When you needed a wicked witch, Margaret Hamilton was your go to gal. I can’t imagine anyone else playing the WWW. There’s a scene early on where she pops in to say, “Okay, who the hell killed my sister?” Then when she leaves there’s this big old poof of green smoke! Glinda the Good Witch says, “Whew! The smell of burning sulfur!” In The Graduate the young (okay he was 30) Ben Braddock is told the future is, “Plastics!” Kind of, but in order to make plastics, you have to burn sulfur.
In my early morning diatribe to Grassley, Ernst and Feenstra (my reps), reprinted below, I point out to them the most obvious failings of our country at the current moment. A lot of it comes down to the fact America doesn’t make anything anymore. We assemble some products here, but we don’t “make” them. Like the My Pillow guy, he assembles his pillows in Minnesota. He doesn’t make the foam they’re filled with, or the fabric he covers them with. He gets that from China. His people just sew the parts together.
This subject has bothered the hell out of me ever since Nike left for the Far East in about ’82. You think, “Oh they just left to skirt labor costs.” Partially, but swear to God I just heard after 40 years the main reason. Government bureaucrats at the EPA in the late 70’s made the decree there would be no more sulfur emissions in the United States. That’s why manufacturing left. To satisfy the fucking greenies. Generally when you see something drastically out of kilter in this country, if you look deep enough, government actions will be at the bottom of it.
Post to Grassley, Ernst & Feenstra:
Our country has no border. How do you have a country without a border? What’s left of auto production in this country is slowed because we have no chips in the ‘computer age’. The national debt is $28T and will be over $30T as soon as latest stimulus is added to it. Savers haven’t been paid interest for 30 years because the government would be even more bankrupt if it had to pay interest on the national debt. China outpaces us militarily, not that we could go to war with them anyway, they make all our stuff. And now the Second Amendment has been stripped from Americans because we have no ammo. Do you think you’re doing a good job? I think we should replace Congress with A.I., frankly. I know you think your only job is to get reelected.
[Everyone of those issues is a result of no manufacturing base. Manufacturing was chased out of the U.S. which had great pollution controls, to China which has none.]