I have always enjoyed reading Judy Elliott’s column in the MDJ. She is diplomatic, inserts humor, and doesn’t belittle anyone.
In her most recent column, “Betrayal of American Dream continues” (Oct. 28), she mentions that the book, by the same name, states that many companies have outsourced their jobs to other countries since 1999 (although, I’m pretty sure it’s been longer than that.) Many people mistakenly believe that, somehow, it is President Obama’s fault that so many people have lost jobs. But how about the outsourcing of American jobs to other countries? Why is almost everything we buy made in Asia or Latin America? Why can’t we manufacture more in our country? Are the corporations greedy? Are the unions to blame? Are there not enough American workers to do the job, or are American workers too demanding?
The point of all this, is that no matter who the president is, they can’t create new jobs. The president may help to establish government jobs, help to enact tax incentives, work with banks to ease lending, but truly, most jobs are through the private sector.
It’s time that ordinary citizens and our legislators ask those hard-hitting questions to the CEOs of the corporations so that one day, in the near future, we can all go to buy something in a store and 75 percent is American-made and 25 percent is foreign-made. That would be nice.