Riding the rails


One of the reasons I don’t mind getting stuck at railroad crossings is it helps remind me that the economy isn’t completely stuck. And sometimes you see interesting cargo, like today in South St. Paul.


There were dozens of them. They’re windmills from Suzlon, a company based in India with no manufacturing facilities in the U.S. So by the end of the train, I realized it’s the economy in India that’s not entirely stuck, and I found myself wondering what the unemployment rate in this country would be if we still manufactured things here. For all the talk about “green jobs” from alternative energy in this country, a lot of them aren’t jobs based here, apparently.