How can U.S. manufacturers compete with Chinese manufactures?

How can U.S. manufacturers compete with Chinese manufactures?

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In David Cote’s article, “Honeywell CEO: How America can compete with China”, he explains the two main goals America should have to compete against China are: “a strong commercial relationship with China” and to “have our own American competitiveness agenda” (Cote). It is universally known that America and China have a strained relationship which causes trading and manufacturing dilemmas. However, if America and China were to improve their relationship not only would trade and manufacturing be prosperous, but the relationship between both superpowers would be significantly beneficial to each country's economy. It cannot be said that America lacks economical ambitions, nonetheless, the economic reports often reflect unsubstantial levels as stated by President Trump, “China is growing at 7 percent. And that for them is a catastrophically low number. We are growing—our last report came out, and it is right around the 1 percent level,” Trump said Wednesday night. “Look, our country is stagnant” (Semuels). This lack of luster is in part due to the recession that Americans still face the effects of. Despite the recession, the U.S. has shown promise of having a slow combat and this resurrection could be substantially quicker if there was a lucrative contingency with China

America’s need to be competitive cannot be forgotten as without this the U.S. will not stand a chance against China. With governmental powers the cost of manufacturing in the U.S. has risen to heights that companies are unwilling to pay creating a ripple effect of business loss in the U.S. and into the cheaper hands such as China. This leads to the evaluation that America should lower the taxation placed on businesses, which is approximately 38.9% compared to China’s 25%. Theoretically, by lowering the taxation rate, it would encourage businesses to invest and hire Americans. Thus provoking a flourishment in the economy and a decimation of unemployment. With a booming economy comes migrants, but what is needed is skilled migrants. By allowing skilled migrants into the U.S. it then produces a statement that this is a country for those willing to work and contribute to the American society, not deplete it of its funds to increase the GDP tenfold. More jobs equal more productivity, more productivity should then result in higher wages to have happy workers. Having happy workers can do wonders for the economy as people are more likely to stay with that employer generating loyal hardworking employees.

Furthermore, America will be able to compete with China, by having increased educated workforce in the S.T.E.M. fields. Obtaining an educated workforce would be monumental as it can cause a sway in big technology companies such as Apple to produce its products in the U.S. In addition, with education brings about power, yet this power cannot come about if there is not an improvement in the education system. According to the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA reports there was a drop of eleven points in the U.S. ranking for mathematics and a stalemate in reading and science (Jackson and Kiersz). With an improvement in youth education, it will bring about more S.T.E.M. degree-holding citizens that could carry America to a much-needed pedestal than it is today. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields are on the rise with the new and improving innovations of society and it is only to America’s advantage that this opportunity is taken with both hands for a successful future.

Overall, America will be able to compete with Chinese manufacturing by having better communication,and the ability to lure companies to the U.S. with an newly educated labor force. Without meeting these conditions it is highly unlikely that America will become one of the greatest as it was years ago without taking the next twenty to twenty-five years when it’s too late. By fostering a better relationship with China not only will America be able to improve their political relationship, but the fragile commercial relation emplaced while boosting the American economy and education ranking to new heights.

Work Cited

Cote, David. “Honeywell CEO: How America can compete with China.” Fortune, 2 June 2014

Jackson, Abby, and Andy Kiersz. “The latest ranking of top countries in math, reading, and science is out - and the US didn’t crack the top 10.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 6 Dec. 2016.

Semuels, Alana. “Why Economic Growth Is So Lackluster.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 21 Oct. 2016

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The bittersweet end.

Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

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THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

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Here are key artifacts that worked to conjure up such an individual.


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What stunned people all over the globe, was Elizabeth herself. Her image, her demeanor, and her overall haunting presence became the center of several documentaries and past news articles. Here are 4 key artifacts that worked to conjure up such an individual.

1. Makeup

Ms. Holmes' beauty routine is quite consistent and easy-to-follow. For special occasions and public-speaking events, Elizabeth wears her signature black eyeliner, smeared all over the upper eyelid, and a muted red-colored shade of lipstick. Her eyebrows and face remain minimal, as the enhancement of Ms. Holmes' ice-blue eyes is the centerpiece of the look.

2. Black turtlenecks


Several news outlets and documentaries make note of Elizabeth Holmes' obsession with Apple creator, Steve Jobs. In the midst of building her billion-dollar scheme, Holmes would adapt Job's characteristics and professional practices, such as live product launches and copying Apple's style of commercials. However, the most obvious form of imitation was Elizabeth wearing black turtlenecks every single workday.

3. Green juice


Since Ms. Holmes worked long hours, she followed a diet that she believed would provide her energy and health. Theranos insiders reported that Elizabeth was never seen without her green juice, either in her hand or on her desk. At home, her personal chef would whip up a small dish of vegetables for dinner, giving the fraud a one-way ticket to malnutrition.

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