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liberalmike27 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 12:15 PM
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Doing Globalization the Right Way
The closest thing I see to globalizing in a sustainable way is the way Japan does its car factories in the U.S.

No, it isn't because we gain some benefit, though that is part of the reason. While they don't produce all of their parts here, and usually make the engines in Japan, which are the most complex parts, they at least assemble, and get some of the parts here in America, built by American labor.

Had we been, from the start, allowing these hugely wealthy folks, and their corporations, build factories in China, to build products to sell to the Chinese, or substitute any country here, then we wouldn't be in such a predicament. But the way we've done it, is to move all these companies into China, and have them build products that their own people, for the most part, can't even buy. How is it we're supposed to improve the world by bringing a middle class to these countries without actually paying these workers in third world countries enough money to buy the stuff they produce.

Japan of course, has been bad, as have other countries about putting tariffs on the products coming in, to safeguard their people, their workers. This is, of course, where we've fallen way short. Tariffs are, and have always been, the only solution to people dumping tons of cheap product on a country, and destroying American manufacturing jobs. The real solution to our current problems lie in making it as cheap to produce something here, as it is in a foreign country, with tariffs. In this time of high unemployment, how are you going to bring the jobs back you've exported unless you do so. And existing companies in third world countries are going to have to bite the bullet, and pay the employees there enough to participate in their own production.

This will go a long way toward beginning to repair our own economy, and practicing globalization in the way it was meant to work, not just enriching that top slice of our population, of the world's population, but bringing us all along for the ride. And while we're cruising, how about picking up a slice of worker safety and environmentalism too. We've been allowing them to circumvent the things we need to do to keep our planet in tip-top shape, especially in China. How about we don't trade with a country that keeps trashing their air, their water, their rivers, and poisoning their people unnecessarily. There is no reason they should not be required to adopt the same standards as we have here, before we trade with them. Sadly, we've yet to discuss the basic problem with our high unemployment numbers. But I hope at some point we'll address the core cause of our problems, not high labor costs, but the congress selling our American labor by actually paying companies to move elsewhere. Until we address this core issue, we're going to have to keep on raising taxes on that elite class that has profited hugely from exportation of America's jobs, and using the money to create them in the public sector. And if you want your representatives to not do that, then you need to suggest we bring back those in the private sector that left, and instead of trying to tear down the salaries of others, how about trying to raise your own?

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47of74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 12:27 PM
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1. The place I worked for used to use off-shore people
But this was only for providing over night support and some weekend support to supplement the local work force. So in the middle of the night when a computer batch job failed we'd call the off shore people to handle that instead of waking someone up here. After all it was during their daytime so we weren't waking anyone up. However the company didn't think that worked that well because of language and other issues and eventually stopped doing it, switching to having the local people handle everything. So now we wake our local staff up if need be.

That's the one and only place where I might support use of off-shore people - if none of our jobs are taken away, and if the people in the country where this is being done are given the exact same level of pay and benefits that we get.
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liberalmike27 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 01:18 PM
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2. Yea
Can you imagine--these folks in China if you paid them twelve bucks an hour, or 20, or whatever, could work a couple of weeks, then open a business themselves. Now that is globalization we can believe in.

I'll tell you though, globalization is one of the best brainwashing jobs they've done, along with promoting union hating.
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