September 26, 2011

Regarding the Sept. 22 editorial “Not stimulating” :

Without a strong “Buy America” provision in the American Jobs Act, the temptation for businesses to use the funds to purchase goods overseas will be too strong to resist. Despite The Post’s enduring support for free trade, one should remember that unrestricted outsourcing is one reason why we are in the midst of the most serious economic crisis since the 1930s.  

For too long, too many companies have shipped U.S. jobs to countries that have no regard for fundamental human rights. The last thing we should be doing now is enabling them to do so with money intended to create jobs here at home. Buy America provisions represent a basic and common-sense solution to the jobs crisis. If anything, they should be strengthened.

In the past few years, more than 3 million manufacturing workers have lost their jobs. Requiring companies to use federal money to purchase domestic materials and manufactured goods will not harm American workers. Quite the contrary, it will provide much-needed jobs to the millions of manufacturing workers who have lost theirs. It will also help restore our nation’s economy.

Tom Buffenbarger, Upper Marlboro

The writer is president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.  

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