Ken Collins: US not doing that bad
January 5, 2011
Oak Creek — 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.