Maybe It’s Time For America To Start Making Products Again Instead Of Just Reality Stars
In speaking to someone recently regarding the HBO 2009 documentary, Schmatta: Rags To Riches (http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/schmatta-rags-to-riches-to-rags/index.html) about the garment district in New York and the garment industry in general, I began to wonder when it was that we stopped producing actual goods here in the states? I remember growing up seeing stickers that said, “Made in the USA” they were everywhere and now when I think about it, I can’t even remember the last time I saw one. Maybe it’s because so few things are actually made here in the good ol’ US of A anymore. Maybe it’s time for America to start making products again instead of just reality stars – Don’t Get Me Started!
When I think of the amazing products and technology that came out of the Industrial Revolution period in our history it’s seems sort of odd that the greatest thing we’ve done since is invent the iPod. Of course I’m over exaggerating but you with some sense out there must know what I mean. I remember being in school and having to try to “build a better mousetrap” or other contraptions as we learned about the Cotton Gin and what it did to revolutionize the plantations and harvesting of cotton. What will our children look at, the ShamWow? And is that even made in America?
Meanwhile, instead of people like Albert Einstein being lauded as heroes, we have rappers with rap sheets a million miles long (the longer the better apparently) and people lying, cheating and stealing to get onto reality shows so that they can parlay it into speaking engagements and a shot at being on Dancing With The Stars. Does anyone else see it? That we’re so engrossed in whether or not Mel Gibson is a racist loon ( I can assure you he is if the tapes and reports are accurate) instead of who is going to bring back clothing making and other industries not only back to America but make these industries better than before so that we can become the leader we once were. While we’ve been running around with our foam “Number 1” fingers sitting on our couches getting fatter and fatter, China and other countries have been working to make the products we want to buy cheaper and cheaper (not better, as we learned from the lead painted toys and the cheap drywall that kills you or what have you that we’ve bought from them) but my point is that somewhere along the way we’ve taken our eyes off the ball kids and we need to focus and get back into the game.
No, not the game of paying star athletes a bazillion dollars so that the youth of America thinks that it will be them in five years so there’s no reason to study or be educated but the game of ensuring our children understand the importance of a solid day’s work and also being able to have companies that will hire them for that day’s work.
Honestly people, what are we making here? Look at the label in your clothes, look under your coffee maker, look anywhere you like and let me know how many “Made in the USA” labels you find. We can blame the politicians who got their pockets lined in gold as they let the trade contracts get looser and looser over the years (both parties are to blame here) but I’m not interested in blame, I’m just wondering how long it’s going to take us to realize that we’re not making anything anymore. Sure some people have opened cupcake stores (and good for them) but is this what we’re going to look back on when we say, “The Industrial Revolution brought about the steam engine and in the 2000s we made cupcakes and reality shows about people who make cupcakes.” My what a proud moment that will be, huh?
Look, I can’t make anything other than perhaps one of those things where you fold the paper until you can put your index fingers and thumbs in it and move it in and out until you open the center flap and read someone’s fortune but please tell me there are some Americans out there making SOMETHING. Please tell me that there are kids out there more interested in finding a cure for cancer than being on American Idol. Please, please, oh please! Maybe it’s time for America to start making products again instead of just reality stars – Don’t Get Me Started!
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