Originally Posted by IcedEarth
Typical, you moan when it is all stripped away, then you moan when they give it all back.
For once, can OCN just put a sock in it and be happy with the good news instead of criticising it to death...
Accepting this as an act of patriotism is nothing short of delusional.
I'm not about to change my perspective to appease myself. Facts are facts; acknowledging them is not "moaning."
The facts are that China has a virtually infinite supply of (fundamental) slave laborers, and the USA has about the opposite. Moving a major chunk of manufacturing process to the USA would be corporate suicide; that should be obvious to anyone.
It could be a token factory (a PR move,) though it seems too expensive to be that. It could be for branded "Made in the USA" products as is the way it's being promoted, which would result in only an equal/ lower quality yet more expensive branded product line; also niche, and not likely a money-making proposition considering most of their customers are buried in debt as it is.
Personally, I believe the most likely motive is the lower cost of energy in the USA paired with their interest in moving to robotic assembly lines. It's really the only thing that makes sense.
And it's fair to be offended by this. The USA's energy dominance is largely thanks to it's military dominance, which in turn has potential to make manufacturing cheaper for us than them. To me, that doesn't sound like a "fix" for our lack of jobs; 'sounds like a whole other beast of a problem.