We read Mr. Poston's views in his April 19 Mailbag “How to create jobs: Try buying American,” on Page 8. We agree buying American should be a quick and easy solution. It is also the right solution. But can it be that simple? We have a lot of products that we can't buy American. There is not an alternative American product in many consumer areas, such as electronics: There is not an American-made television or DVD player left to purchase.
We have pondered outsourcing and its effects on the global economy. Where is the drive coming from? Is it strictly consumer-driven, or does it reflect the corporate ideals of higher profits?
We feel it is both. The consumer wants a low price, but expects a high wage. The shareholders and corporate officers expect big returns, big salaries and a bigger bottom line, and they want a low-priced product that contributes to the expectations of profit and earnings per share. Where does the circle end?
The equalization of living standards between the United States and the outsourcing countries may be realized in our lifetime. However, we need the World Trade Organization to take a strong stand in creating equalization with regards to environmental policies and human rights standards. What difference does the equalization of the yen to the dollar make if we can't breathe the air, drink the water or have food? Can we become more technologically advanced when children are driven to low-paying service jobs in a service economy?
Then the other question arises — what about future generations that do not have the education for technical jobs? Where are the factory jobs that provided a good living for their grandfathers?
It is also amazing that, while some notice was taken when manufacturing jobs, tech jobs, chip-manufacturing and tech-service jobs started leaving, everyone stood up and took notice.
Is it too late? Could it be, when we do not have the opportunity to buy our neighbor's apples, so he can buy our bread, because his apples are imported? And the circle continues.
D. Wagener and R. Cessor