I just bought a new, gas grill from Sam's Club. I have had my eye on it since the first of the year and I decided to buy it before they all sold out. Although I will use it this summer, I really didn't buy it for that purpose. I grill a lot--ON CHARACOAL GRILLS! Why? Although they are a bit of a bother, I am convinced that food tastes better cooked over characoal.
|MY NEW GRILL, ALL THE WAY FROM CHINA|
So, what is the tradegy?
I bought the grill still in the box seeing only the floor sample. When the guys loaded the box in the van I brought it down to the lake and rolled it out of the van, up the stairs and into the front door. (It was too heavy for me to lift and too complicated for me to assemble). I saw printed proudly on the box MADE IN CHINA ! Made in China. I mean, don't the folks in the USA know how to make grills?
|WHY IS IT MADE IN CHINA AND NOT USA?|
NOW, THAT IS A TRADEGY, TO MY WAY OF THINKING!.
Who is responsible for that? Well, to some extent I am for buying it, although I didn't know where it was made at the time I bought it. It is difficult today not to buy a product made overseas. Buy an American car and probably half of the parts come from overseas. Mostly, it is cheap labor. I eat blackberries a lot, they come from somewhere in South America. Again, cheap labor.
Choosing who is most responsible, I would have to say the American labor unions. Incidentally, I am not anti union. I recall my Dad opposing the CIO and AFL merger in the late 1940s. He was in the CIO. Both of my brothers were union steel workers. My youngest brother, Ray, was the union president at a steel mill in Alabama.
None-the-less, when a garbage collector in New York makes more money than a commerical airline pilot, something is wrong. When the result is grills from China, the end result is quite clear.
A long, long time ago my eldest brother, Henry, was a steel worker working at the Ravenswood works of Kasier Aluiminium. The union was on a strike lasting for months. In the end labor won, or so they thought at the time. Among the benefits, they got the right to have 20% of the employees on a three month vacation all the time. My brother, rascal that he was--runs in the family--was elated. Yes, a lot of new people were hired to make the new contract work and my brother constantly changed jobs to stay in the vacation group.
I TOLD HENRY AT THE TIME THAT THE UNION JUST SIGNED THEIR OWN DEATH WARRANT! I W A S R I G H T! You have to be an old person today to recall when there was a Kaiser Aluiminium plant in Ravenswood, WV.
One of my very best friends is a member of the United Rubber Workers, the URW. When he is laid off, which he is from time-to-time, he will not take another job. He will tell you he cannot afford to work for the money that the potential nonunion job pays. Seemingly, he always gets called back before his benefits runs out. I WISH HIM NO ILL! My neighbor does the same as does a lot of folks I know. Where does the money come from to pay these people for not working? THINK ABOUT IT!
So, what happens? Business, looking at their bottom line as they must always do, saves money by letting the folks in China make the grill which they sell for more profit and America ceases to be a manufacturing country. You get the picture, as I see it
I blogged a couple years ago on the subject of police retirement in Ohio. It is way out of line with the retirement pay for police being about double that of the average working pay for the general public. More than triple my retirement from two employers where I was an associate vice president at last and, earlier, a senior manager with hundred of employees, uh, a non union senior manager.
|THE TEA PARTY|