And the imbeciles are not happy.
Fisker says that he could not find a plant in the U.S. to assemble his new flagship vehicle, so he went to Finland to build the car — creating 500 jobs in Finland. (source) Fisker says that once the $97,000 Fisker Karma takes hold, it will help move his plan for a lower cost sedan, which he plans to build in Delaware.
What nobody is yelling about is why he couldn’t find a facility in the United States that was ready to go. We let most of our plants go to pot, our work-force is uneducated and lazy, and it costs more to employ an American than even a Finn — even though you generally pay the Finn a higher salary. Why? Because you don’t need to pay a Finn’s health care costs.
I took a drive through Buffalo, NY with my father-in-law, and he pointed out all of the places where automotive manufacturing plants used to be. An abandoned building here, a burned out complex there, all the places that supported families and funneled parts over to Detroit, its sister-in-pain. The next day, I drove to Toronto. On the way, I saw Ford’s massive, gleaming, modern, facility. Why is it there? Because when you employ a Canadian, chances are you’re not getting some lazy dipshit, and when you pay him $50,000 a year, you’re not also throwing $15,000 on top of that for health care costs.