At the onset of WWII FDR summoned Henry Ford, Henry J. Kaiser, and other leaders of industry to formulate plans for supplying war materials. These men were patriots ready to defend their nation – for a price, of course. Today, our military depends on logistic support from nations such as China and former Soviet Bloc countries. Does this make you feel good when even our own government does not “Buy American?”
With 25 percent of America’s workforce in retail sales, roughly 20 percent employed by the government, and God only knows how many employed through government contract, that doesn’t leave very many to sell insurance and sue people. There was a time when the term “Made in America” was a global standard for quality, innovation, and reliability. Today, many of the few products boasting such a claim are only partially assembled here from parts made offshore. We cannot afford to live a bloated lifestyle funded by borrowing from future generations, selling the family jewels, and mortgaging our national sovereignty.
Instead of flying to Hawaii to play golf or shooting multi-million dollar missiles at Third World thugs, our leaders need to develop programs to rebuild our industrial might. An American with sweat on his brow, a job, and a livable wage does not need government welfare or micromanagement.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.