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I recently reviewed a great new book that aligns well with the aims of this blog.  Buying America Back by Alan Luke is an easy-read paperback (printed in USA, of course) that echoes what I say here – that a healthy economy is based on a positive or at least neutral trade balance.  It quantifies the decline in our economy in parallel with the decline in our domestic manufacturing and the rise of imports.  Did you know that the value of our imports each year is greater than the entire production of our domestic manufacturing??  Crazy and unsustainable!  So if you want to back away from the precipice, buy this book, read my blog and start caring about buying American.  I also like the detailed country-specific trade balance figures in the second half of the book.  There were definitely some surprises, such as the fact that we have a 3:1 trade surplus with Egypt – who knew?  A small bright spot.

Also, check out www.BuyingAmericaBack.org for more info.

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Lately, Apple has been in the news for both record profits and sales, as well as labor standards in China and a trademark dispute with a Chinese firm over the Ipad name. Let’s backtrack and look back at my old post about small luxuries and Apple that made the case against Apple as bad rather than good for the American economy.  You see, I was a fan of Apple from long ago, before it was cool.  Back about 10 years ago, most Apple products were still made in USA.  Steve Jobs had not yet returned to remake Apple with a new glitzy image, but I did always prefer the ease and simplicity of Apple software.  As each new product launched by Apple, from the IMac to the Ibook to the Ipod, came to be made in China or a similar place, I quickly stopped caring about Apple’s success and lost respect for Steve Jobs.

Apple is estimated to directly employ approximately 30,000 Americans.  These are all white collar jobs, including well-paid engineering jobs.  How many jobs do you think Apple manufacturing provides for in China?  Well, we know that Foxcon, the maker of Apple’s products,  provides over 920,000 jobs in China.  This is where a large amount of the money from your Ipad and Iphone purchases goes.  So every time you buy an Iphone, some money stays in the US and some goes to China.  On balance, it’s a losing proposition for us.  There’s a great article online where I sourced this information here.

Now, Apple is under fire for doing business with “suicide factories” in China where it’s lower-paid Chinese workers crank out its products at Foxconn.  Never mind that Chinese workers face worse conditions at other Chinese factories.  It’s actually funny that our socialist unionist agitators are instructing China, a communist country, on how to promote socialism for its workers.  It’s quite comical and ironic.  That’s beside the point.  It’s also funny that Apple’s Chinese buddies are now blocking the sale of Ipads in China due to trademark infringement.  Both of these issues may or may not hurt Apple.

As an American patriot, however, I say, “who cares?”  If Apple learns a lesson that doing business in China is bad for business, then all the better for us.  As American consumers, what business is it of ours how Chinese workers are treated by Apple?  They have chosen to work for Apple and are free to leave anytime if the conditions are not acceptable to them.  They are not Apple’s slaves.  As American consumers, we should say no to Apple’s so-called “designed in California, assembled in China” bullshit.  (They shouldn’t even use the phrase “assembled in China”, as if the parts are made in the US and the Chinese workers are simply slapping them together like Legos.)  The parts are made in China, for the most part, as well.  We should boycott Apple’s products (as I have done) because money talks louder than anything else.  If Apple loses money by not producing in the US, then it will produce in the US, bottom line.

So don’t be the first one on your block to run out and buy the next Iphone 8 or Macbook SuperDuper Pro.  Who cares?  You may already have an Iphone (I have an older model).  So hold on to it longer and don’t upgrade so quickly.  Drag your feet on getting that new Apple computer if you really need one.  Don’t, whatever you do, buy Apple products as gifts.  You can give anything you want as a gift.  It just doesn’t help our economy to buy more of their stuff.  The less you spend on Apple’s products and the more you spend on domestically produced goods, the better it is for our economy.  So buy that piece of custom furniture (I did, from Naturaltique in Culver City), buy that American-made car, buy that American made clothing, buy the new air conditioner or furnace you need and put off buying that Apple gadget.

 

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Per the store on Foxnews today, China completed 4 giant sections previously damaged on the San Francisco Bay Bridge.  What was liberal California’s solution?  Why have China make it!  What a grand idea!  What shortsightedness!  Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face!  So California thinks that by saving a few bucks in the short run, it will do better in the long run.  This is foolishness, as the tax revenue lost from the jobs and industry that could have produced those bridge sections in this country is completely lost, not to mention the trickle effects on other parts of the economy.  They may as well have just taken that money and thrown it off the bridge – it would have been almost the same.

Those foolish reporters that quote economists that contend that we should always pay the least for any product are way off base.  It makes sense only when comparing imports, not when comparing domestic products vs. imports.  If you spend money on your own people, the money stays in the economy rather than being lost, never to be seen again.

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Check out this story on the Serious Sports Network!

Brett Favre ruining Jets’ gift exchange with “buy American” obsession

Brett might just be as obsessed as I am about buying American. He feels a debt to this country, especially as privileged as he is. He has pride and wants to put his dollars to work for America! Check out the story.

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