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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Where Once The USA Was A Powerhouse

Here in Southwest Virginia, on plats where weeds grow in abundance these days, Mack Truck, Ethan Allen, Celanese Acetate, Johnson & Johnson, Lear Corp., Dan River, Tultex, Spring Ford Industries, National Textiles, Buster Brown, Natalie Knitting Mills, American of Martinsville, Virginia Glove, Virginia House Furniture, Lea Industries, ArvinMeritor, Alcoa Wheels, Rowe Furniture, VF Knitwear, Vaughan Furniture, Webb Furniture, Burlington Industries, Renfro, Hooker Furniture, Bristol Compressors, Stanley Furniture, Dana Corporation, Thomasville Furniture, Sara Lee Branded Apparel, Bassett Furniture Industries, and Pulaski Furniture (Volvo?) once employed tens of thousands of Americans to make things.

But no more.

Those jobs are gone.

Because we forced them out.

But that's not the worst part.

The problem grows:
Emerson’s Farr Says U.S. Is Destroying Manufacturing
By Will Daley, Bloomberg

Nov. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Emerson Electric Co. Chief Executive Officer David Farr said the U.S. government is hurting manufacturers with regulation and taxes and his company will continue to focus on growth overseas.

“Washington is doing everything in their manpower, capability, to destroy U.S. manufacturing,” Farr said today in Chicago at a Baird Industrial Outlook conference. “Cap and trade, medical reform, labor rules.”

Emerson, the maker of electrical equipment and InSinkErator garbage disposals with $20.9 billion in sales for the year ended September, will keep expanding in emerging markets, which represented 32 percent of revenue in 2009. About 36 percent of manufacturing is now in “best-cost countries” up from 21 percent in 2003, according to slides accompanying his speech.

Companies will create jobs in India and China, “places where people want the products and where the governments welcome you to actually do something,” Farr said. [link]
Before companies were taking jobs overseas and manufacturing goods for the American consumers back home (those who still had jobs).  Now companies not only have their manufactories overseas, but their intentions are to sell overseas as well.  There's seen as being no growth in the market here.

Because the effective unemployment rate here in the U.S. is 17% and climbing.  And because the world's corporations are not welcome here.

Prepared for third world status?  Stick around.  It gets worse from this point on.

It Becomes Farce

If Barack Obama truly cared about winning the war - and about the troops who are fighting it - he would have a plan of action.

He still has no plan.

After all this time.

My God:
Official: Obama rejects all Afghan war options
The Associated Press

Washington - President Barack Obama does not plan to accept any of the Afghanistan war options presented by his national security team, pushing instead for revisions to clarify how and when U.S. troops would turn over responsibility to the Afghan government, a senior administration official said Wednesday.

Obama is still close to announcing his revamped war strategy — most likely shortly after he returns from a trip to Asia that ends on Nov. 19.

But the president raised questions at a war council meeting Wednesday that could alter the dynamic of both how many additional troops are sent to Afghanistan and what the timeline would be for their presence in the war zone, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss Obama's thinking. [link]
Obama's hand-picked general on the ground in Afghanistan has asked for more troops.  It seems a political appointee, the ambassador to Afghanistan, has other ideas.

Obama, it appears, is going with the political appointee's recommendation on how to prosecute the war.

To the troops: Protect yourselves at all costs.  This guy is not on your side.

Blinded By Hate

I remember an interview Bryant Gumbel was conducting one day when he was with "The Today Show" in which he was talking with film producer/director Spike Lee.  They were commiserating with one another.  They were in agreement.  Whatever "the American Dream" was, it was unattainable by black America, they both felt.

I shook my head in wonder.  And more than a bit of disgust.

Two of the wealthiest men on the planet had decided that black people couldn't get ahead in this country.

Two black men.

Two wealthy and breathtakingly successful black men.

For the love of God.

The mindset persists:
Prof Busted in Columbia Gal 'Punch'
By Perry Chiaramonte, Beth Stebner, and Jeremy Olshan, New York Post

A prominent Columbia architecture professor punched a female university employee in the face at a Harlem bar during a heated argument about race relations, cops said yesterday.

Police busted Lionel McIntyre, 59, for assault yesterday after his bruised victim, Camille Davis, filed charges.
McIntyre and Davis, who works as a production manager in the school's theater department, are both regulars at Toast, a popular university bar on Broadway and 125th Street, sources said.

The professor, who is black, had been engaged in a fiery discussion about "white privilege" with Davis, who is white, and another male regular, who is also white, Friday night at 10:30 when fists started flying, patrons said.

"The punch came out of nowhere. Mac was talking to us about white privilege and what I was doing about it -- apparently I wasn't doing enough." [link]
So you know, a tenured professor at Columbia easily makes six figures a year.  Far more than the average American.  Mountains more than the average human being.

Lionel McIntyre - black - underprivileged - is a tenured Columbia professor.

On The Tea Parties & Why They Matter

"We the People of the United States, in Order to ... secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
-- Preamble to the Constitution --

"The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation – enlightened as it is – if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men."
-- Samuel Adams --

To those who carry the torch:
Tea Parties: Misunderstood and Vastly Underrated
By Kyle-Anne Shiver

If there is a shared ideology among them, it is the one espoused by our Founders, simply put: God and Liberty. "Unalienable rights" was a phrase I heard over and over again.

The only political figures for whom there was a visible shred of professed admiration were Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Joe Lieberman. Sarah Palin was roundly regarded as a Ronald-Reagan-style "rogue." Michele Bachmann was getting lots of kudos for two reasons: her stand against government overreach and her willingness to be public and visceral in her denouncements. Joe Lieberman is becoming the new hero to the Tea Partiers for his willingness to stand alone with the voice of freedom on the health care power-grab.

When I reminded one woman that President Reagan was a Republican, she declared, "No, he wasn't. He was an American, and the only reason he had to put that R beside his name on the ballot was that they were the least off-the-rails party. But G. W. Bush ruined that for Republicans."

When I asked her how he had done that, she didn't hesitate. "He spent like he was using Daddy's credit card and made the already-too-big federal government bigger."

The uncompromising message in the Tea Party movement to politicians of all stripes is clear: You work for us, and you have betrayed our trust. [link]
We entrusted our country to them.  They have failed us.  More importantly, they have failed our children and grandchildren.  We are taking it back.


Get out of our way.

"Where liberty is, there is my country."
  -- Benjamin Franklin --

We Brought Ft. Hood On Ourselves

Daniel Henninger, writing in the Wall Street Journal, brings an interesting perspective to the big issue facing us in the aftermath of the Ft. Hood massacre:

Why?
Why Fort Hood Really Happened

The only good news out of the Fort Hood massacre is that U.S. electronic surveillance technology was able to pick up Major Hasan's phone calls to an al Qaeda-loving imam in Yemen. The bad news is the people and agencies listening to Hasan didn't know what to do about it. Other than nothing.

The problem is confusion. The combatants at each end of the spectrum in the war over the war on terror know exactly what they think about surveilling suspected terrorists. But if you are an intel officer or FBI agent tasked with providing the protection, what are you supposed to make of all this bitter public argument? What you make of it is that when you get a judgment call, like Maj. Hasan, you hesitate. You blink.

Now everyone thinks the call was obvious. But it wasn't so obvious before the tragedy. Not if for years you have watched a country and its political class in rancorous confusion about the enemy, the legal standing of the enemy, or the legal status and scope of the methods it wants to use to fight the enemy.

In war, uncertainty gets you killed. It just did. [link]
The arguments put forth in opposition to President Bush's terrorist surveillance policy - pushed relentlessly by the Washington Post - were always outlandish and misguided.  And dangerous.  And meant only to hurt Bush.  But they accomplished something.  Inaction on the part of those charged with our security.

It should not have been that way.

Then there were the calls to prosecute all those who dreamt up - or even made arguments in support of - our anti-terror policies.  CIA agents (See "Holder Decision on Probing CIA May Mean Prosecutions.")  Government attorneys (see "John Yoo's War Crimes.")

The question was asked, when all this was going on: "Would you stick your neck out only to have it lopped off?"

Apparently nobody investigating this Muslim fanatic at Ft. Hood was willing to do so.

And forty Americans were shot.

We have the Democrats, and the Washington Post, and their liberal friends to thank for that.  Hasan did the shooting; they facilitated it.

The frightening thing is, it's fair to assume that there are plenty more Hasans in our midst.  And a whole lot of confusion persists.  And we still have far too many Democrats.

Someone needs to inform the procurement department: We need more coffins.