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I wrote in 1986, "Toyota has also proven that once it has learned how to make a cheap car better than an expensive car, making an expensive car better than anything on the planet is only a matter of time."

This is one of the reasons why outsourcing of low-end work is the beginning of the end of high-end production capacity. Eventually you lose even the ability to design high-end stuff. What you say about the car industry is also true of the computer industry: it's being taken over by the Taiwanese manufacturers that American computer companies started outsourcing stuff to, years ago.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 2nd, 2007 at 02:04:26 PM EST

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