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I still remember all of the “Made in America” commercials from the 80’s. Wal-Mart built an image on selling American made products, now you can’t find many products in Wal-Mart, or anywhere that are made in America. Researching the effects that globalization and outsourcing has had on American independence and its economy, helped me to understand the importance of supporting companies that still manufacture their products in the United States. There is plenty of debate over globalization and outsourcing, and how it truly effects America. I may be a little over my head on this one, but I care about this country and the future it holds for my children. I worry about America’s safety, independence, economy and its deficit. I worry if my children will have the education and skills they need to compete for jobs, or if there will even be enough jobs for my children. We can’t put all of the blame on the companies that manufacture outside the U.S., they are trying to stay competitive in a price driven market. American made products are generally going to cost more than products made in China, however they are worth the price difference.
I fully understand that advances in technology are a big factor in the decline of manufacturing jobs, however globalization and outsourcing contribute to the loss of American jobs. If you don’t believe me, try to find a product that is MADE in America, its like trying to find a needle in a hay stack. When we think of manufacturing jobs, the first thing that comes to mind is the factory workers, however engineering jobs are also effected. Manufacturing design and engineering is a declining field in the U.S. labor market. According to Fortune magazine, in 2006 China was expected to produce over 600,000 engineering graduates alone, India 350,000, and America only about 70,000. ( I know this is old news, but it was new to me)
American manufacturing played a major role during World War II
The United States took the place of Britain, France, and Germany as a financial and industrial leader after World War I. The world market of industry, food and minerals was largely dominated by the United States. American industry and manufacturing gave us an advantage during World War II, because American factories were quickly able to begin the production of war materials. The American military was desperately short of weaponry and supplies when it entered the war, but was the most equipped military in the world by the end of World War II. It took the cooperation of the American industry to quickly design and mass produce planes, tanks and weapons. The United State was able to supply arms to allied nations. The American government also stimulated new technologies, developed new sources of supply for raw material, began producing synthetic rubber and aluminum.
Chrysler’s ” imported from Detroit” featuring Eminem, may be one of the most memorable commercials of the 2011 Super Bowl. The commercial reminds us of the impact we have on our own economy and our fellow Americans that are dependent on the manufacturing industry. Detroit is a great American city and it was built largely on it’s manufacturing industry.
Points of interest
- Factories and money are shifting to countries not friendly to the USA or democracy.
– Without American factories, Americans could lose access to vital goods in the event of a political conflict.
– When Americans lose crucial skills and cutting-edge technologies, America becomes less competitive economicly.
– Buying products made in the United States helps American independence, and its ability to manufacture products.
– U.S. buys more from other countries than it sells, consumer goods account for 40 percent of the trade deficit for goods.
– According to the Business Insider, one prominent economist is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.
– Between 1995 and 2005, the United States lost more than 3 million manufacturing jobs
– For or every one manufacturing job there are several others jobs created (truck drivers, accountants, research & development, clerical, etc.).
– Products that are not made in the United States may not be subject to the same regulations, consider all of the recent recalls.
– When you buy products made in America you have some assurance that production is in accordance with U.S. labor laws.
– Products made in America require less transportation (shipping), and often use more energy-efficient forms of production.
Products that are not made in the United States
Sadlly, many American iconic products are
no longer made in the United States.
Radio Flyer Red Wagon
NBA Uniforms ( made by Adidas)
Fender Stratocaster – You can still find a classic version of the Fender that is made in California for about $600. more than the standerd version that is made in Mexico.
Anheuser Busch brews in Japan, China and Germany, however it still has many plants in the United States.
What can we do?
It can feel like we don’t have a lot of control over the matter, but we need to change our way of thinking. Do we really want to be known as “consumers”? America didn’t become a great country by being complacent and lazy. If the people of Egypt can overthrow their entire government, I think Americans can influence the way American companies do business. I am not suggesting we protest or riot, however we can start by purchasing American made products and demanding American companies quit outsourcing. We can send letters and emails to companies that outsource jobs and let them know that we will no longer purchase their products or support their company as long as they continue to outsource jobs. We need to educate ourselves on the issue and pay attention to where products are made. Share information about products that are made in the U.S., and encourage friends and family to support the companies that still operate in the United States. Recognize and support business such as restaurants, stores and contractors that use and supply American made products. We can also elect leaders that will put bills into effect that encourage business to operate within our country.
I don’t pretend to know everything or have all the answers, I suggest that everyone do their own research. I encourage readers to share their thoughts and opinions. If you know a product that is made in the United States please share. Is their a product that we would be surprised to learn is no longer made in America?