By ILYA GALAK,
and ALAN GALAK
All things considered, why there is this deafening silence from unions on the topic of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States?
Why aren’t they jumping up and down screaming at politicians on both sides about this? As a country, we once had probably the best manufacturing industries in the world.
As just about everyone can see, most of those jobs are now overseas.
For example, since 2000, we lost 2.7 million manufacturing jobs, of which half a million were in high-tech industries such as telecommunications and electronics.
Simply put, we do not produce anything anymore. We buy tons of foreign goods and then wonder why we are lacking jobs.
We need to start exporting.
This article will not focus on exactly why manufacturing is vital to the economy, but if you have doubts, just go on Google and see for yourself all the evidence and studies coming from credible and professional sources which say that, without manufacturing, simply put, our country is doomed.
We will say this much however: The jobs of production workers, supervisors and managers in heavy industry enterprises (metallurgy, for example) and others in manufacturing helped build and define the middle class throughout the 20th century.
Also, manufacturing jobs have, on average, higher compensation than service-sector jobs.
What can be done to bring back this vital part of our economy? Who would be up to it?
For starters, we can’t ask the executives of the crony corporations to send our jobs back home; their only concern is profit.
Their goal is to make as much money as possible as quickly as possible. If it’s cheaper to make things in China, they will make them in China.
We won’t be able to count on our politicians either, no matter which party they’re from.
As most would guess, they have been bought long ago by the people who sent our jobs overseas.
As P.J. O’Rourke said:
“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.”
We’re simply saying that we, the people, want this to happen won’t be enough, sadly. We don’t have the power that we used to. Many of us are brainwashed, corrupted or just don’t care.
The fact that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assemblyman Vito Lopez got re-elected says more about how our election system work than we ever could.
Nowadays, it takes money and political power to get anything meaningful done.
So, are there political powers out there for whom it would be in their best financial interest to bring manufacturing back to the U.S., and have the special-interest powers needed to challenge the crony corporations and their politicians?
Yes there are, and they are the unions. But are they doing anything?
We have heard on the news of the New York City school bus drivers, the teachers in Chicago, as well as the municipal workers in Wisconsin.
All of them fought for nothing more than more taxpayer money in their pockets.
But we’ve never seen them protesting on Capitol Hill or even at local city halls demanding action to bring manufacturing back home to America.
Common sense is telling us that the unions would want manufacturing back in the U.S., where they could profit from it once more.
But they’re really not doing anything. This is beyond our understanding.
We think it’s time to form our own movement, one called “Make It In The USA.” The only purpose of this party would be to fight to bring manufacturing back to the U.S.
It’s time for us to put aside our differences. It doesn’t matter if you’re conservative or liberal, pro-choice or pro-life, union or non-union. One thing we can all agree on is that we want — no need — our manufacturing sector back.
It is the politicians who want us divided and conquered, but we must stand united or face the consequences.
Regarding the practicalities of such a movement, there are two things to say: First is that we need the will; we need people from many backgrounds and occupations to make a stand for this cause.
Second, we will need all the resources and help we can get. This is where the unions can really shine, seeing as how their lobbyists and political connections might just give us the edge we need.
And remember what Plato said:
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”