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Is Made In America Becoming A Thing Of The Past?: Left of Center View

Made in America; this whole campaign sort of fell apart when the public realized that the very companies that were pushing the advertising campaign, were themselves doing as little manufacturing in America as possible.

Before we get all up in arms about what country we are buying our goods and services from, perhaps we should take a closer look at just who we are giving our money to. Let's face it Corporate America is not looking too well these days. Like any other addicts they simply can't restrain themselves. Story after story comes pouring out about their dastardly deeds. Seniors forced to go back to work because of scams stealing their life savings. People downsized out of their livelihoods so that a CEO can be paid his multi-million dollar severance package. Things are bad man, and it's fairly obvious that corporate greed played a large part in our ending up in our current crisis.

So will going back to relying on national pride and looking for the "Made in America" label do us any good? Do you really want to buy a GM car right now? Chances are the company will be long gone before the warranty expires. But before you give up and head off to Constantan-Mart to buy coloring books made in Indonesia by children younger than the one you are buying the coloring book for. Does it really help our economy all that much if some middle aged guy in South Dakota ran the printing press for minimum wage? Actually, it does.

But to do this right, the process shouldn't end there. There are numerous small businesses in communities throughout this Country and we need to start supporting them. Independent book and record stores are becoming a thing of the past as are the small family farms and restaurants. When was the last time that you saw an auto mechanic without a corporate logo on his shirt? Hell, even our prisons are run by major corporations. And corporate money is generally not community money. So if you really want to help out your local economy, shop locally, at local businesses who will keep the currency in the community.


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Is Made In America Becoming A Thing Of The Past?: Right of Center View

Chinese electronics, Arab oil, Mexican clothes and thatís just what a stop at Wal-Mart will get you. Made in America has come to mean almost nothing in the 21st Century. George H.W. Bush got the ball rolling on NAFTA, Bill Clinton signed it into law, George W. Bush relaxed all the regulations on international trade and Barack Obama seems to not know what to do to get anything back for the American workers and consumers.

It seems like if the citizens of this nation donít start doing something about the problem there will never come a solution. I think that it begins with dependence on oil. If you ever watch the Discovery Channel, they have a show on called Mythbusters. This show looks at commonly held urban myths and puts them to the test. One such test was whether a car could run on simple vegetable oil. The simple truth was that diesel engines can run without modification on waste oil from restaurants with similar fuel efficiency to using conventional diesel fuel. We want to get off foreign oil? Drop American made diesel engines in every car in America and have McDonalds open filling stations next to the drive through. Gas up and get a Big Mac all at once. Made in America from top to bottom.. The auto makers in Detroit could focus their attention on making engines for existing vehicles and designing the most fuel efficient diesel cars in the world. People are working, the country gets out from under the boot heels of Saudi Arabia and we all win.

Thatís not to say that we can operate in a bubble. We need foreign trade but we should be able to do it with some sense. When we develop things like vegetable oil cars, we should sell them to the world on the cheap. In exchange we keep buying electronics from China because they can produce them more inexpensively than we can. Let them pump out the cheap electronics. Thatís not our bailiwick. Keep buying blue jeans from Mexico as long as they let us sell them solar technology or convert their cars. We do innovation. America is the land of the breakthrough so letís focus on that. Old technology and manufacturing is the past and we can leave it there. The future of America is new ideas not ďthe good old daysĒ.

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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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