samhill wrote:No Jpete, it never has crossed my mind, the way I see it is that there are many businesses that have stayed here & are doing well. Naturally perhaps they aren't as top heavy as others prefer to be, perhaps they don't promise their shareholders X amount, perhaps instead of deferring funds elsewhere they choose to invest in their own future that is a deduction, just perhaps the CEO makes a reasonable wage. Like some here both union & non-union (if your treated fairly there is no need to unionize) just perhaps they realize that their employees are their greatest asset & show their appreciation.
Just perhaps some of the ones that suddenly found patriotism have discovered that even people in third world countries are people & those people are wanting more of a share, from the floor on up to the top. There too perhaps the bribes they pay the stay there are becoming increasingly more costly, just perhaps.
Sam, I think there is some truth in everything you have said in the above, but it is only part of the truth. In a global market things are going to be produced where costs are least. You infer that this leads to excess profit which mostly is not true. Do you think we would have any domestic car companies if they could not outsource parts? Where are Zenith, Philco, and RCA televisions? If they were still being produced here they probably would be triple the price of what you pay now. You have also not made allowance for the benefit of lower prices to Americans of foreign made goods. It's not all bad.
My own view is I would like to see more things made here and at higher prices. There is too much wastage with things thrown away with useful life left, just to get the latest model. When things were more costly as they used to be there was also room for many more to fix things rather than scrap them as is done today.