GNP sign of country’s instability
Does your job produce a product or support a business that does Does it provide a service or support a business that does Does it provide a government service
In Curry County, agriculture produces a product. There are a few manufacturing jobs in Clovis. These contribute to the Gross National Product (GNP). What is our GNP
A statistic someplace said 70 percent of U.S. jobs were service related. They do generate income in our economy. However, government jobs do not require your tax dollars to meet budgets.
Jobs in manufacturing and service industries use many products in operation. Some products used are made in America but many are produced in foreign countries. If we produced those products in America, they would contribute to our GNP instead of creating a deficit in trade.
How did we lose these jobs Some will say NAFTA. I say the answer is GREED — labor’s greed, union greed, huge company profits and CEO greed, shares of stock expectations, and our desire for more money to be a nation of consumers.
We want to purchase items cheap and our country cannot produce or will not produce cheap labor to make those items. Most jobs that have left the shores of America were union jobs in manufacturing. Look at the demands of wages and benefits that went with those jobs. Workers felt they deserved those salaries.
Most of the union jobs still in America are in service industries.
How long has this labor crisis been going in America Think back to when there was a Levi Strauss plant in New Mexico, a Swift Plant and a Safeway grocery in Clovis.
Check our nation’s GNP over 10 or 20 years in the encyclopedias. You will find some answers to what’s wrong with America’s economy.
Police officers deserve thanks, respect
I recently found myself in a scary situation simply by driving home from work. For the first time in my life, I had to call 911 and was genuinely terrified.
The police dispatcher calmly took my information and let me know someone was on the way. Shortly after, Officer David Wetmore showed up and immediately I began to calm a bit. He was understanding and caring and handled the situation with the utmost professionalism. A few moments later, Officer Kenneth Bryant arrived and was equally considerate of my situation.
They both escorted me home and made sure I was safe and OK. I can’t tell you how much it meant to me that these to officers were there.
I hope everyone remembers these are the men and women we call when we are in some of the most stressful situations in our lives and expect them to “fix it.”
They must deal with people at their emotional limits and individualize each encounter to the specific person.
I respect the job they do and want to thank the two officers I was blessed to have come in contact with.