a reply to: introvert
We do need someone who understands what our economy needs, and who will make the changes needed to fix it.
In just my lifetime, I have watched manufacturing jobs decrease to almost nothing in this country.
Twenty-some years ago I worked at a manufacturing plant. We were making a product that was high-profile, and big with a "Made in USA" reputation. It
was bought by a South Korean company. The Koreans brought over about 20 of their people to learn the business, and to learn how to use the machinery
and manufacture the product. Then they shipped 1/2 of the equipment back to Korea, and started making the first 1/2 of the product in Korea. They
actually started shipping the 1/2 product from Korea back to the US with "Made in the USA" already stamped on it, intending to have the remainder
assembled in the US. When customs would not let the product in, we had to send 20 people every day to the docks in NY to wipe the stamps.
When the Koreans realized their scam was not going to work, they shipped the remaining equipment to Korea and closed the US plant.
In my younger days, I would go out of my way to select a purchase based on being Made in the USA. That is almost impossible today. Almost nothing is
totally made in the US.
I now work for one of the few remaining manufacturing companies in the US today. Everything that we buy to build the products comes from China or some
other country. The items are impossible to find in the US. Even if you buy from a supplier in the US, the original source is China. The purchasing
lead times are often months to get products in. China owns the US manufacturing system and sets the timelines and prices.
I work in the IT side of the business. If I need to call technical support about anything, I usually end up talking to someone from India or some
other country. That does not exactly make me feel secure in the IT field, knowing that more and more jobs are being outsourced.
In the US, there are fewer and fewer jobs for people who don't have it in their stars to go to college. That is why people are trying to make a living
wage, and failing, at jobs like fast food and retail. Those jobs should be for high school kids, not a father trying to raise a family. There should
be jobs here - including manufacturing.
In the meantime, more and more people are flooding in illegally from other countries, taking up the decreasing jobs that are still available.
The above has been ongoing for years, and is getting worse. So far, government makes excuses or ignores the problems, saying it is just a global
economy. Well, the US is getting the short end of the stick in this global economy.
And Trump is FINALLY the one who is saying enough is enough, and something needs to be done about it.
People need to wake up and see that something drastic needs to be done. That might just mean getting ourselves a president who understands the
situation and has the courage to thumb his nose at those who are trying to keep the failing pattern going.
We NEED Trump.