I can remember a couple years ago when the Boeing Company was planning the 787 Dreamliner program and where to build the airplane. There was mega competition between our state and a bunch of others. I remember a half dozen state representatives from various states making a case for Boeing building the factory there. Attracting Boeing jobs to their states and the economy created by those jobs is the thing we want for our whole country moving forward with the Trump administration.
The state of Washington was eager to throw in the kitchen sink to keep jobs here while South Carolina made a similar offer and was rewarded with an assembly plant.
Don’t tell me that every manufacturing company in and out of the US isn’t playing that same game. Who is willing to give up the farm for the jobs our company brings when we choose your state or country.
If our government adopts regulatory policies, tax policies and trade policies that encourage businesses to move jobs out of the country, can we be too surprised when they do move to Mexico, China or Viet Nam?
When the goal of our elected officials is to tear down our country in order to build up foreign economies it all makes sense. The New World Order folks are determined to level the playing field and it will happen at the expense of Americans and America. For me, whatever we do needs to consider American interests first, period.
The two sectors of the economy growing in our country are Service and Public Employees. Since we need a robust service sector to take care of us this group cannot be outsourced. We are making it really easy for immigrants (illegal or legal) to get jobs in the service sector. The problem is that they are the lowest paid sector and only insures that the workers remain poor.
The health care industry is one of the fastest growing service sector components, it does include workers in upper income areas, but since it’s closely tied to insurance companies, it isn’t really a free market industry. Consider how many doctors are retiring because of the government and insurance company restraints. Health care is a growth industry, but because of the regulation and insurance it’s not as much a profit center it once was.
The Public Employees range from Police and Fire Fighters, to city, county and state public works employees, transportation workers and many social service agencies. Federal agencies also employ millions of Americans. The good news for these employees is the pay tends to be higher than service sector jobs. The bad news is public employees work for a non-producing segment of the economy. Public agencies rely on the private sector economy to produce the revenues that feed the growth of government agencies. Can you think of any government worker that is paid the minimum wage?
The bottom line is we need a very robust tech segment coupled with a robust manufacturing segment to create the jobs required to have a growing, producing economy that will produce tax revenues to feed government’s needs. The role of government is to be good stewards of the public funds but since they didn’t have to work or sacrifice to make that money, it is often squandered.
The key is not the government, but the private sector businesses that produce the products and services and jobs that make up a healthy economy.
How could NAFTA or any other international trade agreement that encourages American businesses to move their facilities out of the country be good for Americans?
It used to be that there were American companies and foreign companies. Now companies are international or not affiliated with a country; they are looking out for their share-holders first, second, third and last. Privately held American companies are an exception but they represent a small percentage of businesses and a large number of employees.
If we want to grow the American economy, we need to create incentives to retain businesses and jobs here like we did with Boeing while we consider appropriate penalties for companies that move their jobs off shore but want to sell their goods here in America.
The answers are not simple, but since the companies don’t have allegiance to America first then I’m not as likely to cut them slack if their decisions exploit our economy but don’t enhance it.
If Americans believe that they will get a fair shake from any international government or company, they are nuts. We need to fight for our economy even if it means some consumer goods are more expensive. Build American, Employ Americans, Buy American.