We took a small trip to Crater Lake last week. Its a real pretty place. If you are over 62 a lifetime National Park pass is $10 and it covers everyone in the car.
I went to the gift shop and thought the little beaver with a park ranger hat (below right) was neat. I almost didn't buy it, it had a "made in China" tag. Plus it seemed kind of phony as a souvenir from Crater Lake, it was made a half a world away (as was almost everything else in the store). The bag on the left, I picked up later. It's recyclable and made in the USA! WOW!!! Politically correct, but how many college grads does it take to load a roll of paper onto a bag making machine?
As an entrepreneur, you want inexpensive souvenirs to sell to the tourist and China is where you shop. Why make it in the USA, where labor laws and employment taxes eat you alive? How can we blame the retailer for using common sense?
The picture below is also from Crater Lake. It's an outhouse (no longer in use), that kind of reflects how Congress solves our problems. The solution to one problem creates another. Tax the employer and bring in more revenue.
What is the real issue, jobs or the cost of labor? Why employ an American when you can pay someone in China at 1/10th our wages. Remember Ross Perot and the "Giant sucking sound" from our free trade agreements? He lost the election, but he was spot on!
Maybe if the Chinese were saddled with Obamacare instead of us, it would be cheaper to make things here instead of over there. Jobs are all about the cost of doing business. The American public is the ultimate employer. We want it cheap and to hell with employee benefits. How can we expect to create more jobs if we can't compete realistically with China?
We have set the tone for consumption in the US, "Low costs" and that kind of answers the question of, "Where are the good paying jobs?"
Here I sit with my cute little souvenir from Crater Lake made in China and a paper bag made in the USA. It comforting to know that whoever wins the next election is going to provide more jobs for unemployed Americans, Mexicans, Chinese and other third world countries. You'll need a passport to apply, if you're from here.
Copyright 2012 by Jim Brubaker