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We Should Start Supporting American Companies
http://www.sodahead.com ^ | 7/7/2012 | Brother Bo

Posted on 07/08/2012 6:46:59 AM PDT by BO Stinkss

I think it’s time we all started REALLY supporting our OWN country in whatever way we can,

I DIDN'T KNOW HALLMARK CARDS WERE MADE IN CHINA ! That is also why Idon't buy cards at Hallmark anymore, They are made in China and are more expensive! I buy them at Dollar Tree - 50 cents each and made inUSA

I have been looking at the blenders available on the Internet. Kitchen Aid is MADE IN the US. Top of my list already...

Yesterday I was in Wal Mart looking for a wastebasket. I found some made in China for $6.99. I didn't want to pay that much so I asked the lady if they had any others. She took me to another department and they had some at 2.50 made in USA . They are just as good.

Same as a kitchen rug I needed. I had to look, but I found some made in the USA - what a concept! - and they were 3.00 cheaper.

We are being brainwashed to believe that everything that comes from China and Mexico is cheaper. Not so. One Light Bulb at a Time...I was in Lowe's the other day and just out of curiosity, I looked at the hose attachments. They were all made inChina .

The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in USA .

Start looking, people . . .In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else - most often, their job.

My grandson likes Hershey's candy. I noticed, though, that it is now marked "made in Mexico ." I don't buy it anymore.

My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico ... now I have switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything.

This past weekend I was at Kroger . . . I needed 60W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy -- was an off-brand labeled, "Everyday Value." I picked up both types of bulbs and compared them: they were the same except for the price . . .the GE bulbs cost more than the Everyday Value brand, but the thing that surprised me the most was that that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in - you guessed it - the USA at a company in Cleveland, Ohio.

It's Way past time to start finding and buying products you use every day that are made right here.

So, on to the next aisle: Bounce Dryer Sheets... yep, you guessed it, Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada . The Everyday Value brand cost less, and was MADE IN THE USA! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years, at almost half the price.

My challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA - the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!

If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others in your address book so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time! Stop buying from overseas companies - you're sending the jobs there. (We should have awakened a decade ago....)

Let's get with the program and help our fellow Americans keep their jobs and create more jobs here in the USA.


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: bloggersandpersonal; buyamerican; madeintheusa; madeinusa; sourcetitlenoturl; vanity
Made in USA is hard to find- but it is out there.
1 posted on 07/08/2012 6:47:04 AM PDT by BO Stinkss
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To: BO Stinkss

Won’t stop the federal government from regulating business out of this country still. I remember the days when “Made In U.S.A.” was all over the place (and when Made In Japan caught up), and you would turn up your nose at “Made In Hong Kong” . . .


2 posted on 07/08/2012 6:55:41 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: BO Stinkss

Forgot to mention that the president does not say “Made in USA” in his speeches, preferring the vague term “Made in America” (which does not have to mean the USA).


3 posted on 07/08/2012 6:57:50 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: BO Stinkss

“We should start supporting American companies”

Like GM?


4 posted on 07/08/2012 7:18:29 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: BO Stinkss

I live on a tight budget and have found that the less expensive items are usually US made. Two birds, one stone.


5 posted on 07/08/2012 7:22:43 AM PDT by bgill
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To: BO Stinkss

Thanks for the post. I’ll start looking a little bit harder for Made in the USA along with the other stuff I already watch for.


6 posted on 07/08/2012 7:23:26 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Gingrich/West 2012)
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To: BO Stinkss
On the retail side, I loved dealing with Leanin' Tree Greeting Cards - made in the USA products (for the most part) as well as a wide variety of lines celebrating America - from history and traditions to simply choosing to use American artists for their lines.

The one issue we had with the company was when their domestic vendor who supplied mug blanks just couldn't keep up with demand. Worst possible timing, it was right before the Christmas rush - so the company turned to China to produce the mugs, and quality went crushing through the floor.

They've been rather open on the issue, and it was rather frustrating to be forced to drop the line, as their mug display was the single largest profit center in the store per square foot, but not only did the company take back all the inventory we had on hand, they also made good on any we had sold.

For a time, they ceased even offering the mugs, but retail demand for them never abated, and they've gone back to selling the made in China product. But they've made no secret of their desire to return this production to the US. Oh, and note: their domestic suppliers were effectively forced out of business by regulations - inane chemical tests for California regulations, strict emissions guidelines, etc. While imported goods don't require the tests so long as the vendor places a warning label on the product.

Aside from this black mark, they are probably my favorite company to deal with, and I go out of my way to find stores that carry their cards.

7 posted on 07/08/2012 7:30:52 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine; BO Stinkss; Olog-hai

No Corona or Heinekin for me ! Coors only (and it’s non union)


8 posted on 07/08/2012 7:31:28 AM PDT by onona (Tagline currently under construction. Stay tunes...........)
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To: Olog-hai

...Forgot to mention that the president does not say “Made in USA” in his speeches,

Considering that there is considerable doubt that obama was “made in the USA” this comes as no surprise


9 posted on 07/08/2012 7:35:49 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
Like GM?

No, but like Ford, or transplants if you can't get past the UAW label.

10 posted on 07/08/2012 7:38:14 AM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (With choices like Palin, Cain, and Bachmann, what could go wrong? Now we know.)
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To: onona
No Corona or Heinekin for me ! Coors only...

Too bland. Sam Adams is good, though. And when we talk foreign beers, I like to paraphrase "The Most Interesting Man in the World:"

I don't always drink, but when I do, I drink to excess." (dos equis = two ex'es)

11 posted on 07/08/2012 7:40:47 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: onona

Shiner....


12 posted on 07/08/2012 7:47:11 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: BO Stinkss

The WTO is opposed to country of origin labeling and is pushing to supersede national laws. The day may soon come when there are no country of origin labels. Link to what is happening in agriculture appears below:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/07/02/156129935/free-trade-could-nix-country-of-origin-labels-on-meat


13 posted on 07/08/2012 8:04:01 AM PDT by Soul of the South
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To: TwelveOfTwenty
No, but like Ford, or transplants if you can't get past the UAW label.

I pretty much agree. The bondholder rape for the benefit of the UAW is a major problem for me. Ford doesn't have that, and neither do the transplants.

14 posted on 07/08/2012 8:07:09 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Dos equis is NOT the best Mexican beer out there. Have you tried Pacifico or Sol? Those two are by far the best Mexican beers.


15 posted on 07/08/2012 8:12:56 AM PDT by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: BO Stinkss

Hard to find “Made in the USA” but we can still support American companies. I am buying another laptop. I was going to get a Lenovo ThinkPad, a Chinese company, when I found the Vizio CT14. Vizio is an American company. Makes my choice easier.


16 posted on 07/08/2012 8:21:59 AM PDT by Astronaut
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To: BO Stinkss

I’m not trying to hi-jack the thread, because I agree with you. Buy USA if at all possible.

But here is a warning — happening in Oregon.

Is this happening in your city? This is a copy of an email from AFP — Americans for Prosperity:

Danger! Danger!

Below is a copy of a proposed Amendment being pushed by an organization called “Move To Amend”. It is an attempt to strip the rights of select organizations in order to limit or stop their spending. Note that unions, non-governmental organizations (NGO) nor environmental groups are mentioned.

This is being pushed across the U.S. at the city and county level and has now come to Salem. Below the amendment is the motion Salem City Councilor Laura Tesler has put on the City Council agenda for Monday July 9th.

This needs to be stopped dead in its tracks!!!

Contact your elected representative now and tell them not to let this travesty move forward. Come to the City Council meeting Monday night and support us in stopping this. You don’t need to give testimony, just be there to back us up.

Help us stop the destruction of our Constitution and the decay of our rights and freedoms.

The time to take a stand and say NO MORE!!!! is now.

Move to Amend 28th Amendment

[from http://movetoamend.org/amendment]

Section 1 [A corporation is not a person and can be regulated]

The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.

Artificial entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities, established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local law.

The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.

Section 2 [Money is not speech and can be regulated]

Federal, State and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures, for the purpose of influencing in any way the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure.

Federal, State and local government shall require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed.

The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.

Section 3

Nothing contained in this amendment shall be construed to abridge the freedom of the press

There is a letter from Laura Tesler to the Mayor and City Council for a motion to put this on the November ballot.

So we can all vote it down.


17 posted on 07/08/2012 8:40:22 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: BO Stinkss
I have been looking at the blenders available on the Internet. Kitchen Aid is MADE IN the US. Top of my list already...

Kitchen Aid blenders are crap. I hate to say it. I really wanted to like them because they are solid, beautiful and American made. but they are just garbage --and $100 a pop. I went through three of them and each one failed the same. The blades broke. Unfortunately, the blade unit is integral to the pitcher and a replacement pitcher costs $40.

I replaced it with a $20 chicom Oster from Walmart. Ugly, cheap and plastic but still working fine.

Like I said, I really wanted to like this blender. Incidentally, the Kitchen Aid was a replacement for a Waring (another American-made blender) that crapped out on me in less than three years.

Anyways, my beautiful American-made Kitchen Aid Artisan mixer is still going strong. If they could just redesign their blender to accept replacement blades I'd buy another one in a heartbeat.

18 posted on 07/08/2012 8:54:04 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: BO Stinkss
We Should Start Supporting American Companies

I do what I can.


19 posted on 07/08/2012 8:57:44 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: BO Stinkss

WD-40 = Made in America


20 posted on 07/08/2012 8:59:44 AM PDT by GWB00 (Barbara Streisand barely made it out of high school.)
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To: GWB00

WD-40. Duct tape. Bugle-head screws: the Holy Trinity.


21 posted on 07/08/2012 9:14:36 AM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Drew68

I did my best also.
Ruger
Marlin
DPMS
Springfield Armory

You get the picture?


22 posted on 07/08/2012 9:28:42 AM PDT by BigpapaBo (If it don't kill you it'll make you _________!)
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To: BO Stinkss
I've been looking for 'Made in USA' since 1997...what took you so long? :-)

What set me off? Trying to find just ONE umbrella that wasn't made in China. It wasn't easy...of course; I was in commie territory at the time (Vermont), which didn't help. Finally found one 'Made in Malaysia'...

23 posted on 07/08/2012 9:36:09 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Drew68

Sweet.


24 posted on 07/08/2012 9:38:07 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: BO Stinkss

best blender is viatmix, refurbished is a better value.
American born, American made, and a 5 year warrenty.


25 posted on 07/08/2012 9:39:18 AM PDT by sunny48
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To: onona

Coors is 50% Canadian ;-)


26 posted on 07/08/2012 9:53:35 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

The only American beers I ever liked were from the small breweries.


27 posted on 07/08/2012 9:55:13 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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28 posted on 07/08/2012 10:02:43 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: BO Stinkss

Ruger, S & W, Colt, Savage, and many others!


29 posted on 07/08/2012 10:05:31 AM PDT by TexasRedeye
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To: Pearls Before Swine

GM is no longer an American automobile company - GM not only stands for Gubment Motors but Global Motors

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=Lvl5Gan69Wo

ON the positive side....

Found out recently that New Balance athletic shoes are made in USA


30 posted on 07/08/2012 11:16:59 AM PDT by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: Cyclone59
Found out recently that New Balance athletic shoes are made in USA

I'm glad to hear that is still true. I've always favored NB shoes, but as I get older, the shoes seem to last a much longer time. I'm due for retreading soon.

31 posted on 07/08/2012 12:01:06 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: BO Stinkss

Let’s not get too carried away with this “Buy American” BS. In many cases it is union propaganda to get consumers to buy products made here by union labor to support their lifestyle. They do not want you to purchase cheaper, foreign made goods because it hurts their cause. In many cases, the American product is more expensive than the one made in China for this very reason.

We live in a consumer based free market (in theory). My job as a consumer is to get the best product for the best price, period. Thinking like this is what allows failed and anti-competitive business models to survive and it allows unions to justify their negotiation practices. This is how the “too big to fail” thinking takes hold. “We just can’t lose all of those American (union) jobs to foreign competition!” Use patriotism to get people to buy the overpriced product due to union labor costs.

By the way, what exactly is an American company? Is it where it is based? Where the profits end up? How do we decide? What about all of those auto companies who employ THOUSANDS of non-union auto workers? What about Honda, Nissan, BMW, Hyundai, etc? They employ thousands in the U.S. Should we no longer support them because they do not use union labor? What about all of those jobs? I just read recently that Airbus is opening a huge plant here in the U.S. More jobs for us, but they are not an “American” company. Do we not support them if they offer the best product for the price?

We have allowed unions and other factors to make it too expensive to manufacture many products in the U.S. I do not blame companies for moving. Many here believe a company should be loyal to the U.S. and its workers. Meanwhile, those same workers continue to elect Democrats and vote for politicians who continue to strangle them with regulations, unions, and the highest corporate tax rates in the world.


32 posted on 07/08/2012 1:13:18 PM PDT by BizBroker (Democrats- Don't want 'em, Don't need 'em, Can't use 'em, Couldn't afford 'em if I did!)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Like GM?

No. Honda


33 posted on 07/08/2012 5:32:40 PM PDT by BO Stinkss
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To: BizBroker

Whatever you say unions are doing does not absolve China and how china has been dumping products into the U.S.A to destroy the U.S. You say you are for free enterprise and free markets, but you are not because you are for allowing China to merge their economy with the U.S.A’s. You and Obama are allowing China to dictate industrial policy to us, what we manufacture etc.(which is nothing soon). I am for the separation of the U.S. and china you seem to be for the merging of the two, with a communist country. Funny that the U.S. was much better off for all the 50 years of the cold war when the U.S. had a trade embargo on china. why are you for the merging of china and the U.S.? you are a globalist. are you for any border or any laws at all , customs, border control? We have a nation and a constitution and borders. We have to protect them . We can’t allow china nor any nation to send a billion immigrants into the U.S. or a million pounds of cocaine, or a thousand tons of chemical weapons if they just say it is “free trade” ( yes sending workers can also be called free trade so are you for allowing China to send a 100 million workers into the U.S. since you are for allowing china so much freedom? that’s what you are saying you want to give china freedom and you justify it by calling it freedom. Well we can’t give monsters that are 2 billion strong freedom to destabilize and destroy America be it by allowing it to send armies, or millions of workers, nor any of the things I mentioned so neither can we allow china to DUMP TRILLIONS OF PRODUCTS THAT ARE DESTROYING U.S. ABILITY TO MANUFACTURE AND ADVANCE TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCE JOBS. But you are for that . China is a communist nation. China has an industrial policy and has imposed that on the U.S. as clinton and Obama have allowed China to increasingly merge their economy with the U.S. The socialists use “free trade” to destroy the U.S.


34 posted on 07/08/2012 5:41:46 PM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: BizBroker

AND you say free trade has killed unions. Well the unions like the teamsters, teachers unions, SEIU, nurses, and government workers unions are stronger than ever. Yes I am against unions but there is no reason to trade with nations such as communist China.


35 posted on 07/08/2012 5:48:43 PM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: rurgan

36 posted on 07/08/2012 5:50:20 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: nascarnation
Whatever you say unions are doing does not absolve China and how china has been dumping products into the U.S.A to destroy the U.S. You say you are for free enterprise and free markets, but you are not because you are for allowing China to merge their economy with the U.S.A’s. You and Obama are allowing China to dictate industrial policy to us, what we manufacture etc.(which is nothing soon). I am for the separation of the U.S. and china you seem to be for the merging of the two, with a communist country. Funny that the U.S. was much better off for all the 50 years of the cold war when the U.S. had a trade embargo on china. why are you for the merging of china and the U.S.? you are a globalist. are you for any border or any laws at all , customs, border control? We have a nation and a constitution and borders. We have to protect them . We can’t allow china nor any nation to send a billion immigrants into the U.S. or a million pounds of cocaine, or a thousand tons of chemical weapons if they just say it is “free trade” ( yes sending workers can also be called free trade so are you for allowing China to send a 100 million workers into the U.S. since you are for allowing china so much freedom? that’s what you are saying you want to give china freedom and you justify it by calling it freedom. Well we can’t give monsters that are 2 billion strong freedom to destabilize and destroy America be it by allowing it to send armies, or millions of workers, nor any of the things I mentioned so neither can we allow china to DUMP TRILLIONS OF PRODUCTS THAT ARE DESTROYING U.S. ABILITY TO MANUFACTURE AND ADVANCE TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCE JOBS. But you are for that . China is a communist nation. China has an industrial policy and has imposed that on the U.S. as clinton and Obama have allowed China to increasingly merge their economy with the U.S. The socialists use “free trade” to destroy the U.S.

Put up the trade embargo against China. We had this for 50 years of the cold war and during this time the U.S. was on top of the world. Lifted embargo and the U.S. decline began.

37 posted on 07/08/2012 5:57:57 PM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: nascarnation

The SIEU and teachers unions and government workers unions thank you for downplaying the growing power and influence these unions have in electing socialsts/communists and driving the socialist agenda.


38 posted on 07/08/2012 6:01:43 PM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: nascarnation

The SEIU, teamsters and teachers unions and government workers unions thank you for downplaying the growing power and influence these unions have in electing socialsts/democrats and driving the socialist agenda.


39 posted on 07/08/2012 6:03:37 PM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: rurgan

You must have slept through the last 3 decades.
Unions are on a respirator.
Have been since Reagan torched PATCO.

They’re getting clobbered on the state level all over the US, even in traditional liberal strongholds like California, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

In Indiana where I live, the first action of Gov Mitch Daniels in 2005 was de-certifying the UAW as the representative of the state employees.


40 posted on 07/08/2012 6:08:31 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Cyclone59

Corporations have no borders or loyalty, they go where they make the most money, period. Shareholders are located all around the globe.


41 posted on 07/08/2012 6:10:37 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Olog-hai

As long as free market runs its course, I am all for made in USA.

What I am not for is the mercantilist model the Germans employ to protect big business, raising barriers to entry and choking out both small business and imports so consumers have no choice and pay more.


42 posted on 07/09/2012 8:40:38 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: BO Stinkss

New Balance shoes are made in the US, priced competitively, and last forever.


43 posted on 07/09/2012 8:43:21 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: wolfman23601

And that’s the difference between free trade and free market; the former allows unfree markets to participate and unilaterally attack free markets via mercantilist and other unfree practices.


44 posted on 07/09/2012 3:38:30 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: nascarnation

Unions spent 4 billion $ on political campaigns in the last 5 years or so. Yeah unions have influence nor power according to you?


45 posted on 07/11/2012 11:25:09 AM PDT by rurgan (Sunset all laws at 4 years.China is destroying U.S. ability to manufacture,makes everything)
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To: rurgan

Unions are a losing bet.
Even when Dems held the Senate, House, and POTUS they were unable to pass their sacred “card check” legislation.
That was their ONE HOPE of staying alive.
RTW legislation was just passed this year in Indiana and is getting attention in a lot of other states.

Long term, unions are toast.
Let them spend all the billions they want, the graph doesn’t lie.


46 posted on 07/11/2012 11:29:51 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: rurgan

You have a serious comprehension problem. I have done NOTHING with Obama. People like you who buy into this protectionist BS are killing the economy with ignorance. It is not 1820 anymore, take your head out of the sand and join the 21st century. If we do not compete globally, we will no longer be an economic power. If you cannot see that economies are inter-dependent these days there is nothing anyone who has a functioning brain can tell you to bring you to the side of reason.

If you want to beat China, let companies compete with them without the unions pulling them down. Of course, that isn’t what you want I am sure... what union do you slavishly pay dues to?

As far as not trading with them (China), where do you think Perestroika originated from? You know, the concept that helped end the Soviets. They had no choice but to enact it because their people got a taste of American goods and freedom. That is why we should trade with China.

I threw the ad-hominem out there because you did not offer one substantive refutation of my post. Only ignorant invective and uninformed points that may have been true 100 years ago, but now are as obsolete as “Buy American”.


47 posted on 08/25/2012 3:37:11 PM PDT by BizBroker (Democrats- Don't want 'em, Don't need 'em, Can't use 'em, Couldn't afford 'em if I did!)
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