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Buy American: Another Job Killer in the Jobs Bill
ATR ^ | 2011-09-22 | Kelsey Zahourek

Posted on 09/23/2011 10:54:24 AM PDT by 92nina

...I understand political motives behind these sorts of measures, but it makes horrible economic sense. Yet Obama has once again chosen politics over the economy. Within the President’s “American Jobs Act” lies a provision that mandates all iron, steel and other manufactured goods must be domestically produced as part of around $80 billion in infrastructure spending. Such protectionist measures raise costs for consumers and businesses. When businesses are forced to pay more for products, that increase gets passed on to consumers, who are then forced to forgo spending elsewhere. In other words, by protecting one industry, countless others are losing billions of dollars in profits. Not only do Buy American provisions restrict growth, but they inevitably cost more jobs than they purport to create. After the 2009 provision, employers across the country were forced to lay off workers as a direct result of Buy American requirements. One factory in Pennsylvania let go 600 employees because some of its products include goods produced overseas. The insistence on the Administration including time and again this protectionist provision proves they don’t know the first thing about economic growth and job creation. As pointed out on this site numerous times, there are many, many things wrong with Obama’s jobs legislation and the entire bill should be scrapped.

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TOPICS: Government; Politics; Reference; Travel
KEYWORDS: antiamerican; commie; deception; economy; govtabuse; liar; obama; traitor
"Included within the 2009 “stimulus” plan was the protectionist Buy American provision that required manufacturers to give preferential treatment to domestic producers of iron, steel and other manufactured goods in spending on infrastructure..."

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1 posted on 09/23/2011 10:54:30 AM PDT by 92nina
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To: 92nina
What Republicans need to do with THE VERY NEXT APPROPRIATIONS BILL is to add an Amendment to REPEAL THE DAVIS-BACON ACT. This will be a true stimulus to the economy, where competitive bidding and free enterprise are re-introduced in all government contracts.

THE NEXT APPROPRIATIONS BILL should include REMOVING UNION MEMBERSHIP FROM ALL GOVERNMENT JOBS, period.

These two things, alone, would drive competition, lower costs to consumers, and stop the socialist takeover in its tracks.

2 posted on 09/23/2011 11:04:39 AM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: 92nina
"Such protectionist measures raise costs for consumers and businesses."

What consumers? The 20% Americans unemployed aren't consuming. The other 80% aren't consuming either for fear they are going to soon join the 20%.

Maybe it's Chinese consumers you are talking about? Yes, heaven forbid we raise the cost to them. Oh wait, the Chinese don't consume much of our products either, their government just hoards the money to buy our debt and to buy more American companies like defense part manufacturers that they dismantle and move to China.

3 posted on 09/23/2011 11:12:48 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: 92nina
Would you have expected Americans to pay taxes to stimulate China's economy?

China now sends entire bridges to the US.

4 posted on 09/23/2011 11:20:37 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: traditional1

Great ideas.


5 posted on 09/23/2011 11:21:48 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: 92nina

Nuts. Buy USA only, pay the price to give your neighbors and countrymen jobs! Duh.


6 posted on 09/23/2011 11:26:24 AM PDT by veracious
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To: Last Dakotan
There is another project in the works on the West coast, It was presented as a coal terminal to ship coal terminal, and then expanded to a bulk cargo terminal to ship grain and other US products to China. But now, buried in the permit application is the description, Export/Import terminal. Jerome Corsi claimed in an old article that SSA (the ILWU company who is developing the Gateway port) was searching for a deep water port location to import more Chinese goods into the NAFTA trade route, that would eliminate cross border inspections. I suspect that the idea had more to do with shutting out the Mexican and Canadian truckers than the cross border inspections, but special economic zones in Gateway ports also minimize import inspections. This port is receiving a lot of support straight from the White House. Patty Murray has a bill sitting in committee in the Senate to pay for it with federal funds (the bill is actually the Infrastructure spending part of Obama's jobs bill.) and Patty Murray's husband is a lifetime employee of SSA.
7 posted on 09/23/2011 11:32:22 AM PDT by Eva
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To: traditional1
Free Trade works only when countries are equal trading partners.

An example of free trade working is this:

An example of Free trade not working is this:


8 posted on 09/23/2011 11:35:52 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: traditional1

Repeal David-Bacon and public-sector unions in the Federal government? Yes! Now that’s what I like to hear.


9 posted on 09/23/2011 11:37:05 AM PDT by 92nina
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To: 92nina
It is time to start rejecting the cosmopolitan Free Trade fraud. It is an 18th century out of date theory which had as its main purpose protecting England's trade monopolies. England built up its economy by NOT practicing "Free Trade." Once the English had achieved their position as top dog the "Free Trade" propaganda commenced.

We need an American System that favors our nation and people.Begin protecting or subsidizing industries that will build our nations wealth. Our nation underwent its greatest growth when it favored its own people.

10 posted on 09/23/2011 11:38:26 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: DannyTN

I love this example.

So are tariffs in demand?

Making companies search for American made manufacturing for all the components necessary to complete the contract seems on the face of it like a good idea at first glance. However in order to qualify for the (Marxist moslem American hater) contract, it puts the fragile manufacturing base we have remaining here in America through hoops and red tape that will end in exactly what you state.

Where do we go from here?

Am I way off base here?


11 posted on 09/23/2011 12:10:51 PM PDT by Herbster
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To: Herbster
I think tariffs are the way to go, but I think they should be selective.

I agree that searching for American made components is a cumbersome and expensive way to go about it. Though I'm not opposed to the idea when the money being spent is tax dollars. It might be the only way we can enforce it given current trade agreements, but I think those trade agreements need to be reworked.

And by selective tariffs, I mean tariffs that target the worst trade offenders and most unequal partners. That'd be China.

I think some of the tariffs should float based on our unemployment numbers. The lower the unemployment, the more lax the tariffs.

12 posted on 09/23/2011 12:27:17 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN

Exactly .. and of course there are a couple more free trade bills soon to be signed (left over from the GWB administration ..)

Washington has given away manufacturing jobs and then they wonder why there is no recovery.. how do we elect such dumb people.???. or are they all playing dumb so they can continue to fed at the hands of all those lobbyists??


13 posted on 09/23/2011 12:49:15 PM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: DannyTN
Or, to put it another way, Country #1 has Union labor, which hikes its benefits and wages and overhead (Union Bosses/Political Contributions) so high that the company moves to where there's super-cheap labor, has to pay a lot of transport costs, and STILL delivers the product at lower cost and at a reasonable profit.

Meanwhile, back in Country #1, the Unions decide to infiltrate government at ALL LEVELS, so they can continue their extortion, this time at the un-limited upside potential at the command of Taxpayers (simply by paying off politicians through contributions and quid pro quo Legislation to protect the money machine).

Is this a grand idea, or what?

14 posted on 09/23/2011 5:55:47 PM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: traditional1

I’m not fond of unions, but you could roll back all the salary gains attributed to unions and we still aren’t going to compete with billions of Chinese willing to work for $2 a day.

Only 11% of the U.S. workforce is unionized and only 7% of the private sector is unionized. You make a good point about unions taking over government, but unions are simply not the real issue causing this economic crisis. Neither is government taxes and regulation, although everyone would like to see less of both.


15 posted on 09/23/2011 7:33:08 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: 92nina

Lehman Brothers was heavily invested in Wind and Solar and was one of the reasons why it went under.


16 posted on 09/24/2011 1:04:45 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: DannyTN
"but unions are simply not the real issue causing this economic crisis"

The COST of government, at all levels, is astronomical, as is the funding of bailouts to favored groups (banks, pension funds, etc.), which is ALSO payback for continued support of politicians. For example, quality of public education is in the toilet, the Union rules have made incompetency a protected species, and un-limited funding from special interests to keep buddy-buddy Legislation and Funding-steering of taxdollars to supporters have created the largest money-making machine in the world (American government at all levels).

The bottom line is that the Government is the siphon, and the taxpayer is the target. They've over-spent future revenues, and continue to do so, leaving taxpayers on the hook for their greed.

17 posted on 09/24/2011 5:02:49 AM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: 92nina

there is very little made here and it is impossible and stupid.


18 posted on 09/24/2011 7:16:23 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: traditional1
Government may well be a siphon, but that's not the real issue driving this economic downturn. There are two key factors.
19 posted on 09/25/2011 9:34:06 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN
"Otherwise, we'll eventually be working for $1 a day to regain our lost marketshare"

Yeah; you're right.

Lets let the AFSCME, SEIU, NEA members continue at their escalating over-compensated rates, and maintain our "living wage" for those who produce ZERO.

There's about 15% of the REAL WORKFORCE who are making $0 right now, not even $1 a day. NO ONE is forced to buy imports, and they are touted and sought by Americans. That's what a State-Run-Media does. Thanks to the socialists (in concert with banking and corporate interests), the high contributors are rewarded with letting them move production off-shore, to avoid the Unions and save overall costs, then return goods for sale without tariffs. We allow parasites to live off others earnings via income taxes, fees, regulation, to buy their votes, and reward cheap labor by subsizing their illegal entry into this Country, and then handing them parasitic benefits, too.

We need a do-over, and it's coming.....

20 posted on 09/25/2011 10:20:33 AM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: traditional1

I’m not saying that we don’t need to fix that. I’m just saying that’s not the big problem. Parasites are a small problem, Energy costs and trade issues are starvation and heart disease. You need save the patient in order to rid him of parasites.


21 posted on 09/25/2011 7:22:24 PM PDT by DannyTN
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