Since reading Boomer’s BlueRidge Blog I have been noticing around the hospital there are a few small quilts hung around. One small on I am looking at now is about 18”x24” and is framed and masked off. There is another with a farm scene sewn together. Don on the first deck there are two of what I could call baby blankets, hanging on the wall behind a large sheet of Plexiglas.
There are pictures all over the hospital as decorations. Some are enlarged and framed photo’s by earlier Nuns and Priests who have labored here.
I have always wondered who decided what pictures and types to hand in a place like this. There are thousands of them, and someone has to do the picking.
Lately I am thinking more and more, I am partly to blame for some jobs leaving this country, because I wanted something cheaper. While I am in a place like this I start thinking (very dangerous) If everything in this hospital was made in the USA there would be more jobs here. All the furniture, all the sheets, towels and wash cloths. Light fixtures alarms, and that is not considering all the technical equipment it takes to stock a hospital. Implements, sterilizers, refers and TV’s.
According to my cousin, the carpet is probably made in the USA. Although many carpet mills have moved out of the country there are still some left.
Being here in Motor city I get a sinking feeling. I know management got greedy and complacent, ‘no one in the world would ever come close to Ford and GM’, they thought. Them being complacent and the Unions also being greedy, ran the cost of our auto’s up, until a little company like Toyota, could catch up and out strip them. An old story of the Tortoise and the Hare, AGAIN.
Then it looks to me like management realized they needed to catch up so the easiest way to bypass the unions was go overseas, jobs did not matter to them, at that time it was profit.
And we are two faced. The Producers yell ‘BUY AMERICAN’, while they buy the parts for Ford and GM from overseas. The same double standard was shown in the cotton mills. The owners yelled don’t buy those foreign made clothes, at the same time they were buying their mill’s machines from Germany and Sweden. They did not buy American.
Now it is time for Americans to think America. Not ignore the world, but take care of us and our world, Charity begins at home. When we started giving Foreign Aid, we were a manufacturing nation, we earned our money. NOW? We are exporting Jobs and still giving Foreign aid.
Thanks for coming this way.
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