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I find all the talk about renewing Oklahoma's effort to promote industrial development somewhat amusing, if not a little sad. As a nation, our governments have given American and foreign manufacturers carte blanche to do whatever they want.

Since the Reagan years, what they have wanted was the cheap labor they could find overseas, and they got it. The end result is nearly total foreign control and ownership of important U.S. businesses.

Now the U.S. is a debtor nation, because it was easier to write and sell a software program or fast-food joint than find incentives to encourage businesses and industry to stay in the U.S., expand and increase jobs. Now the candidates jump in to say they support industrial expansion, when most of them could have cared less just a few years ago.

"Roger Redden
Oklahoma City

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