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Who's to blame?

December 23, 2013
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

Want someone to blame for the lack of jobs in America and their hemorrhage overseas? Start with Malcome Baldrige, who was commerce secretary under President Reagan.

With Reagan's blessing, Baldridge ran ads in all the major newspapers, inviting large companies to come to Washington, D.C., to attend special clinics he was setting up. Purpose of these clinics were to show companies how to move jobs overseas for tax purposes, and vast financial gain.

I was working at Packard Electric then, and this hardly raised an eyebrow there. There were a glut of jobs in '81, so not too many people were worried for theirs, or their families, anyone else remember this?

This from a president who was past president of Screen Actors Guild which is, in fact, a labor union.Then he fired all the air traffic controllers immediately, putting many at great risk.

I'm not a party political animal, but just look at what a mess we're in today. Any suggestions? I say use the cash-strapped postal service to set up a somewhat new national lottery, using old-fashioned stamps for many more smaller prizes, for many more frequent wins for us common folks. It's not brilliant, but it's a start. Makes me sad and pissed off to see what Walmart and our bottom feeding politicians are doing to our great country in our lifetime.

Sure to stir up some controversy I'm sure.

Tom Pollock




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