Originally Posted by pauldfullerton
All you guys have to do now is to convince Apple to manufacture it's amazing range of products in America rather than exporting all those manufacturing jobs to Asia - but why should I care if you Americans prefer to buy cheap products manufactured overseas rather than have secure jobs!
Why would Apple want to do that? Why would any company these days want to do that? China has not become the world's manufacturing colossus for no reason, it's because all these public companies are legally required to maximise shareholder returns. That means increased profits. That means, all other things being equal, lower costs. That means ... China. Or another Asian country.
Remember that America's dominance in world trade and the IMF and the trade rules in place in many countries (all of which it instigated) now mean that none of those countries can legally give preference to home grown suppliers. Here in the UK, the last remaining train manufacturer, Bombadier, looks likely to fold losing over 1,400 jobs in the process because the contract is going elsewhere. The UK government, assuming that they wanted to, cannot legally prefer a UK supplier under current trade rules, they have to tender and get "the best price".
Up until about the mid 80s, Marks & Spencer, possibly the UK's largest high street clothes retailer used to proudly state in all its stores, "95% of our good are British made". Those signs can no longer be seen and I would challenge anyone these days to find even 5% of goods in M&S stores to be British made. China, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Mexico - yes. Britain - no. The UK's garment manufacturing industry has been cut by about 2/3 and who knows how much longer that 1/3 will remain?
America has shaped a world, in which pretty much each country in the entire West, has decimated its own industries so that manufacturing can be outsourced to the cheapest bidder. Apple is just another part of that global process.
"As ye sow, so shall ye reap" I believe the phrase goes.