I can’t hold back any longer. There is nothing more specious as this rah-rah belief that Donald Trump and his business (ahem) skills will bring jobs back to America. You know, those plants and jobs that manufacturers have moved to Mexico, the Philippines, China –you name it.
People who believe this do not understand the way business works. So let me help you, since I’ve worked in manufacturing industries. Let’s begin here: Businesses do not do anything unless it helps them create more revenue and even more important, more profit.
Jobs move to other countries because the cost of labor etc there is FAR lower. FAR, FAR lower.
Before we get all crazy about how little workers in other countries make we could consider their economies and cost of living, which in most cases don’t resemble ours. But this isn’t a post about that.
Today, though, consider what it would mean if it COST MORE TO MAKE THE PRODUCTS that are part of our every day life.
These countries don’t excessively tax businesses the way our government does, either, and they provide lots of tax incentives. That means that the overall lower cost of manufacturing in many other countries is more than compelling, it is a godsend to businesses who want a good return on their investment.
That, my friends, is the bottom line. You can wave the flag all you want over bringing jobs back, but it ain’t gonna happen.
So think it through:
Moving jobs back to the significantly more expensive United States means that consumers–you and I– will PAY SIGNIFICANTLY MORE for our products.
Are you willing to pay double or more what you pay for your smart phone? Your TV? Your car? Your clothing? Your computer? Would you pay $800 for an Iphone, for example? $1,400 for an Ipad?
I didn’t think so.
As a financially secure professional I know said to me the other day, “I can pay double or more for my phone or TV. But all the Trump fans falling for this are going to be mighty surprised at what is no longer affordable, if he really made this happen. In a way, I kind of wish he could so that they would see what it really means. But, of course, he can’t bring those jobs back any more than he can make a unicorn real.”
There is no way a business interested in profitability is going to move those jobs back to the United States and there is no way the people of this country will enjoy paying more for their “necessities.”
It’s all well and good to spout rhetoric about keeping jobs here and “making American great”, but this, my friends, is the reality. And the common sense of it. And guess what? I’ll bet you Trump knows that. Absolutely.
It is a manipulation, people.
If you’re ok with it? Support Trump.
If you didn’t realize this? Join the club of many others in your shoes and from here on out, don’t fall for these simplistic slogans he spouts that are ridiculous and have no chance of being put in place.
Being personally rich has absolutely nothing to do with your ability to govern or even your knowledge of what is possible Constitutionally, legally, procedurally and what is not.
I can’t help but think that Trump supporters are uninformed about the facts. I’d hate to think they were delusional.
But it’s tempting.