CDF

I read DAVID P RUMBARGER wants an exemption for the furniture industry from Chinese tariffs. The whole idea of the tariffs is to bring manufacturing back to the United States. Many of the parts and covers are manufactured in China where the workers get paid slave wages and have very few benefits or protections from hazards and industrial wastes. China is destroying the environment and people’s health. All this so the furniture company owners can make a profit from the low costs of the parts and pay low wages here in Mississippi.

A better solution is to manufacture all the components here in Mississippi using automation and high skilled employees. Being more efficient can bring down the costs to be competitive with the China made products. Mississippi does not have the employee skills to build the robots to make the furniture because the organizations like CDF keep wages low for its members. If the industry trained the employees to design and maintain automation everyone wins in Mississippi because the citizens will have more disposable income. We can export products rather than import them.

This solution requires lots of hard work and a tenacity to move Mississippi off of the bottom income of states. I suspect it will cause a big change in ownership of business which does not sit well with the CDF membership.

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