Entry for May 20, 2007
USA needs sharpen its competitive mind set in this global economy. It broke my heart when I heard Levi brand jeans would no longer be American made. What could have possibly been more American that Levis? For a while, American made jeans were priced much higher than the foreign made jeans. That is no longer the case. Visit a site called http://www.texasjean.com/ and compare prices, style, and quality. Buying Made in American may just soon be a way to save some money.
The way our country has changed over the past 50 years has been a sad study in economics. Blame needs to be shouldered by each one of us, from the top of the corporate ladder to the entry-level worker. How can workers and consumers respect CEOs who receive multi-million dollar bonuses from corporations with record losses?
Unions helped make this county great, improving work safety, benefits, and pay. Unions and management never evolved beyond those years of negotiations over life and death issues. Product prices and arrogance rose to a level where the American consumer lost faith and loyalty. Why should they buy American Made when their wages were not where near the level of Corporate Executives or Union Employees? Many bought foreign cars simply because it was all they could afford. Foreign carmakers held prices down, and moved quality up. Foreign carmakers gave the American consumers what they asked for. GM, Ford, and Chrysler gave us what the corporations wanted us to have.
I have a 1999 GMC Safari Van in the driveway, along with a 2006 Chevy Cobalt, and a 1997 GEO Metro made with Japanese parts in Canada. With gasoline at $3.50 a gallon, the GEO gets most of the use today.
What do we need to do? For starters, it would not hurt for GM, Ford, and Chrysler to ASK the American Consumers what we want, and then brainstorm with the unions a way to give it to us.
Thanks for listening.
James A. Zachary Jr.
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