posted on Apr, 13 2010 @ 09:19 PM
This is a very complex problem.
Many thoughts in thread with some good and others just bad.
Taxation by any other name is a tariff. Laws on forced manufacturing within a country is protectionism. These policies have never worked throughout
history. No reason to believe they will work now.
Now the problems. The US has signed treaties about free trade agreements. We just have to accept the fact we are no longer the big boy but just a
member of the big boy club.
Environmentalists have pressured lawmakers into such restrictive laws that just from compliance, it's cheaper to move anywhere else, for
manufacturing heavy industrial raw material.
Labor unions have raised hourly rates to a level that drives business away. Even China is having the same problem with cheaper labor in Vietnam and
Indonesia. Management is even worse with compensation, but if you're making money, there is a reason; it starts with management.
Taxation from Federal and State government is taxing many businesses even more as there is a shrinking tax base. Local County and City governments
often provide tax breaks (TIF) to keep businesses from leaving. Cities, across the country, are struggling from this.
Now the American worker. Several comments about illegals within the USA. Quite frankly, they are performing work most young Americans will not do. The
kids want to work with computers and not get their hands dirty. For the most part, you will not be cheaper than tech support in India. But in the mean
time, the plumbers/pipe-fitters/electrician unions are hiring across the country. Construction work on highways is full bore right now; hot, dirty
work and you see the workers everyday. These are prevailing wage jobs, not rat work you normally associate with illegals. Jobs are out there, but the
work is perceived to be beneath the average American.
What jobs do you want back? It really starts with changing minds and stupid laws.