This makes me want to puke: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46121303/ns/business-us_business/#.TyAmtch-dss
Check out the other link off of that article that talks about "Why Apple can't make iPohones in the US.". Here's the link:
Notice the name of the article at the top of the page says " Why Apple says it can't build an iPhone in the US ", but when you look at the name of the article as it appears in your tab it says " Why Apple Won't Make iPhones in the US ". Not that a possible typo means anything but I thought it was interesting to point out, not because Apple can't make iPhones in the US, but simply because it doesn't want to because of costs. Regardless of whatever excuse they put out to the public, that's the real reason and no amount of explanation will ever convince me otherwise. It's about money and profit, plain and simple.
If you read the second article I link to above it says that by Apple's own records that, and I quote, " Last year, it earned over $400,000 in profit per employee, more than Goldman Sachs, Exxon Mobil or Google. " . Now THAT makes me sick, and should make anyone who actually works for a living sick as well. Not because the company was so successful, but because they made that kind of money off of people's blood, sweat, and tears, to the point where a visible percentage of their work-force commits scuicide, and yet out of that 400K per person none of that profit is being given to the people who deserve it. They could have afforded to give every single employee they have a 25K bonus and STILL made a profit of 375K per person.
From my point of view having a large entity, be it a business or a government or even a person, making so much off the work and pain of others and not giving anything back....it might as well be slavery or feudalism, alive and thriving well in our so called "Civilization". There's nothing civilized in my eyes about people being so blatantly taken advantage of.
Apple could make iPhones here in the US. But they won't because of the so called staggering costs. They would supposedly have to pay to upgrade the factories here, pay to train workers, and of course the vast difference in pay scales and benefits between American workers and their Chinese counterparts.
Something else in the article really stood out to me. Here's another short excerpt.
" One former executive described how the company relied upon a Chinese factory to revamp iPhone manufacturing just weeks before the device was due on shelves. Apple had redesigned the iPhone’s screen at the last minute, forcing an assembly line overhaul. New screens began arriving at the plant near midnight.
A foreman immediately roused 8,000 workers inside the company’s dormitories, according to the executive. Each employee was given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation and within half an hour started a 12-hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. Within 96 hours, the plant was producing over 10,000 iPhones a day. “The speed and flexibility is breathtaking,” the executive said. “There’s no American plant that can match that.” "
....Wow....fucking seriously? That makes me want to puke. Apple was able to redesign something and then get it on the production line because the workers live on site like animals. These might as well be "Work Camps" or "Prisons".
Another thing is you can't even blame the workers. It's not their fault. Like those of us in the work force here, they're just working to feed their families and themselves. They work because like most of us they don't really have any other choice. There are a lot of countries in the world where the working classes are blatantly taken advantage of and they're forced to work for almost nothing. Mexico, China, Korea, and so many others. The Governments of these countries don't really care about their people at all. They see them as an almost inexhaustible slave labor force because they are poor and will work for almost anything because even that small pittance the companies give them will help by feeding them or their loved ones. Those in power in the Governments who make the laws the poor must live and work by, and those who own the corporations who make the profit, are the only ones making real money in any of this.