Originally Posted by Insane Pope
Turbo are you a complete idiot? It makes a huge difference to the people of the USA if your buying things made outside the country. It's called keeping your family or neighbors employed as well as keeping the economy going.
In theory this swings either way. EG: Company outsources manufacturing to China, Company doubles profits in the next quarter, Company no longer needs to lay employees off.
The american economy has long been moving away from manufacturing anyways - for good or for bad, the trend is to have physical widgets made in places where it is cheaper to do so. In the end, this increases GPD and everyone benefits from that. That is, if you buy into the "rising tide floats all boats" economic model.
And don't tell me that people who were previously employed manufacturing product X (until the company outsourced the production of X to china) are now permanently unemployed. It is the nature of the capitalist market that jobs are ephemeral. Arguably a job-for-life kind of situation is a socialist thing. Its the workers job to behave in his best interest and find another job when he gets laid off.
I will conceed that someone who has been a machinist for 25 years making $30/hr at a union job may have trouble finding work if he cannot find a new job doing the same or similar type of work. But then you would expect that he's been saving some of that $30/hr * 8 hrs/day * 5 days/week * 50 week/yr (w/two week holiday per year, unpaid) * 25 years (which for those of you not mathematically inclined persons, is a million and half dollars) and can use a portion of it to get new job training. I have very little pity for people who are unwilling or unable to display a little f***ing adaptability