I have worked in several positions where I was in charge of purchasing tooling and product from the Orient as well as other global resources. I have complained to superiors and peers about it and always with similar response: “We are in a global economy now. It will all balance itself as the Third World cultures gain economic strength.”
Well, I felt then as I yet do: That is pretty much hogwash. Yes, eventually the scales will balance, but not in our lifetimes. Oh, I'm concerned about the well-being of other cultures and I really want to see them helped properly, but common sense should begin at home. Common sense tells you that if you decimate the buying power of your marketplace you will soon have no one to purchase your goods or services. The toy you buy from the toy store helps in some small way the retailer, but the money that goes to the manufacturer buys nothing you produce. Years ago, when the neighborhood was the source for everything you purchased, you were careful to buy Mr. Smith's bread because, after all, he bought your apples.
Bottom line is this: It is not the fault of Congress. It is not the fault of big business. It is not the fault of the unions. Brother, the fault is yours, and mine. Take a look around your home. Sony TV? Hitachi DVD player? BMW? Well, those items cost U.S. jobs.
Just stop and think. You and I look for the lowest cost, best value. We do not even consider how our neighbors are affected. So now it's coming home to us. Do not think that your job is protected. It isn't. Someone out there will sell you out to make that fast buck. Here is the only way out: Belly up to the bar and stop buying foreign products! I guarantee you there will be a resurgence of American manufacturing. I guarantee there will be jobs created.
Is it too late? Maybe.
Jerry K. Poston
JP Prototypes Inc.