Has American unions priced themselves right out of the competition?
Between high cost (comparatively) union labor and strict (and getting stricter) environmental controls on manufacturing plants, what outcome should be expected?
We don't have the steel mills to produce these types of things anymore...and nobody wants to build any more because they either harm the environment or, if "cleaner" are prohibitively expensive to build.
Better to let China do it because, in general, they don't give a shit about their environment....it's all about the money. And, as a bonus, none of our environmental "crusaders" over here seem to give a f@ck about the planet when it happens in some other country...just keep what I/me/myself can see clean and pristine. Oh, and build me a Whole Foods...superstructure more than likely made from (you guessed it) Chinese-made steel.
I'm not trying to be too negative, but this is the competition. And we cannot compete with the workforce, cost, and environmental (non) controls China offers.
BTW--my wife is Chinese descent (American born, though). Her father and mother both tell us NEVER to eat seafood fished from Asian waters because of the industrial pollution over there (they visit Taiwan and China often and know exactly what they are talking about). Word to the wise...check your packages of shrimp/pollack/flounder/etc and truly buy American (i.e. "product of the U.S.A.").