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 State 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%. 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