Tomorrow I set out to pick up my furniture from another store that has closed up. In the ten years I’ve been building furniture I’ve had my furniture in four different galleries. All of which have shut their doors. One of them more than once. This one lasted a year. The hard part is knowing how much heart the owners of these stores have invested. Let alone money and time. I see this and I know the American dream has died. What is the average? One out of ten small businesses survive? How old is that statistic? I think of all the construction companies I’ve worked for that have gone belly up. One out of ten would be generous. What I find interesting is every time this subject comes up it is assumed something was wrong with the business owners. Not with the system. These where good hard working Americans. “let them sell prefab crap at Target” Is that what we have become? I’ve been working on a large medical building with around 300+ cabinets in it. They who charge $10,000.00 a day, opted for the $1.50 non brand hinges from Taiwan as opposed to the $3.00 known brand. A savings of $450.00. I expect the hinges to fail within five years. Did I say the hinge plates got back ordered and the only place they have them is Taiwan. Capitalism based on low bid will fail. The American dream is already just that…only a dream.