All I am saying is that the American Consumer is the most coveted of consumers in the world, because of their purchasing power. The American consumer has been a large part, directly or indirectly, of China’s growth and job creation over the last decade or more, and a large part of the growth of the Japanese economy prior to that, as the American auto industry fell out of favor with American consumers.
Every dollar spent becomes a dollar earned. Spent dollars become revenue and or income. When American consumers spend their dollars on foreign goods, it becomes revenue and income in other nations, creating or preserving jobs and profits in other places. If those dollars were spent on American produced goods, then the revenue, income and profit would be preserved or created in the USA. If Americans simply decided to repatriate their consumption, millions of jobs would be created.
I understand the issues with corporations, their lobbying and what not. However, I think the lack of patriotism of American workers is a bigger problem than the corporations in regards to employment in America. The problem with Americans and likely humans in general is that we all want things to get better……but we want OTHERS to make the sacrifices. Instead of Americans looking at what we purchase or attempting to research what we purchase so that we give preference to American made goods, we would rather blame the corporations and try to seek changes in what corporations are doing instead of making changes to what we are doing.
I once read the book titled, “The 7 habits of highly effective people” and one of the main points was that highly effective people focused on their “Sphere of greatest influence”, which is the SELF. If the SELF desires an improvement in employment opportunity in America, then the SELF should seek out American made goods. However, the SELF, by nature, is SELFISH. The self is not really concerned with the American economy as much as it is concerned with the economy of SELF. Thus, the self will seek the path of least economic resistance and purchase that which is perceived as lower in cost and or greater in quality, which often is foreign. Then we condemn corporations for THEIR SELFISHNESS, when each entity is equally selfish, yet, we as individual consumers are not willing to give up the things we do, that reduce economic opportunity in America, because what we do is best for us. Yet, we want corporation to do the sacrificing by giving up what is best for them, when we are not willing to give up what is best for us.
People living in North Carolina could care less about people in Michigan losing jobs because so many Americans prefer buying foreign cars and People in Michigan could care less that people in Carolina have lost jobs because Americans stopped buy American made furniture. The American consumer is only concerned about the best value and their personal bottom line, which we are all trying to increase. The corporations are no different. They can go foreign to…..for their bottom line. The corporations are really no different than the individual in that we want to influence politics to our favor. We all have the same MOTIVE and OPPORTUNITY……but what is difference is that the individual lacks the MEANS beyond one-man-one-vote. The individual does not have the money to buy influence like corporations have, but we do donate to campaigns and the like....trying to get the people in office that will do our bidding (hopefully). Corporations and the super rich simply have more success at this because they have more money to use to buy influence. There is no moral difference.