Skip to comments.Buy American (simple vanity)
Posted on 11/09/2012 6:41:02 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
OK I'll go ahead and start this vanity, because I think it's a topic whose time has come:
We spent billions more last year than we took in.
Billions. On all sorts of junk.
Every country in the world is building factories, selling their stuff to us.
China in particular, is selling us all sorts of junk.
It is time for us to sell, not buy.
Sell stuff. Sell stuff made here.
Thanks for listening. :)
Yes, our trike conversions kits are, for all the good it does us.
We take exceptional pride in being the *only* totally made-in-the-USA conversion kits available.
[others try to make that claim but their parts come from China or Canada and are *assembled* in the USA...big difference]
Because of that, our materials cost more and our profit margin is very slim.
Plus, we offer automatic discounts to veterans which knocks another 10% off what we we make, per kit.
In the last few years, trikes have become extremely popular and trike kit manufacturers have sprung up selling much cheaper kits mass produced in China and other countries.
We can’t compete with their prices.
So, with the Obama economy driving our core customers [vets/disabled people] into the ground, we’re about done.
They’ll buy cheaper, inferior kits instead of USA made ones.
I’m not sure ‘made in the USA’ even matters to most people any more.
We have a *lifetime* guarantee on our kits but what good is that if a foreign made kit is so cheap that after their year or 2 warranty runs out and it breaks, you can just buy another cheap kit?
...In fact, I might just move to another country and manufacture products to compete with American manufacturers. At least then I can keep some of my earnings!!! This business model sucks. Why do you think American manufacturers need to appeal to nationalism to sell their products?!?! Answer: it sure ain’t the quality!
When the slaves rebel - their masters starve.
I’ll buy American oil and natural gas.
How? To buy American, first there has to be American stuff to buy.
A few years ago, I needed a new steam iron. I wanted to buy one made in America, but most of them sold today are made in China. I finally got one that was from Germany.
The same goes for toasters. The only one I could find that was not made in China was one from England costing more than $200--ten times more than those from China. So I settled for a damn Chicom toaster.
Feed the unions, buy American? I don’t think so... it’s sundown on the unions.
Buy Government Motors crap cars?
I closed my Family Farm Business on 11/1/11, after 21yrs. I know what you mean.
Union labor, regulations, and high taxes. Who the heck would want to manufacture here? DUH!
Who the heck can afford their product afterwords? A pair of American wool mittens might cost as much as $30 when the same quality mitten from a non-union, non-regulated, lower taxed country would only cost about $5!
I just heard John Boehner on Fox saying he was going to try to reduce the deficit by closing tax loopholes and reining in entitlements.
How about a third option: Bring back manufacturing jobs to America! Higher paid workers will pay more in taxes, automatically.
Yeah, I know all the objections: union problems, over-regulation, etc, etc. But at least talk about it. AT LEAST TRY.
Exporting is the key to wealth creation. Think of how many problems would be solved if the world was beating our doors down to buy projects made here with their saved-up USD.
But Tom Friedman is right, the world IS flat and other countries by hook or by crook, can make some stuff cheaper than we can. The solution is to let them, but redeploy our talents to making different things that they can’t. This goes back to the theory of Comparative Advantage first described by David Ricardo in his 1817 book On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation, but the theory starts to fall apart when the means of production can be anywhere (as has happened). But the principle still has validity - for example, there is no point in trying to compete against Chinese labor to make a $30 DVD player. Buy the cheap player at Wal-Mart, but generate many times as much wealth by generating the movies and other content that people will buy to play on them. Let the lowest-cost producer make the cheapest hardware, but develop software that runs on it that becomes the standard for the world (just ask Bill Gates).
Everybody is pissy right now, but the answer isn’t as simple as buy American or by foreign. The answer is to understand economics and find ways to adapt and thrive.
I would agree with you if the world were fair.
However, America has built a massive vending operation built on one principle:
CHEAP IS GOOD.
Doesn’t matter if stuff is sellable in return. Just as long as it is available and cheap.
So we have built a shopping experience better than any others. The entire world sells stuff in America.
This was great for about a generation. But now, we begin to notice something.
We no longer make anything.
We no longer make clothes, we no longer make pottery. We no longer make electronics. We no longer make computers.
The list grows longer every single day, yet we do nothing.
This cannot continue.
Markets must be open both ways. Or ours will close.
No more messing around.
Is it prudent to spend your money on an American UAW car, and then later have the proceeds used against you to elect socialists? I’m not sure how that is good for America.
“Ok, Ill only buy american firearms and ammo. Im not buying anything else.”
Like a S&W Model 29 - 4” Blued? Sigh. Lost in tragic boating accident along with less loved but all american collection. RIP.
MUST be the #1 priority. What good would it do to create more jobs if all the wages are going to be stolen from the working class anyway? Why work hard every day to bring home half (and soon less) of your paycheck because some welfare queen needs another check to support her 7th fatherless kid?
When does her "safety net" end? How long will it be before the slaves get to actually keep what they've earned?
Sure. Go shopping. Buy American. Spend, spend, spend. Do it for the good 'ol U.S.S.A.!
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