I had an interesting Christmas shopping season looking for things Made in America. I failed, completely.
I looked to American brand names for a replacement computer. Dell, made in China. Hewlitt Packard, made in China. Magnavox, made in China, Phillips, made in China. No flat screen TVs are made in America. No wrenches, no screw drivers, no handheld drills, no lawn edgers, no sweatshirts, no underwear.
I did find a pack of socks Made in America.
So why is unemployment, underemployment such a huge problem in the U.S.? Wouldn’t it be nice if we had good jobs right here in Hampton Roads? Remember Lucas and Gateway computers?
If people had jobs they could pay their bills, buy things that maybe aren’t totally necessary, educate their children, create economic demand that create more jobs, and pay taxes which would reduce the national debt. Why and how did this happen? Because nobody in the U.S.A is smart enough to perform these jobs? USA workers have poor work ethics? The USA is at full employment and nobody is available? No!
The answer is because the people in control of USA industrial capacity can make an extra $0.50 per unit overseas and pay for the cross ocean shipping.
I was raised near the Navajo people and they had a saying: “He who has more than he needs is not taking care of his people.”
-Mike Stewart, Poquoson
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