Donald J Trump's Promise to Bring Back Manufacturing Jobs to America Won't Work

Donald J Trump's Promise to Bring Back Manufacturing Jobs to America Won't Work
By []Daniel J Conahan

One of Donald J. Trumps biggest promises during his 2016 Campaign was that he would bring back outsourced jobs for the people of the United States economy. This is one of the major reasons why American people voted for Mr. Trump in the Primary. Specifically, manufacturing jobs would cease production and plants would be made to run and operate in the United States. This transition is aimed towards the blue-collar hardworking Americans to, in the long run, positively affect the United States economy and benefit the working people. The idea of bringing back manufacturing jobs to have people, not robots, perform specific tasks to complete production would have a significant impact on the current state of the worldwide economy. The day and age of having only people perform automated jobs is over and Donald J. Trump will fail to bring back what he promised. This transition won't appear to be cost-effective, the required high-tech relevant training will be scarce, and the worldwide economy would have less incentive to globalize.

For companies to succeed, along with trying to create a fully employed economy, the biggest factor is cost efficiency. More and more companies rely on the cheapest alternative to produce outputs, in hopes of earning profits. Boston Consulting Group reports that it costs roughly $8 an hour to use a robot for spot welding in the auto industry, compared to $25 for a worker. This is how cost efficiency plays a significant role in globalization in the economy. When companies have the opportunity to produce products at a cheaper rate by using alternative resources, they find the best solution possible for either the short run or long run. Robots have been the solution to leading a cost-effective economy. The use of robots has had a growing impact on the manufacturing industry for some time now, and continues to innovate our globalized economy.

Analysts say that the use of robots has moved away from the large, expensive machines used for the most recent years in industries such as the automotive sector, to much more complicated robots that are more capable of completing more complex tasks. This enhances the competition inside the economy, basically providing a staple to go off of. Without scaling up to competition, companies can have severe, negative impacts as a result of not competing with industry innovation. According to Boston Consulting Group, investment into robots will rise 2-to-3 percent annually. Taking away one of the major staples to the manufacturing industry, and having blue-collar working people, would stop this annual growth and have an impact on the economy and competition.

In addition to cost efficiency, high-tech training for certain manufacturing jobs would be very scarce to come by. The automated, hyper-efficient shop floors of modern manufacturing won't give Trump much room to deliver on his promises to bring back millions of jobs for his blue-collar supporters. Instead of companies investing in robots to give them better returns in the future, they would have to invest in training programs to help accommodate workers that need the training for more complex jobs. Specifically, for more digitalized companies, the margin for investing in training compared to that of robotic costs would be very high, to the point where it wouldn't even make much sense to invest in job-specific training.

Job-specific training brings value to companies but can be very complicated when it comes to making sure every worker has had the best training possible to effectively produce the best products for customers. Especially in the manufacturing industry, efficiency is key and if products are not consistent with quality, they will be worse off in the economy.

The idea that Mr. Trump wants to bring back thousands of jobs for blue-collar working American's provides less incentive to globalize the world's economy. Bringing back manufacturing jobs would bring our economy back to a pre-globalized world. Essentially this would create such an economic inequality among citizens to the point where some workers are working in a modern era, while others would exist in an economy similar to that of the 1940s and 50s. This case would prove that it would be harder to globalize in a world with very different economies. Bringing back manufacturing jobs would penalize the current free world trade that many can argue its numerous benefits. Donald J. Trump is and always has been in favor of free trade, so bringing back jobs to the United States would ultimately put a forever halt on globalization and innovating inside today's world economy.

In Trump's first 100 days in the oval office, he hasn't done so much for what he had promised during his 2016 Campaign. In recent statements about what he plans to do about recreating American manufacturing jobs, he has changed his position on this issue off bringing back all offshore accounts to the states, to only having some reside in the states and others remain in their producing countries. Only time will tell how this promise of bringing back all manufacturing jobs to the United States will affect the nation and the world economy.

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