17
Nov
17

Driverless Cars Will Kill Jobs

Driverless Cars Will Kill the Most Jobs in Select US States

Yellow taxi cabs line up outside the Delta Terminal at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York.

 

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Yellow taxi cabs line up outside the Delta Terminal at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York.

If Silicon Valley gets its way, it won’t be long until every vehicle in the country has nobody behind the wheel.

Driverless car technology is expected to reduce labor costs, fuel costs and accidents, but it will also be a complete disaster for the millions of Americans who work as long-haul truckers, bus drivers or cab drivers. Truck driving alone is the most common job across vast swathes of the United States, and they could all be unemployed within years.

Almost 3 percent of all working American are drivers of some sort — more than 2 percent are truck drivers, 0.4 percent are bus drivers and 0.3 percent are cabbies and other types of drivers, according to Census Bureau occupational data. But those jobs aren’t evenly distributed across the country, and some places are going to get slammed by the automation of jobs more than others.

According to the 2014 Census data, there are more than 4.4 million Americans aged 16 and over working as drivers, and the vast majority of those are men who are categorized as “driver/sales workers and truck drivers.” In states like Wyoming and Idaho, the percent of the employed civilians working in driving jobs exceeds four percent. (The District of Columbia is the lowest by far, at only 1.6 percent).

It could be many years before vehicle automation takes those jobs. Even when driverless cars and trucks hit the road, regulators will expect them to continue to contain a human operator for the foreseeable future. But eventually, the economic endgame is to leave the drivers behind. Companies like Uber aren’t investing in driverless technology so they can continue to pay drivers:

“The reason Uber could be expensive is because you’re not just paying for the car — you’re paying for the other dude in the car,” Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said years ago. “When there’s no other dude in the car, the cost of taking an Uber anywhere becomes cheaper than owning a vehicle.”

And self-driving trucks have already been tested — the company Uber purchased to help develop its self-driving cars also plans to have thousands of trucks equipped with test technology by 2017. Those trucks will still have drivers behind the wheel, but like Uber’s cars, it’s hard to imagine they’ll be there for long.

Some states look like they’ll be particularly hard-hit, but the problem looks even worse if you zoom in and look at the same data by congressional district. Some areas — like the Bronx and Queens in New York City, and Hoboken, New Jersey — rely on driving jobs for nearly 9 percent of their work forces.

For men, who make up the majority of drivers, the situation is even more dire — in some places, 10 to 15 percent of the male workforce could find themselves newly unemployed.

What To Do To Stop Driverless Cars?
So, how do we stop driverless cars? First, I do not agree that it won’t kill jobs. To stop the progression of driverless cars: You can write, you can phone, you can blog and protest against driverless cars. There are also many ways that one can stop driverless cars individually. Some simple ways – when you see a car without a driver, get in front of it and slow down, don’t let it pass, maybe slow the driverless car to a stop and keep it stopped. For delivery vehicles, I can see people stopping the cars and robbing them, since there would be no human casualties these driverless cars would be an easy target. I wouldn’t condone this or robbing passengers of driverless Uber cars, but they would be more susceptible. Other ways, since these driverless cars depend on computers and GPS, obtaining a GPS jamming instrument and aiming it at the driverless car would make it inoperable. There are computer hackers that could have the car’s computer download a counterfeit map program which could lead the cars astray, or, in another way, a program, that alters where the satellites are perceived can also spell trouble for driverless cars. And finally, sue the car manufacturers for millions for any injury caused by driverless, soulless cars that don’t value human pain, suffering or lives.
Conclusion
This not just a battle against driverless cars but a battle against automation. The United States has embraced automation to the fullest. This is because American companies since the 1980’s have become the greediest, while at the same time, care the least about having any employees. Corporations are making record profits, yet do not expand the work force or increase their wages. (How is this GOP Tax Plan supposed to increase jobs by cutting taxes to corporations?) We are people and we do not need to join the corporate games.
How many times have you gone into a store – a mega-hardware store, a supermarket, or a department store that has vast amounts of space yet you can’t find one worker on the floor? If you are lucky enough to find something after hours of endless and aimless wandering, you, then take your item to check out, and what do you see? Multiple self-check-out stands, but only one manned check out stand. And there is a long line for either. In contrast, in Japan, where one thinks everything is automated, the scene couldn’t be more different. In the department stores, there are multiple sales people waiting to help you out at every turn. In the elevator, they have paid people who are operating the elevator, and there are human cashiers who are ready to check you out without any waiting. It is about service, ultimate service. In the US, it’s about volume and profits, damn the consumers.
It is not that I am against technology. I think technology should assist people, but not replace them. The exception would be eliminating very dangerous or very dirty jobs, like working in the sewers or coal-mining, now that I would approve of. But getting rid of drivers and losing 12 million US jobs? To that I say no.
Buy American, keep your neighbors employed.
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15
Nov
17

SJSU Students Fight To Stop Sale of Campus Merchandise Made in Sweatshops

SJSU Students Fight To Stop Sale Of Campus Merchandise Made In Sweatshops

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SAN JOSE (KPIX) — Students at San Jose State University want to make sure the clothes sold at their school aren’t made in sweatshops. They’re asking the school’s president to commit to their cause.

Tuesday students won their first victory. The university president’s Chief of Staff met with the group and said she’s looking into their concerns.

“We only think it’s right to fight for that and to walk around our campus with integrity knowing that the WRC has an ethical eye on the factories that make our apparel,” said one student.

Students staged an anti-sweatshop demonstration on campus Tuesday in hopes the school’s president would see their message.

The group wants SJSU to join a list of nearly 200 other schools including Santa Clara University and UC Berkeley partnered with the Worker Rights Consortium or WRC.

The University says Barnes and Noble College distributes the clothes.

“Barnes and Noble has accountability practices in hand,” said Jay Baily the president’s Chief of Staff. “I’m getting up to speed on the issue right now so I’m going to see what their accountability practices are, but we certainly share their concerns which is why we’re meeting now.”


Editor’s Note

Bravo to the college students who know that slave labor is bad. What they might learn will be an eye opener to these students. It is estimated that 98% of all clothing is slave labor made. That is why since 1980, despite prices of all other things increasing by 6 times, the price of clothing has actually decreased. Yes, the citizens of the USA have made a deal with the devil, so they can have cheap clothing with questionable safety to the wearer. The students might learn how difficult it is to find non-slave labor produced clothing and that it is comparatively expensive to buy fair labor-produced clothing, especially if it is made in the United States. I hope this is a growing grass roots effort.

08
Nov
17

Make or Break Moment for Trump on Trade

Manufacturing Group says Asia trip ‘make-or-break’ for President Trump

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) is declaring President Donald Trump’s trip to Asia a “make-or-break moment” for the administration on trade.

Thus far, the organization stated in a recent press release, he has not delivered on his promise to transform the United States’ trade relationship with China, adding that he “hasn’t delivered” and that the upcoming trip will prove “whether he will be able to get the job done.”

“One-sided trade with many Asian countries have led to factory closures and job losses,” said AAM President Scott Paul. “I’m glad Trump made trade relationships a priority, but without action, American workers continue to struggle.”

The major unfulfilled promises, Paul said, were cutting trade deficits, labeling China a currency manipulator, and stopping the country’s surge of steel imports.

“After 10 months in office, American workers will be anxiously watching to see if you will turn your tough trade rhetoric into real action,” Paul wrote in a letter to the president. “Despite your campaign promises to crack down on unfair trade and negotiate better trade agreements, since taking office, your words on many issues have resulted in either inaction or confusion as to the path forward.”

Because of this inaction, Paul noted, more than 21% additional steel has hit America’s shores, contributing in part to layoffs at two Pennsylvania steel mills, “including one that produces armor plate used in the production of vehicles that protect service men and women from IED attacks in Afghanistan.”

“Our national security rests on a healthy industrial base,” Paul said. “If domestic manufacturing capabilities deteriorate further, we may be forced to rely on countries like China and Russia to supply steel for our military and critical infrastructure needs. We cannot let that happen.”


Editor’s Comments

Day #293 of the Trump’s Presidency.

What has Donald Trump done to decrease the trade deficit and to bring back jobs from the USA? No longer does Trump try to take credit for jobs  coming back to the USA. Those decision were made by corporations that had been pursuing the process for years. Regarding Trump clothing: Has he even brought his Trump clothing-line jobs (or Ivanka’s) back from China? No. Does he even mention that he has jobs over there? No.

What about the withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)? Well, the TPP never passed during the Obama administration, so it was already dead. He just said he wasn’t going to resurrect it from the dead. In fact, Trump has always boasted that he was a Free Trader (see Trump Clothing – Offshorer-in-chief) as late as October 18,2015.

Trump said he was going to rip up all the Free Trade Agreements when he took office. Has that happened? No. There are some minor negotiations going on with Canada and Mexico. Yes, two rounds so far. Did he get “business men” to negotiate these deals like he boasted would be a great idea? No. He hired Robert Lighthizer, diplomat, lawyer and trade representative. He was chosen only because he was a critic of the China.

His first executive order regarding trade on April 18, 2017, was “Buy American, Hire American.” Part of this order was just a reinstatement of an existing law: 1933 Buy American Act, where the military must buy made in USA when possible. The other part: tighten rules that award visas to skilled foreign workers and directs the federal government to enforce rules that bar foreign contractors from bidding on federal projects. Counterpoint (just this week): Trump gets visas for 70 foreign workers at Mar-a-Lago.

As Scott Paul has said, America continues to off-shore jobs, and it is not slowing down due to Trump’s Presidency. That is because the CEOs know that Trump will not punish corporations for off-shoring. Nor is China afraid that Trump will call them a currency manipulator. The Trump strategy is similar to his immigration policy: Build a $100 billion wall that will not stop anybody from coming and punish immigrants who dare to come over. That doesn’t work. Instead, if you fined employers who hire undocumented immigrants, like $2200 per worker and a week in jail for offenders – that would stop illegal immigration in a heartbeat.

Truth is Trump does not care about American jobs or American manufacturing. He just says things to sell you things. Still 33% of the population still believe this. Trump would rather pass the GOP tax plan which would help himself personally: eliminating the Estate Tax and eliminating the Alternate Minimum Tax which would save him $18 million per year based on the one public tax return that we can get a hold of.  In fact, I feel that Trump has cooled off the Made in America movement. He has been a terrible spokesman. I severely doubt that he can deliver, especially, on the things that he doesn’t really believe in.

07
Nov
17

Bills Khaki’s Winter 2017

Bills Khakis

When people want to buy “Made in the USA” clothing, there are very few places that consistently have them, especially since American Apparel has gone bust. But, Bills Khakis happens to be a very dependable maker of men’s clothing made in the USA with an incredible selection: sweaters, dress shirts, casual shirts, T-shirts, jeans, pants, shorts, bathing suits and boxers.

Donagel Sweater – Garnet

Signature Check Sky Blue Shirt

Party Shirt

Madras Pants (on sale)

Buffalo Plaid Blue Shirt

Patchwork Shirt Tartan

Donegal Sweater Charcoal

The Story of Bills Khakis

It all began back in 1984, when our founder bought a pair of World War II era khakis at an army surplus store near his college. He felt that modern-day khakis paled in comparison. So he vowed to recreate this symbol of original American style for modern men.

What started as a garage operation quickly turned into a growing business. Today, Bills Khakis is setting the standard with our khakis and an entire line of Bills branded menswear, too.

13
Oct
17

Pharmaceutical Television Commercials – Ethical or Unethical

Pharmaceutical Television Advertisements – Ethical or Unethical

What is more American than the pharmaceutical companies? A Mega-company’s Board of Directors tells their shareholders that they are going to spend hundreds of thousands on research to develop a new drug, then spends thousands of dollars and several years on bureaucratic red tape to get their drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration. After the approval, there is the initial announcement of their new medicine, with spending of more tens of thousands of dollars to market to physicians, hospitals and directly to consumers. In this way, the pharmaceutical can feel justified in passing their outrageous expenses unto unsuspecting patients. Now, that is a true American success story.

Television As A Way To Market Directly to Patients

I like television commercials as much as the next guy, which means not very much. The exception is during the Super Bowl, in that case, it is the best part of the whole experience. Save this “Hyper Bole”, I would rather record a program, then skip through the commercials. But, some commercials that I do not always skip are the pharmaceutical commercials. Pharmaceutical commercials on television are a relatively new phenomenon. When these direct-to-consumer ads were first approved in 1997, the pharmaceutical companies started slowly and carefully, but, soon the industry exploded. Pharmaceutical companies now spend more than $5 billion per year on television commercials. Only New Zealand and the USA allow direct to consumer advertising of pharmaceuticals. I guess the drug companies want us Americans and New Zealanders to make our own diagnosis and pick their treatments based on their advertisements.

 

I do like some of the drug commercials. The ads are professionally done, they are mostly truthful and they announce the possible side effects (they are all said in a bullet-like rapidity and usually ends with “including death”). There are some ads that are actually good. For example, there is one commercial for an asthma medicine which shows a giant bear standing behind a man, squeezing the man’s chest while everyone looks on. The on-lookers seem not to be disturbed by the proximity of this giant bear or for the health of the man that is being bear hugged. Also, the bear releases the man once the aerosol is dispersed. It makes one wonder is this as asthma medicine or a bear spray? Maybe it is both.

The other commercial that is not too obnoxious is an ad for Diabetes. There is this happy, pudgy guy, dancing to an Earth Wind and Fire song, pouring out olive oil on the kitchen floor, trying to pull a lazy bassett hound and mowing a lawn in an oblong circle. They are fun to watch. (It is the music that makes the commercial).

But, then there are commercials that I am not sure how it sells the product. There are multiple examples of these, but the classic example is an erectile dysfunction ad – why are the couples sitting in separate single-person-tubs outdoors? Is that supposed to be sexy? Or relaxing?

How Expensive are these advertised medications?

When you spend thousands of dollars making a commercial and then buy time to show your commercial on television, you know that the medication they are plugging is going to be very expensive. You know it is not a company that is selling generic medications. But how expensive are these medications? Patients, or consumers as the Pharmaceutical companies refer to them, have no idea how much these medications cost and for the vast majority of physicians, also, have no idea either. I, only recently, have been able to find out the price of medications by employing an App called “GoodRx”, they also have a website.

GoodRx gives a list the 6 lowest prices of the medication at local pharmacies. By employing this App, you can instantly get idea how expensive a medicine is – without calling a pharmacist. This App, also, makes one aware that no pharmacy is consistently cheaper than another. Trying to figure out how much something costs and where it is cheapest on your own is a total crap shoot. I would recommend the GoodRX App if you are truly interested in pharmaceutical prices.

Let us go back to an example of eczema, which there is a new TV ad. A medicine that treats this condition – a moderate strength corticosteroid like triamcinolone, a 60 g tube costs less than $20. This will take care of most eczema. But, a newly advertised product, Eucrisa, costs $604 – $628 per month (this is based on having a coupon and polling the lowest-priced 6 local pharmacies – so, the price can be higher). So why get Eucrisa? Who knows. Is it 300 times better?

How prevalent is television pharmaceutical ads? Below is a list of commercials I saw on television in a couple of days. Listed is the product, the condition it treats and the cost per month (based on GOODRx 6 lowest prices with coupon). (Maybe you have seen one of these).

Taltz (Ixekizumab) Psoriasis $14,713 – $15,953

Stelara (ustekinumab) Psoriasis, Crohn’s Disease $9,739 – $10,196

Cosentyx (Secukinumab Psoriasis $9,036 – $9,460

Entyvio (Vedolizumab) Ulcerative Colitis $5,570 – $5,927

Victoza (Liraglutide) Diabetes Mellitus $836- $870

Eucrisa (Crisaberole) Eczema $604 – $628

Tresiba (Insulin degludec) Diabetes Mellitus $462 – $483

Entresto (Sacubitril/Valsartan) Congestive Heart Failure $453 – $471

Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) Arial Fibrillation, Deep Venous Thrombosis $407 – $423

Eliquis (Apixaban) Atrial Fibrillation, Deep Venous Thrombosis $407 – $423

Spiriva Respimat (Tiotropium) Asthma $389 – $402

Myrbetriq (Mirabegron) Urinary Incontinence $340 – $341

 

It is not unethical what the Pharmaceutical companies are doing, right? That is the $5 Billion question.

Unethical Issues

If the Television advertisements marketing directly to consumers isn’t totally unethical, there are some which are unequivocal, like Martin Shrekli increasing the price of Daraprim, the only antibiotic to fight a certain infection by 5,000%, Daraprim used to cost $750, but after Shrekli took over the company it is now according to Good Rx with coupon $45,909 – $48,048 for 60 tablets).

Other issues that are clearly unethical: 1) taking old time generic medications, getting them re-patented and mark up the price by 5,000 times. Examples: 1) colchicine for gout, a medicine as old and cheap as aspirin (todays cost according to Good Rx with coupon $80 – $179 for 30 tablets), 2) tetracycline -used to be one of the oldest and cheapest antibiotics, (Good Rx with coupon $292 – $575 for 60 tablets) and 3) albuterol inhalers used to be $5-$20, now $57 – $62 for one inhaler according to GoodRx with coupon).

The next issue is kind of unethical – it is taking two generic medications and combining them into one pill and giving that a new patent. (It is similar to what pharmaceuticals have been doing for many years: when a branded medicine is about to have its patent expire – pharmaceutical companies tweak something to the medicine – delivery system, changing a drug to extended release, changing to the active molecule, etc, then, they can have a new patent for the same medicine.) The two best examples of combining two generic medicines into one pill and then charging and arm and a leg for it are Duexis and Namzaric (not to be confused with Narnia).

Duexis is a medicine that is a combination of Ibuprofen (the same medicine as Advil), and Famotidine (Pepcid) an old stomach medicine. This “new medicine” will decrease the incidence of ulcers by 50% than by taking Ibuprofen alone. But if you bought each one separately, one can get 90 tablets of 800 mg Ibuprofen for $10 at WalMart and Famotidine 20 mg, 60 tablets at WalMart for $4.00. So how much should you pay for Duexis which is Ibuprofen 800 mg and Famotidine 26.6 mg? $100? $200? How about $2,313 – $2,422 for 90 tablets? If you were an insurance company with drug coverage, would you approve this medicine? Of course not.

Namzaric is an Alzheimers medication. It is a combination of the generic medicines: donepezil (Aricept) and Mematine (Namenda) in one pill. Generic Donepezil 10 mg, 30 tabs can be bought for a low as $9.05 – $54 (GoodRx with coupon), and memantine 10 mg 60 tabs can be bought for $23 – $123 (GoodRx with coupon). For Namzaric 28/10 (Mematine/Donepezil), it costs $405 – $421 for 30 tabs. But, the pharmaceutical company will argue that it is does not contain generic Namenda but its “newer” Namenda XR and that one can buy Namenda XR at exactly the same price as Namzaric. Oh.

American Pharmaceutical companies seem to typify the American business environment: Poor people pay outrageous prices so Mega companies can make millions of dollars in profits every quarter. My message is the next time a pharmaceutical television ad comes on, whip out your smartphone, and check out how much that drug costs on GoodRx.

 

 

10
Oct
17

Free Trade: Evil or Good?

Free Trade Evil or Good

There is a conflict within the struggling Democratic Party as to whether to support Free Trade or to ban it. Traditionally, for the past 150 years, Democrats have been the political party for the working class, to improve worker’s wages and their working conditions. Looking at the issue of whether you are for workers or against them, it is rather simple: you are either for workers or for the employers (you can’t be both). If you are against workers, then you are not called “Anti-worker”,  but “Pro-Business”. And there is nothing more “Pro-Business” than the issue of Free Trade.

What is Free Trade?

To understand “Trade” let us go back to the beginning – the writing of the U.S. Constitution, written mainly by James Madison, but implemented by Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury. Part of “Trade” is customs or import taxes (taxes that are levied on products brought in from other countries into the USA). This was one of the first orders of the day. Import taxes did two important things: 1) it brought in a substantial amount of revenue into the US Treasury (in order to pay the back wages of soldiers of the Revolutionary War who had gone unpaid for many years) without individually taxing individuals and 2) it protected fledgling American businesses from being over-run by foreign companies. In fact, Hamilton set the Coast Guard to patrol offshore waters to intercept contraband (untaxed smuggled products).

It was Alexander Hamilton’s vision, as well as George Washington’s, that the United States should encourage manufacturers, especially textiles. This can be best exemplified by the ceremonial outfit worn by George Washington, who, at the first inauguration, wore a plain brown suit of American broadcloth woven at a mill in Hartford. (from Alexander Hamilton p277, by Ron Chernow). At that time, England was a giant manufacturer, holding secrets of manufacturing from competitors. England wanted to keep the US as a natural reserve of raw material and limiting any US manufacturing. It was one of the more important items that American colonists had rebelled against. Funny, the USA is once again becoming less a manufacturing power and more of a reserve of raw material, due to Free Trade.

Now, to more modern times, 1980s, The United States was the disputed king of manufacturing. The beginning of the end was that corporations and big business took over Congress (unfettered lobbying/corruption as it caused in every other country). These big monied business people, in an effort to increase profits while simultaneously decreasing pay for American workers, came up with the concept of “Free Trade”. By eliminating import taxes on products coming from other countries, corporations/big businesses could exploit low wages and decreased standard of living conditions of foreign nations to undercut the price of all products made in the USA, which caused tens of thousands of Americans businesses to fold or to move to  other countries like China or India and millions of Americans to lose their jobs. (7.23 million lost manufacturing jobs since 1979). This has caused the decay of American manufacturing and has hit some areas extremely hard, especially the small rural towns where manufacturing was their main source of revenue.(Globalization when factories close down and towns struggle).

Who is Helped by Free Trade?

Free Trade policies actually do help farmers. It did open more markets for American farmers to send their products. Of course, farmers only make up 1% of the US population. Other winners, CEOs of large companies. More profits, less responsibility. That is why someone like Donald Trump who says “America First”, still keeps his manufacturing plants in China.

The losers: American workers, loss of millions of American manufacturing jobs, decrease of US wages. When you open up the job market to the whole rest of the world, it mean the American worker had to compete against the global workforce of 1,12 billion workers. The worker glut has caused a decrease of American wages and benefits (Invisible Influence of China, Robert Samuelson for the Washington Post). Not only are the workers hurt, but so are the families, the towns, cities and communities as well as the associated businesses with manufacturing. Plus, as the World Trade Organization becomes bigger and bigger, the United States can no longer impose its own safety regulations such as on meat because it makes it unfair for countries with less regulation to compete with the US (The Official End to Country of Origin Meat Labels). So, there are a lot of down sides to Free Trade. Let us not forget the loss of all the revenue to the US Treasury by getting rid of all those trillions of dollars by eliminating the import taxes.

But how about the other winners? Well, the countries that the United States has shipped all their jobs to have certainly been helped. For example, China builds skyscrapers and bullet trains at a rate that we can not even comprehend. Rich Chinese businessman come to the United States and buy up American properties. Poverty is less worldwide.

The main argument for Free Trade is that it brings down costs. While inflation seems to hit everything, in clothing, due to mass production and slave labor, you can buy some clothing at the same price as you could in 1979. But is decreased prices everything? Cheap products have changed people’s philosophy, people now spend terribly unwisely – it has become an uncontrolled spending economy. And overproduction of products is also a bad thing: clothing is manufactured in such an overwhelming volume, 26 billion tons per year to the landfills, that landfills are having troubles taking it all in, while stripping away natural and unnatural resources to make them.

Which Political Party is For Free Trade?

The North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) an agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico was the first Free Trade Agreement.  This was a Republican plan written up by Republicans, started under the administration of George H.W. Bush, voted on by a majority of Republicans and a minority of Democrats. But, sometimes considered a Democratic bill because George Clinton signed it into law. Almost immediately an infinitely larger Free Trade  deal happened, the World Trade Organization (WTO). It should be noted that all Free Trade bills are Republican bills, and they always will be. Even Donald Trump was Free Trade, still is Free Trade, except when he hypocritically says he is not. Free Trade is the Republican platform. Even Breitbart which is “anti Republican establishment” is Pro Free Trade. The Democratic Party is 85% Against Free Trade. And it is quite possible that if there will be a limitus test for the future Democratic Party, it is whether a Democrat is for Free Trade/Pro-Business/Anti-Worker or Against Free Trade/Pro-Worker. If the Democrats want to win back any part of the Senate, House or Presidency, they should all be Pro-Worker. The Democratic motto should be: “All People deserve the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness with Good Wages and Benefits.

Economic Forecast

Don’t be fooled, the United States and the world has been in the biggest economic boom ever seen. It has been going on the last seven years, but because the United States is not participating in manufacturing, workers have not seen wages increase. Donald Trump had promised 4% Gross Domestic Product (GFP) growth, but that will never happen without manufacturing which has been left behind. (7 Reasons why Trumps promise of 4% GDP growth will never happen in 2017) In reality we are probably close to the end of this economic tech boom. The stock market is way over valued, just like it always happens before the recession happens. Are the Day Traders afraid? NO. The reason, the big boys have super fast computers and lines of communication that allows them to almost instantaneously withdraw their money before they get hurt, while all the workers with their 401Ks will have to see their retirement plans slowly go down the drain. Not a rosy prediction. The path to a more stable future is to invest in manufacturing, especially making the more expensive technical components and to invest in infrastructure. Doubling down on trickledown economics, giving tax breaks to the rich and decreasing revenue to the Treasury is a sure way to continue on the same path we are on.. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class once again becomes the poor class. Final Verdict: Free Trade is a menace to the American working class, but a real boon to the top 1% and other countries.

Remember to buy American, the job you save may be your own.

29
Sep
17

Tori Richard Hawaiian Wear

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Tori Richard

Aloha, Welcome to the largest Hawaiian shirt maker in the United States, Tori Richard. Found in many higher end department stores throughout the USA , plus 11 Tori Richard stores in Hawaii, Tori Richard is well known for its quality-brand textile designs. Well-made with fashionable and new innovative designs every year is what keeps this company chugging along.

The Beginning of the Story

Tori Richard Story Link

In 1953, Mort Feldman, a successful apparel manufacturer from Chicago came to Hawaii to retire. However, Mort couldn’t stay retired and, with his wife to be, Janice Moody and pattern-maker, Mitsue Aka, a seamstress, founded Tori Richard, LTD which was named after their son, Richard. They started with sophisticated women’s resort wear. In the 1960s, Tori Richard expanded with showrooms in Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta. They were also in the finest retail stores across the USA. n the 1970s, Tori Richard started making men’s shirts. By the 1980’s men’s shirts had eclipsed the women’s dress business. Mort Feldman retired in 1983, followed by some leaner times. Mort Feldman came back to Honolulu in 1994 with his son Josh. They started the company on a new path. Tori Richard re-introduced the engineered men’s shirt featuring front panel matching and whimsical prints. In 2002, Tori Richard re-launched its women’s line. Tori Richard has expanded to 11 stores on four of the Hawaiian islands. With regards to “Made in USA”, Tori Richard does still make a certain amount of its clothing “Made in Hawaii”. Overall, by looking at some of their stores and website, I would estimate that 15% of Tori Richard clothing is Made in Hawaii.

View Point shirt

Casbah Karley Dress

Marquises shirt

Paisley Palace Sadie Dress

Boat Day Aloha shirt

Shady Lady Lady Dress Pant

Quiet Village shirt

Fish Bowl Dress

Lei Maker Shirt (based on the 1989 design)

Oceanside Beachside Cardigan

Camelot shirt

 




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