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Today's 'Production' and Closing Walmarts

Well, I guess you're again in for another one of my offerings facilitated free time and by the only high-school course that I feel has best served me throughout my life: typing.
I once worked for a man who I personally termed 'successful'. His original profession was 'salesman' (rumor was in ladies' undergarments, and his nickname when I arrived on the scene was 'D-Cup'), but he found for sale a small metal-working concern specializing in the industrial uses of titanium (at first mostly for the metal-plating industry) that was running out of a two-car garage. He did his homework and bought the business.

He was actually a very conservative man, rather demanding but impeccably honest. When I started there in the early 70s, a hippie kid with a braid down to my ass with varied useful skills gained from working in custom shops, I found the 'old man' refreshing. He had taken that business from the garage to still a small concern that I felt was equipment-rich for the product he sold (Oh, but I was in for a surprise at how lucrative supplying the plating industry could be.) and had managed to own the building we used, half of which he rented to another small machine shop shop that specialized in rather larger work in steel. He didn't care outwardly what in hell I looked like. The whole shop at the time with a few exceptions were all young people just like me anyway. Comparatively, he paid quite well. I found later the man also disbursed very generous bonuses at the end of the fiscal year. (A couple of grand above one's salary was a lot of money in the mid-70s.)

Naturally, the whole family was involved in the business. I was hired directly by the man's eldest son, acting 'production manager' through the summer while in college. He had the naivette of the typical college kid who worked for his successful old man while being nothing like his father at all (the kid and I happened to be the same birth-age). He was distinctly aware of who paid the bills and so disgustingly archetypical of that storied son I was reluctant to have anything but a working relationship with him. I did in some respects feel sorry for the kid. Remember I said the man was demanding? I'd seen him take the kid apart right there in the middle of the shop floor in front of everyone, admittedly deserved for what the kid did, but unnecessarily demeaning and intentionally embarrassing. I befriended the kid, only to learn the physical resemblence to his father and surname at that point in his life was virtually all I found that those two shared.

The 'old man' had a sincere regard for people in general. Despite the demeanor and that honesty which those who didn't know him well felt was brusque and condescending, that was unmistakable. The perks of the job were excellent. While many just shrugged that off as 'tax write-offs', or some self-serving incentives to 'work harder', I was personally a testament to his benevolence and going beyond what was even remotely necessary. I was born with horrible dentition, in a medianly-employed lower middle-class family who could hardly afford the work to 'fix' it other than just struggle to keep up with the problems. Changing the landscape of one's mouth to accomodate more teeth than space was likely the same dollar amount that it was back in the 60s as it is today, while the dollar was worth exponentially more. You could buy a new VW for less than $1000. Besides, there were other kids to consider as well as myself and a stay-at-home wife. I lived with constant pain through my teen years and into my twenties, and by the time I began working for this man, my teeth had long before become so tightly packed they were literally falling into pieces. He helped me find a dentist without asking, who I visited then at least once a week for over two years, and also guaranteed payment if there was any question regarding the expense. Don't get me wrong, I paid for the work myself, but I didn't have to deal with collection agencies or hear a word about money from the dentist himself if I even got $1000 behind with the work.

Oh...The 'old man' and I had our contentions. They were handled in an adult manner, though. He paid for my expertise willingly that I never had to ask for a raise and gave trust on a level I hadn't experienced before, especially from the lackey know-nothing bosses that might work for such a man. We all know of those people, lips to the ass of the boss and boot up the ass of the worker. You have to admire those types just for their ability as contortionists.

Well, that business grew to another building, twice as large as the original, of which we took the whole space ourselves. We had had so much work I was running another shift just to keep the equipment producing in what was off-hours in the old building. That was about the time the eldest son graduated from college. Of course he then worked for the 'old man', though I believe his major was chemistry and only a minor in business. He was obviously being somewhat groomed to take over the whole show.

The reason I'm writing this is the ocassion of another reported round of Walmart closing and layoffs. Strikes me as very similar to the experience above. I'm also really disgusted at the impressions many have with the news. While I hardly think that those who visit Indymedia need any commentary regarding the true value of Walmart to its workers, or the impact of government largesse that is in truth the driver of Walmart 'profits', it deserves some mention for another reason. It seems really funny to me that even with knowledge of the underside of Walmart's wealth that many are truly mistaken about its 'problems'.

Actually, what really bothers me is the attitude that somehow blames this on the 'workers', even from working-folk.

Once the business I spoke of above became somewhat firm in the hands of the second generation, we began to see people like 'management consultants'. They roamed the shop with notepads and began to remove any resemblance of an intimate 'human' endeavor. Those 'managers' rearranged the shop floor in sometimes nonsensical patterns. Thecompany bought up attendant small businesses in the area, inherited old, worn out shop equipment and customer bases for which our salespeople hadn't a clue as to service well or competently, often employees over which they cared little if at all and to which I found myself being comfort as they phased out and scrapped every vestiage of that acquired business. I got to the point where I refused to take part in the hiring and firing process even though I ran two departments and it was my guys with varied skills that filled gaps of expertise in other departments when necessary. Those 'consultants' dictated the type of work that we did with the excuse of shedding 'less-profitable' endeavors when the problem of profits were the equally clueless salesforce that came with it. When I complained that the problem was the inability of an idiot to successfully bid upon a job they had know idea how to do, I was told to 'stick to my job' and do the best that I could to meet the unrealistic hourly estimates of the time required to do it. "They're salesman. They sell. You're a worker. You work..." The yearly bonuses fell by the wayside instantly. I had people that I relied upon being asked to swallow nickel raises ("Rob, that doesn't add a gallon of milk for my family" was the complaint I got from my main man, and worse, when I went into the office screaming about it, I couldn't even get him a dime. Not a lousy $4/wk.) Oh, but bonuses remained in place for the office people and the salespeople. I had had more than a contentious relationship with the eldest son ever since he had graduated and worked full-time, as he basically broke off my reluctant friendship (I even did dope deals for him for which I kept his 'secret' honorably and somewhat understandingly, and he knew I hated dope deals that I barely kept myself stoned.) with the excuse that now that he had such responsibility, he couldn't possibly be seen with the likes of me socially. That was it for me. I stuck around for awhile, a car accident that broke me up really bad and required a lot of necessary rehab added to that time, but on returning to work I lasted another 8 months or so while I planned to exit that area of the country entirely.

So here we have Walmart, and all the capitalist stooges are in big-time 'beat on the little guy' mode. As informed as they think they are, it seems to me they've missed what is glaringly apparent and just good sense even to another well-known hard-ass like Henry Ford.

I paraphrase, but that skinny old man realized that production relies upon people to be able to afford your product. Now, he was speaking of his own workers, but who can argue when it comes to common products in society? If the workers who produce can't afford what they produce you've a decided problem.

When Walmart employess, without the social benefits allotted to all, can't afford to even shop there in this contrived market environment but for basics and cheap, relatively inconsequential trinkets and electronic gear, one would think that a capitalist could put together the pieces as in the above story.

By the way, the business in the story was recently 'merged' (sold off) to some large east coast concern (like a Mitt Romney concern?). The business did have an attendant material warehouse in its overall corporate package, that in itself had great value, so I imagine the second generation is living very comfortably, thank you. But last time I visited in the early 90s, I walked into a ghost-shop. They were still running the few CNCs we had bought in the late 70s, and a CNC punch station, but basically still a shop in which a machinist from the 50s would feel comfortable. I guess the most basic area of production efficiency was ignored by them. (A CNC will have the cutter in the work up to 98% of the time, when the best I might realize on what may be much-less complicated jobs might be 30% of the time.) Even the basic equipment that served the plating industry to raise the business to this point were almost abandoned. That eldest son approached me, all smiles and quite a bit of extra weight on his body, but I'm sure couldn't mistake the disdain I had for him still existant, and raised ever-higher by what I saw before me. I tersely said 'Hi' and and turned back to continue my conversation with one of the few holdouts from the 'old days'. That man with whom I was conversing ran the machine shop, was there over 20 years, but I found out he was making less than what I did in a market in which basic costs were far above the market that I currently attended. I bought the land and built my own home myself for less than what he would ever hope to pay for just the thought of acquiring the land and a 50-mile one-way daily commute.

That eldest son was actually the antithesis of capitalism, and surely the antithesis of 'production'. No Henry Ford, that's sure. I was told all the money now was in the warehouse, wholesale mark-up, and a little production to keep up appearances. They had little boldness regarding the work, had principally given up larger chemical-process work in which we'd build packing towers, heat exchangers, etc. The shop morale there was fitting of an outfit existing for its tax advantages. I have to admit the floors were clean...Seems sanitation is one thing that such 'capitalism' is very good at. Walmart has surely been good at cleaning what is regarded as shit to these pontificating, overbearing economic bastards. Thing is that you don't add value without true production without considering the environment of the users of that produce. Walmart is the above story on a huge scale.

Personally, I see a decided 'plan' to the pandering of the Chinese masses, who are now finding out they weren't really in on the plan. Well, it was never intended that those dirty commies were so informed, was it?

Which brings me back to the real reason that I wrote this...The 'old man' had once took a vacation to Hong Kong. On his return, we were talking of that trip in his office, and he brought out pictures. What were they? Of factories...A few were from a tour he was 'privelged' to have on the inside, not smoking stacks or carefully-stacked and ordered material ready for work piled to high heaven, but of scantily and poorly clothed workers sitting cross-leggged on a concrete floor running bench-type mills and lathes also on the floor amid masses of chips. I asked him "Do you really think that this is an acceptable environment?" He admittedly said no, but then went on to place that environment in the light of the overall social environment. (Remember, this happened in the late 70s, early 80s.) I guess he felt that was acceptable in that light. I felt I knew his heart, and just dismissed it as that true belief and a measure of libido for actual production that I, in all honesty, shared with him.

The kind of 'capitalist' exampled by the second generation and so proudly prevalent now in America is part and parcel of the problem. A few of the honest might admit that fact. We've become a nation of 'busy-work', which in reality and urban society is quite natural to such a thing. Some just has to be accepted. But they have taken it to a scale that is truly breath-taking. 12% of the workforce is engaged in manufacturing. They've fucked the tit that fed them, artifically inflated it like the milkless breasts of porn workers. Just what do these 'thinking men' expect?

Well, since the early 90s in regards to my skills (I started sweeping floors and subject to the maliciousness of old men who had the same background, not some community college.) I'll admit that I could command more compensation for my presence. I could gain a personal reputation; people would call me, if only because I could do the math without a computer, was responsible and could work unsupervised, wouldn't ask stupid questions like "how do you convert metric degrees?!!!!!, and a Machinerys' Handbook (our 'bible') that wasn't on CD. Believe me, though, it was always bothersome to see that kind of 'machinist'. They have no intuition for the material or the work itself, just see everything is speed/feed formula and rote practice. Their tool boxes are squeaky-clean on the inside, as are the few tools they actually use, along with the few tools that most have just because they think the tools make the man. The machines do excellent work. Those malicious old men would have had a field day and driven most of those guys out of the trade in a week.

As much of a bastard as Henry Ford could be, one sometimes wish that his ghost would rise from the grave as something other than some idealistic god-like version of the man in their modern-day capitalist myths. Henry might teach them some true practicality. Fuck their endless charts and contrived philosophies. There's only one question that's relevant. How is the 'economy'? Not too good, huh? Funny, I don't see a chart of that failure, do you?

Tomorrow's Economy 16.Jan.2016 15:07

Tracy Mapes

by Tracy Mapes

SACRAMENTO, California-I think our country is set on self destruction...

The enormous increase in competition with the advent of the internet, and everyone reaching for the moniker of entrepreneur has created something industry and corporate entities never expected to bite them in the ass.

100 years of teaching everyone to be number #1 and that there is no second place, along with the attitude that ones success is the only goal, damn be it that the competition failing was a clear sign of success, when in reality, the failure of any business was a sign of our own futures.

The burning of candles from both ends has become the norm as investors sap the wages of the laborer and wean the business model of adequate operational capital and reinvestment in the pursuit of ever higher profit margins.

It's like another version of the movie industry in which a box office hit spawns the next sequel in the series built upon the name of the first, at half the budget and sold for a higher admission price at the box office.

This idea that success is fed through the expenditure of advertising dollars and production volume are the formula with no regard for the health, welfare of the workforce and the community at large holds any importance.

These ideas are re-enforced by the learning institutions that teach the children only of the success of others or industry without ever considering the excessive production disparagement between American wages and foreign production and the importance of rebuild the American consumer.

It's like a celebration of corporate successes are the road to the promised land of American prosperity without teaching anyone how to plan a road map to the same destination.

The students eyes glaze over at the thought of their own piece of the pie as they are smothered in the decadence of the mismanagement of business, the nation, and our government by a mass communications system creating false worlds of pretense as a funhouse deception keeping us just busy long enough to lose our own asses.

I think it's a relentless need to self glorify the gathering and possession of dollars while we're trapped in a dream that can never supply the demand.

Everything we do is wrong.

To properly win the game, will require the retraining of generations of citizens that winning must mean all of us.


When I first saw the emergence of the Walmart business model, shout of fear and destruction of the mom and pop business roared out in the proposed incursion of the giant new markets.

And, ultimately, it was true.

The mom and pop, small business were vanquished, just as it was assumed.

The initial first 20 years of this undertaking did have some surprises though that I think may be the beginning of the solution to not only economic success, but a clear indicator of our failures as well.

The success of the Walmart model was that it did something that was far more beneficial to the overall community and added longevity and a greater standard of living in a time when were watching our consumer purchasing power and employment opportunities slip from our collective grasp as a nation.

Because lower prices were passed on to the consumer, it added to the people's survive-ability while increasing their opportunity to maintain some portion of spendable cash which could used for other living expenses and monetary exchanges to invite the possibilities of economic stimulation within the same community in a far greater capacity than the lost mom and pop stores could have ever provided.

I'm not saying it was a pleasant change initially, but provided a necessary benefit to the community in a time of drastically diminished economic opportunity due to such things as American job losses over the last 10 years, and the voracious increase in capitalistic competition driven by Wall Street and the explosion of internet based advertising and solicitation for the American dollar.

In other words, it was an experiment worth exploring, and it was a road map for the success of all future endeavors toward a sustainable capitalistic community and business model where it is understood that the business must provide benefit to the community it serves.

If this idea was adopted as the new American ideal in both education, government, the chances for total community success would be an achievable goal.

But, like all things man seems to get involved in, somebody has to fuck up the model.

Recent developments in the Walmart story of the last 5 years has been the allegations of the disparagement of working conditions, wages, and outside vendors taken advantage of their workers to increase or maintain profits.

While workers may have had some significant complaints, very rarely discussed was the positive benefits to the community at large in affordable pricing that also served to increase the workers ability to maintain some level of survive-ability economically because they also enjoyed the benefit of that passed on pricing.

If the company were truly that fucked up, they would be raising their prices to be somewhat commensurate with other grocery outlets, which they will most likely end up doing with pressures from other corporations, employee pressure demanding $15 dollars an hour wages.

Ultimately, this will ruin the benefit of the experiment that we have enjoyed for a period of approximately 20 years.

As a management model for all future American business, there are great lessons in this.

The ability of all citizens to maintain a viable place in our economy may be in the training of all future business model be required to take advantage of lower foreign production prices, eliminate tariffs, eliminate domestic production where possible, and move toward a retail market economy expanding markets outward toward world markets instead of having everyone trying to compete with each other for America's dollars.

The potential in production disparity alone could pay for the rebuilding of the entire American infrastructure, raise the standard of living for all Americans, but only if the pricing benefits are passed on to the consumer.

Tracy, 16.Jan.2016 20:29

shaker

Did you copy that from a Walmart brochure? Seriously. I'm sorry, but I wholeheartedly disagree that Walmart other than the first incarnation is any model for community building. The consequences of their actions are written all across small-town America. I've seen them bring their model into a community, realize quite late that there's really not much to expect from an area that, even before they got there, averaged less that 20K/yr, ruin the basic survival fabric of the community that had served them already for years. They took the basic source of community capital and continuity away. They hold for ransom current or future tax money in 'incentive' demands, leave the centers and leaders of the community vacant as those people have moved on and found more lucrative, if less satisfying, employment elsewhere.

I admit that I'm quite prejudiced, as my ex and I had built our home and a business in such a community. We were the type of business who filled a particular need of the community, and because such a community even has problems filling those definite needs, we sold everything from toys to vitamins and herbal remedies, a place where the women could gather and drink a cup of Irish coffee and socialize. (I called it the 'Premensral Wives Club'.) We were a distributor of the products of cooperative warehouse (from which we directly made practically nothing considering our time and effort) in which people could buy at bulk at reduced prices, had all manner of natural and organic goods and in product brands you don't see in big-box stores. Our business, and most others along with it but the insurance people saw our net worth drop to nothing in the space of a year, the center of town then becoming a nightly carnival of lights and traffic, and place for the kids to gather to have simply nothing to do but mischief. The town found itself faced with having its own police force, where before it just county and a contract with the state patrol was all that was necessary. Real estate people had a field day, all that 'promise' that was never there to begin with and people's longing for the smaller community life and clear night skies unhampered by the need for to burn outside lights 24/7. The school district struggled to keep up, built new schools and increased personel, only to see those schools now abandoned less than 10 years later as people have fled back where they came, expensive maintenance items for a tax-base that found the true reality of the situation and their 'incentives'. We in the business community were thought to only have our personal stakes at risk (which were never really worth what the common customer might think; in reality hand-to-mouth endeavors that took quite a lot of work and time) with our objections...

Since when did trinkets and baubbles lead to a higher living standard? Man, I'd hate to be caught in that mind-set.

Oh, well...


And in the cities? How's your school, as the neighborhood Walmart pays no property taxes? You've businesspeople disrupting whole discrete and old community structures, meddling in their traditional politics and connections that make 'a community'. Buying cheap and selling just a bit less than dear is a good business strategy for the store, but if all it brings is a cheaper outlet for products made elsewhere, does not materially enhance people's lives much more than plain survival, that's all it is: a survival scheme unbefitting consistent, ongoing community. What might they produce that one can hold in one's hand? Again, busywork is something I expect and accept in modern society. But, you know, there is only so much of that busywork that real production that enhances value can support. Walmart is part of the business mechanism that naturally has decided bigotry to the poor and powerless. Again, it's natural, but today has shifted into high gear in spades.

Look, not everything that happens around such an instance is outwardly Walmart's fault, but I do believe what you're saying is BS of the first order. What is that? A community should emulate a model based upon 'efficiency' (but only in one single aspect) and 'expediency'? That's survival mode, Tracy. You should be quite familiar with that by now to recognize it.

Walmart of today may actually have been forced into their positions and policies. But, see, that's another problem. Once the business is an entity of itself driven by policy outside of itself, you've really got a problem for those that business serves. Need other examples of that? They're all around you. From automobiles to real estate to insurance products to agricultural products to chemical nightmares filling shelves and shelves in endless rows of laundry, cleaning products, even fucking baby formula.

Maybe I don't read your comments as carefully as I should have in the past. This one surprised me with your name attached, though anyone can do that under whatever name. It does strike me as much cut 'n paste.

If we don't change ... 16.Jan.2016 21:58

Tracy Mapes

...We will be in survival mode.

I like to argue the point about how we have to develop a consumer friendly business model that takes into consideration the health and welfare of the community without resorting to continually using competition as the way to get to a better way of life.

This means re-educating American business that it cannot compete one to one in production, and to end that eternal struggle which pits us all against each other for a dollar.

We train people to wake up every day and develop the next best plan to remove dollars from every man, woman and child.

We have to teach them that when engaged in service or product delivery, the consumer's end experience is a key factor in both continued long term sales avenues, and the ability to feed spendable income to other businesses that do not even directly compete with each other in like markets.

The idea is to become like a Shaolin Priest when it comes to battling another great economic superpower on the economic battlefield.

Utilizing the strength areas of another's production capability to build our future instead of fighting an unwinnable contest of false pride.

To realize the increase in our buy power across the board will strengthen our ability to demand the necessary quality control we desire, and the moment take home the kind of interest free capital that could finance a complete infrastructure rebuild of the United States over the next 50 years.

Take Care, Tracy

... 17.Jan.2016 12:55

clyde

Shaker, i just want to take time from my bitterness and cynicism and say I really like most of your contributions here, and your opening paragraph was really damn funny.

No so sure myself, Tracy 18.Jan.2016 18:30

shaker

I think that profound cultural flaws and group self-images are the basis for much of the problem, not some economic scheme. Getting the most value for one's product is natural, but the basic premises and myths that have been built around that natural situation are sorely lost and with it also the plainly differentiating sense of the human species. Simply, and it's no more evident than in our modern-day American culture, we don't live primitive conditions without imposition of that primitivity.

I won't go further because that would require a full essay, but you get the drift, don't you? How can one feel honest pride in being so 'above' any other species when the conditions under which any other species survives still is operative intentionally within human society today? It's a 'naked-ape' view of mankind that is demeaning to the concept that man is different (and so much better) because we can intentionally and with thought mitigate those primitive conditions through our singular attributes as a species. Personally, I find that thought direction insulting to intelligence.

What this story is about in essence is somewhat the lack of conscience that will infect the second and susequent generations in the successions of power. They're like those 'community college' machinists that I mentioned in my post. (And, please, don't take that as some bigotry on my part against that particular group, although I admit that some exists. Hey...I'M HUMAN and subject to my own cultural upbringing, the 'hero culture' over which we've been incessantly warned for millenia defaults at some point to tragedy in its profane and vulgar manifestations. Some of those 'community college' guys are very talented and dedicated, just as I might have felt of myself at one time.) The same conditions as the story exist everywhere, really, in all structures. Personally, I believe that degradation is partially responsible for our 'messianic' and revolutionary longings which are ancient. Elaborating that is getting, again, too far from the story in the post.

Walmart as Sam Walton originally conceived it is a fact turned over-blown myth that became a monster and antithesis of symbiotic social model. Man's economic practices are not a 'science' in the true sense, and today it's become simply a branch of political thought and the statistical branch of mathematics. It's not even more than general philosophy, as 'philosophy' might imply actual dedicated belief. Don't fool yourself that its major practicioners on the megalevel such as Walmart believe in anything more than reacting to circumstance, like reflexes of a dead body shocked with electricity. They play a 'game'. Personally, I'm insulted by that thrust of thought, too, accepting 'games' as a basis for anything more than entertainment. The value of that 'entertainment' in my mind is waaaaaay overblown. And is it really 'efficient'? Therein lies the problem to which Henry Ford offered and instituted solution. Granted, these are vastly different times than Henry's, in my opinion much more (and especially to those unwary of technology; more microwaves of GM organisms, anyone?) different that they're cluess. Walmart, and capitalism today, as no such solution in their playbook without giving up profit. Damn the 'efficiency', if you want people to work, you've got to supply the conditions for that work. Before you hold up the cross to that idea as if it's some devil, one should consider that 'capitalism' has set up some many instances of 'busywork'. Personally, I see so much extremely well-paid and assumed as 'honorable' busy-work in this country and economic structure that 'efficiency' is laughable. They're no better than the government in that regard. The financial world is one large example of what I'm speaking. Technology somehow replaces those making 'just enough' at the bottom, and convincing the survivors that those individuals are scum and a drain. Same old story. They who see 'salvation' in such practices have even less, then,
over which to be 'proud'. I will admit that it has its place and am not suggesting that the baby be thrown out with the bathwater. It just needs mitigation that is a relection of better parts of human nature with its tools and attributes in collective endeavor. Try going into Walmart and say, "Hey, can you let me slide until next week to pay for this necessity?" without some necessary charge for extending that courtesy be it monetary or otherwise. That's what happens in small-town business venture. We helped circulate money through the community by employing local private services, took direct part and sponsored local community efforts. Myself and my ex had as much regard for the social environment and took business loss in stride if necessary, as it was pretty apparent to us one can't get blood from a stone in which average salaries were less than 20k/yr. Seems somehow that reality was lost to the vaunted business minds of Walmart. It's just too bad that some can't resist imaginary carrots held before them on a stick.

The trouble you describe is exactly that ...Human Nature. 18.Jan.2016 19:50

Tracy Mapes

That's why despite you disdain for Walmart, it has brought an important model component to the table. Passing buying power pricing to the consumer.

This is not the way standard American thinking has been instituted in business practice as an overall way of achieving beneficial results to all parties concerned.

The trouble with most current business models is that everyone has been taught that ruthless competition is the road to success, and that everytime your company is able to be number #1 even at the cost of another business closing it's doors is an acceptable practice. A world where, lying, cheating and getting over on someone is "Smart", and that being the good guy that provides a great service or product is the sucker.

When something doesn't work, you have to change direction to correct it. This will require decades of retraining a population. I'm not saying it will happen in my life time, but I have figured out ways of putting money back into the pockets of ordinary citizens without having to create new money or expenditures other than a change in customary behavior.

This means buying products at the lowest possible price, but most especially tools to due every day tasks. Hammers, Machinery, Pens, Pencils, Paper, Electronics. The Idea is to allow the American consumer to create buying power by spending less. This allows more spendable cash to benefit the wider community. Not communism. Not void of freedom of choice. But a new view of capitalism that requires responsibility to the community instead of the self.

I came upon these ideas over a lifetime of observation. The idea that foreign production and utilization of the tools they can provide when coupled with good business practice can achieve what we fail at on a daily basis. And the fact that America is the greatest consumer of everything is our bargaining chip in the economic game of prosperity.

1st example: In or about 1982, I was introduced to foreign produced tools at the local Grand Auto store in the form of a 40 piece socket set. I was working on my '68 Cutlass and the set only cost $6 dollars. While using the socket set, I was able to repair many of the things I found wrong with my vehicle, and even cracked and broke one of the sockets. The price of replacement was another $6 dollar socket set which not only was only slightly more than the American produced single socket. This allowed for a dramatic savings in accomplishing the task at hand, and give me a near 100% percent redundancy of backup sockets should one break again, it also allowed my to have the additional monies necessary for parts replacement and repair.

As another example: This would be the same as the U.S. Military buying a Chinese hammer for $12 dollars, instead of some over inflated price of $116 dollars provided by American production while under contract to the U.S. Government. The point is, this is the kind of formula that could be repeated by all of American business. Once you have the tool necessary to do your job, what will you spend the other $104 dollars on?

Apple is doing the same thing with the I-Phone which American gobble up at $600 dollars a copy. The point is, they should be forced to pass on the savings to the American consumer to promote the longevity of a strong economy. The more spendable cash the consumer has it the pursuit of any chosen task would not only get completed, but they would be a significant increase in the cash flow to all business types regardless of their endeavor.

The double benefit of this ideology is that the success of all businesses will insure the security of all businesses. That the business across the street or around the World's success is just as important as that of our own. Because without employed people, and consumers with spendable cash, there will not be enough viable customers to keep the doors of your business open.

I have, since the demise of my own life, since my disclosures about the corruption of American media, found two companies doing this very thing. The Dollar Tree, and the 99 Cent Clearance Center. They consistently provide food stuffs and the tools necessary to conduct daily survival at about 1/3rd the price of traditional grocery stores. Effectively increasing my food stamp buying power by 300%. If it were not for their conscientious business model, I would have starve to death, or been forced into some type of criminal behavior to survive.

If we could implement the humanitarian values of these companies into our entire culture, the entire economy would be enriching itself to the maximum benefit of all businesses. We can no longer wait for Trickle Down Economics. Even money injected into our economy at the lowest social levels benefits every social, economic group as it travels through multiple exchanges of goods, services, and employment. Fluid capital can move mountains. Money horded by the rich, banks, of stuffed in a mattress bring the process to a stop as fast as a car without fuel.

You summed it up yourself 19.Jan.2016 13:19

shaker

"If we could implement the humanitarian values of these companies into our entire culture, the entire economy would be enriching itself to the maximum benefit of all businesses. We can no longer wait for Trickle Down Economics. Even money injected into our economy at the lowest social levels benefits every social, economic group as it travels through multiple exchanges of goods, services, and employment. Fluid capital can move mountains. Money horded by the rich, banks, of stuffed in a mattress bring the process to a stop as fast as a car without fuel."

But I will say that part of my gist is the insulated nature of such organizations at least once removed from what might be original intent. I've nothing against affordable products, and have argued for years that the general impressions of the economic impact at the lowest levels of what might be termed 'the welfare state' are quite wrong. I don't have a problem with capitalism, just its unbridled form. You're empahasis has been the pain and suffering for the population. I understand. Do you understand that's what I'm saying, too? I look at it much more as an object of culture rather than 'human nature'. Human nature operates at all levels, so using that as some excuse for the inhumanity of any structure is absurd. What I'm saying, and especially in a business population so insulated as it's been since about the early 80s ((as the DOD and your hammer example) and the carrots of conservatism whose character lacks mechanisms to 'conserve', you're seeing the glaring faults and exposed backside of the capitalism/collective interaction.

Capitalism has a place and a benign, advantageous side to which I've little objection. Don't let anyone fool you about some grand philophical objectivity of business. To default to 'human nature' as excuse for any problems inherent are absurd. Every human endeavor has 'human nature' as a component. That's the real joke here. Always been the joke.

I was very pointed about my story and I don't believe that anything you've said really dimishes the comparison that I made between Walmart my experienced example, nor does it detract from the obvious ignorance (as in 'ignore') of the business community reagrding problems that recycle and recycle endlessly and true effort to overcome those problems.

Like cartoons? I remember one where Elmer Fudd played an entertainment booking agent auditioning new talent. Daffy pesters Elmer with promises of an act that can't be beat. Finally his turn, Daffy walks in dressed in a red devil's costume with a can of gasoline, which he drinks, after which he throws a lighted match into his mouth and explodes. Elmer rises screaming, applauding, and with every bit of fanfare he can show. But there is just a black spot remaining in his now greatly-damaged room and a ghost rising from that black spot saying, "It's too bad I can only do it once..." Wouldn't you agree that Daffy is simply stupid?

This is not purely a humanitarian argument. 19.Jan.2016 15:23

Tracy Mapes

The economy is just like a machine, only the indoctrinated society has been trained that it only operates one way. Survival of the fittest.

My idea requires a breaking of the mold our people who have built this monster that creates it's own competition at an exponential rate, and subsequently destroys its customer base just as rapidly.

You cannot deny the economic disparity in foreign developing nations production to cost capability has a higher profit margin than narcotics. Properly managed, these ideas could not only eliminate the assumed national debt by China on America's behalf, it could re-invigorate our economy to a standard of living, livelihood, and quality of life that has never been seen in history, at the same moment it would setup such a beneficial economic at the world level environment that national security would be mutually assured.

The amount of wealth increase within the United States would be so substantial that the entire infrastructure could be rebuild for the next 50 to 100 years during the period when economic world disparity and production environment costs equalize.

This is what is necessary to rebuilt the American consumer to be a viable component in a working economy. Until that happens, corporate America will continue to see its fishbowl mentality place the big fish in a smaller and smaller market arena only to dis-allow itself a place on the podium of the future big boys of emerging economies.

Don't worry. I have many other ideas which on the surface would seem alien to our population, but are the necessary components to the longevity of our currently mis-managed future.

Take Care,

Tracy Mapes

Build candles and stop burning them at both ends. That's the real message here.