Troup County Takes One for the Team?
Clearly the Kia plant will be welcome in an area of Georgia hard-hit by textile plant closings. But while Troup County was trading away future school funding for assembly line work, Kia officials were securing a deal that better reflects the value of education: HOPE scholarships will go to 10 children of Kia managers who wouldn't otherwise qualify for a HOPE scholarship because they didn't graduate from a Georgia high school; and an unspecified number of managers and family members will be granted waivers for in-state tuition at Georgia colleges and universities. (Clearly, Kia managers understand that U.S. workers won't be able to compete long-term against lower-cost countries in manufacturing.)
Education again comes out on the short end. Assembly line jobs for those kids that can't escape? By the time the waivers run out the world economy will have changed enough to where these jobs might migrate elsewhere. Peace ... or War!