Are globalization, trade and technology hurting America's middle class?

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 25, 2014 10:08 a.m.

    * Why are we importing apples, and fish products from China?
    * Why are we importing oil when we have more than we need here?

    Hows those free trade agreements working out?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 25, 2014 9:30 a.m.

    Wow! And Romney was criticized for wanting to lower business taxes. For encouraging manufacturers back to our country.

    Seems health care, gay marriage, campaign fund raisers,golfing, and Hawaiian vacations are more important.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Jan. 25, 2014 6:35 a.m.

    Just saw an ABC News report last night that the growing CONSUMER push for "Made in America" is encouraging companies to bring their manufacturing home -- and Apple (infamous for its Foxcomm factories sporting suicide nets to prevent their Chinese workers from trying to kill themselves over making iPads) has two large factors in Texas and Arizona where it is making the latest Mac and some other secret glass for its next generation products.

    Earlier, I read that Walmart is also promoting "Made in America" -- and that buying American is saving money because of shipping costs from Asia to America. That literally paying local labor costs is less expensive than shipping cheaper-labor Asian products half way around the world to America.

    Here in Cache Valley, Lin (socks manufacturer) is expanding local production so that seasonal apparel goods can get on retailer shelves faster.

    Energy costs for shipping and citizen demands for "Made in America" are encouraging companies to push for domestic manufacturing.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 12:33 p.m.

    "The manufacturing revival that President Barack Obama spoke in depth about during his 2012 State of the Union address was a 'mirage'."... as this article mentioned.

    And as this article also points out, over 40,000 USA manufacturing jobs have been lost in the past 2 years just to South Korea alone. Since Obama took office, literally millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost to other countries.

    It should be obvious by now that higher taxes on businesses (America now has the highest business taxes in the world) kills our national business climate and causes business owners to move their plants overseas. It's not rocket science to discover that businesses go where they can make the most money. More red-tape and higher taxes are now making that harder to do in America.

    For the last 5 years in particular, there has been a leaning in America toward more socialism and less capitalism. That directly destroys individual and collective incentive. And now reports like this one are showing us the results.

    Redistribution of wealth (what socialism and the democrat platform is all about) will only keep making things worse.