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Backdrop Hides `Made in China' Labels
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Posted on 01/22/2003 4:26:40 PM PST by Karsus

ST. LOUIS Jan. 22 —

Someone went to great lengths to ensure the backdrop for President Bush's sales pitch Wednesday on his economic stimulus plan sent all the right messages and none of the wrong.

Bush delivered his remarks from a warehouse floor at JS Logistics, a trucking, courier and warehouse business that provided a visual image for his argument that his proposal carries economy-boosting benefits for small businesses. The audience was flanked on all sides by piles of cardboard boxes with additional piles in front of and behind his podium.

Each one of the hundreds of boxes had a piece of paper obscuring its "Made in China" label.

White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan laughingly attributed the clearly gargantuan paper-affixing effort to an "overzealous volunteer" on the president's advance team.

A backdrop made-to-order for the White House filled the space directly behind Bush, which is most likely to show up on TV news clips of the event. Blaring a logo of "Strengthening America's Economy," it exactly mimicked the real-life box piles, down to perfectly aligned shelves.

Except the boxes on the backdrop were labeled, "Made in the USA."


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1 posted on 01/22/2003 4:26:40 PM PST by Karsus
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To: Karsus
This is your thread.
2 posted on 01/22/2003 4:29:59 PM PST by Nick Danger (When purchasing a home, inspect the floors and ceilings for obvious cracks)
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To: Nick Danger
ZOT!?
3 posted on 01/22/2003 4:31:43 PM PST by Publius6961
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4 posted on 01/22/2003 4:32:10 PM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Publius6961
Why? It is the truth.
5 posted on 01/22/2003 4:35:45 PM PST by Karsus (TrueFacts=GOOD, GoodFacts=BAD))
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To: Karsus
Somehow I can't imagine ABC News writing this story about clinton. They are desperate to find anything at all to undermine Bush.
6 posted on 01/22/2003 4:36:35 PM PST by Cicero
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To: Cicero
Maybe so. But that still should not give GWB a pass on this. Should it?
7 posted on 01/22/2003 4:37:21 PM PST by Karsus (TrueFacts=GOOD, GoodFacts=BAD))
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To: Cicero
Also, I first saw this of Fox News Broadcast but was unable to locate it on foxnews.com. ABC was the first result from http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&q=bush+boxes+made+in+usa&btnG=Search+News
8 posted on 01/22/2003 4:38:25 PM PST by Karsus (TrueFacts=GOOD, GoodFacts=BAD))
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To: Karsus
The Fox News report said it was the work of an over zealous volunteer that did it before they got there.

I think it's a moot point. It was a warehouse they were in, not a manufacturer. Are they supposed to forbid their customers from storing anything there but Made In USA products?
9 posted on 01/22/2003 4:50:46 PM PST by Clintons Are White Trash (They will pry the keys to my Suburban from my cold dead hands!!!)
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To: Clintons Are White Trash
The REAL question is: Wh set up the DISPLAY of Made in China for a bACKDROP FOR BUSH??? Not someone TOOOOO intellgent!!
10 posted on 01/22/2003 4:54:14 PM PST by Ann Archy
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To: Nick Danger
But the White House later acknowledged the stickers were affixed intentionally. White House Deputy Press Secretary Claire Buchan attributed the move to “an overzealous volunteer.”

“Obviously, it’s not appropriate,” she added.

Asked if an overzealous volunteer was responsible for the “MADE IN U.S.A.” backdrop, she smiled and said: “No.”

Matt Drudge

http://www.drudgereport.com/matt.htm

11 posted on 01/22/2003 5:00:55 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: Ann Archy; Karsus; Nick Danger
The REAL question is: Wh set up the DISPLAY of Made in China for a bACKDROP FOR BUSH??? Not someone TOOOOO intellgent

Who knows...might be a political ploy attacking so much purchasing from the PRC. Its not trade. Its purchasing.

12 posted on 01/22/2003 5:04:30 PM PST by maui_hawaii
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To: Karsus; Uncle Bill
Front page News at Drudge Report

http://www.drudgereport.com/
13 posted on 01/22/2003 5:05:00 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: Karsus
Telling isn't it.
14 posted on 01/22/2003 5:08:36 PM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: Karsus
I am glad this happened. President Bush needs to address the issues of manufacturing jobs going to China and the software jobs being shipped to offshore companies, mainly India.

These problems are not being addressed by the Republicans or Democrats. They are real and the country's economy is not going to get better until the issues are addressed.

I try to buy American, but it is almost impossible to buy toys made in the USA. Small appliances are also made in China.

Now, companies are sending research and development jobs to India. The work is usually third rate because the contractors don't have a stake in the company. The top execs continue to get their huge bonuses while the quality of the products continues to go downhill. Customer service jobs are also being shipped out of the country. It's hard to complain about the quality of the product when half the time I get someone that doesn't speak English very well.
15 posted on 01/22/2003 5:09:49 PM PST by FR_addict
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To: Karsus
Just caught Brian Williams closing on cnbc---quite a stinging commentary on this topic. You could tell he loved every minute of it.
16 posted on 01/22/2003 5:10:47 PM PST by biss5577
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To: JohnHuang2
It very well could be a protest focused squarely on the purchasing, non trade, arrangement with the PRC.

In other words "Bush is touting an economic plan to boost the economy, but everything on the shelves is MADE IN CHINA."

17 posted on 01/22/2003 5:11:18 PM PST by maui_hawaii
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To: TLBSHOW
Front page News at Drudge Report

Good for Drudge!!!

18 posted on 01/22/2003 5:18:43 PM PST by Willie Green (Go Matt Go!!!)
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To: JohnHuang2
link

I say we should cut our imports of China made products by at least half.

The way we can do that is, first, sign FTA's with various countries. Second, raise the bar of entry to products from non FTA countries. Don't just raise the tax on Chinese made goods, but overall, raise them. Thus China won't be able to say we are picking on them. It will be all nice and legal too and would not require changes to PNTR or China being in the WTO.

It will make using the FTAs the most profitable way to import.

I am all for President Bush, but something here needs to change. Corporate America needs to change its tune.

19 posted on 01/22/2003 5:21:45 PM PST by maui_hawaii
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To: Willie Green
These little stupid things are adding up fast.
20 posted on 01/22/2003 5:22:10 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: Karsus
But that still should not give GWB a pass on this. Should it?

Why should he need a "pass" if he had nothing to do with it? It's one thing to make legitimate criticisms of the administration's policies or actions, but this little vignette is pretty lame.

21 posted on 01/22/2003 5:26:17 PM PST by mountaineer
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To: FR_addict
Small appliances are also made in China

Small appliances are made in China because American companies make it happen. The big companies use the cheap/slave labor over there.

As much as I despise the Chinese Communists this couldn't happen if there wasn't complient US companies willing to import.

22 posted on 01/22/2003 5:26:52 PM PST by George from New England
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To: FR_addict
It is a national security issue, and needs to be recognized as such.
23 posted on 01/22/2003 5:27:35 PM PST by bvw
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To: TLBSHOW
I'm hoping PJB has something to say about this!
24 posted on 01/22/2003 5:28:59 PM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Karsus; madfly; FITZ; Bill Davis FR; mhking; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Elkiejg; barker; spetznaz; ..
GOOD GRACIOUS whatever shall we do? this is so ridiculous it shouldnt even been posted .

I thought made in china cheap junk is what everybody wanted in this country isnt it? how else could you explain so many of those FABULOUS Wally Worlds ,Sams and various other emporiums of made in china JUNK

With a dollar store on every corner and a penny palace up the street we have a booming superplex of shopping malls and thrifty stores all selling this eronious GARBAGE

No an over zealous employee of the white house go's out if his/her way to hide that fact from the public and it makes news ? ......WHY? / SARCASM RANT OVER /

Now anybody got any solutions on how to get rid of the cheap made in china junk besides buying it?
What would happens to our economy if this JUNK was ignored on the shelves and only american goods were bought ?
How can this be acheived and where can we find QUALITY AMERICAN GOODS to replace the cheap garbage they heap on the unsuspecting public every day ?

25 posted on 01/22/2003 5:30:30 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (The Fellowship of Conservatives)
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To: bvw
It is a national security issue, and needs to be recognized as such.

Amen!

Fundamentally, we believe that the U.S. government needs to devote more resources and put in place new programs to build wider expertise about China and to protect our industrial base from eroding as a result of our economic relations with China.

-- C. Richard D’Amato, chairman
U.S.-China Security Review Commission
(How to improve U.S.-China relations )


26 posted on 01/22/2003 5:30:33 PM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: mountaineer
It's not like this was a well hidden thing.......


27 posted on 01/22/2003 5:31:15 PM PST by deport (Just a little dab more ......)
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To: mountaineer
He is responsable for the actions of his staff.
28 posted on 01/22/2003 5:33:02 PM PST by Karsus (TrueFacts=GOOD, GoodFacts=BAD))
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK
Now anybody got any solutions on how to get rid of the cheap made in china junk besides buying it?

See post #19

Read the link also.

29 posted on 01/22/2003 5:39:57 PM PST by maui_hawaii
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To: Willie Green
I thought we might beat them, as their one-boy policy would make them a nation of brats. But we have compromised ourselves too much, we are weak and mean. Our sole remaining strength is in our health care industry -- which is fine, but it is too little.
30 posted on 01/22/2003 5:40:37 PM PST by bvw
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To: Karsus
So very sad, and yet so very funny. Press is going to beat this story to death as they should. Should also raise some serious questions about the Iraq dog and pony show.

Richard W.

31 posted on 01/22/2003 5:44:03 PM PST by arete (Greenspan is a ruling class elitist and closet socialist who is destroying the economy)
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To: Karsus
Clinton's got nothing on Bush.
32 posted on 01/22/2003 5:46:08 PM PST by oldvike
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To: oldvike
What does that have to do with anything? This was done by the current White House, not the past one.

Please quit living in the past.
34 posted on 01/22/2003 5:52:58 PM PST by Karsus (TrueFacts=GOOD, GoodFacts=BAD))
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To: oldvike
I could not have misread your post more. Just ignore the above post.
35 posted on 01/22/2003 5:53:31 PM PST by Karsus (TrueFacts=GOOD, GoodFacts=BAD))
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To: George from New England
As much as I despise the Chinese Communists this couldn't happen if there wasn't complient US companies willing to import.

True.

I would like to say that IMO it is not trading that hurts the US at all, its the lack of trade. We don't trade with China. We purchase from them in an a complex purchasing agreement, which we finance.

When we are able to import from, then export to, a country it makes for more balanced trade and actually creates work here.

When we have a screwed up relationship as the one the corporations have built in China, it is wrong.

It is not trading in general, but the nature of the China relationship that I DO NOT LIKE and should be stomped out forever.

Cheaper is not always better.

For every dollar we import from Mexico we have about a 75 cents export opportunity. With China, for every dollar we import we have about a 15-18 cents export opportunity.

Of those two, which relationship is better for our economy and job creation?

They argue that China is cheaper, but what has a better long term aspect on growth? With a Mexico type relationship we get cheaper, but profit making, and have export opportunities. With China we get really cheaper, for now, and thats it. The former requires a more efficient business, which has not been the focus as of late. The latter is a way to make ends meet, for now, but neglects realistic longer term, but real return, prospects.

China needs to start buying what it makes, instead of pawning that off on everyone else.

We need a go South campaign, at China's expense.

36 posted on 01/22/2003 5:54:38 PM PST by maui_hawaii
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To: Karsus
LOL! That's okay. Good rant, anyway!
37 posted on 01/22/2003 5:56:32 PM PST by oldvike
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To: Karsus
The joys of globalism, I wonder how long until Mexican truckers pick up and deliver the goods?
38 posted on 01/22/2003 5:58:05 PM PST by UnBlinkingEye
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To: biss5577
CNN also featured it on "Inside Politics". Incredible.
39 posted on 01/22/2003 6:06:37 PM PST by Deb
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To: Willie Green
Hey! What do you think Lenora Fulani will have to say about it?
40 posted on 01/22/2003 6:12:04 PM PST by Deb
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To: Deb
I suppose like everybody else, she'd point out that the Rove/Bush administration got caught with their pants down.
41 posted on 01/22/2003 6:17:45 PM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: Willie Green
How?
42 posted on 01/22/2003 6:22:22 PM PST by Deb
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To: George from New England
Imagine for a minute that you have a pie. Every single year more and more people want a piece of same old thing. What results is each one having a smaller and smaller piece of the pie. In the case of economics it is a case of over production and not enough consumption. This pressure forces companies into China, whether they like it or not.

On the flip side though, if we have a strategy that focuses on making the pie itself grow bigger every year then the pressure isn't so bad. Its a race between the tortise and the hare. The latter is slow but steady 5-6% growth year on year, and the other is a wild eyed, hope for survival in a disjointed economy.

China importers are like a pack of wolves who are fighting over the existing pie, but do very little in trying to make the pie grow bigger.

There are very few, if ANY corporations that will tell you what they sell in China, in US dollars, and how much the margins are on those products.

The SEC should force them to disclose this information.

43 posted on 01/22/2003 6:25:20 PM PST by maui_hawaii
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To: Karsus
Why was the president at a trucking and warehouse company? Does he really think they are going to lead our economy in economic growth and job creation?
44 posted on 01/22/2003 7:04:54 PM PST by Moonman62
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To: Moonman62
Well, we do have to store/ship all the 'goods' that we buy from China.
45 posted on 01/22/2003 7:21:34 PM PST by Karsus (TrueFacts=GOOD, GoodFacts=BAD))
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To: Karsus
I doubt that Bush knew anything about it. The advance people set these things up.

And frankly, if I was on the advance team, I would have done the same thing.
46 posted on 01/22/2003 7:29:50 PM PST by Cicero
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To: maui_hawaii
Cheaper is not always better

Yes it is.

47 posted on 01/22/2003 7:43:01 PM PST by DAnconia55
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To: maui_hawaii
Imagine for a minute that you have a pie. Every single year more and more people want a piece of same old thing. What results is each one having a smaller and smaller piece of the pie.

The pie isn't the same each year. The pie gets larger.

In the case of economics it is a case of over production and not enough consumption.

This creates inventories, leading to cyclical reduction in production and discounts on current stock.

48 posted on 01/22/2003 7:45:08 PM PST by DAnconia55
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To: maui_hawaii
The only solution that will keep us ahead, is to stop trying to build/make/do things that others can do cheaper.

We need to be a nation of inventors, businessmen and engineers.

We do not need textile workers.

49 posted on 01/22/2003 7:46:15 PM PST by DAnconia55
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To: DAnconia55
Buy yourself a used Yugo instead of a Lexus... then tell me that.

Whats more is that Henry Ford had it right, and our corporations don't. Henry Ford paid the people who made the cars enough to afford their own products.

He probably could have paid them much less. The returns on deciding not to do that were great.

Economics is kind of like being a rancher. You gotta feed the cows and fatten them up a little before you can reap what they produce.

50 posted on 01/22/2003 7:49:48 PM PST by maui_hawaii
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