In spite of what the Michigan Fair Tax promoters promise about jobs, lets take a look at the real reason that companies are moving operations off shore.
I have three (3) articles here that tell the real reasons. It's the cost of employees benefits along with the failing Federal Reserve Notes commonly referred to as "The Dollar"
My first article is about Amway moving it's financial centers to Costa Rica.
Confidential memo shows Amway could move hundreds of West Michigan jobs to Costa Rica
The Ada-based direct seller on Oct. 5 told employees it was moving finance functions currently handled locally to a new "enterprise process center" in Costa Rica.
Other centers are planned for central Europe and Asia that will affect operations in those regions.
"This move will have a substantial impact on current finance positions in North America, Latin America and Europe, though specific impact and numbers will not be clear for six to eight weeks," a fact sheet provided to employees said. FULL STORY
Does the Michigan Fair Tax address this issue? No, and it will not stop Amway or any other company from moving it's financial departments off shore. But then, isn't this what Peter Schiff is telling them to do in his 'RED ALERT" below? Move your money off shore and out of the "Dollar"?
Next we have Ford Moter Company and the U.A.W.
How many times have you heard in the last 30 years, when making a decision for a career, to go for the benefits. Never mind about your real interests, pick something that will get you into a company that offers the best benefits.
Now that baby boomers are starting to retire from those companies, and the economy is failing, companies are finding it harder to pay out what has been committed to and continue to offer the same to the present workforce.
Union Votes Go Against Cuts at Ford
Members of at least five local chapters of the United Automobile Workers union have turned down the proposed changes, which include a six-year wage freeze for newly hired workers, some job-classification changes and a provision that bars the union from striking over demands for better pay and benefits through 2015.
Ford, the only one of the three Detroit automakers to avoid bankruptcy this year, says it needs the modifications to remain competitive with General Motors and Chrysler, whose workers agreed to similar deals in the spring. Compared to its crosstown rivals, Ford has been surging.
Only about a third of the locals representing Ford’s 41,000 union workers had finished voting by Tuesday, but already the potential for successful ratification was diminishing unless U.A.W. leaders could quickly contain growing opposition among rank-and-file members.
At Ford’s largest assembly plant, where nearly 4,000 workers build pickup trucks and small sport utility vehicles near Kansas City, Mo., 92 percent voted against the deal, according to results posted on the Local 249 Web site. Workers at five plants in Michigan also have voted it down. FULL STORY
Does anyone here believe that passing the proposed Michigan Fair Tax will solve Ford's problems? I say it won't because the Fair Tax doesn't address these issues which are the cause of lost jobs in Michigan.
Not only are the UNIONS responsible for creating this mess, but by their lobbing for legislation mandating that employers offer health care, they have given the Insurance Companies a monopoly forcing the cost of insurance and health care to go sky hi. But, who want's to talk about that?
The third article deals with the Michigan Budget cuts on Education.
This is an Editorial published today in the Muskegon Chronicle.
Editorial: Lawmakers: Fund education now
Now, comes Gov. Granholm with another $127 per-pupil cut because of failing tax revenue. She also cut $51 million in extra funds for 39 wealthier districts. Some say this is a political maneuver. Whatever it is, no effort is being made to fund education by cutting something else or raising taxes largely because of irresponsible, partisan politics.
In response, the State Board of Education in an emergency meeting Monday called on local districts to continue working on Project ReImagine, an initiative to find “bold, innovative ideas” that will cut costs and improve education at the pre-K-12 level.
“We’re looking at the new 3 Rs,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan, who chairs the State Board meetings, in a prepared release. “The solution will be a mix of revenues, reforms and reductions. We need all three.” FULL STORY
The other day I had a neighbor who is a substitute teacher complain to me that these cuts are really hurting. The schools can no longer afford to keep playground attendants and now teachers have to monitor the playgrounds. Guess what, before the teachers union, parents volunteered or the teachers did it. But as my neighbor informed me, they can't have parents volunteer anymore. WHY? Well, we are all potential child molesters. Shame on all of us.
The article goes on to say:
We say no more. One of the basic responsibilities of state government is to fund education, along with public safety, public welfare and roads.
Call or write your legislators today and demand that they properly fund schools. If they ask for your ideas, suggest expanding the sales tax to cover more items and services. If you don’t like that idea, ask for cuts in legislative pay and benefits, effective immediately; or cut the credits to movie companies doing business here; or allow sales of alcohol before noon on Sunday. Even all these options combined will not raise the money needed, however.
What the writer doesn't mention is cutting ADMINISTRATIVE COST so that the money per student goes to educate the student instead of, yup, you guessed it, BENEFITS!!!
Again, these are issues that the Fair Tax supporters ADMIT the Fair Tax doesn't address. So what will the Fair Tax do? It will raise more revenue for the state so that the state can keep the status quo. You still have to register with a SS# to get a prebate which is a Constitutional Violation of your Right to Privacy.
The mere fact that the Fair Tax will show people how much they are paying, just isn't enough of a reason for me to support this Amendment of our Michigan Constitution.