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Simply Speaking: Keeping America prosperous

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A recent email from an old Sunday school classmate contained a number of very interesting, yet contrasting photographs, about half being of Hiroshima, Japan, and the remainder of a large American city.

The Japanese city was pictured in the aftermath of the August 1945 atomic bombing and, as we have all seen, Hiroshima was totally devastated. That was 64 years ago, but we’ve probably not seen that city as it is today.

In the news this week was the financial story of General Motors Corporation, with whom I was employed for 30 years, somehow reducing government ownership from 60-something to 30-something percent. I say Hooray! Being retired from Government Motors has not been fun.

Anyway, from the time of my first intense interest in automobiles (teenager) until the present, America witnessed a revolution in the public’s car-buying habits. A big part of the reason for the switch, I believe, was the perception that foreign vehicles, especially those from Japan, were of a better quality.

Whether that was completely true or not for a number of model years, it is a fact, beginning out in California (the land of fruits and nuts), car buyers began switching from Ford, Chevrolet, and Plymouth to Toyota, Datsun, and Honda. The fickle car buying habit has now spread all across America, as ugly trends seem always to move out from the Golden State to the remainder of the country, like a communicable disease.

And there were implications, not of the good sort, as evidence will show. An old German saying goes thus: "Whose bread I eat, his song I sing." Writer Lee Pitts goes beyond this with, "If I was in charge of GM, I’d go to a different employee parking lot every morning and fire every employee who showed up for work driving anything but a GM vehicle."

The point being, a large part of keeping America prosperous and employed is the economic of purchasing from each other, beginning with your family and neighbors and working out from there. Fickle does not understand that principle.

Web site http://us.mg1.mail.yahoo.com/dc/launch?.gx=1&.rand=9jbv7me3dt07v demonstrate visual implications to, in this case, American car-buying habits. Go look for yourself.

May Yahweh bless through Yeshua, King of the Universe.

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Beth Dawson 11/27/2010 18:30:14
Jimmie-we may not agree on much,but I completely agree with you on this.
I come from 4 generations of union members,including UAW,AFL/CIO and Teamsters.They have all suffered with the shipping of American jobs overseas.I,like you,STRONGLY encourage people to look for American products.Buy American first-the products are better,and it keeps a fellow American employed.
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