THE great ‘cure’ has begun in the states — elections and the people’s self remedied treatment.
Sentiments are already running high concerning the varied personalities competing for the top honour – President of the United States (most powerful man in the world).
From a European viewpoint — world leadership is desperately needed and of course the world’s strongest economy needs to heal itself first before the ‘over flow’ can pass itself along to other countries.
The world’s largest economy is desperate to get back to business as usual. So, with simplistic and typical US determination a self-motivating mantra was created.
If each American will ‘buy American’ during Christmas, just spend $64 on his own country’s products, the whole economic mess would be sorted and 200,000 new jobs would be created.
Realistically, no one knows where this bit of bar room wisdom came from, but it swept the nation and was widely quoted in the media and chanted in the shopping malls from youth to the elderly.
This quaint solution is followed like the Holy star in the sky. Problems along the journey arise daily. What is made in America? Every year so much of a cornucopia can be chosen from yet in actuality so little is produced anymore in America. Home engineered items are few to rare.
Instead of receiving nice denim Mexican crafted work shirts or the fancy electronic gadgetry from China lots of folk were gifted crates of beer and sausages, farm products.
Or, obtuse presents like packs of batteries, or bundles of newly manufactured tools for home repairs. Quite a limited choice, most certainly stifling to the insightful buyer—yet, no grumbling – it’s American, and cannot be denied.
Spend they did; reputedly some $469 billion over the counter for the Christmas holiday. Now all await to listen to the better forecasts to be announced.
Now, to sort out politics – the ostentatious display of bumper stickers was in full swing even before the New Year’s.
Final part next week: Probably too brassy for Iowa