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Old 04-25-2007, 06:47 AM   #1
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Something To Think About!!

Good Morning Everyone!! Hope this is not a repost!!

Something to Think About !!
>>
>> Joe Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock
>>(MADE IN JAPAN) for 6am. While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA) was
>>perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG). He
>>put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA ), designer jeans (MADE IN
>>SINGAPORE) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA). After cooking his
>>breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA) he sat down
>>with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO ) to see how much he could
>>spend today. After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN) to the radio
>>(MADE IN MALAYSIA) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY) and
>>continued his search for a good paying NORTH AMERICAN JOB. At the end of
>>yet another discouraging and fruitless day, Joe decided to relax
>>for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL) poured himself
>>a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE) and turned on his TV (MADE IN
>>INDONESIA), and then wondered why he can't find a good paying job
>>in North America.
>>
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>> (plus most of us shop at Wal-Mart where almost nothing is made in
>>North America)
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Old 04-25-2007, 07:24 AM   #2
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(plus most of us shop at Wal-Mart where almost nothing is made in
>>North America)

A lot of people don't know this...It's shocking to me, really. Do you know why nothing in WalMart is made here? Because they ONLY Sell things at a price reasonable to them...not the producer or the consumer...so companies are forced to outsource in order to do buisness with them

Thats how they have always low prices, always...I'd like to wipe that fithy smile right of that happ faces face!
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Old 04-25-2007, 08:21 AM   #3
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I find myself becoming more and more like my Dad everyday...(ut OH!)...who check's out every item he considers buying to see if it's MADE IN THE USA.

Especially with the recent news about Toyota surpassing GM, selling more cars in the first quarter, I find myself sick and tired of this.
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:21 AM   #4
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and then wondered why he can't find a good paying job in North America.
He should go work at the docks, it looks like there are a lot of imports that need to be taken care of.


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(plus most of us shop at Wal-Mart where almost nothing is made in North America)
Why? Because Americans are expensive.
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Old 04-25-2007, 12:53 PM   #5
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This is exactly why you see America becoming a more service oriented economy.

That was a good anecdote though.
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Old 04-25-2007, 04:42 PM   #6
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This is what I love... Americans want things for low prices (Wal-Mart). The retailer goes to find a source of goods that they can buy from to sell to consumers for a low price and still make a profit. They end up with low-quality, low-price goods that people end up hating. I love it when people blame Wal-Mart for ruining America. No... Americans ruined America (and its economy) by demanding such low prices. Importing goods < Domestic goods.

My Mazda6 was built by a robot/human in Michigan!

/Doesn't Shop At Wal-Mart... Ever
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Old 04-25-2007, 05:25 PM   #7
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This is what I love... Americans want things for low prices (Wal-Mart). The retailer goes to find a source of goods that they can buy from to sell to consumers for a low price and still make a profit. They end up with low-quality, low-price goods that people end up hating. I love it when people blame Wal-Mart for ruining America. No... Americans ruined America (and its economy) by demanding such low prices. Importing goods < Domestic goods.

My Mazda6 was built by a robot/human in Michigan!

/Doesn't Shop At Wal-Mart... Ever
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Don't be so quick to pin anything on Wal-mart. Wal-Mart gets a bad rap a lot of the time (and justifiably so in most cases - ie low wages/benefits/etc). However, a lot of people overlook all of the good that wal-mart has done for this country.

Wal-mart alone has dramatically increased the spending power of lower and middle class Americans. It is not that Americans demand such low prices, it is that they need these lower prices on consumer goods to compensate for the increased prices on other things (ie healthcare).

Speaking of healthcare, Wal-mart has also increased the average consumer's ability to purchase percriptions with their $4 perscription program and they are in the process of putting in health clinics into 400 of their stores so that people can seek quality health services at an affordable price.

Yes, Wal-Mart procures a lot of goods that were made overseas, but they also sell a lot of goods that are made in the USA. I am just so tired of hearing people dog Wal-Mart without ever taking into consideration all of the good that this company has done for every local economy in America.

This country is far better off with Wal-Mart than it ever would have been without it.
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Old 04-25-2007, 05:33 PM   #8
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Just a point of clarification, my rant above had nothing to do with buying imported goods versus domestic goods. I am a strong believer that we need to support our own people, and whole heartedly advocate buying goods made in the USA.
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Old 04-25-2007, 07:45 PM   #9
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The problem with almost all Americans is, WE ALL THINK WE ARE WORTH 50 BUCKS AN HOUR no matter what job we do… Do you blame corporations for outsourcing jobs…

Don’t get me started on Unions, the one I am a member of is a 95% to 5%... That is, 95% of the time they fight for the wrong reason and 5% of the time the fight to benefit all the members as a whole…

Oh, and for the WAL*MART haters, if you don’t like them don’t shop there, if think they have unfair labor practices don’t work there… It’s as simple as that…

Rant over… I need a hug…
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Old 04-26-2007, 06:28 AM   #10
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This is what I love... Americans want things for low prices (Wal-Mart). The retailer goes to find a source of goods that they can buy from to sell to consumers for a low price and still make a profit. They end up with low-quality, low-price goods that people end up hating. I love it when people blame Wal-Mart for ruining America. No... Americans ruined America (and its economy) by demanding such low prices. Importing goods < Domestic goods.

My Mazda6 was built by a robot/human in Michigan!

/Doesn't Shop At Wal-Mart... Ever
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Your mazda was built (assembled) in Michigan with at least 90% of the parts made in Japan. Very little domestic content whereas, domestic autos have the same 90% of domestic parts thereby providing tier one, two and three jobs IN North America, not across the ocean.
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Old 04-26-2007, 07:18 AM   #11
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How do you tell which car is more American?

http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/...nt-chart_N.htm

http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/...can-usat_N.htm

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Old 04-26-2007, 03:16 PM   #12
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Good find rock36, 65% Us/Canada Parts in my 6 . I wasn't blaming Wal-Mart, just using it as an example. And I really don't want to anger people, but I don't see how importing such a high level of goods can help America. Sure, specialization allows for effeciency, and we have limited resources in America, but the argument that they make things affordable just shows they have a lower income anyways, because of competition for jobs. Whatever, I make enough money to live a good life in college and try my hardest to keep the money I spend in our economy, helping the spending multiplier only makes for a healthier savings account.
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Old 05-06-2007, 09:08 AM   #13
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Really liked the except. But the problem is bigger as others have pointed out. Buy American when you can. Unions and a thought of our own high worth have brought a lot of us way to high. Then we have some professions that make way more than they shoulD. for sticking an aluminum splint over the end of my mothers broken finger a doctor charged 1600$$$ that was less than a 30 min appointment.
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