Re-Made in the USA: How We Can Restore Jobs, Retool Manufacturing, and Compete With the World
There is a nagging feeling that the U.S. is slipping as a nation and our people are powerless to do anything to fix it. Issues such as jobs, product quality and safety, wages, the economy, and our status as the world's leading superpower are all tied together with our massive trade deficit.
Re-Made in the USA addresses these issues using the author's firsthand observations and analysis, and offers a practical plan for how we can get our economy and global status back.
- A practical action plan to get the nation back on track
- If you're worried about America when you start reading this book, you'll finish feeling empowered
- Todd Lipscomb has a distinguished record in international business
America's future does not have to be on the decline. In inspiring terms, Re-Made in the USA lays out the choice Americans have between doing nothing, and doing what we do best-rolling up our sleeves and working hard to fix the problem.
PART ONE THE CHALLENGES AMERICA FACES.
Chapter 1 Why Buying American Is Critical.
Chapter 2 How This Happened: The Rise of the Power Exporters and Wal-Mart.
Chapter 3 The Energy Deficit Is Solvable.
Chapter 4 Dispelling the Service Economy Myth: Deindustrialization Means Fewer Jobs, Lower Pay, and Less Opportunity.
Chapter 5 Economic Judgment Day.
PART TWO HOW AMERICA'S COMPETITORS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF US.
Chapter 6 China's Grand Game: The Rise of a Superpower.
Chapter 7 The Unfair Playing Field Abroad.
Chapter 8 The Race to the Lowest Common Denominator.
PART THREE REBUILDING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING.
Chapter 9 The American Advantage.
Chapter 10 What Can Our People Do?
Chapter 11 What Can Our Government Do?
Chapter 12 What Should Companies Do?
Chapter 13 Bringing It Together: Action Steps for America.
Conclusion: Be a Hero.
Unemployment. Unfair wages. Environmental concerns. These issues have been nagging at the American economy aggressively for the past few years. Unfortunately, this is how the economy will remain if American citizens and businesses do not make a stand against it. For those looking to stop this decline, there is one simple way to help – supporting American-made products, creating a virtuous circle of economic activity here at home.
Author, and founder of MadeinUSAForever.com, Todd Lipscomb’s new book, Re-Made in the USA; How We Can Restore Jobs, Retool Manufacturing, and Compete With the World (Wiley: Hardcover; April 2011; $24.95; 978-0-470-92992-6) addresses how issues such as jobs, product quality and safety, wages, the economy, and our status as the world's leading superpower are all tied together with our massive trade deficit.
As an American businessperson living and working in Asia for more than seven years, Lipscomb discovered some disturbing insights into America’s place in the global market. Using this firsthand observation and analysis, Lipscomb outlines the very real obstacles that have been placed in America's path to recovery, spells out the weaknesses that could undo China and the strengths that could save the United States.
“America possesses a diverse and empowered workforce, greater entrepreneurial opportunities, and proximity to the most important customer base on the planet, which improves response time to customers' demands and lessens the huge environmental impact of oceanic cargo transport,” says Lipscomb. “These attributes prove that the solutions to our economic, environmental and quality issues are right on Americans’ doorsteps – all we have to do is take matters into our own hands.”
Re-Made in the USA is broken into three main topics - “The Challenges We Face,” “How America’s Competitors Are Taking Advantage of Us,” and “Rebuilding American Manufacturing,” that touch on controversial, yet insightful issues including:
- How American consumerism has run amuck, focusing only on initial retail price without considering quality or the conditions in which the goods were produced, and the long-term consequences of this outlook.
- Today’s executives are killing their own customer base as they eliminate middle-class jobs, and then look to Washington for a bailout.
- Aside from economic factors, how outsourcing production feeds a lack of worker safety, product safety, and pollution controls in these foreign factories
- How citizens, consumers, and business owners can take measures into their own hands by committing to buying and producing American-made products, pressure retailers to follow suit, vote to encourage local, state, and federal governments to do what they can to attract and retain American manufacturing jobs and much more
Readers will undoubtedly find some of the facts in Re-Made in the USA disheartening, and recent developments discouraging, but will ultimately realize America’s spirit and gumption are alive and well. The book demonstrates how Americans have the opportunity to chose the path to greatness and a secure and prosperous future by doing what Americans do best—rolling up their sleeves and working hard to fix it.
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