I just read an interesting article on EE Times about outsourcing.  The comments section brings out some of the passion of the engineering community in North America.

I actually think the comments from Nirav Desai, Graduate student have some merit.  Place manufacturing in the country of the consumer, and he uses the automotive industry as an example (strange to use the automotive industry as a positive example!)    The automotive industry has some extra protection in the form of tariffs (I believe), and a car costs much more to ship than a cell phone.  But maybe tariffs on electronics could work?  And maybe extra taxes on companies that outsource could be a better idea.  Although I do know that some companies get tax breaks if they can guarantee so many local jobs.

Anyhow, it will be interesting to see if this outsourcing trend continues in the electronics industry.