The Leaf Blower: Today’s Metaphor for America

Tis the season, Fall, in most temperate parts of the United States that leaves are falling or have fallen. It used to be that leaves were manually raked, then bagged, used for mulch or in olden days burned. American labor making the world safe for Winter.

Now, leaf blowers are prevalent, but typically not made in America. As the name implies, they move leaves around but don’t pick them up. In fact, they move leaves onto neighboring properties or public areas. So you have a foreign manufactured product used to reduce the role of American labor (even if it is often you or your children) and the result is to push the problem onto someone else. A twist on NIMBY.

Confession: I have moved the vacuum cleaner hose to the rear port and blown dirt and dust from hard to reach areas.

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