Sick of motor-mouth Politicians? Me too! – Part 2/2

ABC News reported, “Some 98 percent of the clothing purchased in the United States is imported from abroad. Just two percent of clothing bought in this country is manufactured on U.S. soil.”

Plunkett Research.com says, “China’s textile and clothing exports soared from $16.89 billion in 1990 to $206.74 billion in 2010 (China doesn’t sell products only to the United Statesit sells to the world). According to the World Trade Organization, India is a distant second in this category, at $24.12 billion in 2010 (up from $4.71 billion in 1990). Other nations in the top ten for global apparel and textiles exports in 2010 included Turkey ($21.72 billion), Bangladesh ($16.92 billion), the United States ($16.96 billion), Vietnam ($13.50 billion), the Republic of Korea ($12.58 billion), Pakistan ($11.78 billion) and Indonesia ($10.97 billion).

Note: In 2011, China exported to the world US$1.897 trillion and imported US$1.664 trillion in good from other countries. Twenty percent of those exported goods were sold to the US while only 7.66% of imported goods arrived in China from the US. Imported goods include: Electrical and other machinery, oil and mineral fuels, optical and medical equipment, metal ores, plastics, organic chemicals.

What does this mean? “To consumers in Europe and North America, this growing reliance on China as a low-cost producer has meant very low retail prices for goods of reasonable quality.”


There is a hunger in China for “Made in America”

One American company that makes its clothing in the US is “The North Face” in San Leandro, California.  Another company is “Round House Workwear” in Oklahoma (108 years old) and it claims all of its material is made in America.

Here is a site that lists other American clothing companies that manufacture in the US.

Why did many American companies move manufacturing outside of the US?

“Clothes can be manufactured more cheaply in developing countries due to the low cost of labor. Imagine that you are a t-shirt manufacturer. You can have your t-shirts made in a developing country with abundant cheap labor—workers who you only have to pay the equivalent of pennies an hour. This allows you to maintain large profit margins (by not spending so much on paying workers), and to sell your product at a cheaper cost (making consumers happy as well).” Source: Globalization101.org

The Chinese did not put a gun to the heads of Americans and force them to move manufacturing out of the country. Besides, Americans have a choice and may buy clothing from American companies that still manufacture in the US such as “The North Face” and “Round House Workwear”—that is if those companies make what American consumers want to wear and at a reasonable price.

And don’t forget, the US exported almost US$17 billion worth of American made clothing to other countries in 2011 MADE in the UNITED STATES. How many jobs did that support?

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His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

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Sick of motor-mouth Politicians? Me too! – Part 1/2

Recently US politicians discovered that the uniforms of the U.S. Olympic team’s opening ceremony were made in China and protested publicly (after all, it is an election year and surveys show that 44% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of China). Source: Politico.com

“I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said when asked by ABC News today, “If they have to wear nothing but a symbol that says USA on it, painted by hand, that is what they should wear.” Source: ABC News

An American Company, Ralph Lauren Inc, provided those uniforms for the US Olympic team. USA Today, reported Ralph Lauren’s response to Motor-Mouth Harry Reid.

Ralph Lauren’s corporate headquarters is in New York City. However, its products are sold worldwide and they are made worldwide. Ralph Lauren has 19,000 employees.

Some work in the United States. Many don’t. I tried to discover how many worked in the US but could not find that answer.

As of 2010, Ralph Lauren Corporation operated a total of 631 locations worldwide. If you check out the Ralph Lauren website, you will discover it has stores in forty-two countries, and its products were sold at some 11,000 locations worldwide.


There is a hunger in China for “Made in America”

Imagine a citizen of Argentina, Australia, Belgium, China (yes, Ralph Lauren Inc. has stores in China), Ireland, Japan, Russia, Switzerland or Turkey throwing a tantrum because a shirt they bought was made in the US.

I suspect this sort of knee-jerk reaction is exclusive to Americans—mostly narcissistic that believes the world revolves around them [with some exceptions—if you are reading this, I hope you are one of those exceptions].

In addition, for 2011, Market Watch.com reported Ralph Lauren Inc paid US taxes on its net US profit at an effective tax rate of 32.9%. If you are an American citizen, what was your effective tax rate?

Ralph Lauren is an American company that has become wealthy and prosperous by selling its products to the world. It stands to reason that this company would also have manufacturing plants around the world.

This is why I cannot stand politicians and their BIG motor mouths that often spout nonsense in addition to lies. When Harry Reid opened his mouth, it sounded as if every penny was going to China but that is not true.

For example, for one Apple iPad manufactured in China, about $6 stays in China of the $499.00 spent for this popular device. I’ve read the profit for that one Apple iPad sale is more than $100 and that money stays in the US where Apple has its corporate headquarters and pays taxes.

What would happen to American companies such as Ralph Lauren and Apple if the only country they manufactured and sold products in was the United States?

Continued on July 17, 2012 in Sick of Motor-Mouth Politicians – Part 2

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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