Reading While Eating for December 21: Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls

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An iced-over train is seen parked in the railyard at Malmo central station, Sweden, December 20, 2010. More than a hundred local commuter trains were cancelled in the Malmo area on Monday because of severe weather.

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Tuesday’s links stick to the cookies and the jokes that we’re used to.

Terror Table: Talk about a waiter horror story — a group of 47 students demands all separate checks — and then they all take out their Groupons. (Consumerist)

Sweet Story: Watch as this illustrator tells his own tale of creation — as told by Christmas cookie dough and sprinkles. (New York Times)

Flow-Free: For a brief time in 1969, Niagara Falls was completely dry. The never-bef0re-seen photos are stunning. (Gizmodo)

Ba-Dum Ching: Now that his CNN show is over, Larry King tried his hand at stand-up comedy on Leno last night. And, well, your grandparents will love it. (Splitsider)

Super Celebs: Stars are not only prettier and more famous than you, but they also have impressive hidden talents. (LIFE)

Reading Rage: Even if he just received a Wii, don’t give this 5-year-old boy books for Christmas. He won’t be happy about it. (The Daily What)

Elsewhere on TIME.com: Need a last-minute gift? Make a difference and donate to charity. Our Charity Gift Guide can get you started.

Must See: Shaquille O’Neal recently conducted the Boston Pops. Because why not? It’s the holidays. (via Vulture)

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ProtectAmericanJobs
ProtectAmericanJobs

Foreign Lobbyists here in the US promote sending US jobs to countries like China, India and Mexico where they work for slave wages, no benefits, no OSHA safety standards or No Real Environment Regulations. It also doesn't help us compete when many of these Chinese company's factories are subsidized by China's communist government.

Just check out the current Chinese extreme pollution issues – We all live in the same world, but not every country plays by the same rules.

We're not the bad guys right now. Countries like our USA, Germany, Canada, Japan and other countries like them are trying to do the right thing to help limit and clean up pollution. But countries like China, India, Mexico and many others are not doing the same. Just check out the current Chinese extreme pollution issues – We all live in the same world, but not every country plays by the same rules. You Don't see China, India or Mexico with anything even close to our EPA, DEP, OSHA, etc........ – Do you?

Trade with countries like China, India and Mexico is pretty much a One-Way-Street.

Our economic problems didn't happen overnight. It's been happening over the past 25 years, but the American economy was kept going by middle class American consumers tapping into the equity on their homes to enable them to continue to buy the cheap outsourced products until they were completely tapped out, out of good jobs and or out of work.  

On the US Department of Commerce's US Census Bureau website there's a graphic showing how our trade imbalance has gotten progressively worse over the entire period from 1989 to the present and how it's really accelerated at an increasingly greater rate each year since 1999.

We can thank "our leaders" from both sides and the WTO for that.

See for yourself: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c0004.html

www(dot)census(dot)gov(slash)foreign-trade(slash)balance(slash)c0004(dot)html

Check it out and figure it out for yourself.

If these "free trade" agreements were so good us, why did our trade deficit keep getting larger and larger during this span of time.

Increasingly way more money going out of our country every year versus coming in every year.

It's not rocket science.

Regardless of what the Free-Traitors keep trying to sell us, we can see what's real. The American People need to just trust their own instincts, common sense and what they've seen actually going on all around them versus all of the nonsense that the Free-Traitors are still trying to sell us.

Also most counterfeit goods are produced and manufactured in China, making it the counterfeit capital of the world. In fact, the counterfeiting industry accounts for 8% of China's GDP.

Trade with countries like China, India and Mexico is pretty much a One-Way-Street.

We can bring manufacturing back to the USA where we're less likely to pollute than they are in China, India and Mexico and at the same time provide a much needed boost to the Real American Economy and the American People.

The “Global Market Place” is not a level playing field! The whole idea of the tariffs is so we can pay our factory workers a decent wage and not be blown out by these other countries where they don’t play by the same rules.

The bottom line is that “Our Government” has to protect domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

We may have to pay a bit more for products made here in the USA by US citizens, but at least we'll still have jobs and a future for our children.

ProtectAmericanJobs
ProtectAmericanJobs

The bottom line is that "Our Government" has to protect domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

Bringing manufacturing back to the US not only gives jobs to the US citizens who would be working in those manufacturing facilities, but to the people that would be working in the businesses that would spring up all around them. This should also include the safe harvesting, production and distribution of our own natural energy here in the USA, rather than paying for fuel from countries where they hate us. Let's keep that money and those jobs here in the US.

Nowadays it's obviously not about being either lazy or uneducated as many try to profess, but about wages, expenses and regulations that are not even remotely close to the wages, expenses and regulations in our country.

If more people would have listened to Ross Perot back in 1992, America wouldn't be in this mess.