The Deindustrialization Of America... 19 Shocking Facts

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Sun, 01/23/2011 - 8:06pm.

The United States is rapidly becoming the very first "post-industrial" nation on the globe. All great economic empires eventually become fat and lazy and squander the great wealth that their forefathers have left them, but the pace at which America is accomplishing this is absolutely amazing. ~ FederalJack

It was America that was at the forefront of the industrial revolution. It was America that showed the world how to mass produce everything from automobiles to televisions to airplanes. It was the great American manufacturing base that crushed Germany and Japan in World War II. But now we are witnessing the deindustrialization of America.

Tens of thousands of factories have left the United States in the past decade alone. Millions upon millions of manufacturing jobs have been lost in the same time period. The United States has become a nation that consumes everything in sight and yet produces increasingly little.

Do you know what our biggest export is today? Waste paper. Yes, trash is the number one thing that we ship out to the rest of the world as we voraciously blow our money on whatever the rest of the world wants to sell to us. The United States has become bloated and spoiled and our economy is now just a shadow of what it once was. Once upon a time America could literally outproduce the rest of the world combined.

Today that is no longer true, but Americans sure do consume more than anyone else in the world. If the deindustrialization of America continues at this current pace, what possible kind of a future are we going to be leaving to our children?

Any great nation throughout history has been great at making things. So if the United States continues to allow its manufacturing base to erode at a staggering pace how in the world can the U.S. continue to consider itself to be a great nation?

We have created the biggest debt bubble in the history of the world in an effort to maintain a very high standard of living, but the current state of affairs is not anywhere close to sustainable. Every single month America does into more debt and every single month America gets poorer.

So what happens when the debt bubble pops?

The deindustrialization of the United States should be a top concern for every man, woman and child in the country. But sadly, most Americans do not have any idea what is going on around them.

For people like that, take this article and print it out and hand it to them. Perhaps what they will read below will shock them badly enough to awaken them from their slumber.

The following are 19 facts about the deindustrialization of America that will blow your mind….

#1   The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001.

#2   Dell Inc., one of America's largest manufacturers of computers, has announced plans to dramatically expand its operations in China with an investment of over $100 billionover the next decade.

#3   Dell has announced that it will be closing its last large U.S. manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in November. Approximately 900 jobs will be lost.

#4   In 2008, 1.2 billion cellphones were sold worldwide. So how many of them were manufactured inside the United States? Zero.

#5   According to a new study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, if the U.S. trade deficit with China continues to increase at its current rate, the U.S. economy will lose over half a million jobs this year alone.

#6   As of the end of July, the U.S. trade deficit with China had risen 18 percent compared to the same time period a year ago.

#7   The United States has lost a total of about 5.5 million manufacturing jobs since October 2000.

#8   According to Tax Notes, between 1999 and 2008 employment at the foreign affiliates of U.S. parent companies increased an astounding 30 percent to 10.1 million. During that exact same time period, U.S. employment at American multinational corporations declined 8 percent to 21.1 million.

#9   In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of U.S. economic output. In 2008, it represented 11.5 percent.

#10  Ford Motor Company recently announced the closure of a factory that produces the Ford Ranger in St. Paul, Minnesota. Approximately 750 good paying middle class jobs are going to be lost because making Ford Rangers in Minnesota does not fit in with Ford's new "global" manufacturing strategy.

#11  As of the end of 2009, less than 12 million Americans worked in manufacturing. The last time less than 12 million Americans were employed in manufacturing was in 1941.

#12  In the United States today, consumption accounts for 70 percent of GDP. Of this 70 percent, over half is spent on services.

#13  The United States has lost a whopping 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

#14  In 2001, the United States ranked fourth in the world in per capita broadband Internet use. Today it ranks 15th.

#15  Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.

#16  Printed circuit boards are used in tens of thousands of different products. Asia now produces 84 percent of them worldwide.

#17  The United States spends approximately $3.90 on Chinese goods for every $1 that the Chinese spend on goods from the United States.

#18  One prominent economist is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times largerthan the U.S. economy by the year 2040.

#19  The U.S. Census Bureau says that 43.6 million Americans are now living in poverty and according to them that is the highest number of poor Americans in the 51 years that records have been kept.

So how many tens of thousands more factories do we need to lose before we do something about it?

How many millions more Americans are going to become unemployed before we all admit that we have a very, very serious problem on our hands?

How many more trillions of dollars are going to leave the country before we realize that we are losing wealth at a pace that is killing our economy?

How many once great manufacturing cities are going to become rotting war zones like Detroit before we understand that we are committing national economic suicide?

The deindustrialization of America is a national crisis. It needs to be treated like one.

If you disagree with this article, I have a direct challenge for you. If anyone can explain how a deindustrialized America has any kind of viable economic future, please do so below in the comments section.

America is in deep, deep trouble folks. It is time to wake up.

 

Popeye - January 18, 2011 - FederalJack

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Sun, 01/23/2011 - 8:06pm.

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Patriotic_pragmatist (not verified) | Wed, 01/26/2011 - 11:34pm

USA has allowed the spoiled brats and bullies to take over. In the name of "safety" they make it impossible for even the most eco-friendly, compassionate, clean, high-tech, logical, vital industries and factories to operate. Spoiled college kids who view factories with disdain are in charge of regulating them. The new view is that if you do not have college degree you are stupid loser even if you are very smart, well-informed, skilled, nice and hard-working. The trouble starts in Washington DC and radiates to California, Albany NY, Bronx NY, etc..

There are large parts of USA Federal and State Budgets "mandatory items" "off budget" items', SSI, SSD, Medicaid, Medicare, etc that we are not allowed to reform, or streamline, cut, or even freeze, they are growing at the expense of USA as our debt soars. USA must enact logical, pragmatic, scientific, compassionate reforms and cuts on all spending including "mandatory" items etc..

USA must be governed by pragmatists who believe in pragmatism, logic, science, never reward bad behavior, never punish good behavior, free-markets, fairness, freedom. Brave pragmatic problem solvers who do not let anything or anyone get in the way of getting the job done.

We do not need phoney annoying distractions like Sarah Palin or the Sarah Palin vs Obama feud that is distracting USA from reality.

We need brave, pragmatic, smart, compassionate, leaders like Gov. Bobby Jindal. Bobby Jindal is NOT a puppet! The Republicans and Democrats are in a race to defame and destroy Bobby Jindal who is better than them. They have screwed him more than once. Bobby Jindal is the only politician alive I truly trust, respect etc..

Roach (not verified) | Mon, 01/24/2011 - 1:39pm

SadInAmerica, I have to agree with you COMPLETELY!

I am an American born, non-working American. There IS a problem, and people are too enthralled in NFL, what celebrities are doing and buying every little trinket for their "Look at me!" lifestyle. Americans are like ancient Romans in ALOT of ways,...............in EVERY WAY!

We have the military that is trying to conquer the known world, as they destroy it. We have the rich, who feel that the ones who earn their profits for them deserve a decent wage, so they outsource to cheaper labor putting their own neighbors on the streets.

We have a government who wants to control every facet of a "FREE" man's life through lies and deceit. We have known hypocrites running the country. We have a legal system that allows the media to tell every aspect of a case NATION WIDE, so a man or woman's chances at a fair, non-biased trial are nil. And the list goes on. But what do we do about it when people are still "ASLEEP"? Or too afraid of death or prison to do anything?

More Americans need to read and pay attention to OUR RIGHTS and be willing to defend those rights, but fear mongering has taken hold on our people in this once great land. And one must also pay attention to history, as Rome has burnt once already.