We are all aware to some degree the phenomenon of the big box stores such as Wal-Mart and their impact on America. Over the last couple of decades, the big box retailer has been able to buy in large quantities in order to offer the lowest prices to consumers. The next progression was to use off-shore labor resources, because people in developing countries would work for a fraction of the cost of the American worker. In this way, retailers have dictated to American manufacturing that they have to take their plants overseas to compete.
This has put thousands of Americans out of work. Trade deficits with other nations are huge. Some can, however, get a job at Wal-Mart.
The questions that I am put-ting out to the general local public are: Obama has promised the creation of millions of jobs in the renewable energy sector. What is to keep the same thing that has happened to American manufacturing from happening in this new industry? American ingenuity is great, but once the products are developed, what keeps components from being manufactured overseas for the lowest price? Is this globalization necessarily a bad thing? Can we become a nation of product developers, and have other parts of the world do the manufacturing? What is our next move to stay competitive and viable in the world market? I would be curious if anyone has any ideas.
Joel Schiavone, Durango