Merry Christmas. It's Saturday morning and yesterday was "Black Friday", the official start day of Chinesemas shopping, with mixed turnout results being reported. The soon to be former major department stores are reporting that "big-ticket" items didn't move while shoppers flocked to deep discounts which they offered to compete with Wal-Mart, who also realized that if they were going to meet their own sales goals, they had to deeper discount their already lowest priced Asian goods.
I've had a "Bed Bath and Beyond" circular on my kitchen table with a $5 off coupon on the back which expires on January 4th, and several things have caught my eye like the Sharper Image USB video camera with sound selling for $49.99, their entertainment projector for $99.99, and I really like the VuPoint Digital Video Converter, which converts DVR, VHS, DVD and live TV programs to digital computer files for $99.99, all made with plastic cases, and of course, all made in China.
As I lusted after the cheap gadgets in the circular, I started thinking how wonderful it would be if America could make these products and put our people back to work building these things. Americans would make money at their jobs and be spending their money in the USA and investing in American companies and... then the sickening feeling hit my stomach--the harsh realities of the heavy environmental regulations and dreadfully expensive hurdles any new American plastics manufacturer would have to overcome, in a country whose electorate put anti-capitalists and anti-free enterprise leaders in power, a country where we cut our own throats by smothering out business and building larger and larger government to solve the problems it creates.
This morning on Fox News' Bulls and Bears, host Brenda Buttner had a segment on investing in American companies. Two of their favorites is McDonald's and Safeway, but forget foreign beef which puts American ranchers out of business, their third favorite was Wal-Mart, and you have to laugh to keep from crying when you think of investing in Wal-mart to support American business. Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart and author of the book "Made in America", who started a real American company that insisted on stocking American made products, hadn't even assumed room temperature or perhaps had the last handful of dirt thrown on his casket before his company started selling products made by the Communist Chinese who are selling us the rope with which we are hanging ourselves.
Oh, but there are new businesses being built right now in America. Don't you see all the warehouses being built to go with all those other warehouses in business parks which were built in the 1990's and early 2000's with all those 53 foot semi trailers backed into them inches apart from each other? This is the new American business model. Logistics and storage warehouses to hold the Chinese products made by oppressed subjects of a communist dictatorship, workers who are paid two bowls of rice per day, in a bowl made out of a gourd, working in factories owned by the Red Chinese -- who by the way loves capitalism and slavery, and have no intentions of honoring any UN environmental emissions or pollution standards while the American government elected by our anti-capitalist electorate regulate the last breath of life out of our own manufacturing companies. Our American (and Mexican, Russian, Indonesian, and Arabic) truckers driving their ubiquitous Freightliner (made by German Mercedes Benz) and Volvo (made by the Swiss) tractors are working hard, sitting up there listening to their country music, cussing on their Chinese made CB radios and voting for democrats (cause they are for the "little man").
The President is assuring us that things are getting better. Unemployment numbers are not increasing as fast as they were a few months back (although they are still increasing (just not as fast)). A million new jobs were created or saved (police and firefighters (government jobs (because when the government creates or saves jobs, they are government jobs (which are paid for with tax dollars (or by printing more money (because you can't raise taxes if noone is working)))))) the president says, while feeling assured in his mind that he is fulfilling the goals of the Cloward-Pivin Strategy (which seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands (such as government healthcare), thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse)).
Can we pull out of this downward spiral? Maybe we can stall it in the 2010 congressional elections, but maybe not. Conservatives most certainly will win back the majority in the House and the Senate, which will put President Obama in "lame duck" status. The Democrat minority will then begin sponsoring bills which the Republican majority will not pass, but bills passed by the then Republican majority to end job killing legislation will most definitely be vetoed by the president, at least until 2012, when we get a shot at putting Sarah Palin, Dick Chaney, Newt Gingrich or Joe the Plumber in the White House and as I told you in my Sept 19, 2009 article, Why Obama Must Have a Second Term , to take the blame for the economic effects of the Obama administration. The last thing we need is to have to hear the ranting liberal media blame the next conservative president for the economic collapse which was intentionally orchestrated by the Obama administration after two sickening years listening ad nauseum to their attacks on Sarah Palin and/or Dick Chaney or the equivalent during the next presidential campaign.
I would rather hang myself with the Chinese jump rope I bought from Wal-Mart.