Despite the recent American manufacturing boom giving the nation hope of resurrecting lost U.S. jobs of the past decade, there are still countless unemployed manufacturing workers hurting for jobs and a bit embittered about the hand they were dealt by their former employers.
Before the 1980s, industry observers labored under the belief that not in a million years would Japanese automakers build their vehicles outside Japan. That changed when Nissan despite initial resistance opened its first plant in Tennessee in 1983, turning conventional wisdom at the time on its head.
While the United States may be leading in gold medals at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, it's losing out on market share of official Olympics merchandise. Popular low-cost labor outsourcing destinations such as China are, tragically, winning that race.
Just when you thought the Buddhists had it bad, China is pressuring Chinese ethnic Muslims not to fast during Ramadan, a 30-day religious holiday that requires giving up food and water from dawn to dusk. It comes less than a week after the United States put the communist nation on its list of top repressive regimes for religious freedom.
The nation's economic picture would be a lot brighter if wealthy space aliens descended upon America in their flying saucers to buy up all our products. But those prospects are slim. Still, not all hope should be lost for future prosperity. American manufacturers just need to start making what U.S. consumers seek from overseas.
A lot has been made of American manufacturing off-shoring's impacts on the Chinese people but not as much of its effects on the U.S. middle class. One critic, however, offers nine factors other than the availability of low-cost overseas labor that have prompted U.S.-based companies to send production overseas. One reason is sheer stupidity.
An increasing proportion of U.S. manufacturers plan to outsource business in the upcoming year, up slightly from last year. But most want to keep their outsourcing within the United State with only one-fifth dexpecting to send their outsourcing overseas.
China is having a persecution complex over a recent U.S. report finding that religious repression is growing worse there and worldwide. The world's second largest economy, however, doth protest a little too much in our minds. The Chinese government's "work" in Tibet alone is enough to put them on the world's top 10 totalitarian jerk list.
With U.S. manufacturing in boom times compared to the previous decade, would-be workers are flooding trade schools to the gills to secure the technological skills needed to obtain factory jobs of the future. Be sure to bring a few apples for the teachers because they're likely to be booked beyond capacity, thanks to the skyrocking demand.
Uncle Sam is seeking to make life easier for a U.S.-based appliance manufacturer making great efforts to shift more production statewide to thrive in the domestic market where overseas competitors are allegedly dumping product by imposing new duties on imports.
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