I agree! 100%!! Wall Street sold-out U.S. labor and sent production of goods to cheap Chinese labor. We don't need to blame anyone but U.S. administrations and Wall Street!


What we need to do now is bring production of goods back to the U.S., pay living wages to U.S. labor, and reclaim our reputation as producers of the finest products available. China took U.S. inventions, made them cheaper with cheaper labor and material.

Don't delude yourself, Wall Street wanted and tried to kill U.S. Labor!
It makes no sense to blame China. We did it to ourselves!

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Wall Street wanted and tried to kill U.S. Labor! ... We did it to ourselves!“

Wall Street did it and we did it?

Yes, Tom, Wall Street did it and we did it by voting in representatives who voted against labor's best interests. 

Joan, I agree that we need to bring production of goods back to the U.S. and pay living wages to U.S. labor. You may remember that in the 1960s America’s auto makers refused to adopt quality control methods but Japan’s auto makers did adopt them. German auto makers were making quality autos since soon after WW2 ended. China ignored American patent laws and as you say took U.S. inventions, made them cheaper with cheaper labor and material. Corporations, known as “paper persons” to lawyers, don’t know patriotism.

I don’t know how to do it but sometimes think that employees who own the corporations they work for may be able to to take Wall Street’s gambling-addicted people out of the picture. Doing that will require taking their money out of politics. (I will add a bit to this when I get it from another computer.)

"employees who own the corporations they work for may be able to take Wall Street’s gambling-addicted people out of the picture" makes sense to me, except that our citizens are not trained to be entrepreneurial, they are trained to follow directions, seek employment from others, and how to report to work on time.

Our family does not work for others, we create our own jobs and do those things necessary to market our skills. Of course, that requires that our people develop skill sets that we can market. My generation and Laura's learned how to do that. 

Voters in 33 states have no democracy. They elect their own predators.

Voters in 17 states have some democracy because they have the direct initiative, referendum and recall. They are Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Washington city and District of Columbia.
Source: Ballotpedia.org

You can go to that site and enter Washington in the search bar near the top and learn a lot about your state. Enter “washington ballot measures” and see how both your state’s history and how its voters can use democracy.

The voters in 33 other states have their work cut out for them. So do voters in the nation.

Thanks, Tom, for the information about Ballotpedia.org. I looked over it quickly and see that there are some things I can do, given my limitations. We have an outstanding woman running for our County Commissioner who opposes the silicon smelter planned for construction. Beyond that, we have a goal of getting support for governor of the state who opposes the smelter. 

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