On the surface it would stand to reason to buy American. However, when buying an “expensive, quality product” such as an automobile or machine tool, what do you look for? Quality! What are the most reliable long-term cars on the market? Who makes the best machine tools? I am sorry but American companies do not come to the front of the line here.
The problem with American companies is that they put profit before quality. This is not true with every American manufacturer. But take the average American car and go head-to-head with a comparable Japanese or German car. Let's compare them at 100,000 miles.
The commodity items being imported and sold by the big-box stores are where American jobs are going and have been going for 25 years now.
This is because people want to pay less, not more. The large corporations have a better bottom line importing also. Why pay an American seamstress $10 an hour or even minimum wage, when in South American countries companies can pay them $5 per day! With the same productivity! Lax labor laws, lax environmental laws, and the big one — very low taxes! Stop shopping at the stores that sell imported merchandise. You can buy American-made mercandise, but it will cost more.
Want to get American jobs back? Eliminate corporate taxes altogether. Gut and streamline the government programs. I am sorry if government jobs are lost. This happens to many people in the private sector every day. This is called reality.
Our government is here to take care of things the everyday citizen cannot do. It does a great job of protecting us from invasion and attack. Everything else is so-so at best.
Need funding for the military? A federal sales tax would more than make up any loss in corporate tax income.
Enact federal tort reform now. Stop the silly lawsuits and make people responsible for their own actions.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of things that can be done to fix America.
Three R Plastics Inc.
Round Lake, Ill.