Kansans and Americans, I encourage you to tell our politicians that we want to bring production jobs back to the United States (aircraft, cars, computers, TVs, drugs, food supplements, clothes, textiles, electronics, software, medical equipment, tooling, etc.). Start where we can be most competitive and do most for our economy.


To the editor:

Kansans and Americans, I encourage you to tell our politicians that we want to bring production jobs back to the United States (aircraft, cars, computers, TVs, drugs, food supplements, clothes, textiles, electronics, software, medical equipment, tooling, etc.). Start where we can be most competitive and do most for our economy.

We don’t want to create just “any jobs”; we want jobs that will rebuild America. We should start with production jobs, because they will be a catalyst for other jobs! When United States workers produce and package goods, the money that they make in the mills and factories, gets turned over to purchase other goods and services in the United States. Those production workers buy things that keep the other parts of the economy moving. They spend on essentials and on goods and services for enjoyment too. In addition to the employees on the production line, mills and factories need employees to procure parts and materials. They need other companies to supply those parts and materials. Small businesses benefit too. Factories and mills need tooling. Factories and mills need construction workers and materials to build and expand facilities. And when we have more people employed, farmers and ranchers will benefit too. I used to hear the term “Multiplier Effect” used.

When we buy a United States made product we are supporting the overall U.S. economy. — But when we buy an import, the money that goes to the worker in a foreign country is extracted from our economy; not just the salary of the worker and the cost to ship the product oversea, but consider the multiplier effect those dollars could have had in the United States economy.

Also, think of all the income tax revenue the United States is losing on wages that people would be making if we made more products in the US. I wouldn’t mind paying a little more to buy US made TV s, computers, etc., because I think that would reduce the unemployment, would improve our economy, and would increase the income tax revenue for Kansas and the United States. In the end, we would be better off.

Please tell politicians that we want tax incentives that will encourage a higher percent of the consumer and business purchases to be products that are produced in the United States. Also products produced outside of the U.S. for sale in the U.S. should be closely monitored to assure they meet the same product standards (quality, safety and purity) that are required of products produced in the United States.

John Cochran

Pratt