Over the past six years, more than three million manufacturing jobs in the United States have been lost, many of them because U.S. companies cannot compete against price advantages from other countries such as China. But can you blame China for pouring goods into the U.S.? We have a huge appetite for cheap goods we could not afford otherwise.
These changes have created new pressures for the American business. As a furniture retailer, we walk a fine line, trying to provide the best quality and selection of American-built furniture, along with the best value for our customers. So yes, to be competitive, we do sell some products that are manufactured overseas.
Without trade, the world economy would fail. But trade agreements are unbalanced and unfair to the United States. Not only can these countries employ workers at lower wages, these countries are not accountable to EPA and OSHA, environmental and safety regulations which add to the cost of doing business in the U.S.
Hundreds of Americans are losing their jobs to other countries at an alarming rate. Our money is going to places that may not like us, yet we're building their economy and raising their quality of life.
What happens when we produce less and less domestically and something drastic occurs in the world to affect the global economy? We would be left with very little manufacturing capabilities, and prices for goods would go through the roof. As we lose jobs, our buying power goes down, and some U.S. companies go out of business, thus our ability to purchase declines. Buying power is decreased and even more jobs are lost.
What can we do? Always try to buy American made products. We proudly support American manufacturers and salute the U.S. worker who keeps our nation strong.
Dewey Furniture & Carpet