Go get a bullet to bite on because this is painful.

I am not a stock broker, politician, or anyone else that has a reason to pull the wool over your eyes. I am just a poor slob that can see what happened and I am disgusted enough to tell it.

Let’s say the problem started with NAFTA (North American Foolish Trade Agreement), after all we have to start somewhere and I don’t have enough time to go all the way back to the Revolutionary War.

When those in the government passed NAFTA they assured foreign workers an advantage over americans. They did this under the guise of free trade: that free trade was fair to all. However workers in South America do not have the same standard of living enjoyed in the US. So anything that is made in the US can be made cheaper in South America.

Just after NAFTA was passed our exports to Mexico and South America increased dramatically: they were buying machine tools and equipment in order to build manufacturing plants. These facilities, when complete would manufacture goods cheaper than plants in the US. In other words they were only buying from us what they needed to take our jobs.

You have to ask yourself why your own government would pass such a bill; at least I have to ask myself. Was it complete incompetence? Or was it because those who were suppose to protect Americans had investments in manufacturing business that could benefit from much lower labor costs. Whatever caused the government to pass the bill it is obvious that it was not in the interest of the people of the United States.

If that was not bad enough they gave China “Most favored Nation” status. China is a socialist government that is trying to become the largest super power in the world. China would like nothing more than to ruin our economy: and they have.

You see it is really very simple. There is nothing made that can not be made cheaper in China. So in passing just two bills our own government has totally destroyed the middle class of the US. If you work in any manufacturing job in the US and haven’t lost your job yet, you will; it is just a matter of time as anything made can be made cheaper in China. (I told you to bite a bullet, didn’t I?)

You want a laugh? We are supposed to compete with those who make a few dollars a day and yet manufactures in the US must pay minimum wages! The bottom line is, though we must compete, it is illegal!!! Well, it is a laugh, but a bitter one.

We are just beginning to see the result of what I would call a criminal act. The housing industry can not sell a house because no one can buy a house working at a fast food restaurant and those kinds of jobs are all that is left. Nor can the car manufactures sell cars, for the same reason. It should be apparent that interest rates mean nothing to someone who has no job. Who is going to loan money to someone with no job?

Is it any wonder the stock market is in turmoil? You don’t get something for nothing so the logical result of a stronger “world economy” is a weaker US economy.

My friends I don’t have a solution to the problem. Everyone keeps telling me that if I don’t like the government to vote, but we just get a new set of politicians and they do the same things the others did. This government is of the people, by the people, and for the people and those people would be the ones in charge, not poor slobs like me.


  1. astudent says:

    Yep, just a grapefruit among the lemons.

  2. Larry says:

    This is the most accurate summation of America’s Econmy that has ever been written.
    “If” this could be put on CNN for a week….. It just may get people feeling what is really Inside…… get them off of thier duffs……… Deport the crooked poloticiana….. and Lets All Start getting this Economy in Order.
    Our Sons and Daughters.. Grandsons… Uncles and Grandfathers…. everywhere you look…, You see people that Serve and have served in Military. Police, Medical, Industry, and hundreds of other Jobs….. Look around you!!!
    “Thanks” to our Beaurocrats….. IS this All we have left!!!!!


  3. astudent says:


    Thanks for the comment.

    The truth is we have put our trust in man: that is the basics of Democracy. If you kicked the politicians out what would you replace them with?

    I hate to sound like a conspiracy nut, but if one no smarter than me can see the root problem then don’t you think those who are experts in the field of economy can?

    Those who are in charge know that if you control the people’s wealth you control the people. The government could not demand that everyone stop smoking so they tax tobacco until no one can afford too. In the same way, by these “Bail outs”, they are in control of all wealth and therefore in control of us.

    It should be apparent that the Government is in control and not the people. Anyone that believes that the American people are in charge should ask themselves if they would have given billions of dollars of their money to a system that lost billions because of their dishonest practices. Hummmmm, it must be some other American people, huh?

    If the Government creates virtual jobs and prints virtual money to pay the workers what will they buy with it? Something made in China of course and whose economy will be strengthened; ours or China’s?

    If NAFTA and the Most Favored Nation classification for China are not repealed there is no hope for this economy and if there is no hope or the economy there is no hope for the Nation. Those who are supposed to be trying to solve the problem have not even mentioned NAFTA or China! I don’t know about you, but it sure makes me wonder. I am beginning to think it is a plan to enslave us.

    It’s all just a game of Monopoly and we are sitting on Park Place with no money and no job.

    Sorry for preaching. It angers and frustrates me so I write it down. The truth is I don’t feel a bit better for putting it in print.

    I do feel a bit better when I think about God’s word. He said there would be trouble for the whole world in the end times and it seems to me that these are the end times. I use to think about those troubles as pertaining to others only and not to me, but I am of the world. It comforts me because I know God is in charge and though I must endure some hardship it will be alright when it is complete.

    Larry, I pray that you are a Christian also, because there is very little hope for someone that is not.

  4. Jeff Durante says:

    On March 10th I will complete 40 consecutive years of work between two large companies. I can’t help thinking about the times I dedicated myself to my work and how I always worked overtime during the early years and once I went into management and a salaried employee there really wasn’t much difference between “on the clock time” and “off the clock time”. It was all one big dedicated effort to participate in both … but somehow the “on the clock time” prevailed. People say to me … whose fault is it that you choose to work all the time … and they blame me for my dedication and say I have been a fool to live my life in that manner.

    My philosophy was and still is … Keep your head down … Do the job … Get the work done … Push ahead … Be the Early Bird that catches the worm.

    The motivation … provide for my family … maintain a common level of living … and with the comfort of knowing the future will yield a time where the work will end and rest and retirement will be the good (the light at the end of the tunnel).

    I am sure there are many of us American Born men and women that have shared this philosophy with the same motivation.

    So when I ask … what happen to the Economy … it is not as an investor or a banker but as a guy that has had his head down and worked hard for 40 years straight. You see there isn’t anything anyone can say to me that is going to make me feel better about how the economy has failed and … what some of the experts say … has not yet hit the bottom. Up until November 2008 I did not feel like a fool. I had no regrets about neglecting my family and myself by choosing to go the extra mile at work. I always had that light. That light at the end of the tunnel that always kept me going. As a neared the end of the Tunnel I saw the light start to dim and now that I am there … at the end of my journey … at the end of the tunnel … I stand with other Hard Working Americans in darkness, helpless and really heavily disappointed and near wits end.

    It’s funny how people turn to religion during times of depression or hard times. I suppose I am no different. I remember reading about Caleb. Caleb after his time as a spy became like one of us who kept his head down and always pushed on and saw the light. Even in his old age he continued on and had an inspiration of service and dedication. In the end Caleb received the land around Hebron as an inheritance … “as was promised they would take the land” (his light at the end of the tunnel sought of speak).

    So for us that have made the journey and now are at the end of the Tunnel and found this darkness … it’s time to keep our heads down and keep our values coupled with our work philosophy even in our old age and find a brighter light and a longer lasting light to be our header and know some day we will … like Caleb … receive our inheritance.

  5. astudent says:

    Jeff Durante,

    Well, I know exactly how you feel. I spent 34 years in business for myself. When you own and work a small business you must do every job from being president to sweeping the floor. There isn’t enough time in a day to accomplish everything that has to be done; and it has to be done right. I could write a book about how unfair everyone is to someone that is trying to make a living working for their self, but I know one cares so I will not waste my or your time.

    I worked for the same goal that you did: that I might be able to retire. Well, I never actually wanted to retire; just work a little and play a lot, but I had to close the business when I no longer felt comfortable leaving my mother by her self.

    Anyway we are all in the same boat, but I am not going to look at the sides of the tunnel. My eyes are focused on the light at the end and they should have always been so. I realized a long time ago that one sees what they look for. If I spent more time thinking about the economy I would only become depressed. If anyone wants to be happy they must look for their blessings. Look how blessed that we were born when we were. How would you like to be starting out in the job market today?

    I am enjoying what God has given me. God made everything and therefore He owns everything. I have always lived in God’s house, no matter what man held the deed, and I have always ate God’s food, drank His water, and breathed His air. He has always been good to me and now if He decides that I need some hard times to make me really understand that I should have been seeking Him for my security instead of seeking money I will not turn away from Him.

    The only thing that makes money worth anything is the trust that we put into it. It is a god and we have given it power. We both say that we worked so that we might someday retire, but we both worked for money that, it only seemed, had the power to grant our wish, but it does not.

    God will forgive those who turn to Jesus as their Savior and that is reassuring because I for one do need forgiveness. It is good advice that you give when you say that like Caleb we will receive our inheritance.

    Having said all of that I am determined to be happy here until God takes me home if it is at all possible. Worry is a sin and it is because it comes from little faith. God didn’t promise me that everything was going to be alright while I am on this earth, but He did promise eternal life along with eternal bliss after we leave this earth. Like you, I am keeping my eye on the bright light.

    O, by the way, only a fool would think that you are a fool for trying to earn your pay. The second part of the Law is to do to others as you would have them do to you. If someone worked for you wouldn’t you want them to work as hard as you do for your employer? The person that only does what is necessary is never happy. That is probably why they call you foolish; misery loves company. But they only have company if you believe them!

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