America’s “lost manufacturing sector”?



Since 1975, U.S. manufacturing output has more than doubled.  That, of course, ain’t the buzz.  Are you among the duped?

If you listen to thugs at the AFL-CIO or Teamsters or if you watch and listen to President Obama’s Obama-Oath_lightboxState of the Union Address (without a strip across the screen reminding you that the speaker lies a lot), that’s the buzz.  There is more manufacturing output in the United States than in any other country, and it remains some 18% of the global total.

During the 20th century America’s farm output quadrupled while jobs for farmworkers declined by 5,000%. farm vehicles Did evil farmers ship those jobs overseas?  No, that’d be sorta tough to do.  What they did was to buy some of Eli Whitney’s cotton gins, and then some internal-combustion-engine plows and tractors and harvesters, etc., and automate and computerize, increasing productivity, efficiency, and accuracy.

What has happened to U.S. manufacturing is similar.  Then, add to that the intra-U.S. shifting of remaining manufacturing jobs away from unions and to right-to-work states.  Despite all of the productivity increases, the number of manufacturing jobs in right-to-work states has actually increased.

Have any manufacturing jobs been exported?  Sure.  Absolutely, but that’s a small part of the dynamic.  Unions and their Democrat-politician collaborators see the role of business as providing jobs.

Producers – including farmers and manufacturers – know that the role of the businesses they own and operate is to provide value to consumers such that profits result.  That means innovating, employing technological advances, increasing productivity, reducing costs, whether by relocating to right-to-work states or other lower-taxes and lower-regulations and lower-red-tape countries.

If Americans and its national government want to have more manufacturing occur in America, two things should happen:  (1) Repeal the 16th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. (2)  Get Congress to pass and the POTUS to sign into law HR-25, the FairTax.  Manufacturers from around the globe will flock in droves to our shores to set up shop.  America’s balance of trade will explode into the plus side

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6 responses to “America’s “lost manufacturing sector”?

  1. BrianR


    Way too much common sense being expressed in this venue. The Fairness Doctrine requires a response from a socialist.

    Who ya got on tap?

  2. Great read here, DrPete. I would be happy if either of the two you cited in the last paragraph were to come to pass. The cynic in me says, fat chance.

  3. CW


    Are you sure the increase in manufacturing isn’t due to the manufacturing of food stamps, unemployment forms and Medicaid applications???

  4. On the surface (I haven’t done any in-depth research on it), I would agree that, in the long run, it may well be better than what we have nowl Especially in that what we have today will morph into an even deeper morass in the years to come. My problem is that realistically, I stand a better chance of being elected Pope. There are simply too many with a vested interest in the current tax writing, policing, enforcing, loopholes, etc. to ever allow anything to change it for the better. I wish I could be more optimistic that anything can be done to improve our tax “system” but I’m not.

    • Seems, garnet92, that many of us here are hard-pressed to find a scintilla of optimism. Of course, when a now-second-term POTUS can achieve being perceived by a majority of Americans, not as the most-powerful executive on Planet Earth and responsible for governing, but rather as a community-organizer-outsider doing all he can to undo what that nasty Republicans hath wrought, how optimistic can we be?

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