Our manufacturing has disappeared

To the editor:

The definition of manufacturing sector is: Make (something), or produce on a large scale using machinery. The definition of service sector is: The sector of the economy that proves services that produce intangible (unable to be touched or grasped; not having physical presence) goods.

God has blessed our country with a multitude of natural resources, such as land for farming, water for fishing, forest for lumber and minerals, oil and gases for mining.

These resources have made it possible for American workers, through companies, to produce and manufacture goods that benefited their families, others and communities. The manufacturing sector employed thousands. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the manufacturing began its decline, one of the first happened in the textile and shoe industries. In the 1960s, 95 percent of textiles were produced here, now it is 2 percent. As for shoes, in the 1960s 98 percent were produced here, now 90 percent are imported.

As manufacturing jobs were slowly being eliminated due to cheap imports, higher taxes to corporations, trade deals, worrying about other nations’ economies instead of our own and government regulations, the manufacturing sector went from employing one-third of its people 50 years ago to a little more than one-10th now.

As manufacturing was on the decline, the service sector began an incline and by 2009 the service sector took over manufacturing.

Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal wrote in 2011, “Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million.) This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 collecting a paycheck from the government. Every state in America today except for two, Indiana and Wisconsin, has more government workers on the payroll than people manufacturing industrial goods.”

The governments, as a gesture of compassion, are re-training workers in closing industries. The same government, which in most cases took their livelihoods away from them.

Merica Petrella