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Economy and America In Perspective 2008

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I’m writing this post to generate some discussion as it seems our view is somewhat skewed with regard to the economy and America.

I hear both republican and democratic candidates talking about “the economy” as the #1 issue for voters in this year’s election. Both republicans and democrats blame one another for varying economic issues. We need to take a look at ourselves.

We are complaining about the economy and loss of jobs as a political issue, but didn’t our greed for more “stuff” at cheap prices force many manufacturing jobs over to China? Now, we are outsourcing our agriculture and whatever we can come up with to the lowest bidder.

In a sense, we’ve created our own problems through greed or ignorance. I would gladly pay $5 more for a hammer if i knew it would keep a job here in America. America used to be country that built things. I’m sure many companies would respond to consumer demand for products made in America. Now we are in debt to China for trillions of dollars all while they continue to make cheap products to feed our never ending demand for stuff. Don’t believe me? Just drive by your local Wal-Mart, they are always jam-packed while other local stores compete for a fraction of the traffic.

It was in a sense our buying habits and patterns that allowed big chains to gobble up many small mom and pop stores in our communities.

We claim to have moved from a manufacturing economy to a high-tech economy, but at the end of the day we still need to produce something and we are still outsourcing our high-tech jobs. What is the outcome? Many young folks in college are already saying they don’t want to pursue careers in IT because they are worried about job stability or getting outsourced.

This one hits home for me and I think it speaks volumes for the state of our culture. The other day my youngest daughter asked me for some advice concerning one of her friends who’s mom and dad are going through a divorce. Her friend is deeply hurt and bitter.

Divorce statistics say that over 50% of married couples divorce, including proclaimed Christian couples. This means that statistically 50% of Americans who are legal adults cannot keep their word or commitments. I know this does not include those who don’t marry, but I think you get my point. The experts say that families are the cornerstone of any society.

If 50% of married America cannot keep a marriage oath, is it realistic to expect that a congressman, senator, or president will keep their word? Obama made a pledge not to accept private funding and then went back on his promise when it was expedient for his campaign.

Before we blame our politicians for everything with the state of the economy let’s take a look at ourselves. What are your thoughts? Should the average American take any responsibility for the state of our economy? Did the average consumer have a role in companies moving to China? Is it realistic to expect that the government will or can fix the economy?

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October 26, 2008 |
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