Last year, about 1.3 million factory jobs disappeared in America, according to USA Today. Every year we see more and more of our jobs moving to Mexico, China, and other countries, while Americans are left with fewer and fewer options to find employment.

As companies close down or ship jobs offshore, we see small towns and big cities across the country reduced to virtual ghost towns as workers move away in search of new jobs. Businesses shut down because their customer base is shrinking, schools lose funding as class sizes diminish, local governments cut back on services, and the downward spiral continues.

It’s easy to blame big business for the problem, believing that all they care about is profits, and if they can produce their goods cheaper offshore, that’s what they are going to do. And cooperate greed is a very big part of the problem.

However, that’s only one part of the problem. Employees themselves have to carry some of the blame for the predicament they now find themselves in. For years labor unions have demanded more and more, until some companies just could not break even. I saw it in Arizona in the early 1980s, when copper miners in Clifton and Morenci went on strike against the Phelps Dodge Corporation for even higher wages than they had been getting. Three years later, none of them had jobs. If Arizona copper miners didn’t want to work, there were plenty of miners in other countries eager for jobs. Today copper mining, once a powerhouse industry in Arizona, is almost a forgotten relic of times past. A few weeks ago I wrote about an Elkhart, Indiana band instrument company where the same thing happened.   

 The world has changed. As Third World nations emerge, their industries do not have the restrictions and pressures American industry has. To survive, American industry and industrial workers need to change too. The “us against them” labor/management attitude needs to be replaced with one of “we’re all in this together.”

Another factor are the environmentalists who don’t want us to cut down trees, drill oil wells, build pipelines, open factories, or do anything else that might in any possible way disturb obscure critters like dung beetles and spotted owls.

And let’s not forget the folks in Washington, D.C., who heap restrictions and taxes higher and higher on the backs of American businesses. If they make a dollar profit, it seems like they are expected to give 99 cents of it to support foreign aid, foreign wars, illegal aliens, and home grown welfare moms. How can a factory survive?

But we, as consumers, are not without guilt either. We all want to spend the least amount of money for anything we buy, which has led to the proliferation of big box stores that have run the small retailer out of business, and to the glut of cheap foreign goods those big stores sell. Every American wants to earn top wages and pay bargain basement prices. That just doesn’t work.

For a company to produce quality goods and pay their employees high wages, they have to charge more for the finished product. Only by cutting expenses can they produce and sell anything cheaper. Do you remember that old saying about buying oats? If you want nice, fresh oats, you have to pay top dollar for them. But if you are willing to settle for oats that have been run through the horse already, they are a whole lot cheaper!

The government announced in January that, for the first time in history, most union members are now government employees, not workers in the private sector. America needs blue collar jobs. We need manufacturing. We need industry making products that bring wealth into a community and a nation, instead of spending our dollars offshore to buy products made elsewhere. We cannot survive as just a service economy. We need to stop shipping our jobs to Mexico and China, and bring them back home.

So how do we do that? I’m afraid we can’t. Well, let me clarify, I’m afraid we won’t. The first thing we all have to do is to change our mindset, and I don’t see that happening! We are all too selfish to give up the cheap junk we buy at mega retailers. Our government is too afraid of offending other countries by imposing tariffs on their goods. Our lawmakers are too happy sticking lobbyist and special interest money into their own pockets, rather than allow things to change.

We need to impose sanctions against companies who close down U.S. plants and move them overseas. We need union workers to understand that it’s a new world and that the gravy train has derailed. They need to learn the word compromise. We need lawmakers who have the guts to say “no more” and make the hard changes, no matter how unpopular they are. We all need to be willing to pay a little more for quality American made goods.

If we don’t, just like the mill and factory towns that sit mostly empty and broken, I fear that America itself is in danger of becoming the world’s biggest ghost town!

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33 Comments on The World’s Biggest Ghost Town

  1. Bill and Anna says:

    Your cogent rant is well put. I feel however, you presented the germ of a solution as if it were a barrier.

    You said; “Our government is too afraid of offending other countries by imposing tariffs on their goods.”

    How true. What we need to do instead is to impose tariffs on trade imbalance! An example could look as simple as this:

    1: No imbalance = no tariff.
    2: An imbalance over +10% or more = 10% tariff.

    and thirdly, foreign aid could become:

    3: An imbalance of -10% or more = 10% subsidies.

    In short, let’s reward what we want; balanced trade from the powerhouses, and higher productivity from developing nations. Easy, eh?

  2. Bill says:

    That a way nick, your right on the money if we don’t do something soon we won’t have to worry about cheep labor making products in the usa, we will be a third world country and have plenty of cheep labor.
    Bill

  3. Squirrel says:

    Nick,
    What you are advocating goes against economics. As much as we all would like to agree with these sentiments, there are no laws that can be written to change economics. Governments have tried and ALWAYS FAIL when they try. The history of the human race is the history of economics. Individuals and groups of individuals that try to change their behavior also do not succeed. (New Harmony, Indiana).
    The only thing that can succeed is a constant knowledge about what is going on in the world and a willingness to adapt as best as possible to the situation.

  4. SAL Bellomo says:

    Thank you again for saying a mouth full and no truer words said
    about our country and government and the people in it . It’s like been said before we have to try to go back to the old days were
    we all do are part to help .

  5. Of course we would all LOVE to support American companies Nick, but most people have no choice out here. We are literally pushed into what the government has created. What you are saying all sounds great on paper, but come on out to the real world and try to put those words to use. Easier said than done. When a gallon of milk is over $3 and the average job only pays $9-$12 (and thats even on the high side of things) an hour..you do the math! Let’s not forget about the health care we are about to be forced into paying for, high fuel prices and the list goes on and on….. So at the end of a long hard day at work and one has to run to the store for milk, bread and dipers where is a person to go? Certainly not to a Ma & Pa corner store to hand over an entire days pay. The big box stores have taken over a long time ago. It’s too bad people didn’t wake up YEARS AGO to realize what was happening. Let’s face it – it’s a brand new world out here. Scary huh? Yeah, that’s why we live the way we do. :)

  6. Ben says:

    Someone once said the best thing to happen to the poor in the USA was Walmart. American productivity has increased dramatically in the last 2 decades, but the fruits of that labor have gone to the top 1-2% of households. A news program earlier this week showed that CEOs used to make 27 times the salary of their workers. Now CEOs make 275 times the salary of their workers; a 100 fold increase! I’m not a socialist, nor a big government redistribute the wealth guy, but something has gone off the rails!

  7. Rex says:

    Consumers must start demanding and buying products made in the U.S.A. I realize that is difficult, but I bought my wife’s Christmas presents at Dillard’s and they were American made. One has to look for them, but they are still out there and they can be found online as well. Wal-Mart has done more to ruin small town America than anything else. Yes, they employ a lot of people and all at minimum wage too. When I was a kid growing up in a small Indiana town, there was a J.C. Penny store, a Sears appliance store, 2 hardware stores, 3 men’s clothing stores, 4 drug stores, 3 jewelry stores, 1 childs clothing store, 3 shore stores, 3 dress shops, Montgomery Wards, Western Auto, Moore’s Department store, 5 grocery stores downtown, and a paint and wallpaper store, 4 bars and 5 or 6 restaurants. Today, almost all of these are gone. All of the clothing and hardware stores are gone, Sears was closed for many years and has recently re-opened, Montgomery Wards is gone Western Auto is gone, Moores is gone, 3 of the drug stores are gone, but 2 have been replaced with a CVS and a Walgreens, 2 of the bars are gone and only 2 restaurants survive. Most of this exodus was caused by Wal-Mart. When I owned a bicycle shop in town, people would almost faint when they discovered that we had products for sale cheaper than Wal-Mart. Many would see our prices on a mountain bike or a BMX and say forget it and then go to Wal-Mart and buy a bike. That was good, because within a couple of weeks or days they would have to bring it in for us to repair it and we made more on repairs than sales. But in the end we could not compete, so we closed up.

    Currently there are tax incentives for companies to out source manufacturing. This law must be repealed. Companies should not be rewarded for taking jobs out of America. And yes, I do not care if someone overseas loses his job. I am for America. We try not to even buy food that is imported. Until more Americans start demanding American made goods, the country will continue to lose jobs and will continue the downward spiral and that is very upsetting.

  8. Bob says:

    Did you know that the number one show in China is HOARDERS that also airs here on TLC channel. They are laughing at America and shipping all the crap to your nearest Wal-marts. China didn’t relize how easy it was going to be to bury us. Bob

  9. Connie Braidh says:

    The US is no longer separated from the world economic system. And yes, there is a world economic system now rather than a US economic system all alone. We need to understand that cheap labor will be off shore and there is nothing the US can do about that.
    INSTEAD US citizens need to retrain for service industries. The US is the world innovator. We think up the new ideas, we develop the products and now someone else makes them overseas. This is the way it is now and will continue as long as you can make the product offshore and ship it here cheaper than we can make it in the US. Peter worked for IBM. In the early days IBM made the typewriters and the computers. Now IBM US makes nothing. All IBM products are made offshore. IBM is now a service company in the US. They sell ideas and service. They changed as the economy changed.
    I don’t believe we can go backward. It’s too late and always was. So people need to stop moaning about the so called problem. I don’t see it as a problem. It is a challenge that the next generation needs to face. They need to retrain and rethink the position of the US in the world economy. We need to be the innovator and leader of the economy. If we try to compete at making cheap products we will fail, fail, fail.
    As a consumer, I am going to buy the best quality product at the cheapest price I can get it. Buying American is a nice idea but not practical when you live on a budget. We also recycle. I recycle waste materials but I also recycle things like clothes I buy at thrift shops. Just buying to help the economy is stupid. Consumers need to buy what’s best for them and private industry must change to fit the consumer. We the consumer should not change to help industry. That’s not the way it works.
    We can’t bring those manufacturing jobs back to the US and shouldn’t. Instead we need to change and we are changing the business we do in the US. The newspaper business used to be a paper handout. Now news is more and more being distributed on the internet. Even the Gypsy Journal is going online. As time goes by more and more of your customers will want and get the news online. Eventually there will not be a paper version. Is that bad? For some who are nostalgic maybe. But for everyone else that’s progress. American manufacturing is in the same boat. The world changes, like it or not.

  10. concerned in A says:

    There are no easy answers here. I think I will leave this to my children and grandchildren to solve. As a senior living full-time in an RV, Walmart is my best retail friend.

  11. Carey McConnell says:

    Nick,
    I agree with most of what you said. Also, you may have something with your tariff idea. If you want to buy a Ford F150 in Australia, it cost about 100% more than it does in the US — around $60,000 to $75,000. Similar tariffs are levied on American goods in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. This encourages local businesses in these countries to create competitive goods which provide jobs and an actual economy.

    Where the World Bank has required that the countries they loan money to must remove all tariffs on imports in the name of free markets, their manufacturers and farmers have gone out of business trying to compete with cheap imports. In other words, their entire country has been “Walmarted.” Their middle classes have all but disappeared. The rich people in these countries are now super rich. In some extreme cases, destitute farmers have committed suicide in huge numbers because they lost everything.

    This started in Chile with Pinochet in what, 1969?? and has worked its way around the world to virtually every third world country, and now it is happening here in the US.

    Trade CAN be governed. Markets CAN be regulated. It doesn’t have to be Stalinist Russia or Free Markets with nothing in between. Folks can yell slippery slope all they want, but our middle class has just driven over a cliff.

    So long, middle class. It’s been real.

  12. Steve R. says:

    Remember Buy USA or it is BYE USA

  13. MichaelG says:

    I’m glad at least a couple of the commenters realize we aren’t living in the 1950s any more. Too bad a majority think we can slam the door on the rest of the world, or force people to buy American (but we’re not socialists!)

    Your post leaves out the changes in technology. It’s not just corporate greed or cheap workers overseas.

    Think about call centers. Back in the 1970s, it cost something like $1 a minute to make an overseas call. That’s $60/hr. Even if an Indian had been willing to work for free, it would have made no sense to put a call center in India.

    Now, it’s all changed. International calls cost more like 1 cent a minute, or 60 cents an hour. Now it is possible to locate the call center overseas, and now it does matter if you are paying an Indian $1/hr instead of $10/hr for an American.

    The companies didn’t just get greedy, and the cheap labor didn’t just appear. Instead, technology made it possible to do something it wasn’t possible to do before. Manufacturing is getting more automated even in China. If you watch one of those “How it’s Made” TV programs, notice how little of it is hand work.

    As long as we keep hoping that somehow the factory/blue collar jobs are coming back, we’ll keep getting poorer. If you want to make more than everyone else in the world, you need world-class skills.

    Kids aren’t getting that education in our school systems now. Adults don’t even expect them to get the crappy education that’s on offer now, let alone demand that they learn something useful.

  14. ken says:

    The answer my friend is blowing in the wind : put the people back on the farm!where we started our downfall was when everyone wanted to leave the hard work and long hours on the farm and move to the big city. There they had established hours regular pay,new homes and a car or three.There they didn’t have to live with mom and dad aunts and uncles and could have all the nice things everyone wanted. They saw it all on TV and by God they all wanted a piece of the pie. Now everyone wanted more and more so mom and dad went to work,leaving the kids to fend for themselves.Many did ok but alot of them turned to drugs and crime.But who is the real culprit? Walmart,George Bush and China

  15. Paul Stough says:

    I dont see America ever becoming a ghost town, but what I see happening is America moving toward becoming a third world country.

    With anti-union and anti-worker sentiment at such a high level these days, we are on a fast track to third world status. It is one thing for large businesses to support this change, but when you get large numbers of average Americans who hate unions and believe large numbers of Americans are over paid and believe that American workers should have to compete with workers from third world countries will cause the demise of America as we knew it in rapid fashion.

    What a lot of people dont seen to understand is that when wages and benefits decline for workers, their purchasing power is decreased, therefore decreasing the demand for the goods and services they were once able to afford.

    When this happens those that were making the products and providing the services are no longer needed, or at least in the quantities they once did, lose their jobs, thereby reducing their purchasing power. This downward spiral goes on and on until most of the people can only afford the minimum to live, or maybe not even that, and voila, we are approaching becoming a third world country!

    The best economy is when there is lots of money moving quickly through the system, and the more money people have, the more they can participate in the system. As more and more people have less and less, the circle that money travels in becomes smaller and smaller, leaving only a few able to fully participate. Again, we approach the definition of a third world country.

    Someone once posted on here that 48% of Americans pay no income tax. It is not because they are cheating on their taxes it is just that they dont make enough money to owe any taxes under our present tax laws.

    With our present system this number will continue to grow unless we make some changes. We could always change tax laws to require these people to pay taxes, which would in turn give them less purchasing power, which further would reduce demand for the things they are still able to buy.

    Another byproduct of this downward spiral in purchasing power is the increased number of people qualifying for social welfare programs. So if tax laws remain the same tax receipts will decline, and to prevent further debt, the only real good answer is reduce or do away with social welfare programs.

    Once we do that, we will truly become a third world country, and the union haters will rejoice, unless they no longer have a job because the reduced demand for products and services caused the business they owned or worked for to go under.

    More later,

    Paul

  16. carroll says:

    We hear you Bill and Anna.

    My wife and I have been to Japan 3 times of 2-3 weeks ea {91, 98 & 05–she also went in 83). In all those travel days—from Sapporo to Hiroshima—we can count the total number of American autos we’ve seen on our fingers. Also, we speculate that we have “seen more BMW’s in USA (any 100+ days)” than total American autos we’ve seen in Europe (100+ travel days).

    But, our students need to learn to read-write, learn a skill, a trade or have practical college majors. Additional graduate work wouldn’t hurt.

    College classes of underwater basket weaving, know-thy self, navel contemplation, etc. (if taken), should be “electives”/not majors.

  17. Mark T. says:

    So if we can’t turn back the clock, what is the answer? A service economy that just recycles the same dollars because we don’t have products to sell to generate new dollars?

    That doesn’t work, because we still have to buy foreign made products and then our money goes away never to come back.

  18. Louise F. says:

    We saw the same thing when we went to Europe to visit our son in the army, Carroll. Very few American made cars in Germany, France,and Italy. We wondered if that was because of tarrifs on imported (in this case American) cars or if they just liked the quality of other cars better.

  19. James Traynor says:

    Okay Paul, I agree 100% But how do we change it? Some say it’s too late. I hope not, but I don’t know.

  20. Paul Stough says:

    James,

    The first thing we have to do is to go back to the original intent of the Fourteenth Amendment, which will give only individual human beings rights outlined in the Constitution. This includes the right to petition our government which has been extended to businesses, corporations, labor unions, and other non-human entities. This change would eliminate most of the lobbying we see today, and eliminate campaign donations to political parties by said non-human entities.

    The second change in the Fourteenth Amendment is to go back to the original intent when it comes to citizenship. It was never the intent of the Amendment to automatically give citizenship to anyone just because they were born in the USA. The is would end “anchor babies”, or sometimes called “birthright citizenship.

    These two changes would lead to a lot less illegal immigration into this country, which is the number one economic problem in the country, and there would be a better chance that immigration laws would be enforced as the businesses, and other entities that support such immigration, would have their influence vastly diminished.

    After that is accomplished we need to look at how tariffs could be best used to protect the wages and benefits of American workers. As I have before, American workers should not have to compete with workers from third world countries.

    When our country was established the cost of the Federal Government was paid for by tariffs. Our founders didnt get everything just right, but they had a pretty good understanding of human nature, which is the key to making good government.

    There are other things that would help as well, but this is where we have to start if we ever hope to regain the status our country once had.

  21. Ken H says:

    Well, it’s really easy. Reciprocal tariffs. The same percentage tariff on goods imported to here, placed on goods exported from here. If we pay 45% tariff on goods sent to Japan, they pay the same percentage on goods they send here. See, simple? Quickly recover lots of money from China that way. But no, we don’ want to hurt their feelings, so we don’t hit their goods with tariffs.
    Personally, I don’t choose to use Wal-Mart, because they consistently shut down our small business owners, just as does Home Depot and Lowe’s. I choose to shop at Ace hardware and other small business owners local to my home. I might pay a bit more, but if I need something late, I can call and they will stay open til I arrive. Try that with the big box store.

  22. Mike Carpeter says:

    I don’t buy the arguments that we are part of a world economy and can’t regain all that we have lost. But like Bad Nick said, it will take a complete change in our way of thinking. And like he said, I don’t think we will do that. We like taking the easy way out, no matter how much it harms us in the long run.

  23. ken says:

    Carroll and Louise : The next time you go to Japan or Europe ! get off the beaten path! Some roads in large towns can handle small U.S autos but most can’t even handle one small auto .In Japan most local roads can’t even accommodate two bicycles going in opposite directions.That might be the main reason for small cars! The price of fuel might be another.
    Many 2 cylinder autos in both places render 40-50 MPG but would have a very hard time hauling around two dwarf portly types!ken

  24. Connie Braidh says:

    I would like to response to those who say we can go back or we would just recycle the same money if we are an idea and service country.
    First most of the US companies are no longer US companies. Either they are subsidiaries of foreign companies (Busch beer comes to mind) or our US companies have subsidiaries in other companies. There really aren’t any MAJOR just US companies any more. So companies are world wide. US companies have corporate offices/R&D in the US and manufacturing elsewhere.
    Second as idea and service companies we sell our inventions and innovations around the world as well as service world wide. We do some of that now with the US companies which are world wide. An example is in the drug industry. Our companies develop the drug (US R&D), the company patents the drug. Eventually they sell or move into generic forms of the drug. All this brings money into the country as other countries buy the drug or generic.
    So we need our companies to expand our entrepreneurial initiatives and encourage our companies to be leaders in innovation, new inventions, new ways of doing things. These ideas/inventions/etc bring money into the country.
    Our biggest problem in the US is more money goes out of this country right now than comes in. You are NOT going to compete in selling low cost goods to other countries or in the US. The third world countries are already doing that and its too late for the US to try to compete in this area (even if we could which we can’t with labor costs). The other way to bring money into the country is to be the innovator and service to new innovations. That’s why we need a highly educated population to begin to lead the world in new technology. The next generation need the education on how to THINK. If we fail to help our young learn how to think for themselves and develop new ideas (Bill Gates types) that’s when we will fail. Because we failed to see that the old ways weren’t working and move in new directions that allow this country to stay in the forefront of the world economy.

  25. carroll says:

    Ken: The farmers, laborers, students and most others ride bikes. Look at any JR stop and you/I will see hundreds and sometimes thousands of bikes & motorcycles. We have been to the small places that aren’t even on Japanese maps or visitor center’s “radar”.

    But the richer Japanese in Tokyo, Sapporo, Kobe, Kyoto, Osaka, Yokahoma, Nagoya -etc usually are wealthier than their counterparts in Denver, Dallas, Tucson, Sacramento, Atlanta, St. Louis, Chicago, Houston and THEY can buy anything they want (if available). We saw sporty older Bentleys, RRs, ’50’s gull-wing Mercedes that the locals say are owned by the Yakuza (“mafia”). Maybe they’d buy Cadillacs, Lincolns….Escorts, USA-convertibles “if available”.

  26. Connie Braidh says:

    All this bashing of American big box stores:
    WalMart is an AMERICAN company started in Bentonville, AR founded by the Walton Family. There are 8,416 stores with 2.1 million associates. They hire the physically challenged. They have over 300 stores in Mexico (WalMex) with profits flowing back to the US. It also is in the UK as Asda, in Japan as Seyiu, and in India as Best Price. It also has stores in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and China. In 2008 it was the WORLD’S largest corporate company by revenue. They are listed on the NY stock exchange. They give back to education (University of the Ozarks) and charity in the US.
    Target is the second largest to WalMart. They are an AMERICAN company based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2009 they were ranked 28 on the Fortune 500. They are a component of the Standard and Poor’s 500 index. They license the bullsye to Wesfarmers in Australia. They have opened a store in Bangalore, India and hope to expand. All this out of US expansion brings profits back into the US.
    I just looked at my Kraft bottle of Miracle Whip it is labeled Kraft Global, Inc. Dow chemical (an AMERICAN company) is based out of Midland, Michigan but has plants all over the US and the world. Toyota has a Georgia plant employing AMERICANS to assemble Toyota cars. I could go on and on.
    It is a global economy and if you want to help American business well —- WalMart and Target ARE AMERICAN COMPANIES. Yes, they carry both American and non American made stuff but so do your Mom and Pop stores. Unless you want to look at every label and research every item you buy, I can assure you, you bought non-America stuff the last time you went to the store.
    I just don’t understand how any of you can believe you can turn back the clock and make us isolationists. It’s TOO LATE. We are part of the world economy NOW. So lets take charge and RULE the world economy. That way we will retain our preeminence in the world and not be the third world country you are worrying we will become.

  27. Paul Stough says:

    I am not an isolationist, but you can call me a protectionist.

    I dont see anything wrong with putting the interests of America first.

    I believe in fair trade, not free trade.

    The large multi-national corporations would like us to believe that there isnt anything we can do, and they would to prefer to live in a world without any borders. I totally disagree.

    The first thing we need to do is to decide what kind of country we want, then implement those changes necessary to achieve those goals. I cant say that I recall any politician, pundit, or business leader ever discuss or talk about what kind of a country we want America to be.

    If you dont have goals, then there is no way you can get to where you want.

    More later,

    Paul

  28. ken says:

    Connie guess again,Target is Not an American outfit – pure French!
    Ken.

  29. carroll says:

    Just googled “number of automobiles in Japan”: 45,000,000 cars in Japan and IMO only a few thousand US cars of the 45mil #. More cars in Japan than people in California.

    Ken: Right on re-Target.

  30. Paul Stough says:

    From Wikepedia,

    Target Corporation, usually known simply as Target, is an American retailing company that was founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1902 as the Dayton Dry Goods Company. In 1962, the company opened its first Target store in nearby Roseville. The Target store concept grew and eventually became the largest division of Dayton Hudson, culminating in the company changing its name to Target Corporation in 2000. The company has opened stores in all but one state (the exception, as of October 2009[update], being Vermont), operating as Target, SuperTarget, and formerly Target Greatland.

    Target is the second largest discount retailer in the United States, behind Walmart.[6][7] The company is ranked at number 28 on the Fortune 500 as of 2009[update], and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 index. The company licenses its bullseye trademark to Wesfarmers, owners of the separate Target Australia chain.

    Lots of misinformation out there.

    Paul

  31. Connie Braidh says:

    While it is sometimes called Tar-ja as far I can find out, Target is an AMERICAN company. I don’t know where the French company idea came from other than the tongue in cheek pronunciation of the word which sounds French.

  32. Connie Braidh says:

    To verify if a company is an American company (one headquartered in the US) you can go to Wikipedia and search for “list of the companies of the United States.” Both WalMart and Target are listed as American companies. You can also go to Target’s on line presence at Target.com and read about the history of the company which clearly shows they are an American not French company. The list of American companies at Wikipedia is quite interesting.

  33. madmilker says:

    “It is the aim of good government to stimulate production, of bad government to encourage consumption.” – Jean Baptiste Say

    If Retail makes NOTHING….and Government makes only MORE DEBT….the only thing that can have a positive effect on communities is Small Business and companies that make stuff.

    The picture of George Washington can float around a town six to eight times before leaving the community but if that dollar is spent inside of a big box store it will leave the same day that it entered.

    Big Box stores like Wal*Mart can take in 200,000 George Washington’s a day and that be a lot of “Liberty” “Pride” “Freedom” leaving town each day.

    And when one figures into the equation America has a six to one trade deficit with China which means five out of every six George Washington’s that go there will never come back unless the US Government sells bonds(debt) this is what those on Jenkins Hill and Wall Street don’t understand when it comes to local banks not having any George Washington’s to loan out in their communities.

    Why is it that people ain’t writing articles about those fifteen cargo ships that pollute as much as 760 million automobiles, T Boone Pickens owning a Texas Water District, Nestle draining the Great Lakes, the disconnect between Coca-Cola and the people of India, Wal*Mart putting less than 5% foreign in their stores in China and Warren Buffett buying a Choo Choo train a few years after Wal*Mart makes a deal on a port in Mexico.

    In 1960 U.S. goods manufacturing produced a $5 billion trade surplus – – 2006 merchandise trade had a $836 billion deficit. Today, for some reason, the world thinks the American consumer needs to support what they make….well, it doesn’t work like that even a fifth grader can figure that out.

    So-call cheaper items only breed cheaper wages and this will go on until the rich of the world carry out the manufacturing of ignorance through out the 182 or so counties that will have a chance to make something.

    I’m just an O’fart with very little book learning but from what I’ve seen over the past sixty five years in this great union of fifty states has shown me that common sense left in the year 63′ and “my sh!! don’t stink” sense as been here every since.

    Sad, those few fat farmers with penmanship of poets holding feather quill goose pens and writing the American dream has today become nothing more than a page within a history book that a bunch of asinine dipsticks are to lazy and ignorant to teach.

    Over the past 100 years the Federal Debt has gone from $2.6 billion in 1910 to over $14 trillion today….In that time there has only been one 10 year period that the debt has gone down 1920-1930.

    All done by a bunch of elephants and jack@sses acting like turnips. People today still think Clinton balance the budget but anyone knows if they think with an open mind that if the budgets of the Clinton years had been balance the debt would had not gone up.

    America is over $57 trillion in debt and it didn’t get there by people using common sense. If the American people don’t wake-up to that fact within another twenty years they will witness Lady Liberty kneeling to her knees in the Hudson and someone in Tiananmen Square holding that tablet from under her left arm celebrating what is written upon it.

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