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Old 05-23-2008, 07:12 PM   #1
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Bring American jobs home?
We've been doing this as much as possible for awhile now, but thought I'd share the article anyway.

Want to bring American jobs home?

Are we Americans as dumb as we appear or is it that we just do not think?
While the Chinese, knowingly and intentionally, export inferior products
and dangerous toys and goods to be sold in American markets, the media
wrings its hands and criticizes the Bush Administration for perceived
errors. Yet 70% of Americans believe that the trading privileges afforded
to the Chinese should be suspended. Well, why do you need the
government to suspend trading privileges? DO IT YOURSELF!!

Simply look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says 'Made
in China ' or 'PRC' (and that now includes Hong Kong ), simply choose
another product or none at all. You will be amazed at how dependent you
are on Chinese products, however you will be equally amazed at what you
can do without. Who needs plastic eggs to celebrate Easter? If you must
have eggs, use real ones and benefit some American farmer. Easter is just
an example, the point is.. do not wait for the government to act. Just go
ahead and assume control on your own. If 200 million Americans refuse to
buy just $20 each of Chinese goods, that's a billion dollar trade
imbalance resolved in our favor...fast!! The downside? Some American
businesses will feel a temporary pinch from having foreign stockpiles of
inventory. ** Downside ??

The solution ?
Let's give them fair warning and send our own message. We will not
implement this UNTIL June 4, and we will only continue it until July 4.
That is only one month of trading losses, but it will hit the Chinese for
1/12th of the total, or 8%, of their American exports. Then they will at
least have to ask themselves if the benefits of their arrogance and
lawlessness were worth it. Remember, June 4 to July 4.

Send this to everybody you know. Show them we are Americans
and NOBODY can take us for granted. If we can't live without cheap Chinese
goods for one month out of our lives, WE DESERVE WHAT WE GET!
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:35 PM   #2
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I'm in!!! Great post!!!

We need to support things made in the US of A!!

I think we should also make it more profitable for our own companies to do business here by lowering the corporate tax rate.. The US has the 2nd highest corporate tax rate in the world.. we are driving our companies away and along with them go all the jobs!!
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Old 05-24-2008, 06:49 PM   #3
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The U.S. could take a lesson from Ireland. Their economy was a disaster until the government finally wised up and slashed the taxes on businesses. Now they are enjoying a booming economy and more tax revenues than they have ever seen.

Screw the Chinese, I do my best to not buy their products. It can be hard, but I do my bit.

Well, ok, I do still eat Chinese food.
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Why stop in a month? Insist on quality products from places that do fair business. Vote with your $$$.
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I agree, we need to be thinking about our own economy.
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agreed! I will try my best to avoid them!
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I totally support this plan. However, as an aside, I bought a wall plaque for my husband the other morning at a Cracker Barrel with a lovely quote from the "Gettysburg Address".

I got it home, unpackaged it, and showed it off to him. He flipped it over to see how it hangs on the wall and what does he find? I little gold sticker reading "Made in China."
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Hmm... there's nothing wrong with the idea of buying locally, I definitely support that. I agree with the principle that we must learn to read labels and decide to encourage local economy.

But I'm not convinced China is really the problem. If Americans don't want to buy anything produced in China, production will just move elsewhere. India, Pakistan, Haiti, whatever. The cause is not "the Chinese". The cause is companies wanting to make as much profit as possible. And us customers too, who prefer cheap over quality.

"The Chinese" can't decide to put their products in American stores. It's American companies, distributors and retailers who decide which products will be sold in the US. It's American companies, distributors, and retailers who don't care to inspect the factories, and who don't ensure the products they sell are safe... China is too far for them to monitor appropriately the situation? Well duh, what a surprise! In any case, these companies are also responsible.

There definitely are problems in safety standards and work conditions in China, no doubt about that. But the Chinese people have to work in those factories. Think about it... they probably hate it a lot more than you do.
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Hmm... there's nothing wrong with the idea of buying locally, I definitely support that. I agree with the principle that we must learn to read labels and decide to encourage local economy.

But I'm not convinced China is really the problem. If Americans don't want to buy anything produced in China, production will just move elsewhere. India, Pakistan, Haiti, whatever. The cause is not "the Chinese". The cause is companies wanting to make as much profit as possible. And us customers too, who prefer cheap over quality.

"The Chinese" can't decide to put their products in American stores. It's American companies, distributors and retailers who decide which products will be sold in the US. It's American companies, distributors, and retailers who don't care to inspect the factories, and who don't ensure the products they sell are safe... China is too far for them to monitor appropriately the situation? Well duh, what a surprise! In any case, these companies are also responsible.

There definitely are problems in safety standards and work conditions in China, no doubt about that. But the Chinese people have to work in those factories. Think about it... they probably hate it a lot more than you do.
Well said.

I really like this animation to explain how things get to our stores. It's 20 minutes long, but worth the watch. It's called the Story of Stuff.
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Thanks Iza. I saw this post as sounding pretty zenophobic. How can you y'all sit here and bash everyone from China? They're good people just like you and me. If you wanna bash someone bash US corporations. This is just my .02
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