Let's stay anecdotal. By day I am a construction superintendent. I also have a little business of my own that is based on a product that I invented, and then had manufactured. I WANTED to have it made in the USA. I searched for manufacturers that could do it, and found just a few. I received 2 bids from US manufacturers, one was $285,000, one was $330,000, and that was only for the tooling to make the molds that I needed for their machines, but no product. That kind of money is not in my ballpark, or even my solar system. I found a Chinese manufacturer that did the molds for $7,000, and had my first container produced and shipped to Long Beach for just under $30k. After I received the bids, I went back to those 2 that had bid so high and asked them why. Environmental regs and govt regs were the answers that I received. So you see, the problem is not with the Bush years, but the lefty environmentalist folks that have driven manufacturing overseas. In my particular case, the difference is 41 times cheaper in China! Why on God's green earth would anybody NOT outsource? The creators in this country are the ones to create product, and jobs. The lefty wackos are to blame 110% for the loss of jobs overseas, no doubt about it.[/color]
Reality check, even if this is anecdotal, do really think that without all the unions, without all the environmental regs, with a reduced tax rate to match, say China, at 25% for corporations, with an added VAT of 17%, or effective rate of 42%, is going to bring US labor costs down to $1.36 an hour?
BTW, China's individual tax rate is 45%, of $1.36 an hour... to be fair, think anyone in the US wants to pay 45% on roughly 3 grand a year? How far you think you can stretch $1500.00?
Would also like to thank you for supporting the US in your anecdotal model, obviously your personal wealth is more important to you than the welfare of your country...
Almost forgot, would probably surprise you too know, that the highest level of Manufacturing jobs in the US, EVER, was under Jimmy Carter... Or that durring GOP stints in the white house, there have been consistant declines? At least for the years I looked at, the past 40 or so...
Nice anecdote though, and no one would blame you, nor does anyone really blame mittens.... Just try not to sound all Patriotic about it and run for president.... http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/201 ... july-each/