"It's Time To Slow Down"
By Capt. Fred Davis
Published: Friday, May 25, 2012

It becomes more and more difficult, as the election draws closer, to decide who may be a good choice to lead our country. It is hard to understand how our President or his presumed opponent may help our nation.

They each have a great knack for passing blame over but neither offers a decisive plan to move the country forward.

Mr. Romney loves to rave on about the Olympics. The Olympics survived since 765 BC and faced challenges during many years. I suspect the games survival would have been assured, with or without Mr. Romney’s assistance. Perhaps some U.S. hopefuls may have had a difficult time making the games when Romney helped but the event would have gone on. Hearing him persistently say he “saved the Olympics” diminishes his credibility.

Mr. Romney’s involvement with helping small businesses that he brags about when he claims, “I will create jobs” is hard to swallow when we recall the loss of our steel industry to overseas interest.

Reading current commentaries regarding Romney’s history with Bain Capital, I came across a definitive quote published prior to the 2008 primaries. It was from an article written in 2007 by Bob Drogin, of the L.A. Times. “From l984 until 1999, Romney led Bain Capital, a Boston-based private equity group that earned jaw-dropping profits through leveraged buyouts, debt hedge funds, offshore tax havens and other financial strategies. In some cases, Romney’s team closed U.S. factories, causing hundreds of layoffs, or pocketed huge fees shortly before companies collapsed.” How can we be expected to just forgive the losses caused by a company that was only looking for “return on investments” and not creating jobs?

Why is it although contributors are limited regarding how much they can donate to a candidate, they can attach a title of “Super Pac” to their actions and spend all they want? The Pac’s even try to make it appear candidates approve of all the ads they place. This proved not to be the case last week when a super Pac, via ads placed, tried to revive a question about Obama’s ties to Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Mr. Romney came forward quickly and vehemently denied his approval of the ads.

Here’s a thought; how about one of the candidates admitting the greatest cause of our countries problems is we have become “so smart” we create many of them ourselves. We are our own worst enemies; and we call it advancement. I call it - reversing.

In the past, 20 to 40 people worked on each assembly line in the hundreds of auto plants throughout the country. Today a handful of workers run the line while robots perform most of the tasks humans did.

Remember when dairy farmers (and there were many of them) had a small herd of cows which required humans to milk and feed them? Today dairy farming is a conglomerate, herds are five times the size and every aspect is automated and operated by a small number of people, many from other countries.

What’s amazing is how the cost of all the products produced by automation keeps increasing in spite of all the jobs lost.

Our tax dollars funded Obama’s bailout of the auto industry. As a result, the auto companies were allowed to get back on their feet on our backs. Now they are stealing from the very taxpayers who saved them from disaster.

We were so smart we told our children they had to have a college degree to find a good job. Who could have imagined that job would be flipping burgers or washing cars. I’ve met some young men who have jobs as waste management collectors. The title doesn’t change what the job is; picking up garbage. Some of them also have degrees they can’t use.
How can we expect jobs to increase when we send all of our needs overseas?

We need a leader who will offer to subsidize companies that bring jobs back to our side of the world. Companies who will strive to hire people in our country to produce products in our country, not overseas. We all want to buy products made in the U.S., so why can’t this be done?
We need to slow down production of electronic equipment (and HP did, they laid off 27,000 workers this week). Electronics are re-developed before they can complete production and many are obsolete before they reach store shelves.

As I See It, we just need to slow everything down, take a breather and stop inventing ways to replace people willing to work — with machines.

Remember our veterans with respect at Monday’s Memorial Day Services.




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