jobs in America

31 03 2006

This quote makes a really good point about a problem our country needs to do something about.

Joe Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (Made in JAPAN) for 6 A.M.  While his coffeepot (Made in CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (Made in HONG KONG).  He put on a dress shirt (Made in SRI LANKA), designer jeans (Made in SINGAPORE) and tennis shoes (Made in KOREA).  After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (Made in INDIA) he sat down with his calculator (Made in MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today.  After setting his watch (Made in TAIWAN) to the radio (Made in INDIA) he got in his car (Made in GERMANY) and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB.  At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day, Joe decided to relax for a while.  He put on his sandals (Made in BRAZIL) poured himself a glass of wine (Made in FRANCE) and turned on his TV (Made in INDONESIA), and then wondered why he can’t find a good paying job in… AMERICA! ~ Randy Stone

I’m not necessarily against importing some products, especially when we export too, but what bothers me is when we take American jobs and outsource them to other countries just to make more money.  I know profit margins are an important thing to a company, but the good of our country is quite important, too.  When we have over 7 million (!) people in our country actively searching for a job but not finding one, that’s a big problem.  (I know some could find work but don’t try to, but I’m not getting started on that in this post.)  There are many people who work hard yet lose their job and have difficulty finding another.

Perhaps our government should somehow discourage companies from sending so many jobs overseas.  That’s not to say it’s all their fault, but for the sake of our country they should try to do more to help.  I also suspect the U.S. sends more money out of our country than it brings in, and that can’t be good for our economy.  (But I don’t have the stats to verify that.)

Anyway, it just seems to me that we could make our own shoes and TVs and such in this country to create more jobs and help the economy…  that would help us deal with several problems we face, yet it seems like the trend is leaning toward more outsourcing…




One response

31 03 2006

I suggest a compromise. When a company located in the NE US or on the west coast sees that they could make more money by outsourcing the jobs, they should seriously consider outsourcing those jobs to the southern US. It costs much less to live here in the south, so they wouldn’t have to pay as much in the south. The labor pool is full of people looking to better themselves and what may seem like very low wages to some yankee or crazy californian, say $15-20/hour, would be good money here in the south. Dixie, it’s like a whole other country. This would help the bottom lines of the big companies and help Americans better themselves all at the same time.

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