Thanks for the opportunity to express what so many people my age (65) have discussed with me: Where will we manufacture a war machine if needed?
As a small manufacturer of automotive accessories for the aftermarket (not automakers; their demands outweigh any benefits), I see the erosion of our manufacturing base. Most important, with the decrease in equipment, we also lose exponentially the people with knowledge and experience to run the equipment.
To what point are we willing to give up this vital part of our country's strength for cheap labor and profits? Building plants and installing equipment in foreign lands makes some sense in improving life for Third World countries but, as I see it, that is strictly profit-motivated and a short-term fix.
I fear the long-term result for my children.
As a broker investor told me last week, four years ago, 16 percent of the furniture we purchased in the United States was made overseas. Today, more than 52 percent is made overseas. I wonder, where will we go to buy military tanks if we need them 10 years from today.