Is there really much of anything that we consume that is still being made in America? Very little, I assure you. If you don't believe me, then go check out the labels on the majority of your clothing. China. India. Thailand. Mexico. Canada. Indonesia.
I was recently surprised to find that the potato flakes and potato powder we consume in this country is 90% from foreign countries like China and India. What? I thought it just couldn't be true. What the Hell is wrong with this country and those who make such decisions? Are we incapable of sustaining ourselves? When I think about China and all of its injustices, it makes me want to puke. Seriously. And yet, I cannot seem to get away from anything made by them.
Has our country really come to this? I spent a couple of days going around the house trying to find something made in America. Of the few items I found, I discovered the majority of those companies are now defunct. Yes. How sad is that? They couldn't pay their taxes was the most common reason, along with bankruptcy for various reasons. Am I the only one confused by this?
We have a higher unemployment rate nationally than ever and yet, nearly everything we consume is made elsewhere. Am I the only one that sees something wrong with this picture?
There are plenty who will disagree and say that it's mainly decorative items that come from other countries. I beg to differ. Many of the packaged foods and spices we eat are from China as well. I bought a large container of peeled garlic for making my chow-chow and hot sauce and was shocked to see the Made In China sticker on the container. As are most of the toys your children play with. How about batteries that we use every day? China, mostly. My Olympus digital camera? Indonesia. I realize that this country must do a certain amount of trade, but it seems to me that it's gotten out of hand.
Yes, there are many things still made in America, but they don't come cheap. So, the upshot of this whole deal is that as Americans we want to pay less for more. Unless you don't worry about the price you pay for something, you'll probably have mostly made in China items. As consumers, I believe that we are the ones who ultimately brought this whole thing to be. Since we wanted better prices for basically everything, companies have sought workers in other countries because they are willing to work for less than the average American on minimum wage pay.
So, if America's minimum wage workers want to work for less, perhaps there is a light for them at the end of the tunnel. However, I highly doubt those companies will come back to the U.S. because they know they can't get workers for so cheap. Sooooo... would you rather be out of work making nothing or would you rather work at a lower rate? Those are the choices.
Today we pay as much for a car as a huge custom built home cost when I was young. Everything in this country has risen in cost and it's going to end up costing us a lot more than just our hard earned dollars. If we don't learn how to live on less, it will soon be so out of control that only the very elite will be able to afford anything actually made in America. And if you really want to live cheaply, then you might want to consider moving to another country...