April 16, 2009 at 1:06 am

    “I wondered why this pipe had not been made in the United States”

    Ignorance is not bliss anymore, Americans need to be alert. This is the problem of capitalism. Mr.X who is involved in this contract can order pipes from US firm or manufacture himself for say 1000$ the same will be just 500$ if imported from india (its jus 500 because the government has given him lesser import tax, as a policy of capitalism)… now he sells if for 2000$ in US he gets 1500$ profit than 1000$ if bought from US manufacturer, in the later case US workers work for the manufactured would still had job and shared that 500$…

    what I try to mean, communism is always safe, people call it slow growth, but it takes care of ‘everyone’ … America has to pay for its wrong economic policies and imperialism, India in the last decade only started following parallel policies and now they have realized it is dangerous so the will be able to escape easily,, but america is gotten deep in to a wrong economical commercial model and now paying the price, homeless count in millions now… 🙁 Responds:

    You write: what I try to mean, communism is always safe, people call it slow growth, but it takes care of ‘everyone’ …

    The problem with communism is that it easily degenerates into the Stalinist nonsense quickly eating millions of lives.

  3. boopalanj   April 16, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Hmmm.. Seems, SearchIndia can come up with articles that are, kind of, Slap-India.!! 😉 Responds:

    Fair and balanced, that’s SearchIndia

  4. aditya_k   April 16, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Although India has started policies parallel to capitalism,its not as full-blown as it is in U.S. We still have many restrictions on our imports, so as to ‘protect’ the local industry. This of course, has its own drawbacks.In the recently concluded G-20 meeting, India was accused of this……..Communism on the other hand tends to breed corruption….wonder how China holds it up… Responds:

    Unbridled capitalism would be tragic for India’s several hundred millions who live on less than $2 per day.

  5. Dr.UnkHaf D. Aktar   April 16, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    You are slapped because you let yourself be slapped. Chineese and other foreign companies are not doing half of what japaneese corporates did in the last century to US manufacturers (be it the TV industry, computers or countless others by dumping and other illegal trade practices). And free/fair trade is a dream. Its not restricted to one country. Chineese goods are dumped (sold below production price to wipe out competition and increase market share) in India on a large scale.

    Most recently, widespead dumping of toys (poisonous at that with lead paints et al) lead to near extinction of domestic toy industry prompting the government to ban all toy imports-blanket ban- for a period of 6 weeks (during which the home-grown companies were expected to show some innovation). But China protested along with some other corporates in India who sourced parts from China. Ban was revoked within 6 days if I remember right without giving any reason. Korean corporates have a huge market share in electronic items driving out domestic players like Videocon and Onida.

    Many such examples exist for many industries in many countries, I suppose. So the point, life isn’t fair to YOU always, although everything tends to even out in the larger sense.

    Just think of how US of A is exploiting Iraq and try asking an Iraqi how they feel when Made in USA tanks and guns roll through their streets. Responds:

    1. You write: although everything tends to even out in the larger sense

    A meaningless sentence. Try telling the 2,000 workers in Granite City, Illinois that ‘everything tends to even out in the larger sense.’

    2. You are right. The U.S. attack on Iraq is a Himalayan tragedy and monumental disaster for both the 1.3 million Iraqis and the 4,273 Americans who have died there since the invasion.

    3. Maybe, there’s no thing as free trade as you suggest. Perhaps, all trade is unfair.

    Gandhi may be wiser than we give him credit for when he advocated local production and consumption.

    Although Gandhi’s emphasis on the village may make it difficult to adopt his model as the village is too small a self-sustaining economic unit.

  6. babyface   April 16, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    1/2 Dr. Aktar, just because Navaneeth has two Es, you don’t get the right to spell Chinese and Japanese with 2 Es. j/k.. Responds:

    Off-topic – What’s in Your Domino’s Pizza?

  7. Asha Tampa   April 17, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Have to say, cant pretend to be upset over this one! Dont get pissed, am jus bein honest! Responds:

    Protectionist calls are getting strident here these days.

    We’d advise the coolies not to make any big ticket purchases.

  8. Asha Tampa   April 17, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Off topic: I jus saw this Stephen King novel based movie, Cujo. You’ve never seen any movies I’ve told you so far; maybe, you’ll take time out to see this one… Responds:

    We’ll definitely see Cujo.

    Have read a few King novels including Christine (remember the car?)

  9. Asha Tampa   April 17, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Aww, sheesh, yeah! Stephen King is good! I think Christine was also made into a movie; I’ll try to get that one, too. This kid in Cujo was damn good, in fact, it felt like he was not acting; he was well and truly terrified. Either that, or he’s one superb actor! Responds:

    We’re going to watch State of Play (Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams).

  10. babyface   April 17, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    I watched Christine on a halloween night.. no, not in 1983 — when it was released and Asha was born..

    not impressed.. novel woulda been better, i bet. Baywatch babe alex paul looked pretty, though. Responds:

    Gotta rush…Crowe & Affleck beckon – State of Play. Review coming later this evening.

  11. Asha Tampa   April 17, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Funnee, babyface! FYI, I was born in 1984! Hope you were not born in 1983, though.

    Hey SI, enjoy the movie!

  12. t_araya   April 17, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    that is just awesome! haahaa too funny…

    between h1b’s and imports these lazy ass americans wont know what hit them!!!

    smack my bitch up!!! sweet! Responds:

    Between the coolies there and here, they’re pauperizing the hard-working Americans (we mean, us). 🙁

  13. babyface   April 17, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Asha says: Hope you were not born in 1983

    why not? 🙁

  14. Asha Tampa   April 18, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Uhh, I cant remember why I said that. It had something to do with your earlier comment.

  15. t_araya   April 20, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    “Between the coolies there and here, they’re pauperizing the hard-working Americans (we mean, us). :(”

    well if the so-called coolies can pauperize ‘hard-working americans’ like you, then perhaps you are the coolie, no? Responds:

    A slow Monday for you? Go, find some other bait.

  16. tejamainhoon   April 20, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    “A slow Monday for you? Go, find some other bait.”

    [Trash Talk] Responds:

    Sorry for the delay in processing your drivel.

    You see, we were busy on a new post. Bet you’ll dig this – H1B Pulls Down Wages 6%; Send the Coolies Home

    Enjoy. 😉

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