Thursday, November 12, 2009

...And WHY Is The Economy Tanking?
Much like Islamo-Terrorism, the "experts" refuse to recognize the obvious

Saw on the news this morning that first time unemployment claims were at 502,000. The highest since The Great Depression. Oh, and the the unemployment rate has climbed to 10.2%. That's a 26-year high.

I certainly don't have a Ph.D in Economics, but I do have a PhD (Post-hole Digger) in my toolshed.

Anyhoo, from a layman's POV, I think I just may know why things suck so bad.

Trek on down to Home Depot, Lowe's, Ace Hardware, etc, and try to find a standard workbench powertool that's made in America. I don't mean some high-speed precision tool, just your run-of-the-mill circular saw, router, power sander... whatever. Fat chance

Then ditty bop down to Wal-Mart, Target, Sears, etc, and try to find a stitch of clothing that entirely made in the USA. Good luck.

During your shopping travels, take a gander at just how many American flags aren't even made in America.

From a posting I did almost 2 years ago, I think I just may be prophetic. But hey, this isn't exactly rocket science.

Here's some of it;
A great nation needs three basic things to be an economic superpower.

1. A motivated and educated workforce.
2. Abundant and easily accessible natural resources.
3. An industrial base already in place.

Kick out one of the three legs, and this tripod will collapse. This is common sense stuff.

The old Soviet Union had the possibility of becoming an economic superpower, but due to the very nature of Communism, they would never have a motivated workforce.

Great Britain WAS an economic superpower... that is until the end of World War II. Then with the loss of her colonies, #2 quickly dried up.

The United States is quickly on the downward slide. With the advent of NAFTA/GATT, we've gone from being a nation of steelworkers, to a nation of Wal-Mart greeters. Before long, the phrase "Made In The USA" will be placed on the endangered species list. Last one to leave the factory, shut the lights off.


Blogger Smiley said...

This problem is more basic in nature. Educated workforce, what is the quilty and standard of education kids receive in the USA. is it a merit based system or is it a system where everyone is pushed up and lazyness is rewarded. Has there been a shift from a meritocracy to a communist dumbing down system. Cure the education system stop rewarding laziness and the situation will improve. America does have an abundance of natural resources, but it is now soon becoming the the land of the not so free fat lazy people. most of the hardest working in America are no longer those who have been there for many generations it is new immigrants and visible minorities

12:26 PM  
Blogger Lola said...

I'll agree we've let our education system go to pot. People can't understand basic logic or argument or math.

But, I say "Bull Cocky" on the only Americans who are hard working are Immigrants. Yes there are hard working immigrants, but nearly everyone I associate with, including my own family, are the put-their-backs-into-work types. My old dad works nearly every day. Oh, and that side of the family's been here since before the War of Independance. The other side, recent immigrants and they also are workers.

(My godfather couldn't stand going back to Poland during communism. Drunks and laziness were everywhere and it drove him to cussin'! And that is what Communism will get us.)

Laziness doesn't get rewarded, it gets by. Just barely by.

I think that is what I am most afraid of, the "promise of easy".

I've been interested in buying American made products for years, and yes it's getting harder and harder to find. But, I can still find some. If I set out and can't find what I was looking for made in the US, Canada or other country with good working conditions like Italy, I often do without it.

I've got an idea, drop income tax for 1 year and lets see if the jobs come back. (I bet it wouldn't hurt...)

8:29 PM  

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