Remnants of industrial America

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This spur went somewhere, once upon a time.  People manufactured things right here. The things were loaded onto railroad cars and dispersed across the country.  We don’t make stuff anymore. We design things.  Incredible stuff, actually. Like this iMac.  We send the blueprints to China and they make it for us.  The designers do very well in this arrangement.  The Chinese do well. Industrialists in China don’t count their money, they weigh it.  They give some of it back in the casinos of Macao, but mostly they double their return by buying our Treasury bonds.  We sell bonds to raise money to send checks to idled Workers Who Formerly Made Things in This Country.  We have decided, in lieu of Unpleasant Decisions, to make our children pay these bonds for us. A century ago, the Chinese sent coolies to America to build the railroads.  Today young American women doll themselves up, get on the plane to Shanghai and Macao and offer themselves as mistresses to Chinese industrialists.   It’s a living.