Fed Up! The American Consumer is fed up

By Jules Lombard

I never once thought that we can complete our journey in my lifetime.

I thought that we would plant seeds now and years later the seeds will germinate. And much, much later we will see our ideas flowering.

Instead, it’s happening fast, it’s accelerating. The idea that we have been hammering on for more than a year – that we must manufacture all kinds of products here in America for our own consumption – is fast gaining traction.

I was watching TV, just regular TV, relaxing in front of what was once described as the boob tube, when the screen showed the ad for Moto X, a smart phone manufactured by Motorola, which according to the ad is now owned by Google.

The ad said: “Moto X, assembled in the U.S.”

Do I see and hear a standing ovation? Moto X is making smart cell phones in the U.S. because there is a growing demand for cell phones assembled in America.  All over the Internet, on radio, in newspapers, Americans are demanding that products must be manufactured in America once again.

And it’s profitable to make things in America again.  Google stock recently hit $1000 per share.  The first time any U.S. stock ever hit that milestone. Do you think that had something to do with Google’s moves being met with approval by Wall Street?  Of course it does.  I can see Moto X smart phones selling so briskly the product will be back-ordered.  If it doesn’t happen this Christmas shopping season, it will happen shortly thereafter.

From Minnesota comes this news item: “Sep 29, 2013 – U.S. Textile Plants Return, With Floors Largely Empty of People … from China because customers had been asking for more American-made goods. … The American textile and apparel industries, like manufacturing as a whole, …. would buy newly mass-produced Singer sewing machines and often set up …”

For those willing to relocate to Minnesota and learn how to use sewing machines, there are lots of jobs waiting for them.

Americans are the new awakened giant. We knew all along that losing jobs to China would mean our children and their children would no longer find good jobs in America. What is different now is that we are mad as hell and screaming from the rooftops. We are not going to take it anymore.

People from all over the world steal our jobs away, and then turn around and sell their cheap products to us. All with the help of CEO’s whose only interest is in burnishing their credentials by making things cheap in China and selling things in the U.S. at U.S. prices. Of course, their companies would make money hand over fist. Of course, the CEOs would look like geniuses. Of course they would get their multi-million bonuses at the end of the year, year after year after year.

The only sad sack in the process is the American worker, who after losing his manufacturing job is now told that he has to go back to school because the only jobs that are available are high-tech jobs that he will never qualify for because at 42 he is looking at another eight years in college, after which he will be 50 and considered too old by headhunters and human resources people.

The gig is up, boys and girls. Not for us but for the exploiters in our midst.

They must manufacture here in America again, or there will be consequences. Such as high tariffs. Such as the rejection of products imported from other countries in favor of products made (assembled) in the U.S.

It’s not just in textiles or cellphones, or PC’s – Macintosh computers made in Reno, Nevada are coming. It’s also in cars. Chrysler advertises cars imported from Detroit. A smart bait-and-switch, capitalizing on Americans’ fondness for imported cars.

The pressure is on all sorts of manufacturers to resume manufacturing in the U.S. again. And it’s not just because of economic nationalism. It’s about quality too.

Recently, the poisoned dog food that killed a lot of dogs in the U.S. were traced to China. Toys, garments, furniture, processed foods from China have been shown to have large concentrations of lead and bacteria and, many suspect, fecal matter.

I bought a notebook computer from Tiger Direct.com two months ago. The product was made in China and carried a 90-day warranty. The Chinese company, which has an office in the U.S., is making me jump through hoops for them to honor the warranty. After using the product for a month, I had noticed that the A-S-D-F keys and surrounding keys on the keyboard were no longer working.

I have jumped through hoops. So far no luck. If the company does not honor the warranty I will send a complaint letter to the Nevada Consumer Affairs office.

At Best Buy, at Office Depot, at Staples, at Fry’s, at Wal-Mart, the sales clerks will always try to sell you an extended warranty because they point out, correctly, that the Chinese electronic products do break down. If you have a PC or laptop that is made in China, you must have another laptop on standby. Because your main laptop will break down, often at the worst possible time.

We must make things in America again. We have to do it so our children and their children will have good jobs again – not McDonald’s and Wal-Mart jobs – but also because we now know that making things in China means we have to put up with all sorts of quality control problems.

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