Ken Collins: US not doing that bad


— You get up in the morning thanks to your “made in Korea” alarm clock. Throw back the Indonesian-made covers and head to your Braun coffee grinder where you scoop some organic Colombian beans and grind away to fill the French espresso machine. While that brews, you switch on your 42-inch Mitsubishi TV to catch some SportsCenter or PBS or maybe Fox News. Cereal sounds good. You grab a Chinese-made bowl you got at Walmart.

Time to go to work, so you grab some clothes out of the dryer assembled in Mexico and put on your Nikes and head out the door to your Subaru. If you’re in construction, it might be a Toyota pickup, and you check to make sure your Makita tools are there. Stop at the gas pump to fill ’er up with some of that Canadian-supplied gas. At lunch, you sit around with fellow workers and complain about how President Obama isn’t creating jobs or fixing the economy — even though, historically, it takes 18 to 24 months for a new president’s policies to start taking effect.

A global economy isn’t just a catch phrase. It’s a real thing brought about by the shrinking consumer world. Count the number of things you own that are made in foreign countries. That includes food, like out-of-season fruit from South America or wine from Chile and Spain. With at least five European countries bankrupt and most of the world — except for artificially government-supported China — on an eggshell-strong financial base, it’s amazing the U.S. is doing as well as it is. Considering what Obama was handed and the shape of the rest of the world, the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter. Not as fast as some would like, but realistically it isn’t that bad. You could be living in Haiti.

Ken Collins

Oak Creek


Zed 6 years, 3 months ago

Well put Ken, I agree it is far easier to blame politicians rather than look at our own hypocrisy. Everyone wants to "Vote em all out", and then rush to WalMart to support China....

To all the passionate Tea Party members, remember that actions speak louder than politics. Hope you are ready to make real change in your actions now that elections are over.


OnTheBusGus 6 years, 3 months ago

Our Toyota and Subaru were made in the US. The Fords we had were made in Mexico and Canada. I'm just saying the brand name doesn't necessarily mean it's not made in America.


JusWondering 6 years, 3 months ago

Seriously? This is worthy of posting in the Pilot. 'The US isn't that bad off... look who makes the things I buy' --- 'Be thankful you could be living in Haiti'???? Huh?

This is hardly the sentiment that my forefathers gave their lives in service to our country defending!

An op-ed piece centered around 'let me make you feel good' with no basis in economic fact is EXACTLY why we are where we are today.

Vote 'em all out! Absolutely, our republican nation (not the wayward political party) was designed around a premise that we the people elect the local plantation owner, merchant, producer, etc. to represent us for a short period of time and return to their fields, factories, stores, etc. It was not designed to have career politicians with their hands in the back pockets of lobbyists.

By they way I AM NOT a tea party member. I am an independent that thinks both parties are WAY OFF and frustrated that we can't seem to get this Titanic turned around even though there have been many warning of the iceberg off in the distance on a clear January day (not in the middle of a stormy night). A generation of fiscal irresonsibility is coming home to roost on all of us. You think food and energy prices are high now? Just wait 'til the dollar is worth $.30... or less.


Scott Wedel 6 years, 3 months ago

There was a time when both parties were led by serious people that concentrated on what was best for this country. There was always the political party stuff of trying to defeat the other party, but on big issues both sides did what they thought was best for the country.

Now we have become a country in which both sides seem far more intent on defeating the others than on doing what is best for the country. How people can scream about the national debt and then claim victory over adding over $3 trillion to the debt is insanity.

No business or responsible person would massively reduce income on the hopes of later reducing spending. Tthey need to cut spending before cutting income. That would make the spending cuts far more acceptable to the public if the reduction in government services was matched with reduced taxes. But when the tax cuts have already happened and the only beneficiary of spending cuts is the abstract national debt then it is far easier for them to perpetually put off cutting spending.

That the new Republican majority in the House passed rules saying that the budget office is not to consider how other tax cuts affect the deficit should be a scandal, but it is just more of Republican mantra that deficits don't matter if caused by a lack of income. Which only in Washington DC could be viewed as being a distinction of significance from the Democratic mantra that spending deficits during a recession don't matter.


Fred Duckels 6 years, 3 months ago

Both parties reek, but Obama has been a lobbyist for his backers with no regard to common sense.


seeuski 6 years, 3 months ago

So Ken has figured that we here in Routt county don't have access to mass media and haven't heard these same talking points over and over again? Poor Obama, he inherited a terrible world created by Bush and he has been amazing in his "fundamental transformation" to Socialism funded by George Soros. All hail the wizard. No chance Ken, most of us know what the Progressives like you are up to, and not having been born into Socialism we are not going silently into the night. We don't intend to slide into a globally governed Socialist nightmare. Take this plan and shove it:


MrTaiChi 6 years, 3 months ago

@ Gus

It is my understanding that although some foreign car manufacturers assemble automobiles here in the US, almost all of the parts are manufactured outside our borders. It is the manufacture of components that produces wealth and money recirculated in the local economy.


Brian Kotowski 6 years, 3 months ago

Mr. Collins cites " least five European countries bankrupt..." without considering how they got that way. If the GOP fails to impose the required budgetary pain, we're going to join that debtor's club.


honestabe 6 years, 3 months ago

yampa valley boy, you live in a trailer in yampa, stop acting so high and mighty


JusWondering 6 years, 3 months ago

Sep... there you go with your partisan politics. This is something that is NOT partisan. BOTH parties share the blame equally. You all kill me. This is exactly why we continue to spiral out of control. While I don't always agree with Scott he made a comment that is right on.

To quote Scott: "There was a time when both parties were led by serious people that concentrated on what was best for this country. There was always the political party stuff of trying to defeat the other party, but on big issues both sides did what they thought was best for the country.

Now we have become a country in which both sides seem far more intent on defeating the others than on doing what is best for the country." (Scott you lost some credibility when you started going off on your partisan views).

On the bankrupt countries... look at some of the trends they share and then ask how many we see in the US. I am not going to spoon feed you a bunch of links from The CFA Institue or other reputable non-partisan sources but the data is there. Pensions, aging population and labor relations issues are amongst them.


JusWondering 6 years, 3 months ago

Scott, in a re-read of your post there is some room for interpretation, if I misinterpreted your view as partisan, my apologies.


Brian Kotowski 6 years, 3 months ago


My post was not intended as a partisan jab; I'm surprised you interpreted it that way. The fact is that the GOP now has its hands on the purse strings, and its newly minted majority campaigned to impose fiscal discipline. What's "partisan" about making that observation?


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