Economic nationalism is no substitute for building the competitiveness of American workers.
Notably the foreign companies that made these parts don’t pay their workers low wages.
In fact when you add in the value of health and pension benefits – most of these foreign workers get a better deal than do Boeing’s workers.These nations also provide most young people with excellent educations and technical training as well as universally-available health care.
To pay for all this these countries also impose higher tax rates on their corporations and wealthy individuals than does the United States.
And their health – safety – environmental and labor regulations are stricter.
Not incidentally they have stronger unions.
So why is so much of Boeing’s Dreamliner coming from these high-wage – high-tax – high-cost places?
Because the parts made by workers in these countries are better – last longer and are more reliable than parts made anywhere else.