Sunday, April 18, 2010

For Paul from Texas

Getting back to the unemployment rate in my county:
Our rate tradionally drops in the summer and fall when the crops come in and everybody thinks this a big thing.
It ain't. Once the crops are in and the canneries close it's right back where it was before. And it's getting worse.
NI Industries (Riverbank Army Ammuntion Plant) was an employer that had 300 people on it's payroll but closed to bad management, cuts in defense spending and refusal to upgrade their equipment. I worked there for 10 years before they laid me off 20 years ago. They close for good this year.
Hershey's Chocolate in Oakdale closed when they moved their operations to Mexico.
NUUMI (made body parts for Toyota pickups) closed when they relocated, putting thousands of employees and sub-contractors out of work.
It seems like we've quit being a manufacturing nation and became a nation of servicing. All of our major industries have been outsourced to other countries.
Even the canneries that kept my area employed for 9 months out of the year have cut back to 3 months or less.
What in the fuck is the Obamessiah doing about this shit?