While watching a show on TV I got the facts on what is really happening with the economy in the USA. It wasn’t even a documentary it was a reality show that is strictly a show for entertainment. It’s named, Shark Tank and it is in its fourth season on ABC. Shark Tank consists of five wealthy investors (the Sharks), who consider the sales pitch from inventors or entrepreneurs” seeking investments and help for their business or product. The entrepreneur is essentially a contestant on a game show. He/she makes a request for how much money he needs and offers a percentage of his business. If a Shark on the panel is interested in the deal being offered to them he can make an offer. The offer will consist of how much money he will invest and what percentage he wants in return of the business. If no panel member is interested in the business, the contestant leaves without an investment. Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John and Robert Herjavec our generally the five wealthy Sharks but a few other have sat in instead of the regulars.
Season 3 episode 307 gave me insight to a lie that is going on in our nation. That is the B.S. lie that the wealthy of our nation are “Job Creators.” That episode featured Gulf War veteran, Donny McCall who has become my new hero. Donny is the inventor of the Invis-A-Rack a pick-up truck accessory. This invention is a retractable cargo rack designed to turn your family pickup truck into a work truck in just minutes. McCall appeared before the Sharks requesting $100,000 for a 10 percent stake in his company and help making his product. Donny talked about how he had seen his community of Sparta, North Carolina have factory after factory shut down or move. He said this is why he was insisting the manufacturing and production of his product was going to be in the U.S. Donny firmly believes he can get into the retail sector and still make a good profit using only U.S. made materials. He admitted he knew the truck rack would not save the U.S. economy; he was content trying to just help a community like Sparta in whatever way he could with jobs. “I’m one man trying to do his best for this country,” he said. “I want to help my family and my investors financially but also my church, community, state and country in any way that I can.”
Shark Daymond John asks if they could find a quality manufacture oversees that could make this much cheaper, would he be interested? Donny replied, “This product was invented in the U.S. and it will be built here.” Kevin O’Leary says he is only interested if the Invis-A-Rack is produced oversees. Kevin is an atheist who has said he worships only money. He claims money is the only thing that is important in life and that you should fire your own mother if she stands in the way of you making a buck. In the past Shark Robert Herjavec has talked about how his dad came from Croatia and became a Canadian factory worker. He has talked about how his dad worked hard to supported his family and give them a better life in their new country. Donny looked right at Robert and said, “A Factory Workers Son” that immediately hit home with Robert. Robert than gave an emotional speech that brought him and me to tears as he remembered his Dad’s struggle at finding a job. His dad finally found a factory job and was able to provide for his family. I was thinking what if the factory had closed and moved to China? Where would Robert be today without his father providing for his education? In the end Herjavec like the rest of the Sharks declined investing in McCall’s product unless it is made overseas which Donny to his credit will never accept.
These five BS “Job Creators” treated him like a rube. Donny might have lost $100,000 but he is my hero because he epitomizes integrity, patriotism and community. I’m not the only one who feels that as his website was jammed with traffic after the show. He sold out of his Invis-A-Rack inventory in no time at all. Donny was contacted by a DeeZee.com who makes truck accessories in the U.S. and they are now making Donny’s Invis-A-Rack! The Sharks are the perfect example of everything that is wrong with U.S. businessmen today. These wealthy businessmen have no loyalty to this country and don’t care about domestic manufacturing. They want to make products overseas where they can make huge profits by exploiting under-aged, under-paid workers in dangerous sweatshop conditions and be free to pollute the air and water. Conservatives keep using the term “Job Creators” for these U.S. businessmen that are actually only creating jobs overseas. Then we have corporate lobbyists who own our “Representatives” to the point that the lobbyists write tax laws that allow U.S. companies that do business outside the U.S. to park their profits, in offshore accounts and be exempt from taxes. As long as the 99% keep accepting the B.S. of corporate welfare, deregulation, cheap products vs. U.S. jobs, tax cuts for the wealthy and trickle down economics we are going to be in the poorhouse while the 1% laugh all the way to the bank.
Guys like Donny McCall who show that there are things way more valuable than moneys are the type of people who are going to make this a better planet for my kids. Donny shows the “Job Creators” for what they are “U.S. Job Cremators.”
James Hunter: “People Gonna Talk”
James will be playing at the Kent Stage June, 30
My mother said I broke her heart…but it was my integrity that was important. Is that so selfish? It sells for so little, but it’s all we have left in this place. It is the very last inch of us…but within that inch we are free.” ― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta