What is the best way to get America back to work? Buying American? Supporting exports? Supporting small business - all three - why or why not?
All three. When we buy American made products(if you can find them) you are employing a fellow American to make that product.As the owners of the company sell more products they may have to expand to meet demand. That will enable the owners of that company to not only need more manufacturing space( construction or renovation)and hire more employees.With the escalation of fuel prices it may end up being more economical to produce goods at home.There are also inherent problems with cheap imports anyway, look at the lead based paint discovered on little kids toys.Do you want your child chewing on that? Some companies are bringing call centers back here because customers were complaining they could not understand what the customer service rep was saying.The outsourcing of jobs was done to increase corporate profits period.
This is a misleading way of approaching the issue - though in itself it is a genuine issue. The whole fabric of employment, manufacture, service etc has been detroyed by the powerful few who have manipulated governments into catering only for them. So you have a few individuals, corporations and huge companies who source the product, ship the product and sell you the product. They go for the cheapest source and the the highest retail price. They have no competition, so small business only exists (in the main) to cater for some outsourced part of their empire.
You are being robbed blind, manipulated without care or concern and then told it is your fault. Well to some extent it is your fault, you voted in the administrations and senates that are packed with the rich and those with businesses that they cater for - who stripped you of a working economic system and imposed a massive and unnecessary government business to keep you grazing.
I agree with you recommend1 - yet the consumer can still rule - the consumer remains the most powerful political front - for any country.
Moderndayslave has it right - there will always be a demand for quality - returning call centers here could be a big marketing point which no one has used as yet - great advertising - fantastic way to build good will.
Read in the Sunday paper, Whirlpool's president is sending out a letter, touting American jobs it has provided and how they are spending over a billion dollars to improve manufacturing plants here in the US, including building a 200 million dollar plant in Ohio. Guess they are closing a plant in Mexico and moving production back to the US. Looks like at least one company is realizing they are better off manufacturing in this country. I'm sure a lot of their parts will still come from overseas, but at least they are putting it together here. It's a start.
Their competition from Korea is dumping product to gain market share. Selling here significantly below what they sell it elsewhere overseas. At least that is what the article was saying.
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