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.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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