Made in the USA.

Remember when this stood for something?It meant it was a quality product made by an American, paid a decent wage and proud of the product he or she was making. When you worked for 20-plus years, you could retire and do what you wanted, or keep on working if you wanted to.

Now all of the things in the stores are made in China or some other godforsaken place by a Chinese being paid about 50 cents an hour and glad to get it, because there is someone waiting to take his job if he fails to do it. Americans have brought this on themselves. In the good old USA, that worker would be making no less than $20 to as much as $50 or more an hour for the same work.

In the early 1950s when I started in this business, I was making about $5 to $6 per day. But I had more money to spend than I do now. Gas was 20-plus cents a gallon, cigarettes were 20 cents a pack. And we used to go to the old Glove Drive-In and get two cheeseburgers and a full pint of milk for lunch and get change back from a dollar bill. Also, a movie cost 15 to 20 cents to attend. You could take your girlfriend on a date for a couple of dollars and have a good time.

When you got laid off your job, you went out and found another. It may not be what you wanted, but it put money in your pocket. Now the government feeds you for as long as you can ride it.

Now, I ask you — is this really progress or are we backing up America?

Charles Grob

Cullman

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