- Police: Cape man kidnapped woman, then raped, assaulted her (06/30/16)7
- Many Jackson students may face random drug-testing (06/26/16)30
- Jackson man accused of felony assault after attack at Cape bar (06/26/16)7
- Four men accused of roles in three robberies (06/29/16)3
- Coroner asks for grand jury in Poplar Bluff fatal hit-and-run case (06/28/16)1
- Southeast president to get his U.S. citizenship July 4 (06/30/16)32
- Cape murderer still will serve 2 life sentences; appeals court forced reduced charge (06/30/16)
- Cape detective who helped solve Krajcir case is retiring (06/28/16)8
- Officials: Ash borer less of a problem here than in St. Louis (06/27/16)
- Business notebook: Melting Co. adds to Cape's food-truck fleet (06/27/16)
Dissolution of a great nation
When I was growing up America was No. 1 in everything. Our manufacturing, spearheaded by General Motors, dominated this country and the world. As Dr. Meek of Econ 101 related to our class, "No one in the world has the capital and capital investment the U.S. has."
Now, some 45 years later, we are a mere shadow of our former selves. No one could have brought us to this sad state except Americans themselves. Our leaders in Washington have sold us out to free trade and globalism, and the American people have embraced the idea that to buy foreign produced goods is avant garde, and to buy American is not cool.
Our government, instead of encouraging Americans to buy American-made products and structuring trade in such a way that would assure our position of dominance as to production and accumulation and retention of capital, is forcing our greatest corporations, our titans of industry, to restructure and downsize, while at the same time encouraging and paving the way for more foreign investments in the United States. Foreign firms and investors now own over $17 trillion of American assets. When America attains Third World status, then we will have a long time to regret what we are doing now.
ALBERT ZIMMER, Patton, Mo.