“The two plants — a Carrier factory employing more than 1,400 workers in Indianapolis and a United Technologies plant with 700 employees in Huntington — are profitable, but pay workers $15 to $26 an hour — about what the company’s workers in Monterrey, Mexico, earn in a day.”


<div><b style="background-color: initial; font-size: 0.875rem;">Questions</b><br></div>Is improving employment in the United States even desirable? Should we be working towards a more productive economy or moving towards a more pleasant culture? Is moving towards a more pleasant culture inherently exploitive? Or by doing it are we pushing forward a progress that will have a ripple effect and perhaps at some point end labor? <span style="background-color: initial; font-size: 0.875rem;">If lowering corporate taxes on companies like Carrier will keep these jobs in the states, who wins?</span><div><br></div><div><b>Thoughts</b></div> How could the United States ever compete against this? At first blush, it seems impossible. Say the base labor costs in Mexico are $20,000 a day. That cost is $160,000 a day in the United States. That gap though can be fixed through fines against offshoring, lowering the corporate tax,+ loosening up regulation?

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