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Articles    H2'ed 4/20/10

You Can't Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

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There is a lot of media attention being given to the topic of outsourcing to foreign counties, which in case you just dropped in from Pluto, is when a company subcontracts its business or a portion thereof to another company. Usually it's for cost savings.

Presently, in the United States, this is becoming a problem since the outsourcing is being done to other counties, thereby eliminating US jobs.

Is all of this being driven by corporate greed? In some cases, yes, in some cases there are greedy corporations concerned only with return on investment and looking good to their Board of Directors. Focusing only on the current stock price, they're quick to turn their backs on the American workers who helped build the company in the first place. There is however, another side to the issue. There is another even bigger culprit behind the loss of hundreds of thousands of US jobs. As someone once said, "We have met the enemy, and it is us!"

Those among us who prefer to shop at superstores in order to obtain the lowest price always; instead of supporting our local economy, are the real cause of this down turn in the US job market and the resulting economic down turn.

It is our dichotomous position of "buy the lowest price" but "keep my job here" that forces the hundreds of thousands of small businesses to stop selling to the likes of Wal-Mart, K-Mart and Marshalls. Companies like Artscape, Inc. of Bala Cynwyd Pennsylvania, who was forced to stop selling to one of the giant chains because they could not produce a product cheap enough to meet the demands of the buyers, something easily accomplished by competitors who pay a daily wage that is less than the average American earns in an hour. The local economy jobs that would have been created from this increase in Artscape's business will not occur.

We can't have it both ways. The old adage of "you can't have your cake and eat it too" comes to mind. We can't demand the lowest price on everything we buy and expect jobs to remain in this country. As they say, "something's gotta give." Personally I'm willing to pay a bit more and support my local businesses whenever possible. This makes sense to me; it always has even before the big box stores. Local businesses are the backbone of our nation. They provide the bulk of new jobs in any given year, for example, in 2003 small businesses created eleven million new jobs.

Small businesses put money back into the community in which I live through their taxes as well as supporting team sponsorships and charitable donations to local causes. Each of us must decide if we want to buy into the poverty mindset of having to get the lowest price and "beat the other guy" or if we are ready to open ourselves up to the abundance of our world and understand that life can be a win-win proposition and that getting the lowest price is not all that important in the long run.

Jim Donovan is an author and a motivational speaker. More articles and a free subscription to his ezine are available from

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