The mailbag from March 10 [“Group seeks to save U.S. manufacturing,” Page 6] is not just another witch-hunt letter. Those who are unwilling to comprehend the obvious are going to wake up one day to find that this country doesn't make anything anymore. You say I'm crazy? I am sure they said the same thing to the guy who predicted that farming one day would not be the No. 1 employer in the United States.
It is not just corporate America that has created the mass exodus of manufacturing jobs, it is the people who call themselves Americans.
Let me put it simply. After Sept. 11, people donated millions of dollars to help the victims' families, their neighbors, their friends. Why is it not possible for us to do the same for each other when purchasing goods? If I only purchase goods made here, then would that not give the ultimate competitive advantage to U.S. manufacturers?
One of the things this country prides itself on is its high standard of living. It is that same standard of living that has taken away our ability to compete. Until the standard of living in Third World countries reaches that of the United States, or ours plummets down to their level, we will never be competitive.
Finally, how much more competitive could we be if we did not have to finance world peace? Maybe it is time to withdraw our troops from the far reaches of the globe, or at least start charging these countries a defense fee.
Buckeye Polymers Inc.