posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 10:49 AM
Fact: The nature of our modern consumer economy is practically designed for chronic un/underemployment. The great population and prosperity
booms in our nation's history were built on the back of manufacturing jobs which have been exported to Asia at an alarming rate since at least the
1980s. Today's jobs are fall into supply chain, retail, sales and "information" fields. These fields all have built in limitations that will
ultimately stagnate growth since the majority of these jobs ultimately lead to money being sent overseas to our lost manufacturing sector.
Fact: "Buying American" is an effective way to keep your consumer dollars in the United States (at least temporarily).
Fact: It is difficult for an individual consumer to "Buy American"
Go to your typical big box store (Walmart, Target, Sears, etc.) and try to purchase only domestically made goods. Take a look around your home and
use only those items made in the united states. Chances are you wouldn't be reading these words if you did.
Now the average consumer does not have the buying power to demand that companies return their manufacturing operations to the United States. The
majority of people are so accustomed to relatively low-cost instant gratification that organizing a real movement to really Buy American is destined
to failure. I have literally seen people walking out of Walmart wearing "Made in the USA" T-shirts with a cart full of China made electronics and
Cambodia made clothing, people do not think about these things.
The government does not have the Authority to require American companies to keep manufacturing operations in the United States. The Government DOES,
however, have the power of being one of the largest consumers in the world.
If the Federal Government were to announce that all purchasing contracts moving forward would be given exclusively to companies whose manufacturing
operations were located within the United States, there would soon be a massive shift in the corporate world as makers of everything from computers to
ball point pens would take action to establish domestic manufacturing operations. State and local governments should, of course, be encouraged to
Unemployment goes down, tax revenue goes up. With an increased job pool available, Americans have more income. With families once again having a
direct link with where goods come from, consumers take greater pride in buying domestically. We can start using our consumer culture to fuel our own
real economy as well as the fictional economy of corporate bottom lines.
It needs to start with manufacturing. And it needs to start with creating demand. As long as the Federal Government is going to continue spending
our money, we may as well demand that they spend it here.