The year was 1941. Pearl Harbor was just months away and Henry Ford wanted to prove to the United States government that he could mass produce bombers. Take a look at the video above and see what we used to be able to do. One B-24 with 1,250,000 parts, every 55 minutes. No wonder we won the war. Oh, the good ol’ days!
When the Pro American Party states that manufacturing is important to national security, this video illustrates why. These days the manufacturing is more likely to be done in Mexico, China or India.
Corporations bolt from the U.S. for several reasons: tax avoidance, escape from pollution standards, and cheap labor prime among them. In this post, we identify some of the companies that have done just that.
Our first list comes to us from Richard A. McCormack, firstname.lastname@example.org. In July, 2013, he wrote an article entitled “America’s Biggest Companies Continue To Move Factories Offshore And Eliminate Thousands of American Jobs“. According to research done by McCormack, seventy-seven petitions were filed on behalf of American workers, from companies such as IBM, Walgreens, International Paper, Sanmina Corp., Chicago Bridge and Iron, NCR, AT&T, Tenneco Automotive, Micron Technology and Honeywell, among others….and this was just in the first three weeks of July of that year!
Read more from McCormack by going to the following link: http://www.manufacturingnews.com/news/TAA0731131.html
By the way, did you know that when companies bolt from the U.S. and leave their former employees jobless that the former employees are then eligible for all types of benefits via the Department of Labor? Guess who pays? No need, you do. The program is called the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program and includes a variety of benefits and services to support workers in their search for reemployment. This includes Trade Readjustment Allowance, training, assistance with healthcare premium costs, Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance, and job search and relocation allowances. This is a second slap in the face. The Pro American Party’s platform will fix this injustice.
The link below will take you to a DOL site and it reflects the decision made by the DOL in the case of Johnson Controls, when they left people jobless in ID, MI, TX, KY, WI, LA and OR. https://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/taa/taadecisions/taadecision.cfm?taw=85773
The next list comes from CNN. It covers every company that has moved overseas, in alphabetical order. Unfortunately the list reads like a who’s who of American business. CNN calls this list “Exporting America”…please read until you’re too fed up to continue. You will be dismayed to say the least. http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/lou.dobbs.tonight/popups/exporting.america/frameset.exclude.html
Last, but not least, is the environmental shuffle. Apparently with our government’s blessing, coal companies are exporting their product overseas. This allows us to say we have ‘reduced’ our emissions in the U.S., but fails to mention that the earth doesn’t benefit, because the pollution has just been moved outside the country…but still the same atmosphere. The link below takes you to the site of “the day” which produced the article. http://www.theday.com/article/20140728/NWS13/307289946