"Egregious...stupid, shortsighted decision"-- New controversy over the outsourcing of the Oakland Bay Bridge
America's bridges and infrastructure-- do we build them in the U.S. or overseas?
The Oakland Bay Bridge is $5.2 billion over budget and several years behind schedule. California officials had originally tried to save $400 million by contracting for Chinese steel that subsequently proved faulty.
At a press conference yesterday to launch a national campaign, "Should Be Made in America," Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) Executive Director Scott Paul said of the outsourced steel for the the bridge:
- "...the most egregious example...a stupid, shortsighted decision, and one we hope is never repeated by a governor anywhere or at anytime." (San Jose Mercury News)
- "It was originally designed to save tax dollars, to be more efficient. It turned out in hindsight to be a horrible decision. It ended up sourcing steel from a Chinese government- supported fabrication and steel company when those jobs could have been done right here at a reasonable cost to taxpayers.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
- "It is a symbol of what not to do... as our country begins to invest infrastructure." (Agence France Presse)
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