Also one more item... Ironically the only thing that has came from high gas prices is that it costs more to ship the stuff from China to here. Every dollar counts.<quoted text>
As we all know, our high cost of labor is indeed a major factor in jobs moving overseas. However there are many other factors involved such as taxes, regulation (OSHA) workman's compensation, unemployment and so on.
If my employer could move operations overseas, he would probably do so in a heartbeat because of regulations, Global Warming costs, taxes etc,etc. Unfortunately for him, we can't do that because we are a delivery company.
Some good news about China though. Some of those jobs are coming back home. It seems as the wages of the Chinese get larger and ours getting smaller, it's starting to make more sense to manufacture here at home where our customers are instead of having things made over there and hauling them back over here. It's also my experience that Chinese goods are cheap, unreliable and defective. We had several of our customers get stuff from China and in a matter of time, they quit using Chinese companies because it wasn't worth sending the garbage back and forth until it was produced correctly.
American jobs coming back home:
The company I worked for purchases from China. In one shipment, almost always, 10 to 50 percent of the electronic devices are defective out of the box and get sent back to China to be redone and then sent back.