Most can hang 10, some are just hangers on

…and taxpayers are hung out to dry.

American Manufacturing Workers Are World-Class

One of the reasons that there are 6 million fewer U.S. manufacturing jobs today (13.428 million) than in 1979 (19.553 million), an average annual decline of 1.2%, is that American workers have become 4% more productive each and every year.

Except when they don’t have to be.

Here’s where we save 564 manufacturing jobs from outsourcing to China, for a measly $120 million a year. A plan that sounds as if it came straight from Jennifer Granholm.

U.S. Consumers Are Being Taken to the Cleaners

this analysis that divides the total cost of the [clothes] hanger tariff to U.S. dry cleaners ($4,000 x 30,000 dry cleaners = $120 million year), by the number of potential domestic jobs saved (564 jobs) in the U.S. hanger industry, indicat[es] that each American job saved costs us about $212,765 per year. Since the typical full-time worker in this sector earns about $30,000 per year, it would be cheaper for the U.S. to eliminate the tariff, purchase cheaper hangers from China, let the domestic industry die, and pay each American hanger worker $30,000 per year to retire.

It’s a Notional Security issue, of course, our supply of U.S. made hangers was threatened by the notion that those U.S. voters who make hangers inefficiently should have their jobs guaranteed by government. U.S. hanger know-how is too important to be left …ah hanging.

Tariff = Tax: On you.

Bush did the same thing with his steel tariffs in 2002:

# For every steel job “saved” as a result of the tariff, eight jobs will be lost in all sectors of the economy;

# The steel producing industry would save between 4,400 and 8,900 jobs at a cost of between $439,485 to $451,509 per steel job saved;

From steel to solar power, from hangers to home ownership, from tariffs to tax rebates, it’s government economic micro-management that makes lobbying lucrative.