Thursday, February 9, 2017

The 'Exporting Jobs' Scam

By Harry Browne

The burning issue of the day is the "exporting of jobs" to foreign countries by corporations.

As the prevailing wisdom would have it, greedy corporations are taking advantage of lower wages in foreign countries — taking jobs away from Americans and giving those jobs to foreigners who will work for much less money.

In other words, American companies make their products overseas and then bring them to America to sell to Americans who were denied jobs producing those wares.

The politicians who are upset about this practice rarely suggest any specific solution; they just promise to put a stop to it. The TV commentators who are exercised about it also are short on solutions; they just seem to enjoy viewing with alarm.

The only concrete solution that's been offered (that I've come across) is the introduction of state laws to require any companies doing business with the state government to produce their products within the U.S.

Economic Illiteracy

Politicians are notoriously economically illiterate. And even when they know what would be the right thing, we don't really expect them to do it.

But we do expect financial and economic reporters and "experts" who appear on television to have some grasp of whatever they're discussing. Thus, when these "experts" join in the chorus of outrage over greedy corporations exporting jobs, it's easy to believe there must be something to the complaint.

But just once I would like to see someone on television ask one of these politicians, reporters, or "experts" the following question:

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  1. How would the job and manufacturing system be if every country were on a commodity money standard?

    And some companies may move not because of labor cost only but also the paperwork and regulations.

    1. Re: The Lab Manager,

      Since Comparative Advantage is a Law as unbreakable as the law of gravity, the picture would not look too different.

      If you learned some sound economics, your fears and prejudices would disappear altogether and the world would look less daunting and unfair, L. You should try that sometime.

    2. Torres, I'm far more advanced than a ignorant dope like you will ever be when I include cultural and societal functioning in my economic thought. But hey, keep believing those with more melanin give a damn about NAP and limited government. Maybe one day your daughter or a female relative will be subject to a forced cliterectomy because you know those Muslims just give a damn about your ideas.

    3. LOL. Yeah, you're so advanced, overtly judging people by their skin color. Way to be on the intellectual cutting edge there, chief.

    4. "... The link between manufacturing and economic growth is critical. Every dollar in final sales of manufactured products supports $1.33 in output from other sectors—this is the largest multiplier of any sector. Manufacturing investments create ripples across the economy, creating jobs and growth in other industries. ..."

  2. --- Politicians are notoriously economically illiterate. ---

    Politicians? Pfft! Try Trumpistas! They REVEL in their ignorance.

  3. The interventionist foreign policy that taxpayers pay for often makes it safe enough for US companies to locate facilities overseas in low wage countries. Without that leverage behind them they could quickly find out the real costs.