I received this from a friend. The source is unknown. For your collective consideration. I also posted it on the new 9.12 network, so some of you may have seen it there.
The United States is rapidly becoming the very first "post-industrial" nation on the globe. All great economic empires eventually become fat, lazy, and squander the great wealth that their forefathers have left them. But America is accomplishing this at a pace that is absolutely amazing. America was at the forefront of the industrial revolution. America showed the world how to mass produce everything from automobiles to televisions to airplanes. The great American manufacturing base crushed Germany and Japan in World War II.
But now we are witnessing the de-industrialization of America. Tens of thousands of factories left the United States in the past decade alone. Millions upon millions of manufacturing jobs were lost in the same time period. The United States now consumes everything in sight, yet produces increasingly little.
Do you know what our biggest export is today? It is waste paper. Yes, trash is the number one thing that we ship out to the rest of the world as we voraciously blow our money on whatever the rest of the world wants to sell to us. The United States is bloated and spoiled. Our economy is now just a shadow of what it once was. Once upon a time America could literally out produce the rest of the world combined. Today that is no longer true, but Americans sure do consume more than anyone else in the world. If the de-industrialization of America continues at this current pace, what possible kind of a future are we going to be leaving to our children?
Any great nation throughout history has been great at making things. If the United States continues to allow its manufacturing base to erode at a staggering pace, how in the world can the U.S. continue to consider itself to be a great nation? We have created the biggest debt bubble in the history of the world in an effort to maintain a very high standard of living. But the current state of affairs is not anywhere close to sustainable. Every single month America goes into more debt and every single month America gets poorer. So what happens when the debt bubble pops?
The de-industrialization of the United States should be a top concern for every man, woman and child in the country. Sadly, most Americans do not have any idea what is going on around them.
For people like that, take this article and print it out and hand it to them. Perhaps what they will read below will shock them badly enough to awaken them from their slumber.
The following 18 facts about the de-industrialization of America will blow your mind....
10. As of the end of 2009, less than 12 million Americans worked in manufacturing. The last time less than 12 million Americans were employed in manufacturing was in 1941.
11. In the United States today, consumption accounts for 70 percent of GDP. Of this 70 percent, over half is spent on services.
12. The United States has lost a whopping 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.
13. In 2001, the United States ranked fourth in the world in per capita broadband Internet use. Today it ranks 15th.
14. Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.
15. Printed circuit boards are used in tens of thousands of different products. Asia now produces 84 percent of them worldwide.
16. The United States spends approximately $3.90 on Chinese goods for every $1 that the Chinese spend on goods from the United States.
17. One prominent economist is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.
18. The U.S. Census Bureau says that 43.6 million Americans are now living in poverty and according to them that is the highest number of poor Americans in the 51 years that records have been kept.
So how many tens of thousands more factories do we need to lose before we do something about it?