• It's not the US Itself that did it, it was the corporations greed that did it. And now WE are the ones paying for it with products made with mass amounts of lead, dagerous amounts. You get what you pay for, but the problem is that even though the corps are paying less for production, we are still paying top dollar for the item.
  • i hope so, but it would be a slow process. china owns soooo much of our economy that it has a great deal of power in washington and with corporations. if they recalled all of that money at once it would cripple our economy. it's really a shame that we've given so much over to them because reclaiming all of that will take alot of time, effort, and money in and of itself.
  • I doubt it -- who would pay for it? (I mean the higher salaries that are paid to American workers). Are you willing to pay 2 or 3x as much for an iPod or a piece of clothing? This could only work if the illegal immigrants who take the low paid jobs could work in those factories safely. However, that increases the risk of social problems... illegal immigrants have few legal rights, and they'd eventually take matters into their own hands.
  • There is a small town in Ga about 30 minutes away from me. The name of the company escapes me for some reason but they are building a mojor plant there. Also, my father worked for Cooper Standard Automotive which is closing all of the plants nation-wide. He was getting extra severance pay to "keep his mouth shut" but ALL Cadilac parts will be manufactured in China by 2009. So it could go either way.
  • No once the manufacturing goes to Asia it will not come back. In the west there is no way that we can compete cost wise. Companies are not going to return to paying the salaries that western emplyees need to live .
  • this is a very difficult question to answer this is the long version to help u understand why it may or may not occur, the basic principal that needs to be understood is the exact nature of capitalistic business environment and the evolutionary mechanisms of an economy. these 2 are interlinked, An economy in country is at first always agriculturally based, if u look wayyyy back in american history you would find that the economy had been based on agriculture, at the moment this is not the case as in other countries like those on the developing countries on the african continent. eventually these economies move to production based or manufacturing based economies. Raw material mining and manufactuing and production of g/s. From here economies move to knowledge economies and its true... Geeks will inherit the world.... :), the more complex information management occurs in terms of product design and business management. thats the tip of the iceberg mate, what u need to understand is the current economic climate of america which is my homes of homes capitalism, globalisation and advancement in technology such as the internet and the world wide web have allowed people to interact from different parts of the world allowing buyers in one place interact with sellers somewhere else, decreasing the cost of actually purchasing goods/services, the free market system which supports the capitalistic nature of business has allowed greater competition , so naturally what do businesses want to do ...make a differing strategies but one of them is to minimise production costs how does it do manufacturing in the cheapest places china , malaysia , indonesia ...why cos well labour is cheap and the labour laws can be exploited ..not all organisation pay lip service to labour laws and human rights but organisations like nike don't really have a problem..or haven't had a problem in the past. so now u have a place were u get ur information managed by highly skilled staff in america , and manufacture the product cheaply and effeciently in low cost developing nations...not that china can be seen as a developing this moment in time. eitherway its cheaper to produce and import now than produce within the currenty a good example is levi strauss and thier offshoring and FDI initiatives(google it), but the basic answer is if u looking for one is this, as long as the production costs in america are higher than that of developing nations then organisations may find it better to invest in developing nations, cos its a competitive advantage against rivals. Unless america has an aboslute or comparative advantge in production of goods u looking into most of them will be imported. there are other factors of course but these are top on list, u should be able to find some papers on the web if u really are intrested in this but the questions you would need to ask will be more relevant to developed vs developing nations globalisation, free market system, competitive advantage of countries, economic environment. sorry for the long answer... hope it helps
  • I work for a large company that has manufacturing plants in Canada. One of our leaders was talking about bringing the manufacturing back to USA plants, since the US dollar is worth less now. They figure they could save some money (the plants were originally in Northern USA states, so they figure they could use the same plants). I guess my point is that if the companies think it's beneficial for the bottom line, they'll move the manufacturing back to the states from whereever.
  • Manufacturing may have in part gone to China. and as a result, I drive a truck for a company who distributes many of its goods from China. Made In China isn't near as bad as some make it out to be. China made a big investment in our country, and I know I have invested money into companies, and do what needs to be done to make sure it thrives and is profitable. So far, it's working.
  • Only if we wise up.
  • Well, barring some major revolution in how the economy of the western world functions, the big deciding factor in which jobs go where will be how much profit can be made in particular economic climates. As long as other countries have more workers with lower wages and standards of living, many American corporations will jump at the chance to outsource to those places and take full advantage of their more profitable economic climate. So if outsourced manufacturing jobs ever do return to America, it will probably only be when the standards for wages, rights, and quality of life for workers in the U.S. have fallen low enough to make the American economy as profitably exploitable as the rest of the world. And even then, I doubt if many of the corporations which currently outsource their labour would be willing to take the inevitable risks and losses involved in relocating their factories just to be able to say their products are made in the U.S.A. rather than China or Mexico or Indonesia.
  • If we don't wise up we are all going to be miniorities in OUR OWN COUNTRY. Notice how foreigners are coming over here & working their a _ _ _ _ off & don't mind doing it to get ahead? We better get on the stick!
  • Comments from: Fieldandstream30s Jan, 08 2008 at 07:44 PM Somebody opened the door. FROM SAGE 2. Yes, someone opened the door JUST AS SOMEONE DID FOR YOUR FOREFATHERS.I don't approve of the handling of the latest influx debacle but you are missing the point. THESE PEOPLE SEE (as we have become lax & unappreciative of opportunities here) & ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE of opportunities here & are not resting on their laurels like alot of Americans are doing right now. Got to give them kudo's for that!
  • Maybe. When pigs fly.
  • No. Not as long as the unions are involved. Their over priced labor is one of the reasons manufacturing left. Another is the tax rates. We will keep getting the inferior products of china. Good US products are long gone.
  • i hope so... but the people at the top just hate to see those profit numbers decrease
  • why would we?
  • No Western Countries will never be able to compete with the East on manufacturing prices. Our workforce could not survive on the pittance that the workers are paid out there nor would they work the hours or put up with the dreadful conditions.
  • I doubt it
  • Only profit will ever inspire a business to change anything, especially locations.
  • No!!! The minimum wages and unions will never let there be entry level wages in the US!
  • No, unfortunately!
  • NO, once labor unions happen in China and people start demanding more money; our businesses will just move somewhere else. Inda or South American countries are my bets. The businesses are going to go were they can get the cheapest labor.
  • Not if things continue as they are. But if manufacturing can be done for less elsewhere, why would we WANT those jobs back? Why not concentrate on other, more lucrative work here? We are a powerhouse of innovation. That is our strength and that is what we should be doing.
    • Mr PantsFellDown
      That might work for you, but there are 90 million Americans who used to be the working class. They DON'T have college degrees or special skills. And without the factories they don't have a job or a home either. It's one thing for a company to be free to pursue a profit, but not when it's at the expense of the society's well-being. THE UGLY TRUTH IS: those who rule this country want Americans to be just another well of third world labor for them. They're so greedy and callous they'd outright bring back slavery if they could. But STUPID Americans vote for republicans who want only to exempt themselves from taxes, bankrupting us, and legalizing corporate crime. And now that elections are just outright rigged, we got ALL republicans so there isnt even anyone who'd remove Trump to a mental hospital. They win, we lose. GAME OVER So again, if YOU got a good job, dont be a selfish dick and overlook that 90 million working class people in this country now live under a bridge and beg to eat.

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