Have you recently purchased anything that was made in America? Almost everything is outsourced to other countries. The quality of many of these products is not up to American standards, yet they are allowed to be sold in the United States. I’m not saying that every product from other countries is substandard. These products simply are not tested or approved as U.S. quality products before entering our country.
You used to be able to buy a quality oilcan that that was made of metal, and
would hold a quart of oil. I think it was built for railroads and the
oilfields. Today, most oilcans are made of plastic or lightweight metal. They
won’t hold much oil, and usually are broken or useless before being filled a
half dozen times.
Go to most discount tool suppliers in your neighborhood, and the majority of
the goods are cheap and of poor quality. Buy it, break it and buy another one!
We used to buy a tool, and if it broke it, we could have it repaired or repair
it ourselves. I have some bolt cutters that are older than I am and still work
great. I have been in a bind and forced to purchased bolt cutters from a discount
tool supplier, and they broke before they cut the bolt – they were
My daily schedule usually consists of: I wake up to my alarm clock (made in
Japan) and while my coffee pot (made in China) is perking my coffee, I shave
with my electric razor (made in Hong Kong). Then I put on my shirt (made in Sri
Lanka) and my pants (made in Singapore) and my shoes (made in Korea). Then
after cooking my breakfast on my electric skillet (made in India), I sit down
with my computer (made in China) to review my schedule, news and weather for
the day. After updating my Palm Pilot (made in Thailand), I check my messages
and phone calls on my Blackberry phone (made in Mexico). I turn on my HDTV
(made in China) to watch the news and weather. Then I get into my Pontiac Vibe
(made by Toyota) filled with gas from Saudi Arabia, and proceed to my American
job calling on drillers. When I return home from my workday, I put on my robe
and sandals (made in Brazil), and pour myself a glass of wine (made in France),
wondering why I have a problem selling a quality product made in America!
We wonder why there are no quality products and jobs in America today. Duh,
everything is being imported, and our jobs are being outsourced. We have
illegal aliens working for almost nothing and sending their money home to their
relatives in other countries. I admire these people for sending their money
home to help their families, however even our money is being outsourced. They
are taking jobs from legal, unemployed Americans because they will work for
almost nothing while living on almost nothing so they can help their families
in other countries. Go to almost any United States Postal Service on Fridays
and see foreigners getting money orders to send home to other countries. There
go our American monies to support other countries.
Our government needs to wake up. Until our government puts controls on the
amount of and quality of imports, the quality of America and employment in
America will just continue to deteriorate.
About one thing we can be confident: Water wells in America always will be made
in America – but not necessarily only by Americans.
Porky's Hole Thoughts: Made in America Anymore?
February 1, 2009