Yes, we get so much better advice today such as putting more air in your tires will save us more oil than we can drill. Or the surprise that we have 57 states in this country. Or that we need to pass a bill to find out what's in it.<quoted text>
Yah, back the 70's, when American industry was thriving and most with unions. Hmmmm. Let's see. What is it that changed? Oh...that's right. "Patriots" like yourself, were told by boss man that worker's rights are a bad thing and you bought into it. CEO's pay increased 800% while they were selling America out to cheap overseas labor and giving themselves stimulus bonuses, the whole time and to this day, you mindlessly follow what propaganda billionaires have told you (see second hand smoke is not harmful, energy emissions have no effect on our environment, breaking up unions like they do in China is good for the working man...)
Just because you were dumb enough to buy into things like trickledown or "God told me to invade Iraq", doesn't mean the thinking folks in this nation should have to pay for your very bad, as in "Mission Accomplished" bad decisions.
Now you ask "what has changed?" and I already told you: consumer demands.
The American consumer refused to support the unions. They wanted and still want cheap Chinese non-union products. How do you blame a CEO for providing customers with what they want? How is it his or hers fault? Did you know that GM has parking privileges for their workers who own American cars? That's because many of these union workers were going in to work in Japanese cars and trucks. If the chef won't even eat at the restaurant he works at..........
Being an environmentalist and all, I think you would be thrilled at the lack of production in our country today. Regulations closed those dirty factories so they moved out of the country, and now our cars are all plastic so we have very few dirty steel mills in our country today.
As Professor Walter Williams pointed out in one of his columns (which I believe I posted here) the lack of manufacturing has to do more with automation and less outsourcing. I'd post the site again, but it''s the first week of June and I'm freezing in here. I may have to turn on the furnace again it's so cold.