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Thursday, July 3, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-5 America's independence means reducing foreign dependence Ww e much of today's s deals with erica's decline, there is hope we can stimulate our economy, cre- ate manufacturing jobs and pay down our national debt by increasing our manu- facturing and energy production. While goods were once proudly "Made in America," many of our manufacturing plants are shuttered. When we go to stores today, By DON BRUNELL a $10 million fund to stimulate U.S. manufacturing. Walmart supplier Kent International, a New Jersey- based bicycle maker, announced in Janu- ary that it will move its production from overseas to Claren- don, South Carolina. Kent will create 175 jobs, with the goal of assembling 500,000 bicycles annually in the U.S. by 2016. The focus is on cre- ating American jobs. too often the labels say "Made in China." How do we turn this around? One company at a time. In January 2013, Walmart announced it will buy an ad- ditional $50 billion in U.S. products over the next 10 years in an effort to grow our manufacturing and encourage the creation of U.S. jobs. In addition, Walmart has created Walmart, the world's larg- est private employer, employs around 1.3 million people in the United States. Last year on Memorial Day, the company announced it would offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran during the first year af- ter they leave the service. One year later, Walmart reported it had hired more than 42,000 veterans, with a goal of hiring 100,000 veterans. Walmart is not alone in its effort to create new U.S. manu- facturing jobs. As U.S. manu- facturers become more competi- tive in the global market, many companies are "reshoring ' their production back to home turf. According to economists at Euler Hermes North America, a leading provider of export and trade credit insurance, Ameri- can manufacturers are expect- ed to invest $500 billion in U.S. manufacturing this year. A poll of 200 U.S.-based executives by The Boston Con- suiting Group found that 54 percent are considering or plan- ning to "reshore" production, which is up from 37 percent in 2012. One of the most visible recent examples was Apple's decision to build a new plant in Arizona instead of China, where the company has tra- ditionaUy placed most of its manufacturing. Why the turnaround? Dan North, chief economist at Euler Hermes North Amer- ica, says there are two main reasons: energy and workers. The energy revolution was unforeseen even five years ago. Fracking and horizontal drilling have now opened up 100 years' worth of natural gas reserves and massive new oil finds. As a result, the United States pays $3-$4 per mmbtu (the term commonly used by natural gas producers), while the rest of the world pays $10-15. Thanks to fracking, Ameri- ca's imports of foreign oil fell to 36 percent in 2013, down from a high of 60 percent in 2006. That not only reduces our de- pendence on volatile - and oin hostile - foreign oil producers, it creates American jobs. The American Petroleum Institute estimates that by 2024, domes- tic energy development could add nearly 1.4 million new jobs in various U.S. industries. The second major factor lead- ing to the reindustrialization of America is the people who work in manufacturing. U.S. work- ers are among the world's most productive. They are a primary reason that Boeing, the world's largest assembler of airplanes, invests in our state. The bottom line is American manufacturing and energy development can propel our economy and job growth if poli- ticians and government regula- ters allow it. The resulting tax revenues would help reverse the surging $17.5 trillion federal debt, giving us the opportunity to start pay- ing off our nation's credit card. Energy independence, a revitalized economy and new manufacturing jobs in America - something to think about this Independence Day. Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He can be contacted at theBrunells@msn.com. continued from page A-4 Support veterans, vote out 'garbage' Editor, the Journal I rarely agree with Sen. Patty Mur- ray's politics. However, her determi- nation to hold the VA accountable for their reprehensible treatment of veterans is commendable. Murray has been the only Washington state Congressperson to repeatedly question Secretary Shinseki about pervasive VA malfeasance. My research, including the Con- gressional Record, shows all other Washington state Congress members were markedly silent about veterans' complaints before the VA scandal went public. After their brief display of indignation, their inattention quickly returned. Frankly, Congress gives higher prior- ity to illegal aliens' care than insuring ethical treatment for American veter- ans, and Washington Congress people lead the bunch. Here's an example: On June 12, 10th District Con- gressman Denny Heck submitted two statements he called bills, ostensibly to help veterans. On the same day, he and all of Washington's House Democrat Congress members joined 52 others in signing a letter to Obama. It urges him to increase assistance for millions of illegal aliens staying in our country -- ignoring federal immigra- tion laws. In response to Americans' outrage, they will respond with their common justification, "Undocumented Quality Women's Clothing & Access 25% OF colored ta Wed- Sat 10-6:30 r Sun 12-6:30 113 S. 2 nd Street . immigrants pay their way." That is patently untrue and a disservice to Americans. More than 20 million American veterans (600,000 in Washington) have a shocking revelation for Con- gress. We've paid a hell of a lot more than "our own way" and we demand a change, Americans must rid our coun- try of "garbage in government." This November, replace the Congress that has pandered to millions of illegals while ignoring American veterans. Vote them out! Reader fed up with campaigns Editor, the Journal Election season is upon us again. That means phone calls, signs, fliers and ads will be flooding our voters. Ev- ery candidate will be working hard to garner each vote. As irritating as it is, it is part of the process. Unfortunately, I see the dirty politics that plagues the national scene has filtered down into i il  local and state politics. That is why I, as campaign chair for Dan Griffey, challenge all candidates to remember that voters need to hear what you stand for, how you voted and your ideas for solutions, not personal attacks against each other. Voters are fed up with negative campaigns and half-truths from both sides. I chal- lenge all candidates to run clean cam- paigns. Let's show the voters we care more about representing them than winning at all costs; that we are about solving problems, not creating them. I challenge all candidates to show the voters that while we may not agree, we can treat each other with respect, truth and civility. I challenge all candi- dates to show that a robust campaign can happen without sinking to the level that national campaigns do. We need to show voters that we will represent them, will reach across the aisle and work together to solve problems. Who is up to the challenge? 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