There he goes again! Walt Bobruk, that is (“Focus on jobs lost to foreign markets,” April 15, Page 6).
Walt wants Plastics News (and, one assumes, other publications and organizations) to “take a stance on job losses to foreign markets.” He begins by bewailing a seemingly infinite list of grievances including “slave-labor nations,” “our nation's lowering of living standards,” the inequity that “fair trade is bunk,” world population problems, “no equal playing field,” “child labor,” importing from terrorist harbor states, and a halt to U.S. economic growth. Walt concludes with his root-cause identification that U.S. “business leadership stinks.”
Nowhere does Walt offer any economic solutions to his litany. He does, however, point to one “good example of a firm that supports U.S. manufacturers”: Wal-Mart and its “Buy America” program. (Yup. Honest-to-God, that's what he said.)
One has to wonder what Walt watches as he wanders Wal-Mart's walkways. Same for Sam's.
If he's right, Walt should establish a retail empire to compete for the U.S. consumer's dollars by offering nothing but U.S.-manufactured goods, and Plastics News “should take a stance” on it.
Go ahead, Walt. Give us the choice. Consumers will definitely give up shopping at Wal-Mart to shop at Walt-Mart.
George A. Makrauer
Treasure Island, Fla.