Had to replace the power outlet in the old VW, and happened to notice the part was labeled, "Made in Germany."
Wow. Even the small parts are German-made? But how can Germans produce a competitively priced car by manufacturing parts in their own country? I was assured by the geniuses of American industry that this is quite impossible.
It must be that German auto-workers are low-paid, low-skilled, and have few job benefits, right?
Well, the internets say German auto-workers have higher take-home salaries than unionized US auto-workers, because German employers don't deduct healthcare costs from paychecks, and German auto manufacturers also provide free day care to employees. Under German law, all employers are required to provide eight weeks of vacation to their employees, and their unemployment benefits are much more robust. There is no US law requiring employers to provide even eight minutes of vacation to their employees. German carmakers have also not yet engaged in massive job-slashing or mass layoffs.
So no, I guess that's not it either.
It's a mystery.
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