Is any woodworking maachinery for the hobbyist still made in the USA?
I'm looking for a 14" bandsaw. Delta makes them in the USA, but the
current models don't have a great reputation. Powermatic is making a real
nice 14" bandsaw, but in Taiwan. I would rather see jobs stay in the USA
and pay a bit more for my tools.
Many other types of stationary tools simply aren't made in the USA unless
you want to buy high end models for thousands of dollars.
I was just at Home Depot a few days ago buying tools in the hand tool
promotion. I only bought stuff made in the USA. I may have paid a bit
more, but someone might have a job for another day now. I was going to
buying a socket set, but Husky tools are all made in Taiwan now so those
stayed on the shelf.
I was shocked to find my Dewalt cordless screwdriver (Christmas
present) was made in China. And my $500 jointer, etc., etc.
You are one in a million. If more people spoke with their
pocketbooks, perhaps we wouldn't have unemployment rates that we do.
For many years I refused to buy Chinese crap, but the stores kept
filling up with more and more of it - it's hard to stem the tide of
consumers who don't give a crap - until THEIR jobs disappear. Most
are oblivious to this trend occurring. They select products on price
and packaging alone - and a year later, when it is lining the local
landfill, line up at the local Target to buy more...
There are still the industrial MFGs, but I haven't actually checked
lately that a Wilton DP or other such brands are still made in the
USA. Most heavy iron work seems to be coming from Eastern Europe and
China these days. It's a trend that is overwhelming. First we built
Japan into a world empire, then Taiwan, South Korea, and now China.
And my personal standard of living is nowhere close to what my dad
maintained. Our boom industries are insurance fraud (chiropractors
and lawyers) and prisons.
I work for a newspaper. Unless everything goes to the web, we'll still be
around. So many people like to read real paper that newspapers will be
around for some time yet.
Retailers still need to advertise no matter where they get the good, so my
job is reasonably secure.
Still be around, but less of you. Newspaper circulation has been in decline
for some years now. People would rather watch the news on TV or listen on
the radio during their commute. I can think of a dozen major cities that
have lost at least one of their papers in the past 10 or 15 years.
Could it have anything to do with the quality of the paper? I for one get
tired of having to read 2-3 paragraphs of the reporters PC-BS before they
tell me what happened. News stories are / were suppose to be just that, an
unbiased view of an event that took place. There is a place for editorials
but not in EVERY story. I am at the point now where I skim down the article
until I find the NEWS.
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With the news being reported on the fast media, the only thing available to
the print folks is to expand the story, which they do, within space
limitations, presuming you, as they, know the overview.
Couldn't agree more that story selection, facts selected in support, and
general slant of the print medium, as with other media, is to sell soap.
With that in mind, they stick to the tried-and-true formula that all gains
are ill-gotten, the individual is always the victim of circumstance, and the
only way to "beat the system" is with their support and guidance.
Last night's here featured articles on why we need steel tariffs to protect
our mining industry, which contrasted sharply with the reportage on a group
of malodorous "green" malcontents trying to prevent further mineral
exploration, lest there be a mine opening....
If we can't do it cheaper, why should we do it? Comparative advantage
makes us all wealthier, so we should import steel from those who make
it cheaper, and enrich our manufacturing industries. Protecting one
industry just hurts another, and often by more than you help your
Here in CT, many of the newspapers have consolidated or been run off
by a the nationally owned Hartford Courant
The New Haven Register, New Britain Herald, Middletown Press, and
several others are all pretty much the same paper
And a lot of the advertising printing is farmed out...not even printed
by the local company. Its more economical to print on a regional
level for a national advertiser...and then just truck the ads in to be
included in a local paper.
Have a nice week...
Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity!
The problem is, people DO speak with their pocketbooks. Personally, I
don't care where it's built, so long as it's quality construction for
a reasonable price.
The same goes for cars. The last two Fords I've owned have been
complete crap. The latest one has been recalled by the factory twice,
has had the transmission fail within the first year and it STILL
doesn't work right, it's been nothing but a nightmare.
The Toyota that my wife had when we got married lasted over 300k miles
and 12 years with no significant problems.
You think I'm going to buy American with that kind of track record?
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