Date: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 2:07 PM
agree in principle, a "buy American" campaign ignores the larger
Why are we unable to compete with the Chinese on so many of
these items? The only place where the Chinese have a major advantage
is labor and that is a relatively small part of the total cost of
many of these products.
How can they manufacture products on the other side of the
world, pay to ship the goods all the way over here and still sell
them at prices we can't compete with?
Why is it that, when nearly everyone in this country finds
fault with Chinese quality, their goods still line our shelves?
say: our government is the reason?
manufacturers, strapped with regulations, are hamstrung by our
government--be it the EPA, the FTC, the FDA, the USDA, OSHA, ad
infinitum, ad nauseum. On the other hand, Chinese manufacturers are
encouraged by their government to do whatever
is necessary to export their products and import our cash.
government seems hell bent for leather to regulate commerce (and
individual) activity to death. And, they are—based upon the last
Pollution problems in this country, resulting from manufacturing and
power generation are a small fraction of those coming from such
activities in China. Ironically, at the rate we're going with more
and more businesses shutting down and more and more people unable to
find jobs, these are doomed to be reduced even further.
Chinese are--no doubt--going to pollute the world like no one
before them...but at least they'll have an increasing number of jobs
while they do it.
the other hand, can take the moral high ground and say look what
we've done to save the world’s environment...or at least we'll be
able to say that until we starve.
rough call: do we want to die from pollution or from starvation?
is a practical middle ground somewhere between the Chinese
example and where we are at. But as long as the Chinese aren't
playing on a level regulatory playing field, they are going
to have a competitive advantage.
Despite their pitifully low labor rates, shoddy quality, and
distance from the US market our self-created and self-imposed
bureaucratic nightmare seems destined to ensure Chinese domination
in the manufacture of the products we use.