There’s been a lot of talk lately about the need to bring jobs back from China and make things in America again. It’s important not just for our economy, but also our national security. If there’s one thing we’ve learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that we simply can’t trust communist China with our supply chain for critical products.
While President Trump has stepped up and made it a priority to take on China, it’s American business owners large and small that will ultimately bring these jobs back, not politicians or pundits.
To get a better idea of just what it takes to get the job done, I stopped by NEMO Manufacturing in LaGrange last week. They make circuit board assemblies for cutting-edge electronics and they do it in a town of just more than 900 people in rural Missouri. What started as a $3,000 dream run out of their garage has transformed into a high-tech facility that offers unique employment opportunities in Lewis County.
While others have talked the talk, the Havermales have walked the walk. When they started in 2003, they soldered their circuit boards by hand, but as technology advanced some of those computer parts have shrunk to the size of the period at the end of this sentence. Throughout it all, they’ve not only persevered, but expanded and helped move the entire community forward, all the while competing against massive factories in China that pay workers starvation wages, if they pay them at all.
The bottom line is that the playing field just isn’t level. In fact, it looks a lot more like a ski slope than a playing field and it has for years. Unfair rules have allowed communist China to grow into an economic powerhouse at the expense of American factories, American cities, and American workers.
The good news is that we finally have a President in the White House that takes this problem seriously and is fighting for American businesses and American workers to bring these jobs back from China. We’ve still got folks right here at home fighting the uphill battle to bring these jobs back home to rural America and I’ll keep doing everything I can in Washington to make sure they’re successful.