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Old 05-27-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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Great perspective here.....

http://www.creators.com/opinion/john-stossel/the-stupidity-of-quot-buy-american-quot.html

Your thoughts?
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:07 PM   #2
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I didn't read the whole article but... If more people buy American=more goods made in America are bought=more demand for American products= more job creation to supply for the huge demand? so...if more people buy american = more jobs created? Think about it...if every single person in the US bought only US made products even just for a month...that would create ton of jobs!

Also if i spend on American goods im giving back to American companies.

But also, as of now, lots of International based companies are in America which also help American economy. So if we bought just American company goods, that might hurt us as well, and sometimes we might not get the best products. Can be argued both ways?


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I didn't read the whole article but... If more people buy American=more goods made in America are bought=more demand for American products= more job creation to supply for the huge demand? so...if more people buy american = more jobs created? Think about it...if every single person in the US bought only US made products even just for a month...that would create ton of jobs!

Also if i spend on American goods im giving back to American companies.

But also, as of now, lots of International based companies are in America which also help American economy. So if we bought just American company goods, that might hurt us as well, and sometimes we might not get the best products. Can be argued both ways?


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You clearly did not read the article because it explains why those are not valid arguments and in fact buying American could have the opposite effect you claim, but you are right it can be argued both ways. Buying something made in China means I'm helping to employ people who ship goods across the country for example.

I'm not saying I believe the article 100% but I do believe that buying cheapest is the best way. If something is the same price and made in America, I will choose that option but usually if there is a price difference I buy cheapest.

I disagree with the sweatshop comments in the article. While those people "might" be better off working in a sweatshop instead of not having a job that is not always the only alternative. Take Apple computers for example, it was recently discovered that Iphones were produced in "sweatshops", if Andriod phones are produced in factories paying their workers better wages then by making the choice to by an Android phone (same cost to me) I'm encouraging the Android plant to increase in size and discouraging Apple from doing the same. I think the best example of my thinking would be with blood diamonds, should we encourage the murder and inhumane treatment of people in order to get diamonds at a lower cost or should?
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:30 PM   #4
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It would be great if it worked that way but our "made in U.S.A" where actually printed in another country. Hell, when everyone got American flags on there cars after 9/11. Did you notice how many American flags on non-American cars. I drive a Ford ranger, I shot a Springfield armory gun and I realized that my fords parts are imported (go to a Ford dealership and look at the transit, its swedish) and Springfield armory bought the design off Croatian company.

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I believe if we bought more American products we would have more jobs here. Politicians are paid off to move US contracts to foreign countries, done illegally, they break laws that are in the books or find a way around them. BO is trying to make hydro fractions illegal to keep us from drilling our own oil. The fed gov is trying to discourage US production!
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You really can't say more jobs!! Look at alot of companies that have factories in the USA that aren't American companies!! Nissan and Toyota both have factories here giving Americans jobs!!
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All a company has to do to be able to say "Made In Amrica" is to assemble it here. Some products with foreign names are assembled here & with more american made components than their american named counterparts.

I will buy Wrangler jeans, assembled in Mexico with American made materials, before I'll buy levis or dockers who use profits to support anti-gun lobbyists.
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Politicians are paid off to move US contracts to foreign countries, done illegally, they break laws that are in the books or find a way around them. BO is trying to make hydro fractions illegal to keep us from drilling our own oil. The fed gov is trying to discourage US production!
Seriously?

So all the shoppers buying lower priced goods at Walmart have no impact, it's only the politicians?

I work in an international environment. There are no politicians telling us what to do. I watch my employer put up multi million dollar plants in China in 1/4 the time it takes to do it in the US. I was on my local city's planning commission and I was appalled at how many hoops a company has to go through. I watched the board put a investor through HELL for over a year. He finally got pissed off and pulled out of the project. It was a simple condo development on a less then desirable piece of property. Great addition to the city...

WRT oil, fracturing has some pretty serious unresolved environmental issues. It requires a substantial amount of water and other chemicals. Theory is, these chemicals stay below the water tables... but several water tables have been "infected" with chemicals.
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[QUOTE="gollygee"]All a company has to do to be able to say "Made In Amrica" is to assemble it here. Some products with foreign names are assembled here & with more american made components than their american named counterparts.

Check out the parts on your American made car sometime. Most are made over seas and most of the parts for you "foreign" made cars and made here.
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I just bought a nice cast iron skillet. Made in the U.S.A.
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