2010-12-24 / Letters

Shame On Us

Dear Editor,

Shame on us for letting the greatest country in the world, the United States of America, stoop so low with extended hands to borrow money from supposedly the poorest country in the world, China. How can we walk around and hold our heads up? Have we no shame at all? More important, when is it going to stop? Imagine the last Obama extension of tax cuts for the richest people in America being rewarded with poor China money that the working class must pay back. What next? We are getting ripped off big time by China. The products that are flooding the country are so poorly made that they are almost unusable. I bought a pair of gloves and wore them once and they started to rip open at the seams. They crumbled as if my hands were made out of acid. Now that’s annoying that you have to look at your hands to see if there is something wrong with them. I bought Christmas lights and when I hooked them together they looked just fine. Then I blinked and all of them went out. I had to start all over to find the one that caused the problem.

Maybe the Obama administration is smarter that we think. They want the people to spend money and get the economy moving. If your only choice is China products, that will do it. We call ourselves a throw away society. That’s after we used the product at least a few times. But when we have to throw away the China products before we use them it’s bad. Who is watching the store to check the goods coming from China? Whoever it is should be removed. That is just wishful thinking. We didn’t remove Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd when he was watching the banks fold. We never made a single complaint against him, even after the banks crumbled like my “once worn” China gloves, or my never used China Christmas lights. I thought America only rewarded the ones they defeated in battle, like Germany, Korea, Vietnam, and others. Of all the foreign products in America none is as junky as China’s. Imagine what they would send us if we defeated them in war. I can never recall America producing anything but the best, and for us to accept inferior foreign products is an admission of failure on all of us.

A revolution is long overdue. It’s not the President’s fault, or the President before him. What is happening now is a slow build up of failure going back at least sixty years. Thomas Jefferson advised a revolution every twenty years in order to keep the government honest. President Obama talks about creating jobs, and rightfully so, but what kind of jobs? If the salaries for the average blue-collar worker were doubled it still wouldn’t be as good as salaries compared to the cost of living sixty years ago. We are in a big heap of trouble and the quicker we break the China love affair the better off we will be. It won’t be the answer, but maybe a start. Let’s do it before we are compelled to eat rice for the rest of our lives.

JOHN BAXTER

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