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All of these cities share the loss of manufacturing jobs. This trend started in the
'80's and intensified in the '90's and beyond. If you look at the track record for so-called "free trade", it is miserable. Not one single country has ever grown it's economy without protecting it's markets, jobs and industrial base. Not one. Compare that to what we practiced up until the '80s. Compare that to the way China, Japan, Germany, etc protect their markets. Is it just a coincedence that every country which protects it's market does better than those that don't? Of course not. Free trade is a scam. Look at what happened to Iceland after they embraced Milton Friedman's free trade policies. Look anywhere it's been tried. Free trade is a fictional justification for corporations to have the ability to move anywhere around the globe where wages, taxes and standards are the lowest. It's a race to the bottom. If we want to save our country, then we, Democrat and Republican, need to support America and American manufacturing.
If we all boycott the products and services from companies that moved their factories and office jobs out of the country maybe we can force them to bring the jobs back here. start with filters oil and fuel separators from cummins engines (the parent company)and all the after market ford, john deere, harley, fram etc fleetguard was the original name they now are cummins filtration. they are in the process of moving to mexico doesnt matter that they had illegals working for them already and we were not union. They ruined our town of less than 2000. 500 employees 3 shifts 2 plants down to 140 people. It is time to take this into our own hands bombard your senators and house members with mail and emails and phone calls. Let them know if they want there job for very long then they need to get all the jobs back in the country by making it impossible for the products and services to compete with the ones that stayed.
Wow---applause to welovecoffee2. You said it all. Everyone today wants it all without working for it. You also hit the nail on the head about everyone having kids they do not pay for but they live like royalty. Their kids go to private schools, have the best of the best and we pay for it. I am sick of my little paycheck paying for everyone that is committing welfare fraud and the government letting them get away with it. Your kids are YOUR problem --not mine.
The fraud in this country is mind boggling. Where does this attitude of "I am entitled" come from ???
We are all playing the blame game here including me. I lost my job in the building business last week after 13 years for same company and I too blame the banks AND Wall Street for this mess. I enjoyed the income from the excess of spending the last 8 yrs of the building boom and now am paying for it. I listen to the advice old timers give and don't forget Clinton was the one who did away with the Glass Segal act keeping Wall St out of banking. There was a reason our government made this law originally. We all thought we knew better. Learn from History!
I am less than a blue collar worker...No free education..two jobs to raise my kids. Yes I was single , and yes they were my kids, so I did what i needed to do to support them. We went without, but we never had a penny of aid. They are beautiful productive adults, and have kept their jobs. My Point?
We are a nation of spoiled brats. I wait tables for people who dress and spend money I'll never have. They are unmarried couples with children they won't pay for. They are letting me pay for their kids, and eating out with new pedicures and designer jeans. They do not contribute and then they receive earned income credit, along with all of the other bennies.
Why baba are you not outraged by this huge drain on our economy? Where has our pride gone? We are a socialist nation, with too many millions playing the system. Why do you not see our huge fraudulent welfare system as a drain? Why is it the big companies...Seems the blue collar worker brought a few companies to their knees and are now outraged that they can no longer meet the Walmart quality demands of the public and still pay union wages....no brain, no pain
Here's some shock and awe for ya....spay and neuter! I'll work twelve hour days to pay for your kids...after two you are done reproducing...shocking 'eh?
Hey Baba97--Are you kidding ??? Do you honestly think the likes of Nancy Pelosi --the Queen of the Democrats -cares anything about anyone's unemployment check?? This is a woman who is only worried about how big her jet is (and she did demand a bigger one if everyone recalls)--how her hair looks and and how much the cameras are on her.
She and all the rest of the Democrats have had a big hand in all of the mess. Big dopey Barney Franks and the Freddie Mac/ Fanny Mae mess--giving everyone a mortgage even if they made $4 /hr. If you think that Ted Kennedy ever cared about anyone--think again. Remember how he mysteriously got to the top of a surgerical list --above hundreds of other ordinary people when he was suddenly sick ?? And yes--Bill Clinton did sign that **** NAFTA agreement. That's where are jobs went. Even billionaire Warren Buffet sold us out and took a huge amount of the furniture factories he owns over seas because he is stuffing his pockets with no taxes on the goods when they return here for market. He bragged about it on 60 Minutes !!! They are all loaded and none of this affects them. They all need to live like the rest of us. Broke and no jobs.
I have lived in this wonderful country for all of my 75 years. I live in the Midwest with the best people in the world. We can blame Democrats--Republicans or who ever we want to side with, but when you point your finger at one faction, You pointing three back at yourself. I am an American first. Presidents, past and present will have secure futures as long as they live. Our economy is bad, but I remember bad times, when we had little to eat, and woke up to cold homes, and we made it. I feel sorry for those who do not have jobs, or lose loved ones.
Political extremists can ruin us if we let them. God Bless America
Seriously Baba....People sitting on unemployment because they won't work for $3.00 less an hour than their over inflated previous pay??? Hear it over and over..."i'm not taking a job for a penny less than the 42.00 bucks an hour I was making..." Americans are spoiled brats..bust the unions and get off your asses and get to work...earn what you are paid and keep your job...simple really.
If you haven't found a job in 6 months, a year or 2 years...you ain't lookin'
Do your research and look at the poorest cities accross America, and determine which party was in control of those Cities over the past decade.... I will give you a starter... Look at Detroit...Wake up and look around you..