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Can We Ever Convince the World to Buy American Again?: Left of Center View

Can America ever convince the world to buy our products and services again? Sure, they never stopped. It's just that what we are trying to sell them has changed over the years.

The American Dream is just as seductive today as it ever was. People still come for the chance at a better life. The world still watches our movie and listens to our music while drinking a Coke. The ideas, the image, all that is American is still dominate in the global market, it's just that the corporations have moved their factories overseas, so now America is being manufactured elsewhere.

The politics of the situations are immense and complicated, so let's take a look at the situation from a much simpler perspective. If people want something they find a way to buy it. Drugs, bad for you, but sell your mother's teeth to get them. Given that's the extreme, but look at similar products and the sensationalism they cause. The Wii, Harry Potter books, Cabbage Patch Dolls, Razor Scooters, all of these flew out of the stores as soon as they arrived. People didn't know or care where they came from, they just knew they had to have it.

Henry Ford revolutionized the auto industry. Mercedes may have invented the machine, but Ford popularized it. He made cars affordable, he made them accessible to everyone, and he sold a million of them. If we can find a way to make alternative fuel cars that work and produce minimal pollution. The auto industry has fallen to the point that the oil industry might just have to let then release some of the stuff they have been working on for the past 50 years, stuff that the rest of the world might actually buy.

Before we lose all confidence in ourselves and our industry, it should be mentioned that the rest of the world is finding issued in a similar predicament. Factories overseas are closing and there is a stock pile of excess inventory around the world. Eventually the current economic crisis will end, but the question becomes: will we be the nation that leads the world out of recession, or will we become just another group of followers?


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Can We Ever Convince the World to Buy American Again?: Right of Center View

America has led the world for decades but we find ourselves playing catch-up now. China and Japan and most of Asia for that matter has taken all of the jobs our people used to do making things and now we are left with dinosaur industries that canít function properly anymore.

The American automobile is years behind Japan because we got stuck on stupid and thought gasoline would last forever. The big wigs at the big three thought they could get in bed with the oil companies and milk the system dry. Problem is, those wily Japanese businessmen figured out that they could make vehicles that were fuel efficient and fast so now you have people driving a Lexus instead of a Cadillac when they want to travel in style. Any elite car buyer will buy a Mercedes before they buy a Lincoln. American cars may once have been the standard but no longer.

China has the corner of the market on electronics manufacturing. Face it, itís almost impossible to find any gadget or gizmo with a computer chip in it that was made in the U.S.A. DVD players, made in China, car stereos, made in China, computers, made in China and the list goes on and on. We are addicted to cheap and China does cheap better than anyone else. Why not? They have a slave labor pool in their prisons and the people that do get paid make like a dollar a month. How can American manufacturers possibly compete with that?

Since we canít go cheaper, we need to make better. American cars used to set the world standard. We need to get up off our collective asses and make made in America mean something again. If we canít make things that we used to make we need to make new stuff and we need to make it exclusive to America. Get the worldwide patents on a few new things and market the hell out of them so the rest of the world thinks they canít live without them. If going green is the way back to American dominance of the world economic markets then we darn well better get on it. The world doesnít want the old stuff so we need to get some new tricks into our bag and get back in the game.

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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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