|Forum topic by David Craig||posted 03-29-2012 07:02 PM||1272 views||0 times favorited||61 replies|
03-29-2012 07:02 PM
This topic probably has more interest to the American LJs out there, though all feedback is appreciated…
I would describe myself as more apolitical as I do not consider myself aligned with any political party right now. The economy is obviously in rough shape and I am not anxious to see it get any bleaker. Rather than focus on blame, though, I would rather work on ideas on what might help get things going again. I hear much talk on how we need a new technology, but with the infrastructure already set up overseas, I don’t see new manufacturing hitting the states. The new fluorescent lightbulbs, for example, went straight overseas without any real pit stop in manufacturing here.
I couldn’t help but notice, when looking for a flag to hang from my porch, that I could not find a US flag actually made in the United States. From what I understand, souvenir shops in our state and federal buildings are stocked with items not made in this country. This all started a thought “If there are rules for properly disposing of a flag, why are there not rules on the manufacturing of one?” America is not going to compete price-wise with any item that we manufacturer with the existing trade agreements. Government cannot go into business itself with strictly American made products but we could make laws regarding the use and manufacture of state and federal government symbols. What if we had a list of federally protected national and state symbols (i.e. Uncle Sam, American Flag, Liberty Bell, Declaration of Independence, etc.) that followed certain laws in their creation and use. True that there would have to be certain allowances for creative expression and some things (like the Statue of Liberty that was given to us by France) would not be in the list because it is not ours to regulate.
Imagine how many jobs that would create. State flags and symbolism required to be manufactured in the state of origin and souvenirs in federal shops created in factories evenly distributed across the 50 states. The prices of these things would naturally go up and the citizens would have to consider it almost a patriotic duty to purchase these things. But wouldn’t it be worth it to know that what you purchased was manufactured in this country by materials gathered and produced here? What do you folks think? Some of you have manufacturing backgrounds at adminstrative levels. Do you think this would be logical and/or feasible? I have been kicking around the thought of pushing this idea all the way up the political chain through social media to gain some national support. Do any of you see where this would not work?
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.