English 111 - 04
End of the Line
February 24 2012
LeDuff, Chalie. "End of the Line." The Compact Reader. Ed. Jane E. Aaron and Ellen K. Repetto. New York: BEDFORD/ST.Martin's, 2011. 300-06. Print.
"End of the Line" is an essay written by Charlie LeDuff on the impact GM had on the cities built around the assembly lines. To convey how he feels about this occurrence he gives an account of driving through Janesville in a car with “windows fogged up with cigarette smoke” then which he later states. “I always smoke at funerals” implying that the city he is riding in is dead. He goes on to ask who is to blame but not that it really matters. I sort of think it does matter and I feel like the person to blame was no other then the business method of survival. Work will go where the labor cost the least at. With that being said, the American worker would be to blame for the loss of jobs. GM got to the point where cost of labor was just too high. Now you take a company like Ford who outsourced its work to Mexico and they are still a thriving business. Business is based on basic economics. I do however like the ending “You cannot compete with poverty unless you are poor.” That statement makes you wonder, what if this whole “times are bad” campaign is to make the American workforce more competitive. I’ve been saying for a couple years now, the only way to make an American work for the minimum is to make him beg for that job.