There was a six year period when I was heavily involved in politics (as a three term State Rep. . . . I retired fall of 2010). My time was split up in so many pieces, among Mirrix, the State house, my family. I didn’t feel like I did anything really well anymore.
The double-edged joy of being able to devote all my time to Mirrix (and artwork) and my family as well as being able to work with my daughter, Elena, our Marketing Director, has given me back that joy times a google, (as we say in our family long before anyone else knew this word because my Dad was a scientist and he brought this word, which is a number, home to us when I was a tiny child. . . . and google-plex, which is a google times a google) . Wow, that was a digression.
What I intended to write about is Made In America. And so I shall continue standing on that soap box for a bit because it is a passion of mine. First a cute little symbol to get me inspired:
It is inspiring isn’t it! Our flag. It tells so many stories. My hope is that someday, once again, it will tell the stories of American manufacturing. The question we have to ask ourselves is: why are so many American products made overseas? Could it be greed? The profits of shareholders and CEO’s? Yeah, I think so. But when you distill the problem you come up with the disturbing truth: if we send our products over to China to be made by workers who make $1.50 an hour (which has risen from $.50 a hour) what do we really gain? As a country, we gain nothing. It’s only a loss. A huge loss. Those products aren’t so cheap when you factor in the loss of American jobs, the crippling of our economy, the huge disparity between the very rich and all the rest of us and the loss of hope and joy among those who cannot work a decent job in the good old U.S.A.
If I were asked to find one solution to all our current problems it would be: bring those jobs home. Close your plants in China and bring them back to our great country. Sure, we get paid more than $1.50 an hour and those CEOs and shareholders will have to suffer with a little less. But wouldn’t the renewed strength of our great country make up for all of that? Let’s innovate renewable energy here (not in China). Let’s assemble our American cars here. Let’s continue to make our looms here (which, by the way, is still frequently the case . . . not just with Mirrix!)
Imagine a world where those of us who wanted jobs could have them? Imagine a world where we didn’t have to replace our appliances every few years because they were made well in America. Sure, they might cost a little more. But since quality control is so much easier when the manufacturing facility is underneath your nose and since Americans are known for their high production standards and because a person who is getting paid a decent wage and can take care of his or her family or his- or herself is a person motivated to perform well . . . well, then the costs of Made in America are trivial.
Recently, Mirrix has been listed on a bunch of Made in America websites. Two sites that sell only products manufactured in America now sell the Mirrix Loom. We are so proud of this and proud to be part of a handful of companies devoted to keeping the jobs here.
A final note. This is not to say that we should not buy products made in other companies. But buy products made in other countries because those products are the best ones. For example, of course I buy all my silk from China. And of course I buy most of my beads from Japan because they are fabulous. I do not buy my beads from Japan because they are cheap (they are not). And clearly no one in America is able to compete with that quality (because they never have). I am not opposed to buying from other countries when clearly the product is either superior or different from anything made here. But I am opposed to American manufacturers sending their jobs abroad. I want to see an Apple computer plant in Detroit!
Now off to look at some American-made kittens that Mirrix might have to adopt.
Off my soap box.
Don’t forget to see these American made looms!: www.mirrixlooms.com