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When there is no more need for tanks or carpet, the layoffs are spread out. If a government program went defunct and the resulting layoffs destroyed the economy of an entire county, the backlash could be severe. Despite the inefficiencies, or the political reasons for manufacturing from sea to shining sea, at least the eggs aren't in one basket and the workers may be able to find other employment.
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