posted on Aug, 21 2010 @ 01:02 AM
Very well thought out and I agree. We have gotten into this convoluted mess that evolved right under our noses and now channels the bulk of the
wealth to the very top.
I've talked to some "staunch conservatives" who defend out-sourcing. The typical attitude is, "a businessman should be able to do whatever he has
to do to increase profits", short of breaking the law. Let me lay out my own interpretation:
First of all, Conservatives lack some fundamental characteristics that contribute to our demise. For one, they have no vision of the greater good and
secondly, they have no real foresight. If they do, they just don't care. Outsourcing is my case in point. Most business-minded Conservatives will
tell you that by outsourcing "everybody wins" because they get products and services cheaper and thus can sell them cheaper. If the primary goal,
as a nation and a society was to get "stuff" as cheap as possible, then that would be right, but that's where conservative business people (or all
pro-capitalism types for that matter) are missing the big picture.
Case in point: The auto industry. First of all, consider the amount of industry created by the automobile. Really think about the millions of jobs
created since the first Model-T. Think about the number of businesses created to manufacture the parts. It's mind boggling to consider what the
auto industry has done for our economy. Now, imagine that Henry Ford had the ability and technology to outsource all of those jobs, like we do today.
How different do you think things would be? The millions of jobs that wouldn't have happened, the thousands of businesses that generated billions,
if not trillions of dollars due to the auto industry, all gone. I would argue we would be a very different nation. And what would have been the
added benefit? Cheaper cars? Kind of hard to buy a car at any cost if there aren't any jobs and the economy is anemic.
My point is, the benefit in any industry isn't just the product itself but rather the contribution to the greater good! Like our economy and the
jobs created. It is sickening to consider how little our innovation really benefits the country as a whole. Whereas an innovative idea or product
used to be of great benefit to our economy and we benefited as a nation, now the only people who really benefit are those at the upper reaches of big
business, that's it. How do we, the citizens benefit? We have another cheap product to spend our money on. Period. I'm not saying we don't
generate ANY jobs, I'm just saying it's a minute amount compared to what it used to be.
I would gladly pay more for my large screen TV in exchange for making them 100% in the USA and keeping people employed. The same goes for a thousand
other products we "invent" but don't really benefit from. The VCR was invented in the U.S.A. but in generated next to zero revenue for us. The
"Big Dogs" at the top made their millions from the technology then gave it away to the Japanese, Koreans, etc, to produce and sell back to us. Does
anybody remember RCA, Zenith, Curtis-Mathes? They used to be some of the best TV's on the market. All gone.
The biggest reason for this whole dynamic is "free trade" between nations. If the US stayed a monolith and imposed huge excise taxes on imports and
made it expensive to sell to us, we wouldn't have this problem. In short, the wealthiest nation in the world cannot compete with the poorest nation
in the world. It's not a level playing field. We're paying high school drop-outs $60-$75/Hr. to bolt a bumper to a car and other countries do it
for a dollar an hour. Again, the crooks at the top benefit while the whole of our nation suffers for it. The greater good has been compromised
because the people that "matter" are getting rich so they don't care.
I'm surely not an economist but I have a great deal of common sense and free trade and outsourcing is like handing our economy to competing