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May 28, 2004

Sound Transit Discovers an Infestation of Alien Nuts

Sound Transit is now spending management time -- read the story here -- tracking down the use of $9,500 of steel tubes manufactured in Canada. In addition, it has come forward voluntarily and disclosed that a few hundred dollars worth of steel nuts it used apparently were manufactured -- get this -- in Thailand.

So what? We trust our lives to cars from Germany, Sweden, Korea or Japan. We ingest Australian wine, Brazilian orange juice and Canadian maple syrup. We proclaim our solicitude to foreigners by forbidding our police to ask for immigration papers.

But when it comes to public construction we draw the line. Every contractor has to make sure that every nut, bolt and rivet has to be manufactured in the United States.

We grumble about the expense of these government projects. Here is one of the reasons.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at May 28, 2004 11:19 AM



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