U.S. debt producers fuel ‘Flat Earth’ economy

by J Scott Christianson, Columbia Daily Tribune Columnist

The port of Oakland is one of the largest in the United States. More than 750 million metric tons of goods enter this country through Oakland each year. So much is arriving that another dock was recently added so cargo could be unloaded more rapidly.

The most essential pieces of equipment to be installed at the new dock are the massive cranes that do the work of unloading the container ships. One might assume local steelworkers or a company like Link or Caterpillar…