28 October 2012

Local Manufacturing

For decades now the movement of manufacturing to Mexico and overseas has been a phenomenon decried both nationally and locally. The public wringing of hands of politicians, the wailing of the labor unions, the continual editorializing in the papers, and the obsessive discussions by the television talking heads all point to the demise of America as a result of the loss of jobs resulting from the movement of manufacturing out of the country. And yet Congress and the state legislatures are often responsible for this loss of jobs. A perfect example of this is methamphetamine. The manufacture of methamphetamine was a home grown industry. The ingredients required to manufacture meth are easily obtainable. The process by which it is manufactured is easily learned and the equipment necessary in the manufacturing process is readily available. Making meth was a source of income for many who had no income or were otherwise unemployable. The retail end of the business produced additional income for others in the supply chain. On the demand side, the market was never fully satisfied. I will admit things slowed considerably during the recession. The slow down in the construction industry has been a significant factor in lower demand. When one realizes that a very large percentage of roofers, brick layers, concrete workers, and others associated with construction and residential repair use a little meth in the morning to get the day started and again a snort or two after lunch to fight the early afternoon blahs, one realizes the effect on demand. But the demand is there and is now growing again but the ability to manufacture meth and been terribly restricted and has now moved to Mexico as has so much of our manufacturing. The particular factors in the loss of these jobs is due totally to our various legislative bodies. First and foremost if you are caught by the authorities making meth, you go to prison; often for many years especially if the federales capture you. Getting high is considered a sin and therefore criminal in all jurisdictions of this country. In addition, it is now difficult to obtain the ingredients for the production of meth. The purchase of pseudoephedrine, a necessary ingredient, is now monitored nationally so that law enforcement can learn who has purchased it anywhere in the United States; and in Iowa as an example, a person is limited in the amount of pseudoephedrine one can purchase in any given month. If you purchase pseudo for someone planning on using it to make meth, you are committing a felony. Another traditional ingredient, anhydrous ammonia, used by farmers as fertilizer and traditionally easily obtainable by those desiring to make a little meth is now required to be under lock and key and the possession of it with the intent to use it to make meth is also a felony. It is difficult to explain the container of anhydrous ammonia in your garage as fertilizer for your garden, especially since most of the people inclined to make meth are not avid gardeners. Consequently anyone possessing it without a tractor in the barn can expect prison time. This example illustrates once again the mendacity of our legislatures. They will tell you that meth is destroying lives and must be got rid of entirely and on the other hand they bemoan the loss of your job to poorly paid Mexican peasants. To find the good stuff, called ice, one now has to find an importer from Mexico. Often this importer is an illegal and shouldn't be here in the first place. Not only do we not profit from the manufacture of meth, but we also lose the wholesale markup to illegals. This is an unacceptable situation especially in rural areas where the population continues to dwindle for lack of jobs. Those of you who are unemployed or unemployable should be contacting your congressman or senator, or locally, your senator or representative to begin reversing this onslaught of legislation restricting you from gainful employment.