Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Reminder of What Once Was, and Could Be Again

While over at Big Hollywood, I ran across this video from John Ratzenberger (or Cliff Claven from "Cheers", depending on your memory). It was originally part of a birthday wish for him, but the video says so much more about the way things once were, and could be again.

The manufacturing sector of our economy was once the engine of our national strength. It allowed many to work with their hands and make a good living for themselves and their familiy. I know, I was one of them.

The movement in Washington to convert our economy from a manufacturing base to a service base has been a monumental failure. We're seeing an exodus of American jobs offshore to countries with less burdensome regulations, taking with them the hopes and dreams of Americans whose only sin is wanting to own their own home and send their kids to college.

Note that the demand for products has not changed. We still need things like automobiles, computers and video games. There is no reason that these items should not be produced in country. No reason, that is, other than unecessary regulations that are reaching the point of counterproductivity: our government has become an impediment to the creation of jobs and wealth.

This situation can be reversed. We can start electing people who understand how our free market operates and will return manufacturing to America.

If we don't, we'll have no future.

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