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    Default Free trade ? Screw it !!!! Just Bring Home The Brand !!

    This is from many years ago, but rings so true today. I have to wonder what are these former employees doing today ? .. I'll say it again a person with a good job is a great consumer a person with no job is not a consumer.
    shoe industry seems

    beyond saving

    "The shoe industry is doomed," says Seymour Fabric, president of the Southern California Shoe Manufacturers Association. "It's heartbreaking." In Maine, eight shoe factories have closed in the past 18 months, with a loss of about 7,600 jobs. In neighboring New Hampshire, shoemakers employed almost 11,000 workers a decade ago; this year fewer than 7,000 are at work.

    Under a provision of the trade laws that allows industries facing extinction to apply for relief from foreign competition, the U.S. International Trade Commission recommended last June that the Administration cut the foreigners' share of the U.S. shoe market from 71% to 68%. President Reagan's refusal to do so was backed with coolly blunt reasoning: "To save a few temporary jobs, we would be throwing many other Americans out of work, costing consumers billions of dollars, further weakening the shoe industry and seriously damaging relations with our trading partners."

    I suppose these jobs were only temporary when the companies were started decades before the Reagan ERA ??



    The U.S. shoe industry is not the victim of unfair trade practices but of labor costs. Making shoes is a labor-intensive business, and the simple fact is that foreign workers are willing to work for less. In the U.S., the typical shoemaker earns $6.71 an hour. In Brazil, the average hourly rate is 85 cents, in Taiwan, 91 cents .

    Three Industries That Want Help - TIME


    I will argue that free trade with a competitor who pays literally nothing in labor is not only un-competitive but grossly unfair. How can you play in a game when you are 100 points behind before you ever get started ? Ronald Reagan if you were alive today I would have to tell ya point blank you sir sold out the American Citizens those who made footwear & those who have hardly no choice but to send our dollars overseas.. Trade protections bad ?? Not when it comes to an American job, which pays an American worker who pays American taxes ..And maybe we could have paid for your Deficit-Spending by now..


    Overall, almost 3.7 million manufacturing jobs in the U.S. were lost between 1998 and 2007 as countries such as China and India increased production and expanded in the global market. China is increasingly producing more sophisticated and technologically advanced goods rather than cheaper ones. One recent study by economic forecasting company Global Insight finds that China is on track to overtake the U.S. as the world's biggest manufacturer by 2016.

    8 endangered US industries - MSN Money
    3.7 million jobs lost I wonder had those jobs stayed here would we be in the mess we are in today ??? I honestly think not.. China taking the lead away from us in 7 short years ? Most likely yes but maybe not if we write and ask our neighbors to write our reps and tell them fair trade not free trade.



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    The Made in USA Brand,
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    Default Re: Free trade ? Screw it !!!! Just Bring Home The Brand !!

    Nice post.

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    Default Re: Free trade ? Screw it !!!! Just Bring Home The Brand !!

    I've been saying the same thing for I can't remember how long.
    You my friend have said it much better than I ever have.
    Greenies awarded!!!

    Shoe quotas would hurt developing countries, which are struggling to earn foreign exchange to service their U.S. debts. Washington would be in the awkward position of demanding that Brazil meet its debt obligations while depriving it of the means to do so.
    What about all the jobless Americans that have no means to meet "THEIR" debt obligations???
    Charity begins at home!!
    Last edited by Animo; 01-06-2009 at 09:41 AM.

 

 

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