In the Wall Street Journal: “‘Scuse Me, Festus”

“You ‘plying ta the aeroplane fac’try fer one a’ them there jobs, too?

…We should be aghast that Boeing is sending a big fat market signal that it wants a less-skilled, lower-quality work force.

…We depend on Boeing to out-compete Airbus, its European rival. But when major firms move South, it is usually a harbinger of quality decline.

Takes some grits to write a column like that. But then again, Mr. Geoghegan is from CHICAGO.

He’ll know all about tools.

9 Responses to “In the Wall Street Journal: “‘Scuse Me, Festus””

  1. greg newsom says:

    Are they saying people from the South are stupid?
    Unskilled and uneducated?
    At least they don’t have phoney degrees from Asian Colleges that are merely fronts for rich families to buy degrees for their children,who then take American jobs from people who can afford 200 thousand dollars to attend American
    Colleges,Medical schools,ect.

  2. Kate P says:

    Sounds like the same concern raised when Philly’s Tastykake Baking Co. was recently bought by a Southern firm. Coincidence? Hmmm.

  3. JeffS says:

    Well, this will make a lot of friends for unions in the South.

  4. ricki says:

    Wow. Mr. Geogehan, your prejudice is showing. If a colleague of yours were to say similar about certain ethnic groups, you’d be aghast and reporting him to HR. But it’s OK for you to say it about Southerners.


    Let’s hope your car never breaks down south of the Mason-Dixon line.

  5. tree hugging sister says:

    major dad was telling me about this, so then, when we went looking LOOKING on RCP for it, POOF! It’d disappeared! COMPLETELY.

    Perhaps there were some outraged howls from readers about the biased, dare-I-say “ig’nant” nature of the rant?

    And I’m still on the fence concerning WSJ motivation. True non-partisanism, an underlying sense of Northern superiority, or…they just wanted to watch the fireworks when the shit hit the fan?

  6. Gary from Jersey says:

    The WSJ is sticking it to Obamists by using their own words. Its readers are smart enough to recognize this for what it is and will act accordingly. I hope.

  7. NJ Sue says:

    I wonder if the WSJ published this as a joke. In other places, the author advocates a high-tax, heavily regulated regime. He wrote a book about how we should be more like Germany. Ironically, BMW makes its cars in the American South. Too bad those dumb Southern workers can’t compete against Detroit union quality (cough cough).

  8. major dad says:

    Let’s see: Thousands of NASA workers in Florida, Alabama and Texas; Lockheed plants in Georgia, Texas along with Bell Textron. That’s just to name a few and not mentioning the state of the art auto plants that Hyundi, BMW, Volkswagon and Mercedes have down here. Yup, all these dumb hicks in the South can’t make squat. Was that article supposed to be in the Onion and somehow got into the WSJ?

  9. aelfheld says:

    “[…] when major firms move South, it is usually a harbinger of quality decline.”

    Tell that to Honda, Nissan, and Toyota.

    Oh, and Ford, GM, and Chrysler too.

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