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From page A5 | February 21, 2014 | 6 Comments

EDITOR:

I had to take an economics class at Sacramento State to get a biology degree in the early 1960s. I really did not understand or care much about the subject, but I was a fairly strong student in sciences and I applied a fair effort to the class. I still claim no expertise in economics, but I remember the strangest thing that the professor said. He claimed that in the future, the U.S. economy would be service-based instead of manufacturing-based. My thought at the time was how could that possibly work? Were we all supposed to work at service jobs like waitress, store clerk, doctor, nurse, teacher, etc? Where would the money come from to pay for services if no one made anything of tangible value?

I wish I had understood economics. That professor was absolutely right and his prediction has been realized. Coming from a family that worked in building, manufacturing, etc., I had no problems with my son becoming a machinist. I should have been worried, because he is one of the people whose jobs can be done more cheaply in other countries. He works making replacement joints, hip, etc., for people, and, right now, consumers of those products definitely honor the “Made in the USA” label.

As a retired teacher living in a small town, I have the pleasure of meeting former students around town. Recently I met one but I was not so pleased to hear his story. He was working, hard, as he did as my student, but he was using his body, not his mind. He recognized me and asked if I ever thought he would be doing the job he was. My surprise was based on the abilities and effort I remembered from him as a student.

He explained that he had more than one bachelor’s degree, and had spent several years with an American company, working up the ladder. Then he was told that his job could be done more cheaply in India and he was laid off. This is a young man who did everything that our society asked of him, who was intelligent and hard-working, but he did not understand economics.

If I were still teaching I would add a little economics to my science. I think the easiest way to direct young people now is to encourage them to work at whatever level in a job that has to stay in the USA. Service jobs do not necessarily mean low paying, they just are one type of employment that cannot leave here. Telephone linemen, mechanic, teacher, therapist, entertainer, artist, surgeon, you can add others. I asked my former student, hard-working and funny, if he had considered teaching.

MADELEINE DAVIDSON
Placerville

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 19, 2014 - 10:58 am

    He works making replacement joints, hip, etc., for people, and, right now, consumers of those products definitely honor the “Made in the USA” label. <-----tell him thanks for the knee parts :) I have spoken to another who works at one of the labs--if I had my paper work with me...she could have told me exactly who made my parts. She also said that Italy have already been doing spine parts and have come to see our labs here in California...it is amazing. Here in California...some organ parts are being "grown." People can get the proceedures across the pond...but we have stricter rules--so for now--we are trusted more. shrugging shoulders--it is what ive been told. Im just thankful to be walking...no matter how slow and painful--it is so worth it !!!!!!

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  • Dink LaneFebruary 21, 2014 - 2:13 pm

    Our forefathers had that same concern.... George Washington ....worried about Large landowners (Such as the Lords in England) and even said "equal Distribution of property" so the lowest class could have "happiness"..... (Maybe he was the Father of Socialist before he was the Father of our country.)...... John Adams...... "feared monopolies of land would destroy the nation" and a business ARISTOCRACY would be born to manipulate voters...(Jefferson concurred in his Oct 1813 letter) ..... James Madison (the Constitution's main author) ....... described inequality as EVIL... "the government needs to PREVENT an immoderate, and especially UNMERITED accumulation of riches."..... OOOOHH ... that has to be Marxist-Socialist-Communist- etc. etc. thinking....... One more..... Alexander Hamilton...... who championed for manufacturing (and 1st Treasury Secretary) warned in 1782...... "Whenever a discretionary power...... is lodged in any set of men OVER the property of their neighbors, THEY WILL ABUSE IT." ....... More of that socialist talk...... It's scary..... with the Tea-Potters of today..... the Constitution would have NEVER been written..... because Big Corporations rule.... and people serve... The "We the People of the United States" [Please notice "People" is capitalized by THEM]...... The 'People' part would have been SCRATCHED out... and replaced by 'Corporate-elitist'

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  • PatriceFebruary 21, 2014 - 7:12 pm

    Absolutely, Dink!! Hope the regulars who like to quote our founding fathers can appreciate the reality. Thank you.

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  • EvelynFebruary 22, 2014 - 9:33 am

    Liberal Politicians Launched the Idea of “Free Trade Agreements” In the 1960s to Strip Nations of Sovereignty and Hand Power Over to Global Corporations - HERE

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  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 22, 2014 - 12:48 pm

    Evelyn if it is true that, "Liberal Politicians Launched the Idea of “Free Trade Agreements” then they must have been inspired by "free trade" policies instituted within the various states of the United States. The free trade model within the United States demonstrated the "proof of concept" . Free trade - the greatest good for the greatest number. . . . or . . . we could return to I've got mine. Screw the rest of you.

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  • EvelynFebruary 22, 2014 - 4:47 pm

    You in the company of lots of big boys of all political stripes (HERE), including President Obama. Anyway, sovereignty is passé.

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