From the Desk of

Michael Blichasz

Host of the Saturday Variety Program at 11 A.M.
1540 AM Radio WNWR • Philadelphia, PA

Commentary from Saturday, November 13, 2010

Skills and Experience!

For many years, the key to success for long term employment in America was skills and experience. Our immigrant ancestors came to America not only to be part of the American dream, but be part of America's industrial base where skills and experience were needed and respected. As I look at what has been happening to America's industries in recent years, I wonder what the reaction of our ancestors would be as they went shopping today and looked at the labels on items to find that most items being sold were foreign made. I wonder what they would think about such high unemployment rates in the U.S.A. and the fact that so many items they once produced with great pride have now been outsourced around the world?

There is no doubt that the world has changed, but it is hard to understand why America's leaders and the American people permitted industries, skills, and millions of employment opportunities to be lost in the first place. At this point, we need to modernize America's industries and restore about 15 million full time jobs to get back to a level of normalcy. When America's industries get rolling again, skilled workers will once again produce a larger share of our day-to-day needs and more people can be employed and self-supported. As I stated in the past, there will always be room for competitive imported products in America's stores. However, the fact that 90% of the items we use on a day-to day basis, like clothing, electronics and furniture, are now mainly imported, has become unacceptable to most Americans.

The upcoming holiday season is an excellent time for all of us to demonstrate our support for the people presently employed by America's industries. We don't want to lose any more jobs to outsourcing and I'm sure you would prefer to use your purchasing power where at least 50% of what is available to you is made in the U.S.A. It has gotten to the point where many of America's young people have not seen or worn many products with a made in the U.S.A. label. This is a sad but factual statement and in order to turn this situation around, I urge you to use your purchasing power, today, tomorrow, and at all times to support American made products FIRST.

I continue to hear that there is an increase in American made items in major retail stores. Let's make sure the trend continues by supporting all Buy American Made efforts and by speaking up in support of American made products everywhere we shop. Together we can help restore a balance between imported and American made products, restore America's industries, and bring about positive changes in America's economy.

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