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The Horror of Job Loss

January 2002 Report by
E.C.McMullen Jr.
Copyright 2006 by E.C.McMullen Jr. for feoamante.com


I'm out of work! Who can I blame?

There is this stupid little ditty that has circulated long before anyone was even on the Internet. It's been circulated via fax machines and has even been in a magazine or two.

it is thus:


Joe started the day early, having set his alarm clock (Made in Japan) for 6am.

While his coffeepot (Made in Germany) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (made in Hong Kong).

He put on his dress shirt (Made in Sri Lanka), his pants (Made in Singapore), and his shoes (Made in INdonesia). After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (made in India), he sat down with his pocket calculator (Made in China), to see how much he could spend today.

After setting his Swiss watch to the radio (made in China), he got in his Japanese made car and continued his search for a Good AMERICAN JOB!!!

At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day, Joe decided to relax for a while.

He put on his sandals (Made In Brazil), poured himself a glass of French wine, turned on his TV (Made in Korea), and wondered why he couldn't find a GOOD AMERICAN JOB!!!


Most of you can already see the stupidity of the above ditty, right? It is not the sleezy greedy companies like Monsanto, Enron, and General Motors, its us! WE are to blame because we shop at WalMart and buy products not MADE IN AMERICA!

And if that's not us, then surely its that son of a bitch next door who drives the Honda!

-An Overview-

Back in the 1980s, Hughes Aircraft in Tucson, owned by General Motors at the time, had 8x10s of DOWNSIZING AND LAYOFFS plastered on every wall that surrounded their mazes of cubicles. If the walls were rather long, TWO of the 8x10s. Did management put them there? Maybe, maybe not: But management and all the business associates they brought to tour the plant nearly every day were certainly aware of its ubiquitous presence. Flyers and cartoons were not allowed anywhere outside one's personal cubicle and even then the company had people watching the various cubes for anything that might be "ill-advised". So even if the Hughes company didn't put them there, the flyers remained with management's blessing. Some of management, it must be said, drove Mercedes Benz.

General Motors, who themselves bought their Hughes manufacturing machinery from overseas and who were also, at that time, moving American jobs by the thousands (and giving themselves raises and bonuses by the millions) overseas and across the border. The majority of vehicles under the name General Motors (and its companies like Chevrolet and Pontiac) are made outside of the U.S. Never-the-less, GM wanted its underlings to know why they may lose their jobs, because OTHER people were buying products from UN American companies! For more on this, rent the movie ROGER AND ME. Why wait? Rent it tonight!

While this was going on, GM and a few other "American" companies were touring with George Bush senior throughout the asian world, trying to impress on the East how important it was NOT to compete with the half-assed American car companies that couldn't design a decent car if someone held a gun to their Mother's head.

At this very same time, GM was ALSO moving thousands of jobs overseas to these very same countries, thanks to Trent Lott and his jockeying and lobbying to use U.S. tax dollars to fund "Welfare" U.S. corporations into moving American jobs overseas in the first place (Trent Lott has a long history of kissing up to foreign nationals at the expense of the U.S. taxpayer, but let's not get sidetracked here).

ALL OF THIS was happening while, at this very same time, GM was having new machines installed in their various buildings. Large, monstrosities that all had Asian names! Well, two-faced, backstabbing hypocrisy is nothing new to General Motors. See a fictional account of their real-life shenannigans in TUCKER: The Man and His Dream (starring Jeff Bridges). Also see Michael Moore's documentary, ROGER AND ME (1989), for the full story. For a follow-up (more or less), See THE BIG ONE.

Back in the early 90s the Republicans pushed the hell out of Bill Clinton to sign their NAFTA Agreement. Then, when he crossed party lines and supported and passed the agreement, the Republicans all acted like the whole thing was Bill's fault in the first place. Those idiots should have listened to Rush Limbaugh. (Read Rush Limbaugh's "See I Told You So!" Read the paperback, it has updates). He TOLD them it was a bad idea!

With NAFTA, American companies by the hundreds moved their manufacturing across the border into Mexico, creating jobs that paid poverty wages even by Mexican standards and created Maquilladora towns that are run by whole new crime families. 300 young Mexican women, nearly all of whom work for U.S. companies, have been raped, tortured, and slaughtered in the town of Juarez alone (Border town to El Paso, Texas) in the past few years and the Companies and Police do nothing (learn more about this from abcnews.com).

On another note, WalMart became one of the largest chain stores in the U.S. strictly because nearly all of their products are made in China and other non U.S. markets. Even the products in WalMart that are specifically labeled Made In America aren't always true.

So remember, good Americans never shop at WalMart.

Remember also that Made In America is the name of a Chinese owned company in Taiwan.

And thank Christian Coalition member and Dixiecrat, Trent Lott for pushing more than any other politician, the removal of American jobs from the U.S.

So let's lay the blame, not on you and me, the consumer, but on the American Corporations. They who have moved millions of American jobs overseas and across our borders then cry and wail like a virgin being deflowered when U.S. citizens buy products from foreign companies. This is how that missive should appear:


Feo started the day early, having set his General Electric Alarm Clock (American owned but MADE IN TAIWAN) for 6am. He looked everywhere for one made in the U.S. but after the Corporate Welfare plan of the 1980s, and the NAFTA Contract With America of the 1990s, which was to ship out as many American jobs as humanly possible to overseas markets, he couldn't find one anywhere.

While Feo's Mr. Coffee coffeepot (U.S. company but MADE IN KOREA or MEXICO depending) was perking, he shaved with his Shick razor (MADE IN CHINA).

He put on the dress shirt he bought at WalMart (MADE IN INDIA), his Levi dress slacks (U.S. company but MADE IN SRI LANKA), and his dress shoes (U.S. company again but MADE IN INDONESIA under heavily armed and roving guard - rent the documentary, THE BIG ONE). After cooking his breakfast in his new Westinghouse electric skillet (MADE IN KOREA), he sat down with his Texas Instruments calculator (MADE IN MEXICO), to see how much he could spend.

After setting his Timex watch (Which, by the way, is NOT a U.S. company), to his Phillips radio (MADE IN JAPAN), he got in his Toyota car (which actually IS made in AMERICA!) and continued his search for a good American job!!!

At the end of another discouraging and fruitless day, Feo decided to relax for awhile.

He put on his Nike sneakers (owned by a U.S. company but resolutely made under armed guard in INDONESIA), poured himself a glass of wine (French wine stinks so he bought a bottle of Frey Vineyards Red Table Wine - no sulfites doncha know), and turned on his Phillips Magnavox TV (MADE IN JAPAN) and wondered how large a pay raise his congress and senate, Republican and Democrat alike, were going to vote for themselves today.



Bitty Skull


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