“The Donald Trump stump speech is stunningly repetitive,” Issie Lapowsky writes for Wired. “From the snow-covered stadiums of Manchester, New Hampshire, to the gilded halls of the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, you can bet the Republican frontrunner will deliver the same off-the-cuff, stream-of-consciousness riff about building a wall, crushing ISIS, the art of the deal, The Art of the Deal, and making America great again.”
“But lately, Trump has taken to making another lofty promise: when he’s president, he says, Apple will make its products in the US, not China,” Lapowsky writes. “‘We’re going to get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries,’ he said in January at Liberty University. ‘Apple and all of these great companies will be making their products in the United States, not in China, Vietnam,’ he said at Mar-a-Lago earlier this month.”
“This promise has glaring problems beyond the fact Trump’s own companies manufacture thousands of items overseas,” Lapowsky writes. “The bigger problem is this: Forcing Apple to make iPhones in the US would be as logistically impossible as it would be economically disastrous.”
“Trump’s promises if realized, would actually hurt the very people he’s promising to help, experts say. That’s because today, those once dependable jobs on the assembly line have been reduced to low-wage, low-skill commodity labor,” Lapowsky writes. “If Trump — or any of the presidential candidates — really want to help the working class, researchers say, they would be wise to focus less on the types of jobs the US has already lost and more on the industries the US is uniquely poised to create.”
Much more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: The U.S. doesn’t want those kinds of subsistence-level (or worse) assembly jobs. Today, in a global economy, where great wage disparities exist, those type of jobs generally cost more than they are worth as they simply don’t pay enough to allow people to live independently. You want the kind of jobs Apple has already proven to have created in droves.
The ultimate goal is what Steve Jobs always wanted all along: Automated assembly via robotics.
They don’t sleep, they don’t strike or make demands, they don’t jump off buildings or die in dust fires, most of them don’t even need the lights on. They just make what you program them to make, the same way every time, with quality control that no human line can ever match.
“I’m as proud of the factory as I am of the computer.” – Steve Jobs, February 1990
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