Thursday, August 18, 2011
You want more symbols, Mr. President? Drive west on I-10 out of Phoenix, get off at the Salome Road exit, and drive up through Bouse towards Parker. See all those miles and miles of freight cars sitting on sidings out there in the middle of nowhere? They're there for the same reason all those empty pallets are stacked behind you in Iowa. Stage a photo op there.
For a different type of photo op, head north up to Flagstaff. Stop in at the Lumberyard Brewing Company there. Nice place. Have a seat in the outdoor patio, order a beer, and have lunch. You could even have a press conference there, but I wouldn't suggest it. You see, the Lumberyard is right next to railroad tracks and every 10 minutes, you'd be interrupted by a freight train passing. Freight trains hauling nothing but shipping containers, stacked two high. Shipping containers with names like "Hanjin" and "Yuan" on them. Shipping containers filled with "stuff" - on pallets, of course - made in places with names like Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Suzhou, Baoding, and Fengxian. Full shipping containers headed east, empty shipping containers (and pallets) headed west for Long Beach and then by boat back to Shanghai. Yeah...there's a picture for your campaign, Mr. President.
But, be that as it may, enjoy your vacation. I certainly don't begrudge you your ten days off. After all, tens of millions of Americans have been taking way, way more time off than that lately...only outside of the Beltway, we call it "unemployment."