Apr 03 2013

Ingo Breuer

American Products: Not Available?

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Some ideas for fixing the economy:

“He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be on the head of him that selleth it.” Proverbs 11:26.

“And let our’s also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful. Titus 2:14.

“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.” 1. Thess. 4:11,12.

Work Ethic

The Bible commends the idea of working with you hands. Modern society often elevates jobs that do not involve manual labor. But it is obvious that we can’t all be lawyers, bankers, doctors and engineers. We need them. But it is not everybody to choose this path of higher education. Millions of people need to work with their hands. An economy without manufacturing goods is a national security threat because of foreign dependency. And it is also a source of poverty. But they can’t since the work has gone to far eastern countries. Americans are conditioned to shop for stuff they no longer make stuff. Driving through America we quickly notice the closed factories with parking lots overgrown with weeds. That has become a national epidemic that has wiped out huge portions of the middle class. That is all the more reason why people should be concerned about buying products made in the USA. No need for an identity crisis when it comes to the economy.

American Goods Often Not Available

American-made products are basically very good products but the problems is nobody knows them! And those who know them soon find out they are not available in their location.

I live here in Germany and I thought about buying me a LaZBoy or American Furniture recliner. They are not available.

Then I need a good pair of shoes. So I thought of San Antonio Shoes. They are not available.

Then let’s switch to some Hush Puppies. They are not available.

Then I need some good ink pens so I thought of the one’s made in the US by Skilcraft which is a company giving jobs to the blind. They are not available.

I need a truck so instead of buying the Nissan or Volkswagen truck I thought abut getting me a Chevrolet Silverado. It’s not available.

Well, let’s settle for a Ford F-150 or a Dodge Ram. Both are not available.

Our church needs a van. Sure enough, there is the Sprinter and the Ford Transit which is built in the Muslim country of Turkey. But we thought of a Ford E-150. It’s not available.

We wanted a compact truck. The Ford Ranger is nice. But the plant in Minnesota was shut down in 2011 and the model replaced with a light truck made in Asia. The US version is no longer available.

Try to listen to country music, gospel & bluegrass music here in Germany. It is almost not available. Thanks to the internet we can listen online and a few radio stations dare to play a few songs every now and then.

I am glad that Texas Jeans still makes jeans in the US. But here in Germany they are not available. You hardly find them in American stores.

If I were to buy a nice sports car it would be a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Not only is the model no longer available, but the entire brand is not available.

I enjoyed my 1986 Mercury Grand Marquis when I lived in the US. Best and most comfortable car I ever had. I’m glad that car has been the standard police, government or taxi car. I rented one on a trip to Tennessee. But for some illogical, odd reason it is no longer available. Alan Jackson used to sing in the 1990s “I’m gonna buy me a Mercury and cruise it up and down the road”. That’s what I want to do. But Mercury is no longer available. It seems like quitters discontinue stuff instead of improve stuff. That’s the problem. When something is broke you fix it instead of throwing it away.

So I thought about buying a big sedan for the family. I want a Buick Century. It’s not available. How about an Oldsmobile? The entire brand is not available. How about a Plymouth? Not available.

So after all I just want to buy a Bible. So there was an NIV. That’s the Non-Inspired Version. I want the King James Bible. OK, there it is. The Bible that brought fruit in the form of revival and the forming of a Bible Belt. But it is made in China. That’s good if the Chinese read it and follow its teachings. But does anybody in the US need Bibles from China. Are Americans not able to print their own Bibles? I am glad to report that there are still Bibles printed in the US  – not by book conglomerates but by local church printing houses. That’s a good development.

The Free Trade Trap

Americans have been promised that more free trade with nations such as China would strengthen the economy. The problem is that free trade has often turned into a one way street.  Cheap goods dumped on the US market that caused American companies to fail. While shoppers have enjoyed the low prices, workers have seen their jobs disappear. That’s why cheap isn’t cheap. Cheap goods from China have cost Americans the loss of jobs and private wealth. Once the good jobs were gone many had to settle for lower paying jobs which caused savings to dwindle and the way of life that people once enjoyed to disappear. This is how nations such as China have sucked wealth out of the US and enriched themselves.

The success of free trade has to be measured by the quality of American-made goods and that those products are available on the world market. Free trade is good if Pontiac Firebirds are sold by the thousands in Europe. Ford is trying to introduce its European models into the US. Vice-versa please! Introduce the US models to Europe. I want a comfotable ride in a Crown Victoria. And show the Spanish kid what a GMC Sierra is all about. The new Oldsmobile 98 is a threat for Audi. The new Buick Century is an attack on Toyota’s sedans. And Cadillac’s new models cause a severe sales loss for Mercedes Benz. More LazBoy furniture galleries are opened all across Europe and Asia and once again Baldwin pianos are built in the US and exported worldwide. The Ford Ranger has become the standard fleet truck for European governments and the German Air Force buys two dozen Boeing C-17 cargo planes because the US Air Force named one of them the “Spirit of Berlin” in 1997 in remembrance of the post-WWII air bridge to Berlin. Now that is free trade!

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