No Longer Made in the USA
By Good Ole Boy/ Jim
Made in the USA, you once saw that on your clothes, appliances, TV, housewares and nearly everything you bought. Now it is a rarity. It once stood for quality, quality that was never lost, just moved out of country and then lost on many of the things we use in our daily lives. Millions of mostly good paying jobs were lost also.
The quality of clothes has taken a nosedive. I have shirts from 25 years ago that are American made and have been worn that long and are still in good shape. Those made in various Asian countries seem to have a lifespan not much longer than milk lasts in the refrigerator. Speaking of refrigerators, I also have one from I don’t know when it was old when I got it, but is rounded on top and still is cold and has been running for at least 30 years for me with no signs of giving up. You might of seen one of them, American made.
Try to find a drill press, table saw, or band saw that is made in America, you won’t find one. Most all tools are foreign made. Once Black and Decker and Stanley were a sign of Made in American tools, no longer.
No American parts and assembled in America made TV’s. Most all consumer electronics are not made in the USA.The average life span of imported electronics is usually less than 5 years. Technological advances are many times of American origin but their implementation into products is done in other countries.
How many jobs have we lost? It is hard to quantify but is in the millions. Duncan Hunter said while campaigning and was one of his major issues ” We need if for no other reason than security,to get our manufacturing base back” That would of created jobs that payed well and American quality would be once again found in stores. That, his solid conservatives views and not being Ivy League no doubt hurt him with the Republican hierarchy. He dropped out of the race after a half dozen primaries.
Ross Perot’s opposition to NAFTA was put into a sound bite that is still heard ” a giant sucking sound of jobs going south” many laughed at his words but they turned out to be true. GATT has intensified the sucking sound of jobs leaving the US.
Most off these trade agreements have only benefited the banking interests, not American workers. Fair trade is hardly fair with many of the countries too.
I decided to write this after driving all over looking for some good clothes pins, American made preferably. I could not find them anywhere, just cheap Chinese made ones. The last American company making clothes pins left in 2007.
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