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Saturday, May 12, 2018

A labor union for Harley-Davidson believes the nation's best-known motorcycle maker is closing its factory in Kansas City in order to move some of the work to a new plant in Thailand. Harley has said it will close the Kansas City factory despite pleas from some members of Congress to keep it open and retain about 800 jobs. Harley says it's moving the Kansas City work to the company's plant in York, Pa., creating about 400 additional jobs in York.

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Corporations are making record profits.

Also, thanks to the work of 12,000 registered corporate lobbyists in Washington (as compared to only 400 union lobbyists) ... Republicans led by Trump gave these same corporations $2 trillion of free taxpayer money ...

Nothing speaks to the manly American can-do resolve of Harley-Davidson than the stirring words, "made in Thailand".

No wonder America is in decline.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-05-11 07:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Make Thailand Great Again!

#2 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-05-11 07:33 PM | Reply | Funny: 3


Trump's Favorite Auto CEO Will Keep Making Vehicles in Mexico
www.bloomberg.com

...Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV isn't abandoning Mexico for Michigan, even if that's what Donald Trump keeps suggesting.

"By the way, thank you, you're moving to Michigan! From Mexico," the president said to Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne on Friday during a White House summit with a dozen auto industry leaders.

Marchionne responded in the affirmative. "That's what we like," Trump said. "Right now, he's my favorite man in the room. Big announcement. And I'll tell you, the people in Michigan very much appreciate it. It's a big deal: leaving Mexico, going to Michigan. That was very well received."

The Italian-American automaker isn't leaving Mexico. It's re-purposing a truck factory to build commercial vehicles in Saltillo, one of three Fiat Chrysler assembly plants in the country. It also has three vehicle manufacturing facilities in Michigan, one of which will take over production of heavy-duty Ram pickups from Saltillo in 2020.


#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-05-11 08:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

So massive tax break AND corps are allowed to keep/move jobs over seas?

What a DEAL!!! No need for stipulations; just the hope that the American business owner would Make America Great Again.

#ArtoftheDeal

#4 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-05-11 08:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

" I LOVED Thailand!" - Gina Haspel

#5 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-05-11 09:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 3 | Newsworthy 1

So massive tax break AND corps are allowed to keep/move jobs over seas?

#4 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11

Right.

But the important question and the one you should be asking is who is paying Michael Avenatti???

#6 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2018-05-12 07:05 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

It's the unions fault. If the workers would take 8 dollars a day, Harley would stay in Kansas City.

~Republicans

#7 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-05-12 07:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 3

The Blaze has picked up this story.

www.theblaze.com

Here's some interesting comments from their readers ...

polycarp77 on May 12, 2018 6:32 pm said:

This story better not be true! Say good bye to the US market if it is. I am selling my stock.


ChuckBuck on May 12, 2018 12:41 pm said:

I have ridden a Harley for the past 45 years. usually buy a new one every 5-6- years. Never again. That's it.
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Problem with Harley? They tend to forget who their market is geared to – old geezers like me. Young guys like those crotch rockets that they can lay down on.
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Who you gonna sell to now HD? Talk about "cutting your nose off to spite your face" ...


rbowers on May 12, 2018 9:50 am said:

Thought tax cuts gave incentives for companies to bring jobs back to the US? How does this make sense for HD? Are employees demanding huge union raises? Article does a poor job explaining what's behind the decisions.


TheFederalist on May 12, 2018 9:35 am said:

Corporate greed sums it all up. It`s all about maximizing profits.


What these commenters are saying is, "who stole the American dream?".

#8 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-05-12 07:17 PM | Reply

When are they going to start classifying this as enabling slavery..?..Just a thought

#9 | Posted by Ziplinepanda at 2018-05-12 08:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

RSTY

"So massive tax break AND corps are allowed to keep/move jobs over seas?"

Of course they did. Trump is a sucker so they took the free money and split town. They might have some idea that Trump isn't going to be around much longer so they decided those tax breaks could disappear in a flash. Their projected profit and loss statements are the real key to their decisions ~ not Trump's sloganeering. Who would believe anything Trump says anyway? He has a history of leaving others holding the bag.

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-05-12 11:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

The largest denomination Thai currency is 1000 Baht note. As of 5/12/18, one Baht equals 3 cents! Take a suitcase of money to your local Harley dealer in Thailand.

#11 | Posted by john47 at 2018-05-13 09:36 AM | Reply

Wow.

400 jobs for folks in Pa.

Who wants to live in Kansas, anyway?

Win/win.

LOL!

#12 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-05-13 11:24 AM | Reply

Who wants to live in Kansas, anyway?
..............................#12 | POSTED BY ANGRYDAD

Uhhh...the harley factory in question is in MISSOURI..

#13 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-05-13 11:34 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Who wants to live in Kansas, anyway?
..............................#12 | POSTED BY ANGRYDAD

Uhhh...the harley factory in question is in MISSOURI..

#13 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-05-13 11:34 AM

Missouri likely has more plentiful and cheaper meth!

#14 | Posted by john47 at 2018-05-13 12:50 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

JOHN47

Harley Davidson > Thailand > kansas city > not kansas..missouri > price and availability of crystal meth in the midwest. i'd suggest name tags be sewn in all your clothes

#15 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-05-13 05:48 PM | Reply

Q:what do you call a guy on a harley? A:grandpa.

#16 | Posted by visiter at 2018-05-13 07:42 PM | Reply

The largest denomination Thai currency is 1000 Baht note. As of 5/12/18, one Baht equals 3 cents! Take a suitcase of money to your local Harley dealer in Thailand.

#11 | POSTED BY JOHN47

What the hell are you talking about?

1,000 Baht = $31.

Our highest note is only about 3 times that amount.

#17 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-05-14 12:39 AM | Reply

"No wonder America is in decline."

#1 | POSTED BY PINCHALOAF

I had the same shock and heartbreak when I found out about ten years ago that Tony Lama Cowboy Boots (the pride of El Paso, Tx) were made in China. The article that is somewhat dated(2004), says that 35% to 40%of Tony Lama line is outsourced to China. Henced, that has increased to over 80%:

www.csmonitor.com

Nothing is sacred in the corportist psyche. Everything is a commodity...and I mean everything.

#18 | Posted by shane at 2018-05-14 04:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

now it's just a giant board game. race, religion, gender, heritage and national identity have become categories. each category has negotiable rules. national borders are spaces on the board. it really has become just a monopoly game. wait'll they introduce their 2 newest pieces into mainstream play..AI and robotics. will american robots complain about chinese robots

#19 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-05-14 04:56 PM | Reply

Hell just about all shoes are made somewhere else. Cowboy boots are mostly made in Mexico, Justin and Nacona to name two.

#20 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-05-14 05:27 PM | Reply

The only things made in America anymore are hemorrhoids, obesity, and Melania's vampire accent.

#21 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-05-14 06:05 PM | Reply

Nothing is sacred in the corportist psyche. Everything is a commodity...and I mean everything.
#18 | POSTED BY SHANE

There's one thing that is sacred within the corporate psyche: Unmitigated profits.

#22 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-05-14 06:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Half of Justin's Chippewa Boots footwear is produced in China, while 20 percent of the company's upscale Nocona brand comes from Mexico, Lama says. Between 75 and 80 percent of the Justin Boots brand are crafted overseas."

Dec 27, 2004
Even the cowboy boot now sports 'Made in China' - CSMonitor.com

#23 | Posted by shane at 2018-05-14 07:37 PM | Reply

"..wait'll they introduce their 2 newest pieces into mainstream play..AI and robotics. will american robots complain about chinese robots.."

#19 | POSTED BY ABLOCK

Yes indeed. That's when the stuff of prophet/ writer Philip K Dick starts to kick in.

Sometimes I liken the gang on the DR ,including me, as the Victorians of a 100 years ago, smoking our cigars, sipping brandy while scoffing at the automobile as a useless, ridiculous contraption, and guffawing,when people discuss the idea of women voting.

The mid later part of this century will be bazaar.

#24 | Posted by shane at 2018-05-15 02:56 PM | Reply

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