Much of the story of the selling out of American workers and communities, as jobs have gone offshore, as we have taken part in the race to the bottom via low prices and low pay, and as we have broken faith with the idea that we should be sharing gains broadly across our society, is a sad tale. Others have recounted much of this story, with different emphases. There didn’t seem to be a comprehensive telling of the story of offshoring American industry and connecting those job losses with our larger economic malaise. Hopefully this site serves that purpose.
More importantly, in our view, other proposals often fall short, giving recommendations that miss the mark (e.g., a stronger social safety net and more income transfers) or won’t get the job done (e.g., stronger enforcement of trade laws).
The tabs titled “How can we make it happen?” and “What can I do?” have, we believe, the happy distinction of describing a plan of action that can immediately be acted upon by individual American consumers (and that is all of us) -- and that, when implemented, can actually “move the needle” on bringing jobs home, building healthy communities, eliminating dependency, and restoring the American middle class.
The beauty of this plan of action is that it is something we each can begin doing right now. No one can stop us from buying an American-made product, and no one can make us buy something that was made in Vietnam. We will be rebuilding the middle class through the power of consumer choice.
So we invite you to come and join us, and make a difference in making this “better vision” a reality. It won’t be easy at first, but we will provide you with information and tools to assist you, and as our community grows, we will be sharing our successes and advice. And we will be sharing stories of victories, large and small, of communities across America whose residents can say,
“We make things here again!”
May 15, 2014, Ontario, CA - MIAA's founder, Jim Stuber, delivered the keynote address at the 20th annual World Trade Conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the California Inland Empire District Export Council in Ontario, California. To view the conference agenda, click here:
May 7, 2015, Radnor, PA. MIAA's founder, Jim Stuber, appeared as the guest of host Richard J. Anthony, Sr. on The Entrepreneur's Network TV at Radnor Studio 21. The program featured a discussion of the problems caused by offshoring manufacturing and white collar jobs and how consmers can solve the problem with their spending decisions.
Studio 21 has made the program available for viewing here: