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American Manufacturing for a Global Marketplace: Left of Center View

Americans have a real problem with change. Even when it is in our best interests in the long term, we tend to stay within our comfort-zones whenever possible. Yet for the first time in recent memory both political parties’ presidential candidates campaigned on the promise of change. Change, it seems we have finally come to realize, is inevitable.

But just voting for change is not enough. As the President – Elect stated in his victory speech time and time again, this is not the end of the battle but just the beginning. America today finds herself compromised and weakened on the global stage. We have spent so much of the last eight years focusing on issues abroad. Granted, these issues that were partially created at home, and from which certain American corporations and individuals have profited from greatly. But while our focus was there, things fell apart here.

And while things keep getting worse and worse at home, we have to realize that for things to change and improve, we may need to start listening to and reacting to what is being done and said overseas. America may be the last military superpower, but economically we are no longer alone. There are other major economies that have evolved in the world that are perfectly capable of operating independently from ours.

This is not to say that they are currently operating separately from the U.S. only that they are capable of doing so. There is already plenty to worry about, what with our banks and industries collapsing, but what will happen when we become an isolated economy. We have established a global economy that the U.S. for the most part was able to lead and dictate terms to. But now, the rest of the world is feeling the crunch of our arrogance and over-indulgence. What will happen when they decide not to play with us anymore? Or even worse, what if they demand that we actually pay off our debts?

We are on the brink of hope; assuming that the jackasses that got us into this huge mess are content to leave office with the vast fortunes that they have already stolen. Bailout dollars falling into incompetent corporate pockets instead of being used to put America back to work, a war being waged off target and over-budget. This we can recover from as long as it is all that we have to overcome. We all voted for change and now we have to be willing to work for it. The first step is to realize that we are no longer an only child, the economy is global. We must start producing more than just entertainment and weapons for the rest of the world. It is no longer about what we want, but what the rest of the world is willing to pay us for.


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American Manufacturing for a Global Marketplace: Right of Center View

The one undeniable truth in the current American job market is that we are in a transitioning economy. The manufacturing models of the past have become obsolete. They are bogged down in backwards business models, union corruption and skyrocketing health care costs. Employers that once employed the bulk of American workforce have closed shop and moved overseas to have any chance to be competitive. Those who have remained are left begging Congress for bailouts to stay in business.

To address this issue of the downturn of American manufacturing, we will need to make some hard choices. It has come time to decide if we can any longer afford to have unions dictating contracts to companies that have their retiring workers making pensions that pay them as well as if they never stopped working or if we will void old contracts and make reasonable compensation and workplace safety the law of the land so that unions can be taken out of the equation. We could replace union negotiators with labor enforcement boards and keep people working while keeping companies responsible for maintaining a good working environment. Reasonable compensation needs to apply to executives as well. Wages need to be brought under control to make U.S. companies competitive with companies around the world.

We also need to look at healthcare costs for companies. America is one of the only industrialized countries in the world without nationalized health care. Employers spend millions of dollars every year on medical insurance for their employees. This makes it that much harder for them to compete with companies around the world without that expense. While nobody wants to socialize industry, we need to accept the reality that if we don’t cut employer health care costs we will slip further and further away from being able to compete in the global marketplace. There needs to be national research grants to cut medical company research and development costs so that they can afford to offer medicine at more reasonable prices. More nationally funded research would also lead to more competition with fewer private patents held on medical breakthroughs forcing the medical manufacturers to compete for sales instead of having the only source of needed medical resources.

American manufacturing survival depends on a partnership between government and business to find logical and sustainable solutions that will increase our ability to compete on the world stage. With other governments subsidizing industry competition on a global scale requires a change in mindset that puts aside the idea of “small” vs. “big” government. We need a mindset of “smart” government that addresses issues in a logical way to benefit the national interest before the individual interest. We need jobs but we also need profitability. Without profitability we can’t sustain job growth and without job growth we can’t sustain an economy local or global.

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Should Americans Be Allowed To Buy Cheaper Canadian Drugs?
With Our Economy Failing, Will America Become the World's Next Cheap Labor Source?
What Does Trillions of Dollars in Debt to China Mean for Our Future?
Could the Bailout of Wall Street Lead to More Foreign Investment in America?
Could Open Borders Ever Be A Viable Option For America?
How Should American Immigration Policy Be Reformed?
What Would The American Economy Look Like Without Undocumented Workers?
Can International Trade Save American Jobs?
How Much Impact Will Our Faltering Economy Have on Illegal Immigration?
Would Harsher Sentences for Undocumented Criminals Lower Crime?
Will There Ever Be Comprehensive Immigration Reform in America?
Do Undocumented Immigrants Pose a Health Risk for Americans?
How Will the Oil Crisis Impact Foreign Policy?
What is a Fair Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Workers?
Which of the Presidential Candidates Will Bring the Best Immigration Policy Into Office?
Outsourcing, Bad Trade Policy and Recessions
Is America Capable of Breaking Free from Foreign Oil Dependency?
What Does the Globalization of Big Business Mean for America?
Are American Car Makers Ready for the Oil Crisis or Will Japan Reign Supreme Once Again?
Does Dependency on Foreign Oil Endanger America?
What is a "Real" American?
Racial Profiling - Is It Ever OK?
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A Legal Immigrant’s Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally “The Race” in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isn’t really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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