Skip to comments.Backdrop Hides `Made in China' Labels
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."
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.
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.
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 ?
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 DAmato, chairman
U.S.-China Security Review Commission
(How to improve U.S.-China relations )
See post #19
Read the link also.
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.