What happened to Made in USA: Give us back our country

Made in the USA

MISSOURI, April 25, 2014 — “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government; lest it comes to dominating our lives and interests.” – Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry said it all in just these few words.

There was a time not so long ago when there were family units, clean entertainment, politicians who were elected but did not start running right away for re-election, manufacturing, entrepreneur, pioneers in the use of technology, nativity scenes at Christmas, receiving the gold watch at retirement of thirty years of employment, outsourcing of jobs not heard of, going to the store and seeing that the goods were made in the USA, and the food was grown here in the USA.

Now, go to most stores and you will find our products are made everywhere but the United States — China is the most prominent, followed by other Asian and some European countries.

It appears that companies are more interested in getting large performance bonuses at the end of the year than on using the talent we have at home.

One way to that is to cut labor costs. This gave birth to the predominance of outsourcing our labor to foreign countries. This covers all industries from telemarketing to technology. The corporations look at this as a way to reduce the operational costs such as hardware for information technology and in turn eliminate the capital expenditure.

This sounds good for the management running these companies; it helps to secure their positions because one of their performance objectives is to assure a profit for the company. For them this would make for a large bonus at the end of the year.

However, on the other side of the ledger there has to be a concern for security, the problem of communications based on lack of knowledge of the processes, and most of all, cultural differences.

This practice reduces employment opportunities for our citizens and hastens the decline of entrepreneurship. We are in the process of becoming a service country with a diminishing manufacturing base.

We must restore America’s manufacturing base. One part of that is to pay a higher wage. We can produce the highest-quality products in the world. The higher wage will increase the quality of life for our people and enhance our security; foreign production of goods critical to our industrial and military base puts us at risk. By bringing that production back home, we give Americans direct responsibility for our security. This is important in times of high international tension like those we are currently experiencing.

How can this be done? By giving corporations the tax and other incentives to stay home with the jobs. Congress must pass the necessary legislation, and the president must be the catalyst to start the process. But do they have to have the will to bring jobs back to our country?

Let’s see the predominant label again that states “MADE IN THE USA.”

However, that is a time and place I am from.


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