Trump is about to feel the sting of his own corporate media and news propaganda apparatus. For the American worker and the average American, it will simply be more of the same, obscuring truths with fictions created or pushed by people who are either too ill-informed to separate truth from falsehoods, or are willing to promote untruths for a paycheck, payback or position.
In the past Helter Skelter pointed out basic market realities twisted or blatantly lied about by greed-capitalists to make the case against unions, and more recently, against the Fight for 15 Dollars an hour minimum wage effort. Helter Skelter was with this going back to the mid-1990’s during an interview on WLS-am in Chicago in which the host, Eileen Byrne, asserted that if Nike produced $125 Air Jordans in the US instead of Vietnam, those shoes would cost double. It was a simple thing to call Nike and get the unit production cost, that is, the cost of producing a single pair of Jordans in Vietnam. The cost? 26 cents per unit. Therefore, by doubling the salary of a Vietnamese sweatshop worker, you would then double the unit cost. 52 Cents. That would translate to an extra 26 cents per shoe in stores. If you are paying 125 already for a shoe, 26 cents more really isn’t going to sway your purchasing decision.
Fast forward to the #Fightfor15 effort. Stephen Moore, Trump’s own economic advisor and numerous hosts and talking heads on FOX and CNN, to name a few terrify viewers and listeners with fears of $10 McDonald’s hamburgers. All those brilliant economists seem to believe that it is a one for one transaction, rather than the economic reality that the cost of a McDonald’s hamburger, already close to $5 before the Fightfor15 controversy began, is spread out over many hundreds or thousands of transactions. Marketing 101.
So now pieces are appearing challenging Trump’s token assault on overseas manufacturing, following the Carrier slight of hand deal. From a recent article, can you see what is wrong here:
“If you look at labor rates around some of the really cheap areas, Vietnam is like $2.50, and Bangladesh is like $1.80 an hour,” he says. By comparison, IHS’ analysts calculate the labor rate in the U.S. at $25-$30 per hour (a number that takes into account costs beyond an employee’s wages). “So even if there’s an hour worth of labor in a blouse or a men’s shirt, now you’re talking about a $25 buck difference per piece,” he says of the manufacturing cost…Levi’s “Original fit selvedge jeans” cost around $128. But the selvedge jeans of the same fit from the company’s “Made in the USA” collection, which uses premium denim from Cone Mills of North Carolina, were listed online for $348.”
Yet, the cost on Amazon is between $24 and $77. Again, a little research shows the expectation by Levis is that it takes 1 hour to make 5 pairs of Levis. Even taking the $128 figure, that gives us a per unit labor cost of 50 cents in Vietnam. If those same jeans were made in the US, exempting cheaper shipping costs, at $30 dollars/hour we now have a per unit labor cost of $6, or $5.5 dollars incorporated into the cost of a pair of pants, not $30.
The math never lies…