Put Your 20th-Century Employment Laws Where Your Mouth Is
August 30, 2011 1 Comment
Here’s what I never get about this concern. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that the Manufacturophiles are correct that we need to up our Manufacturing game. Well why then don’t they follow through, go the whole nine yards, and advocate for: no minimum wage, no child labor laws, no subsidies for paying-people-in-Health-Plan, no payroll tax, no enshrinement of unions with official status in law, no work-safety laws, no unemployment insurance, no litigation risk for ‘sexual harrassment’, or for ‘racial discrimination’, etc. etc. etc.
You know, why don’t they agitate for changes in the law that would make it, like, actually economical for companies to hire the median American citizen to do the oh-so-vaunted-and-desired ‘manufacturing’ work currently being done abroad? Because it’s really just not. And the preceding are part and parcel of why it’s not. But if firms could hire Americans for as cheaply as they can hire, say, Burmese to manufacture stuff – then maybe they would! Finally, we could pack factories with Americans again.
And that’d be great! Right, Susan Hockfield president of MIT? That is what you want isn’t it?