I have a manufacturing business and we have several contracts..some federal so I am familiar with "the system". It just amazes me how many contracts are given to foreign businesses. I can't compete with their cheap labor...an example of a recent contract I bid on...the very cheapest I could turn out the item (15% actual profit margin for me) was $8.00...the business (from Thailand) got the contract for $2.00 a shirt. I could barely get the fabric and thread for that. I use all American made products/components and my labor comes from taxpaying American citizens.
It just seems to me it would be smart for the govt to use the American product even if the cost was more...because not only does the cash stay "in country" but they will get some of it back via taxes.
What are your thoughts? Would you be willing to contact your legislators and ask them to start giving American companies preference? If so, thank you not just from myself but from anyone that would benefit. :)
Answer by Carpy at 11:00 PM on Feb. 10, 2011
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Answer by lovinangels at 1:01 AM on Feb. 11, 2011
Answer by LoriKeet at 7:39 AM on Feb. 11, 2011
I'll be willing to contact a rep when the average American worker wants to settle for a little less in pay, and a little less in benefits. Sounds terrible I know...but IMO the average American worker wants too much in benefits and too much salary for the actual jobs they do. For example, the averge UAW employee. Non skilled labor should never have earned $75 an hour. And we wonder why cheap labor was brought into the equation? A postal worker, makes $85K a year for Non Skilled labor.Ridiculous.
Answer by jewjewbee at 7:54 AM on Feb. 11, 2011