A pic I snapped a couple years back at the WGS plant, I think this picture really does say 1000 words!
It’s almost Christmas, 2015 as I pen this blog. Over the years I have written a number of
blogs on what you could call “Pro-America” topics. I just can’t help it. I feel so genuinely blessed to have been born
in the time & place where I was.
And, I’m totally grateful for having been born an American. In the history of the world, there has never
been a better place. I won’t re-hash old
feelings here … at the end of this blog I’ll have a list of OLD blogs for you
to get that! So, let’s move on to my
thoughts as of TODAY, December, 2015.
We have all heard that overseas manufacturing is getting “better”,
especially in China. Quality is still
all over the map, but at least is seems as though the Chinese are CAPABLE of
making a decent product. Furthermore, we
are a decade or so into the Wal-Mart economy of “Always the Cheapest Price,
Always”. We love cheap stuff … so why
not just have our stuff made wherever we can get it the cheapest? Well, as you’ve already guessed, I happen to
have some answers to that question. Here
are some compelling reasons.
easy one: as much as we love our cheap
stuff, we fail to realize that at its core China is still a Communist country;
human rights violations are still at a level that’s totally un-fathomable. In
China, internet access is still “filtered”, as is all knowledge of the outside
pollution and global warming. Sure China
can make stuff cheap. They have nearly
no environmental regulations. My God,
Chinese coal-fired power plants and factories belch crap like it’s still 1949! We’ve all seen the Chinese in the cities
wearing their surgical masks in an effort to avoid the air pollution, but in
fact their air pollution is now a WORLD WIDE problem. Today, much of the “smog” in California
actually originates in China, and makes its way across the Pacific.
we really want the Chinese pay level and work standards to become the world’s
new “standard”? Because, every time we
move a job from America to China, that’s what we are voting for. The Chinese work standards are nearly the
same as America’s … in the 1800s! Work
10-hour plus days in horrific conditions for mere dollars a day and sleep in a
company cinder-block cubical. Yea,
sounds like the lifestyle I want to support.
already “owns” America. How long can
this go on? One day China will call us
on our debt to them, and as America grows Trillions and Trillions further in
debt each and every year … we will NEVER be able to pay those debts. Neat way to take over a country, huh? Get all the people of America to send you
money to make their crap … and then lend that money back to them.
my “French”, but damn it, where is our PRIDE in a job well done? Personally, when I make a guitar pickup, I
feel proud and satisfied to have produced a truly excellent product that will
enrich the lives of those who use it … and the knowledge that, just like a
vintage Fender guitar, those pickups will still be making great music long
after I’m gone. I know the folks at the
WGS speaker plant in Paducah feel the exact same way. The gentleman pictured below assembleing a speaker in Paducah makes a solid living, and goes home to a nice house ... and yes, he takes great pride in what he produces!
Darn it folks, when you are buying your Christmas presents,
look to see where the stuff’s made, and consider what you want to support and
encourage. Okay, that’s it. It’s been a while since I’ve stood so proudly
on my lil’ soapbox. For earlier