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Has anyone looked at all the crap we get from China? I mean really looked to see what corporate America is importing? It really is frightening that profits are so important that killing the middle class, the ones that buy their products, seems to be OK. For some reason, corporate America finds it necessary to import vegetables, meat, poultry, tooth paste, and even candy. Freakin' Candy! The Chinese are prosecuting people fro poisoning their kids, and adults with the toxins they put into their food. What will happen when we don't end up with dead pets here, but actual people. RIPublican commentators will probably say something witty like it was time to cull the heard anyway.
Next time you are at the store go look at the candy that has Disney or Nickelodeon characters on it: China. You can also look at the candy that that are little games or even Pez. Look at all the plastic ware: China. Even look at the glass ware you are about to purchase: China. Last year we imported close to $365 BILLION, while we make so much great stuff here that we were able to export $91 billion.
I say that it is time to put an end to this crap. It is time to play hardball. Prior to the income tax, the government raise all the revenue it needed with importation tariffs. While I don't think that is possible today, I do think that we have other options to make importing goods more costly, and thereby making it more economical to make those products here. That puts Americans in good paying manufacturing jobs, which means they will have the money to spend to buy other things, which will necessitate hiring more Americas to make those things.
First we have to have a carbon tax on the products that are imported, based on the amount of dirty energy used to produce it. We have to clean that up here as that dirty air eventually comes here and rains down heavy metals on our soil. Next we need to make the companies that import the products civilly and criminally liable for the products that they import. That means that any harm that those products cause, the officers of the company will suffer criminal penalties and be liable in civil suits. That should put enough of a damper on the importation of products that companies will look to the US to source them.
Next we need to end the gambling that goes on in Wall St. that drives this profit habit like a heroin addict. The easy way is to change the capital gains tax to reflect time held, rather than just profits gained. By changing the capital gain to a tax rate based on time, for instance 90% tax if you hold a security for less than 1 day, you will slow down the gambling house, making it possible for companies to concentrate on building a US work force and its future, rather than just its stock price. Now we charge for one week, one year, 3 years, 5 years, 7 years, and at 10 years held, there is no capital gains tax. Investors actually begin to invest, and business can put profits to work rather than pay them out in dividends.Has anyone looked at all the crap we get from China? I mean really looked to see what... more
Instead of fanning the flames at the bonfire parties regularly held all over Cambridge to celebrate the outstanding achievements of chip designer ARM holdings, perhaps it’s time to splash on just a little cold waterInstead of fanning the flames at the bonfire parties regularly held all over Cambridge... more
Mark Perry explains:
The chart above shows the incredible increases in U.S. manufacturing productivity, which has made American manufacturing increasingly more efficient and more competitive, leading to lower prices for manufactured goods. Because the productivity gains for manufacturing have exceeded productivity gains for services-producing industries, the prices for manufactured goods have fallen relative to prices for services, which had led to decreases (increases) in manufacturing’s (service’s) share of GDP and employment.
Another great explanation for the decline in manufacturing actually comes from (believe or not) Paul Krugman’s book, Pop Internationalism:
In 1970 US residents spent 46 percent of their outlays on goods (manufacturing, grown or mined) and 54 percent on services and construction. By 1991, the shares were 40.7 and 59.3 percent, respectively, as people began buying comparatively more health care, travel, entertainment, legal services, fast food and so on. It is hardly surprising, given this shift, that manufacturing has become a less important part of the economy.Mark Perry explains: The chart above shows the incredible increases in U.S.... more
I read this article and it struck me as a corporate slam at american goods and manufacturing. I don't know anything about this writer other then what is obvious and that is she is a corporate shill. Her article makes a lot of assumptions that if we bought american it would begin on a moments notice and we would have no options, this is a false argument considering it has taken nearly fifty years to out source our manufacturing. The idea that we should only buy american if the american good costs identicle to a import is a very strange idea. Considering that american workers tend to spend thier earnings in america and foriegn workers spend thier earnings in thier country. Also the premise that there would not be anything imported is also a false argument, we have been importing goods since the beginning of this nation.
This is a hit article on labor, progressives and citizens that want to suport thier country above others in a time of economic depresion. As concerned people try to bring back jobs to our country others out there want to provide cover to corporations that are only concerned with profits. Corporate shills have no soul and really hate americans and thier jobs, unless they make minumin wage. Not all of us went to Harvard Bitch.I read this article and it struck me as a corporate slam at american goods and... more
The Santa Fe Reporter's cover story yesterday (May 19), contrasts the opposition to all aspects of the nuclear industry that is fairly common in Santa Fe to the enthusiasm in the southern part of the state (and to some extent in Farmington) as evidenced at the conference in Hobbs, which stressed "New Mexico’s future as a focal point for the new nuclear age, in which economies rely increasingly on nuclear power and entire processing industries spring up around the “uranium fuel cycle,” which begins with mining and ends with waste disposal. Every stage of that process can be monetized--and nearly every stage has commercial operations in New Mexico."
http://www.foorumnm.com/news.php?news_id=358458The Santa Fe Reporter's cover story yesterday (May 19), contrasts the opposition... more
Tractors, farm equipment, built at around one eighth the cost. Industrial equipment too. Superior design. Handmade quality. Problem? Investment. Solve it, and Jakubowski becomes a household word. That might just happen anywayTractors, farm equipment, built at around one eighth the cost. Industrial equipment... more
The recession helped bury the existing manufacturing industry in the United States, but corporations have been abandoning American factories for years. Many iconic American products aren't even made in this country anymore and are assembled and produced by workers in sometimes questionable conditions in places like Taiwan and Indonesia. Here are 40 beloved American products no longer made at home.
LINK : http://www.bschool.com/blog/2011/40-surprising-products-that-are-no-longer-made-in-america/The recession helped bury the existing manufacturing industry in the United States,... more
THE industrial revolution of the late 18th century made possible the mass production of goods, thereby creating economies of scale which changed the economy—and society—in ways that nobody could have imagined at the time. Now a new manufacturing technology has emerged which does the opposite. Three-dimensional printing makes it as cheap to create single items as it is to produce thousands and thus undermines economies of scale. It may have as profound an impact on the world as the coming of the factory did.
It works like this. First you call up a blueprint on your computer screen and tinker with its shape and colour where necessary. Then you press print. A machine nearby whirrs into life and builds up the object gradually, either by depositing material from a nozzle, or by selectively solidifying a thin layer of plastic or metal dust using tiny drops of glue or a tightly focused beam. Products are thus built up by progressively adding material, one layer at a time: hence the technology’s other name, additive manufacturing. Eventually the object in question—a spare part for your car, a lampshade, a violin—pops out. The beauty of the technology is that it does not need to happen in a factory. Small items can be made by a machine like a desktop printer, in the corner of an office, a shop or even a house; big items—bicycle frames, panels for cars, aircraft parts—need a larger machine, and a bit more space.
At the moment the process is possible only with certain materials (plastics, resins and metals) and with a precision of around a tenth of a millimetre. As with computing in the late 1970s, it is currently the preserve of hobbyists and workers in a few academic and industrial niches. But like computing before it, 3D printing is spreading fast as the technology improves and costs fall. A basic 3D printer, also known as a fabricator or “fabber”, now costs less than a laser printer did in 1985.
I seriously couldn't even believe this when I read it, the future is going to be amazing.THE industrial revolution of the late 18th century made possible the mass production... more
Simply...Why isn't everything made from this?
http://www.greendiary.com/entry/liquid-wood-100-organic-replacement-for-everything-plastic/Simply...Why isn't everything made from this?... more
Levi's isn't just doing blue jeans anymore -- they've got green jeans too. The jean manufacturer is rolling out a new line of denim that is produced with less water; on average the WaterLess denim will use 28% less water to produce than the average 11 gallons used to finish one pair of jeans.
But do more sustainable products like these really make a difference? Or should we be looking at other options, like reducing or re-using the things we own?Levi's isn't just doing blue jeans anymore -- they've got green jeans... more
Out of all these companies, Vitamix is certainly the most popular, Vitamix claims that no other brand in the market can match its quality and the reasonable price it is charging for its products.Out of all these companies, Vitamix is certainly the most popular, Vitamix claims that... more
Video Of Detroit Auto Workers BUSTED On The Job Drinking Beer & Smoking Pot On Break - The Daily BlenderThanks, Fox News.
Chrysler factory workers taking their half-hour shift break at a park, drinking beer and smoking marijuana before finishing their work day. The Jefferson North Plant in Detroit is one of Chrysler's flagships, manufacturing the new Jeep Grand Cherokee. It's also the factory President Obama visited a few weeks ago to praise American manufacturing.Thanks, Fox News. Chrysler factory workers taking their half-hour shift break at a... more
Despite the threat of deforestation, people and industries still need wood to manufacture certain products, or do they? What if an environmentally friendly replacement for wood could be developed? Germans Juergen Pfitzer and Helmut Naegele have created an alternative to wood called ArboForm. This sustainable plastic-like material is made from lignin, a component of wood and a by-product of the paper manufacturing process.
Read more: http://www.whitespace.bz/ws/web/forms/pulse/PulseMainArticle.aspx?id=510Despite the threat of deforestation, people and industries still need wood to... more
In a rare show of bipartisanship, Congress easily passed, and the President signed the Manufacturing Enhancement Act which will help US companies be more competitive in foreign markets.In a rare show of bipartisanship, Congress easily passed, and the President signed the... more
Contrary to media hype, American manhood is not in decline -- but hopefully toxic gender stereotypes are.
June 14, 2010 |
With each step that American women have taken on the road to equality, detractors have fretted about what their advancement means for men -- particularly the "manly man." The lumber jack. The quarterback. The captain of industry. Clint Eastwood.
Sure, we occasionally see articles lamenting the end of traditional femininity and the difficulty of finding a submissive woman who derives all of life's pleasure from nurturing her family. But a far more common modern lament is the demise of masculinity. In 2000, Susan Faludi explored "the betrayal of the American man" in Stiffed. In 2001, Christina Hoff Sommers decried The War on Boys. In 2005, New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote that "this is turning into a woman's world," and Michael Gurian and Kathy Stevens published a book about "saving our sons from falling behind in school and in life." In 2006, Harvey Mansfield eulogized Manliness, and a Newsweek cover story again warned of an impending "boy crisis." Last summer, in Foreign Policy, Reihan Salam declared the economic crisis a "he-cession."
The latest contribution to the masculinity-crisis meme is "The End of Men," a cover story in this month's Atlantic by Hanna Rosin. Women are outperforming men in schools, at work, and at home, she argues. The global economy is shifting in such a way that it favors "female" characteristics, and male-dominated industries such as manufacturing, construction and finance are declining. "As thinking and communicating have come to eclipse physical strength and stamina as keys to economic success," she writes, "those societies that take advantage of the talents of all their adults, not just half of them, have pulled away from the rest." What if, she asks, "the economics of the new era are better suited to women?"
It's disappointing that, despite a history of sharp observations about gender and 5,000 words to work with, Rosin makes the same oversight as all of the other hand-wringing articles about the state of the American male. She thinks the problem is men; really, it's traditional gender stereotypes. The narrow, toxic definition of masculinity perpetuated by Rosin and others -- that men are brawn not brains, doers not feelers, earners not nurturers -- is actually to blame for the crisis.
Unlike some other chroniclers of the so-called decline of masculinity, Rosin acknowledges men are not biologically predisposed to jobs that require strength and aggression, just as women are not biologically destined to be better thinkers and caregivers. Yet her underlying assumption is that the growth industries we currently consider to be "women's work" (nursing, home health care, food service, child care) will always retain that designation. Maybe it's just my feminist idealism talking, but I fail to see why these "nurturing professions," as Rosin dubs them, must forever be the province of women. Not once does she posit what would happen if we stopped writing articles that reinforced the stereotype that men are best suited to the manufacturing and finance sectors.
More at the link:Contrary to media hype, American manhood is not in decline -- but hopefully toxic... more
These days, the idea of retirement seems like either a bad joke or a utopian fantasy. I’ve already covered some main reasons the US economy is screwed, but here are 8 reasons why the US has become a nation of indentured servants:
http://wallstcheatsheet.com/breaking-news/economy/8-reasons-the-us-has-become-a-nation-of-slaves/?p=8885/These days, the idea of retirement seems like either a bad joke or a utopian fantasy.... more
Walk into any big-box store in the country and you’d be forgiven for thinking that nothing is made in America anymore.
So many of our everyday purchases — the clothes we wear, the toys our children play with and the electronic devices we rely on for work and entertainment — are manufactured abroad.
Nearly everyone knows someone who lost a job in manufacturing in recent years. The recession that began in December 2007 has been devastating for the sector, leading to a steep drop in production and eliminating more than 2 million manufacturing jobs, about one out of every seven positions, exacerbating a long-term trend.Walk into any big-box store in the country and you’d be forgiven for thinking... more