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  •  With rising Chinese wages & transport costs, (8+ / 0-)

    coupled with American wages in free-fall, this has to happen eventually.

    The question is whether 50% of Americans will be living out of refrigerator boxes before manufacturing employment starts ramping up enough to make a dent.

    •  A 3,000 mile supply line can't last... (5+ / 0-)

      ...if energy prices go up.

      It's a horrible long-term business model.

      If Obama doesn't deserve credit for getting Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger, then Bin Laden doesn't deserve the blame for 9-11 because he didn't fly the planes.

      by Bush Bites on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 06:01:02 AM PST

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      •  It'll last until the very second transport costs.. (2+ / 0-)
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        are 0.0005% higher than the profit margin gained by offshoring production and pollution to low-wage sites.

        Then we'll see non-union factories sprouting in Appalachia and similar low-wage locations in the U.S., complete with armies of rent-a-cops, union-busting consultants and factory towns.

        Forward! To the 1870s!

    •  dont forget continued adjustment in currency value (1+ / 0-)
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      Brainwrap

      lots of factors are aligning to bring manufacturing of consumer goods back to the US.  Short term it will help but long term our concept of work is going to have to change.  Automation will continue to eliminate the human element and we're already at a point where there are more people than "jobs".

      •  The only way that can work is for the U.S. to.... (1+ / 0-)
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        tax the snot out of the financial "industry" to drive investment away from the Wall Street casino and plowing the resulting government revenue back into infrastructure and labor-intensive fields like health care and home care (i.e., keeping the exploding numbers of elderly in their own homes as long as possible).

        Otherwise it'll be robot factories building products that can only be afforded by the dwindling fraction of Americans living in gated communities. And it'll be far too tempting for politicians to expand the military as a jobs program!

        •  there are other things too (1+ / 0-)
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          Beyond healthcare.  If we aren't all working full on to figure out how to be fed and have shelter, there is room for other things like scientific research and the arts.

          Right now I think we're in a bit of a dark age in the world.  Centuries from now perhaps there will be some enlightenment and societies will figure out how to leverage the technologies we have access to right now.  There is no need for each person to "work" and there is no shortage of resources to sustain life.  It's only our system of distribution that is broken.

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