Our economy can't compete with this. We can't compete with underpaid Chinese workers who live at the factory and work 12 hours a day.President Obama asked Steve Jobs "What would it take to make iPhones in the United States?"
Mr. Jobs’s reply was unambiguous. “Those jobs aren’t coming back,” he said, according to another dinner guest.
Apple executives say that going overseas, at this point, is their only option. 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.
I've heard it suggested that America needs to abandon our manufacturing focus (like we had to abandon our agricultural focus). The problem with that is most people are incapable of surviving in a science, technology, and innovation driven economy.
Sound Economy with Jon Talton | Jobs on jobs: They ain't coming back | Seattle Times Newspaper
(The above article is basically the summarized version - the below article is the long, more in-depth version)
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/b...&hp&adxnnlx=1329380955-wcJ1 E1kbx P3X9Z3/BNQQ