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  •  Essentially very major outsourcing took place (1+ / 0-)
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    during his administration (in all fairness, it was mostly a continuation of trends started by Bush/Reagan - but his policies accelerated rather than slowed the process).

    Since then, technology has further cut down on domestic jobs in manufacturing, and services to some extent.

    His trick, or luck as the case may be, was that job growth in other sectors (e.g., selling pet food over the internet) was fairly robust at the same time, masking the hollowing out of traditional US manufacturing.

    •  During Clinton admin (1+ / 0-)
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      you could still buy products that didn't say "Made in China." Yes, technology changes have eliminated many jobs. But many jobs have also been offshored during the Shrub and Obama years. Just rewinding that would help.

      "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

      by NWTerriD on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 10:04:03 AM PST

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      •  You still can, if you try hard enough (5+ / 0-)

        But if one just randomly bought stuff, which I did back then, there was a night and day switch between "Made in the USA" and "Made in China" during the Clinton years in things like textiles, children toys, and even kitchen appliances and garage-type tools.

        I know this because my wife has recently been "urging" me to go through the piles of shit that have accumulated in our house (and get rid most of it), and in the process seeing  a 30 year snapshot in time has made this trend crystal clear.

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