What if Things Were Made in America Again: How Consumers Can Rebuild the Middle Class by Buying Things Made in American Communities is a book By Jim Stuber.
The light bulb moment that led to this book actually involved a light bulb – bearing the GE logo, and, in all caps the word CHINA. Jim Stuber was off and running, seeking answers to the three questions posed in this book: Why does it seem like everything is made somewhere else? Isn’t that causing a problem? If it is, what can be done about it?
The answers are surprisingly hard to come by, but Stuber finds them, and they are surprising.
In the book, we learn how the U.S. gave whole industries away pursuing unilateral free trade and fighting communism. How trade morphed into globalization, three billion people joined the world economy, creating the “age of oversupply,” and China changed everything by adopting just enough capitalism to become the “world’s workshop,” to the detriment of developed and developing countries alike. How all this resulted in six million lost manufacturing jobs and lower wages for most Americans, outweighing any gains from lower prices of the foreign goods. How these lost jobs destroyed lives, families, and communities, while our political and intellectual elites told us how good this was for everyone. How the future holds more jobs lost to Mexico, China, and India, including white-collar jobs, in a “race to the bottom” threatening our children’s future. Most importantly, we learn how consumers can solve the problem, without asking anyone for permission.
What sets this book apart is its plan of action that can immediately be acted upon by individual Americans: — bring home $500 billion in spending, create six million jobs, and get the virtuous circle going again. It is required reading for every American.
You can find the book for purchase here, https://www.themadeinamericabook.com/get-a-copy/