USA Loses Technological Edge to China

B’Man: The entire scheme has supposedly been that the US was so far technologically advanced from the rest of the world that the US manufacturing segment was supposed to become the ultra high-tech center of the world. We would pass along the menial production jobs to the low wage countries (slave workers, etc), while our workers (being so much smarter and advanced than the rest of the fools of the world) would take in the high tech stuff and get rich.

But, what has happened is that we have denied what made us smart, rich and the USA, in general. It was always our manufacturing that made us what we are. But a few ideologues have convinced an entire country otherwise and look what is happening. We are not only losing the jobs, but some countries view us as the “low-wage” area to begin making their products. A slap in the face, if you ask me.

Of course, we need the jobs now, so I am not looking a gift horse in the mouth, but the gift pretty much sucks when our own auto industry is about to fall completely apart and we are sending much of that manufacturing overseas. Yet, we are low price enough for Asian and German automakers?

Bullshit!

The New World Order is set to bring the majority of us down to poverty levels. Never forget that. We need to reverse this foolish thing before we are totally ruined. From Alternet:

China Surpasses U.S. in Technological Prowess

Posted by Joshua Holland, AlterNet at 10:17 AM on May 26, 2008.

Did we outsource our edge?

For years, folks like Thomas Friedman and Robert Samuelson have dismissed concerns about our dwindling manufacturing base as just so much economic fear mongering. We don’t need those dirty manufacturing jobs, they said. There’s more value added in services, and with our educated workforce and technological edge, there’s no reason in the world not to have other countries build our play-stations, bikes and TVs.

The only problem is that the manufacturing sector has always been a key driver of technological innovation. When manufacturing goes, so does a large share of hi-tech R and D. Now, according to Manufacturing and Technology News, we appear to be reaping what the corporate globalizers have sown:

China has surpassed the United States in a key measure of high tech competitiveness. The Georgia Institute of Technology’s bi-annual “{High-Tech Indicators” finds that China improved its “technological standing” by 9 points over the period of 2005 to 2007, with the United States and Japan suffering declines of 6.8 and 7.1 respectively. In Georgia Tech’s scale of one to 100, China’s technological standing now rests at 82.8, compared to the U.S. at 76.1. The United States peaked at 95.4 in 1999. China has increased from 22.5 in 1996 to 82.8 in 2007.

“The message speaks out pretty loudly,” says Alan Porter, co-director of Georgia Tech’s Technology Policy and Assessment Center, which produces the benchmark. “I think the prospects are pretty scary.”

“In areas like nanotechnology, China now leads the United States in published articles, but what scares me is China is getting better at marrying that research to their low-cost productive processes,” says Porter. “When you put those together with our buzzword of innovation, China is big, they’re tough and cheap. Again, where is our edge?”

We had it, but we shipped it off to China, content to sell one another real estate, sue each other and manufacture only green pieces of paper to trade for oil and cheap knick-knacks at Wal-Mart.