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NAFTA

Ford is giving up on making small cars in the United States and plans to move production of its Focus compact cars from the Wayne factory to a new plant under construction in Mexico. There is no doubt that Nafta has played a role in the migration of many American manufacturing jobs to Mexico in the last 22 years. Before the trade agreement, United States automakers barely had a presence in Mexico. Now, Mexico’s car-making work force is about 675,000 strong, according to the Mexican auto industry’s trade association” NYT.

ME……….
675,000 Mexican Jobs. Want jobs in America; agree to work for Mexican wages and little to no company benefits.

There are no job creators… every corporation wants lower wages, and little to no benefit costs, If you like the current prices for cars they will have to be made elsewhere. It is not just cars by any means, appliances, electronics of all kinds, and on and on….losing America jobs is what keeps profits up and prices low.

My AMERICAN STANDARD toilet bowl……MADE IN MEXICO.

Until wages are raised, and prices raised less % wise and we have a middle class with growing disposable income we have no chance.

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BETTER MEDICAL CARE

Dr. Michael Shadid established the first cooperatively owned and operated hospital in the United States on this date in 1931. Shadid had been born in a mountain village in Lebanon, and knew firsthand how hard it was for the poor to get good health care. He was one of 12 kids, and only three of them survived infancy. The only medical care that the village received was the occasional visit from a Beirut doctor. Shadid was inspired to get medical training himself. He went to New York when he was 16, working as a peddler to save money for his education. Ten years later, after earning his medical degree at Washington University in Saint Louis, Shadid settled in Elk City, Oklahoma.

As medical technology advanced, the cost of medical care rose, and few people felt the hardship more than Oklahoma farmers. “There must exist some unknown germ, some filterable virus unknown to man, that bites certain persons in this world and turns them into reformers,” Shadid later wrote. “I’m willing to admit that I must have been bitten early and hard.” Using as his model the established Oklahoma tradition of farm cooperatives, Shadid envisioned a cooperative hospital that would be supported by the farmers’ annual membership fees. Doctors would be paid a salary out of those fees, and in return they would provide basic preventive care that poor farmers were not usually able to afford. But other local doctors were worried about losing their business. They wrote in to the newspapers accusing Shadid of fraud, and calling him a foreigner who was trying to tell Americans how to manage their health care system, even though by now he’d been in the country for 30 years. He almost lost his medical license for the unethical solicitation of patients. Doctors were reluctant to work for the Community Hospital if it meant defying the medical establishment. But the farmers who relied on the hospital rallied behind Shadid. “We think more of the few dollars invested in the Community Hospital than any investment we have ever made,” said one farmer. “I think this bunch fighting [Shadid] should be sat down

Courtesy the Writers Almanac 8/13/2015

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THE SCREED OF THE GOP

“Keep government out of our lives”  Then: they insist on visiting you in your bedroom, telling you who you can marry – not that long ago at all, interracial marriage was illegal, restricting women’s health care, seek to eliminate the teaching of evolution, limit the use of the word global warming and who may speak it (not the Pope), restricting a women’s control of her own body, forcing God on you whether you want him or not, declaring America a Christian nation, while many of the founding fathers believed that, NOT (we were formed as a nation of RELIOUS FREEDOM), working to privatize public schools and control what is and what is not taught,  restricting voting rights by very questionable means.

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