Thursday, April 06, 2006

Outsourcing, Cheap Imports and Foreign Ownership of US industry

Delta Pilots may Strike, Delphi UAW negotiations have gone sour, GM struggles.

What is going on here and will these trends continue? My feeling...YES!

What can be done about it? Are there any solutions? I wish I knew—you tell me

As I’ve stated before, the problems in our economy are many, and the issues at hand are far more than just a housing bubble losing its steam. Although housing has played a major role in our economy during the last 5+ years (and when it falters the repercussions will be felt far and wide), it is just one of the many issues at play... We also have massive trade deficits, increasing cumulative debt, foreigners holding vast sums of dollars, waning confidence in those fiat dollars, soaring energy costs, skyrocketing health care costs, negative personal savings rates, major immigration concerns, nearly broken Social Security system, nearly bankrupt pension plan system, decaying moral foundation, inept leadership, out of control government spending, irrational market exuberance, completely oblivious consumers, etc… I could go on, but the main issue I’d like to concentrate on today is: Outsourcing of US jobs and foreign ownership of US industries

Open borders, NAFTA/CAFTA, and the like have made it extremely difficult for US industry (within our borders) to compete with the rest of the world, and these agreements have been (to a large extent) responsible for the loss of many well paying US jobs—jobs that were replaced through the outsourcing of foreign workers--to reduce costs and stay competitive. Many of the industries that didn’t want to (or weren’t allowed to) follow these new rules of business (outsourcing) eventually found (or will find soon) themselves unprofitable and had to either change their ways or close their doors… Which brings us to today.

Today, the US still has many home-bound corporations (examples: GM, Delta, Delphi, Dana, etc) who have tried to hold on to their past modus operandi, yet seem to be reeling from the high cost of US labor, health care, legacy pension plans, etc. Most are finding it increasingly difficult to complete in the world marketplace and realize that, without change, they are doomed. And changes are on the way… to the detriment of our country and the US worker.

NAFTA/CAFTA and other free-trade agreements have eliminated and/or reduced many previously existing import tariffs, making imported products much cheaper than home manufactured goods. This has caused many US manufacturing industries to lose large portions of market share, which has increased both the import of foreign goods and the export of US dollars. These free trade agreements have now been in place for so long, it has become of no concern to most that our huge (and ever increasing) trade deficits have now placed trillions of US Dollars into the hands of foreigners… foreigners who use these dollars to buy up the U.S.

This buyout situation is extremely scary, as foreign entities have used (and are still using) many of their dollars, earned through their exports and the never ending US consumption of foreign goods, to purchase many of our own US industries. The numbers here are absolutely staggering and seem to be growing every day.

If you haven't already done so, I highly urge you to take a look at ECONOMYINCRISIS (permanent hyperlink on right side of my Blog). This non-profit site is dedicated to spreading the word about outsourcing, foreign purchases of US industries and similar topics…

I borrowed a few statistics (Below) from their site that I found mind blowing. Hope you feel the same way and can provide a good idea or two on ways to solve this problem…

I’m afraid that if we continue to do nothing about these issues, one day we’ll finally wake up and realize that we are little more than sharecroppers.

FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF SPECIFIC U.S. INDUSTRIES

INDUSTRY
PERCENTAGE FOREIGN OWNED

Sound recording industries
97%

Commodity contracts dealing and brokerage
79%

Motion picture and sound recording industries
75%

Metal ore mining
65%

Motion picture and video industries
64%

Wineries and distilleries
64%

Database, directory, and other publishers
63%

Book publishers
63%

Cement, concrete, lime, and gypsum product
62%

Engine, turbine and power transmission equipment
57%

Rubber product
53%

Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing
53%

Plastics and rubber products manufacturing
52%

Plastics product
51%

Other insurance related activities
51%

Boiler, tank, and shipping container
50%

Glass and glass product
48%

Coal mining
48%

Sugar and confectionery product
48%

Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying
47%

Advertising and related services
41%

Pharmaceutical and medicine
40%

Clay, refractory, and other nonmetallic mineral products
40%

Securities brokerage
38%

Other general purpose machinery
37%

Audio and video equipment mfg and reproducing magnetic and optical media
36%

Support activities for mining
36%

Soap, cleaning compound, and toilet preparation
32%

Chemical manufacturing
30%

Industrial machinery
30%

Securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and related activities
30%

Other food
29%

Motor vehicles and parts
29%

Machinery manufacturing
28%

Other electrical equipment and component
28%

Securities and commodity exchanges and other financial investment activities
27%

Architectural, engineering, and related services
26%

Credit card issuing and other consumer credit
26%

Petroleum refineries (including integrated)
25%

Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments
25%

Petroleum and coal products manufacturing
25%

Transportation equipment manufacturing
25%

Commercial and service industry machinery
25%

Basic chemical
24%

Investment banking and securities dealing
24%

Semiconductor and other electronic component
23%

Paint, coating, and adhesive.
22%

Printing and related support activities
21%

Chemical product and preparation
20%

Iron, steel mills, and steel products
20%

Agriculture, construction, and mining machinery
20%

Publishing industries
20%

Medical equipment and supplies
20%


FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF MAJOR U.S. INDUSTRIES

INDUSTRY
PERCENTAGE FOREIGN OWNED

Mining
27%

Information
24%

Manufacturing
20%

Professional, scientific, and technical services
20%

Finance and insurance
11%

12 Comments:

At 4/06/2006 4:22 PM, Blogger Out at the peak said...

Is it possible to reverse these numbers in our lifetime? Hard to forsee.

 
At 4/07/2006 12:16 PM, Blogger Cole Kenny said...

Hi Randy, Love the blog, and you're so right. This is about so much more than just housing. What have they done?

FYI, those gold/silver charts are cool, but they really slow down the page load time.

Cole @ The Boy in the Big Housing Bubble

 
At 4/08/2006 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what? I wish someone would actually point out the effects of such foreign ownership instead of simply assuming it's negatve just because it isn't American. If the dollar drops, guess what? It won't be as profitable to outsource and jobs will stay here! It won't be as profitable to manufacture overseas and we will do it here instead. Are you telling me that American's can't produce just as fine a product as the Chinese?

We'll I don't know about everyone else, but I don't have to sit here and listen to someone bad mouth, the United States of America!!!

(joke for all of you without a sense of humor)

 
At 4/08/2006 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what? I wish someone would actually point out the effects of such foreign ownership instead of simply assuming it's negatve just because it isn't American. If the dollar drops, guess what? It won't be as profitable to outsource and jobs will stay here! It won't be as profitable to manufacture overseas and we will do it here instead. Are you telling me that Americans can't produce just as fine a product as the Chinese?

We'll I don't know about everyone else, but I don't have to sit here and listen to someone bad mouth, the United States of America!!!

(joke for all of you without a sense of humor)

 
At 4/10/2006 8:28 AM, Blogger contrarian2day said...

Thanks to everyone for posting up.

Cole...I Removed the tickers. Appreciate your feedback because I wasn't aware of the problem.

 
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At 10/27/2010 8:00 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

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