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  •  With all due respect, I don't think this issue is (1+ / 0-)
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    winnable at this time. Not to say people shouldn't care. But the scale is so huge. It has taken so many decades to remove all the factories from this country. Make no mistake about it, they are gone.

    If you want to start manufacturing again here, who is going to finance the factories? Who is going to build them? Who is going to train the workers? If we made this a priority, how many years would it take to get the first factory online? These are facilities with "clean rooms", BTW, don't know if you've ever worked in manufacturing -- I have.

    I thought the article about why people are manufacturing in China and Asia did a good job of explaining why all the interlocking pieces are there. (And not here.) Not a small thing to tackle.

    The point I'm trying to make is that this is a HUGE wave running through society and time. HUGE. To change it would not result from one person's efforts, or one investor. It would  take a huge, huge movement -- likely decades.

    And I might add, that if you stand back and look at the biggest picture, our survival issue is global warming/ climate change. What exactly are we going to do as we run out of fuel? Who is going to farm, and where, and what, as climates change? We can't all turn into farmers overnight, but if shipping slows or stops, far more of us are going to need to be growing food.

    Will we have "alternative energy" or not? What will our lives be like without limitless energy? How many hours a day will we have light? How cold or warm will we be? Will we travel, if so, how far?

    With the above comes the issue: What should we be producing for that time? What will we need? Are we producing it now? How do we gear up for that?

    Those issues impact whether humanity as a whole will survive -- and in my mind supersede the fate of one country or one group of workers. YMMV.

    This health care system is a moral atrocity. Dr. Ralphdog

    by AllisonInSeattle on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 11:58:06 PM PST

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