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For the past couple of weeks I have been sharing some things that have come to mind about where we, here in the good old U S of A, will be in the future. I thank Jim Hanson who brought me things to think about regarding this world that we live in.

This week I will share some facts about the deindustrialization of America that I learned about that may blow your mind.

The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001. About 75 percent of those factories employed over 500 people when they were still in opration. We have also lost a total of about 5.5 million manufacturing jobs since October 2000 alone.

Dell Inc., one of America’s largest manufacturers of computers, plans to dramatically expand its operations in China. I guess it isn’t surprising to learn that the U.S. trade deficit with China has risen 18 percent compared to a year ago.

Dell also announced that it will be closing its largest U.S. manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem, North Carolina which means that 900 jobs will be lost.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, the U.S. economy will lose over a half million jobs this year alone.

Employment at the foreign affiliates of U.S. parent companies increased an astounding 30 percent to 10.1 million. During that exact same time U.S. employment declined 8 percent to 21.1 million.

In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of U.S. economic output. In 2008, it represented 11.5 percent. The United States has also lost a whopping 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since 2000. I would hate to see where things are now.

The U.S. spends approximately $3.90 on Chinese goods for every $1 that the Chinese spends on goods from the U.S. The Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.

Back in 2008 1.2 billion cell phones were sold worldwide. How many of them were manufactured inside the United States? ZERO!

And along that same line, the manufacturing employment in the computer industry is actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975. In 2001, the U.S. ranked fourth in the world in per capita broadband Internet use. Today it ranks 15th.

Printed circuit boards are now used in tens of thousands of different products and Asia produces 84 percent of them.

The Ford Motor Company recently announced the closure of a factory that produces the Ford Ranger in St. Paul, Minn., because making Ford Rangers in Minnesota no longer fits with Ford’s new “global” manufacturing strategy.

The U.S. Census Bureau says 43.6 million Americans now live in poverty. How many tens of thousands more factories do we need to lose before we do something about it? How many million more Americans are going to become unemployed before we all admit we have a very serious problem on our hands?

How many more trillions of dollars will leave our country before we realize that we are losing wealth at a pace that is killing our economy?

How many once great manufacturing cities are going to become rotting war zones like Detroit?

The deindustrialization of America is a national crisis. America is in deep, deep trouble. It is time to WAKE UP!

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Birthdays and anniversaries:  

• Thursday, June 29th: Nate VerHey, Courtney Haugen, Jacob Peterson, Brenda (Janka) Tschann, Jane (Jensen) Braaten, Berniece Whelan, Barb & Dale Mrotz, Brent & Valerie Christensen, Brent & Michelle Meiners, and Wally & Marge Wobschall

• Friday, June 30th Julie Vanden Heuvel Horiban, Robin Eder, Nathan Robertson, Steve Jensen, Barb Wright, Lorrie Kelly, Roger Shaunce, Makenzie Lynn Vreeman, Tammy & Jeff Busho, Susan (Schmidt) & Jon Anderson, Ann & Brent Wiersma, Nate & Kristine VerHey,

• Saturday, July 1st: Keralyn (Paulsen) Powers, Eugene Hagen, Mary Edwardson, Linda O'Neil, Joanna Ruth Vermedahl, Jill Hanson, Chris Ihrke, Jason Churchill, Deb Schimek, Rachel (Eaker) Lee, Gary Carlson, Tristan Bangert, Robert Christensen, Roger & Joyce Wayne, Heather (Krause) & Dion Quiram and Frank & Marilyn Cuden

• Sunday, July 2nd: Sidney Skroch, Christopher Matthew Wacek, Mary Ann Ewing, Stacy Shaunce, David Beck, Chad Ritz, Wilma Arbogast, Melissa Quaintance, Tony H. Seykora, John & Wendy Schultz, Delbert & Judy Karsjens, and Leslie (Gatton) & David Hecker

• Monday, July 3rd: Danika Marie Jensen, Lorry Pelzl, Amy Storlie, Amy Walterman, Cynthia Nelson, Sara & Chris Ihrke, Rachel & Michael Schmidt, and Phillip & Karen Briggs 

• Tuesday, July 4th: Happy 4th of July!  Bethany Miller, Carlie Sevcik, Pam Nelson, Trina Churchill, Ellie Rose Meiners, Brent Meiners, Brian Meiners, and Denise & Scott McGowan   

• Wednesday, July 5th: Emma Harold, Brenlee Ann Knudsen, Emma Harold, Abby Harold, Jessica Wayne, Brad Tufte, Burt Scripture, Chad Sommers, Russell Thostenson, Rhonda Grunwald, Issac Paulson, and Danny Burns

• Thursday, July 6th: Kylie Titus, Brenlee Knudsen, Austin Nord, Linda Aronson, Scott Briggs, Gary Grosland, Wendy Camerer, Travis Hanson, Paul Richards, Darrin Stadheim, James Van Riper and Kyle & Bethany Miller 

• Fridsay, July 7th: Collin Christensen, Elizabeth Eder, Cheryl Boverhuis, Casey Johnson, Chad Quam, Scott Reese, Jon Spatenka, Anna Jacobson, David Anderson and DeAnn Skroch   

• Saturday, July 8th:  Zaine Augustine Briedenbach, Parker John Bunn, Payton Lorraine Bunn, Barb Hagen, Al Lee, Adam Arends, Jacob Terry Phillips, Deacon Thomas Lang, Summer Paulson, Deb Jacobs, and Marlene Jensen

With each passing year, grow stronger, grow wiser, and grow richer in spirit. May the year be filled with new discoveries.

There are times I make mistakes because of information I don't know.  Please look at this as a reminder that though they may no longer be with us it is nice to remember they once were and celebrate their birthdays or anniversaries!

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