10. Corporate Greed – Company after company cheats the American consumer and the American worker. Just pick up the newspaper or turn on TV to get the story on the latest company caught cheating. When they cheat, we all lose.

9. Globalization – This benefits the rest of the world and adversely affects America. We are buying cheap goods from China as our balance of trade suffers. Companies move to third world countries and Americans loose jobs. Tell me who is benefiting from Globalization?

8. Service Economy – Manufacturing continues to decline in this country since it’s glory days of World War II. Back then we manufactured just about every product we use in our daily lives. As manufacturing goes overseas we get more dependent on others for our daily needs. This is not a good position to be in folks!

7. Uninformed Americans – a disinterested electorate allows all types of corrupt and incompetent politicians to gain power. We all need to pay more attention to these charlatan candidates. And there are many in both parties. They serve their special interests and not us, their constituents. We need to pay closer attention to whom we elect.

6. Individual self-absorption – Each year we get a little bit more absorbed in our hectic daily lives. Today we have a general lack of community. Common good has become secondary and suffered at the hands of excessive concern of individual wants. A country needs a common purpose or it won’t survive as a society.

5. Crudeness – we are becoming increasingly uncivil to our fellow citizens. Crude movies, attitudes, jokes etc. lead to an overall crude society. The dictionary defines crude as: not mature, rough, coarse, lacking grace, taste or refinement, rude. Are these traits to aspire to as an individual? I, for one, vote for tastefulness instead of crudeness. It doesn’t take any effort or talent to be crude.

4. Special interest groups – Politicians are selling out the country to special interest lobbyist to the detriment of the country and the general well being of the citizens. Are the politicians really working for us or a special interest group that will take good care of them? Why are so many politicians’ multi-millionaires?

3. News Media Bias. News organizations have become political advocates and no longer are the unbiased watchdogs of government and our politicians. They have an agenda and are not above manipulating the news to match their agenda. Viewer beware!

2. Political Correctness is simply an effort by some to control attitude and speech. They want to regulate how we feel, act and speak about groups, gender, age, race, religion and just about everything you could imagine. This is America. We have our freedom to speak and feel as we wish. Political correctness is control of the many by the few.

1. Too much Government – “Big Brother” government is attempting to encroach into every facet of our lives. Federal and state government feel that they know best what is good for you. Bulletin! This is one of the reasons why our ancestors left their homeland to start a new country, America, founded on freedom without all the government control of their lives.

usa-map“Third World” is a label used to describe countries that are considered to be underdeveloped in terms of their economy or level of industrialization, standard of living, health, education or other criteria for “advancement”.

Some people believe that America is on a path to “Third World” status. China and India are developing rapidly by producing the very goods and services that we once produced in this country. America in 2009 is an economy that is 2/3 service oriented. We do not manufacture here any more people! Where is the steel industry that we once had? How about the garment industry? Just look at the labels on the clothing that you buy. How are the “BIG 3” American car companies doing? Where do their car sales rank compared to the Japanese and European carmakers. Industry after industry is moving off shore primarily to get cheap labor. A country that does not have a “strong” manufacturing base will not be great. History attests to this irrefutable fact.

We need to tell the politicians that we elect, at the local, state and federal level to bring jobs and manufacturing back to America. It is time that we Americans take care of ourselves first, and not worry about globalization. Globalization is building other countries up at our expense. It is time that this selling out of America STOP!