What Happened to the Economy?

Brendan - Livonia, Michigan
Entered on October 5, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
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What Happened to the Economy?

It is most definitely known that in everyone’s life, they are going to come across some sort of obstacle. It could be anything from stress at work to losing a loved one to breaking your arm. It could be something that we face as an individual or something that we face as a group. I’m sure that we are all feeling some sort of hit, in one way or another, as the economy continues to slow. I’m not so sure, however, if our fellow Americans realize that this situation was brought upon us by us.

We can start right here in Michigan. Detroit is commonly known as the Motor City. The “Big 3” auto-makers, at one point, employed thousands upon thousands of people and then some. It is safe to say that a lot of the money being spent in Michigan is money that was earned by auto-workers. It is also absolutely no secret that the price of gas seems to be getting more and more out of hand. I believe that the economic problems that we face are due to the fact that people are generally more reactive instead of proactive.

I have heard many people ask, “What is the solution?” I find it extremely funny when the person asking that question is driving a foreign car. The solution, my friend, is to stop being part of the problem. By buying a foreign car, you have not only stimulated an economy outside of your own, but you have also managed to keep that money out of the hands of American workers. Instead of being proactive by purchasing an American car and keeping the money in America, you were reactive in buy a car with better gas mileage. What happens next is people begin to lose jobs because their employers don’t have the money to pay them. This not only hurts auto-makers, but it also drags down everyone that has ties to these companies.

I would like everyone who drives a foreign car to know that they are all indirectly responsible for the loss of tens of thousands of jobs not only in Michigan. “What happened to the economy?” Quick, not logical, thinking happened to the economy. If everyone stopped being so reactive and started being more proactive, the economy would begin to turn around. This I believe!