Just a reminder for those who are stupid enough to stand in the cold
at 4:00am waiting for some idiot mall or big-box store to open for
Friday's hoped for binge of consumer excess.
Read the labels! This is where your money is going:
Which is what this was about:
There is a reason that Harbor Freight tool is $20.
(Aside from it being marginal garbage to begin with...)
Now let's go shopping! <ugh>
This morning's news consisted of minute by minute updates on traffic
patterns to all the local malls and WalMarts, constant reminders to
hit the stores before the crap is gone, and everybody on the air wants
a new big screen with a life span of < two years. Baaa aaa aaa aa.
Perhaps it's just me, but I find this all utterly disgusting.
Just call me Scrooge, 'cause I'm not spending one thin dime on
anything imported - leaving cigarettes, booze and hookers.
Ho, ho, ho, indeed. :)
3ghz x2/p45/4gb/nv9500/dual 320gb HDD/single DVD/CDR at $320.
Last year and the first in 8 years. I assemble my own computers, and
the MB and most parts were manufactured in Taiwan. The CPU is Malay,
drives from Thailand and S.Korea. And if I could I would exclude
several of the latter as well as I don't condone exploitation,
dictatorships, slave and prison labor, or baron economics.
Sigh. When each nation does what it does best, and freely trades with other
nations, all the people benefit. Adam Smith in his "Wealth of Nations"
settled all this hash in the 18th Century.
If I've got $6.00, I can buy a U.S. made hammer. Or, I can buy a
Chinese-made hammer for $3.00 and have money left over for nails (also made
The latter condition has to be better than the former.
A simple minded treatise from the 18th century is hardly convincing of
anything. We're not talking Swiss chocolates, BMWs and Cannolis here.
This is not free commerce between two similarly developed countries.
In 1985 we sold China $3,855.7M and imported $3,861.7M. A -6M deficit.
Not so bad...
In 2008 our trade deficit with China was -268,039.8 Million.
Exporting $69,732.8M and importing $337,772.6M.
Dude, they're not buying whatever it is we're selling...
But, with that scenario in mind, what are we best at? What can or do
we sell to the world? Crooked bankers, bad debt, and war machinery?
Con men? Corn and wheat? Cigarettes? Oh, happy day.
How about something a bit more recent and to the point: From the
United States Business and Industry Council's Alan Tonelson, "The Race
to the Bottom: Why a Global Worker Surplus and Uncontrolled Free Trade
are Sinking American Living Standards."
Great, a pot-metal hammer and a box of galvanized nails that rust and
the heads pop off of. Good stuff! Been there, tried that junk.
Yet what I no longer have is an employed neighbor, another foundry,
and a quality product produced by an accountable company due to its
residence and reachability on home soil. What I do have is another
dictatorship funding its barons and nuclear military expansion with
western consumer dollars. Smart.
On Fri, 27 Nov 2009 13:28:55 -0500, the infamous Greg
WTF does either of those articles have to do with shopping?
I bought batteries and pillows this morning. BF no mo!
Q: How many climate scientists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: None. There's a consensus that it's going to change, so they've
decided to keep us in the dark.
It was a suggestion that you avoid imported crap while doing so - use
your imagination. Sorry to burst your happy-go-shopping mindset. :)
Yet good luck finding anything that isn't imported crap.
Seriously, 85% of the content of the average shopping cart comes from
China, another 10% from other assorted Asian dictatorships. Those $60
Nikes you're so fond of are produced by teenagers in a sweat shop for
a cost of $4. And the underwear, socks, tools, TVs, lamps, clothes,
throw rugs, iPods, phones, computers, batteries... If you are not of
the investor class you are dead meat and by your own hands.
I bought booze, cigarettes, a chili-cheese dog, and twins. :)
And put a half dozen US citizens to work.
On Sat, 28 Nov 2009 03:39:32 -0500, the infamous Greg
I've bought plenty of American-made stuff at the evil Wally World.
(hardware, paint, fabrics, food, etc.) And there is no way anyone can
buy entirely US-made. Pandora's Box has been opened and Free Trade is
here to stay, so why fight it? <shrug>
Where'd you get your stats? Cites, please. The Duracells I got were
made in the USA. The Serta pillow shells were made in China, but the
fiberfill was US made and finish work was done in the USA, probably by
illegal _immigrants_ in a _sweatshop_ in Commerce, CA. Are you happy
now, Greg? ;)
OK, all those people in the sweat shops are happy to have
above-average wages, while some are just happy to be working.
Underwear and socks are all made on machines, not by hand.
I wear $30 Reeboks, btw.
Ooh, got pics of the twins? Teens or older women?
Are you certain about that? Let's see, booze made in TN by
hillbillies (then packed/trucked by illegals), cigs machine-made
after being harvested by illegal aliens, chili made by illegal aliens
in US sweat-kitchen, dogs made with horse/pig/goat/cow/chicken
castoffs--by illegals and inbred Arkansans (like Clintoon), buns made
by 'Murricans. OK, I'll give you one of those. You hadn't thought
about your purchases in much depth, had you?
So, how much better off is our country after adding in your fine
shopping habits yesterday, sir?
Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.
Ah, Well - it worked for McCarthy. Not "upset" over that incident,
but of our ignorance in general. Amazing how we've gone from massive
military buildups against the "evil commies" of the Soviet Union to
handing over our entire financial integrity and manufacturing base to
the "evil commies" of China. But seriously, do you really think they
intend to leave Taiwan alone once their toy ships and bases are
finished? Do you think that the DoD doesn't consider the massive
buildup of military prowess to be a concern? The point is, why are we
voluntarily doing this to our financial and security well being. It's
a bad thing, and certainly not worth a box of half-priced crap nails
that the heads pop off of, or a buggy of crappy tainted plastic toys.
Everyone break out the flowers and sing Kumbaya. World peace is here!
We vilify Iran and N. Korea, and even Iraq for far less ostentatious
displays of military and nationalist focus. Are all those western
dollars (and debt) injected into their economy softening their
official rhetoric? Not even. And this has little to do with the
citizens of China, they are mostly victims as well.
So, let me see if I understand the public's position on this.
It's Dems/Repubs/God's fault for a declining economy and unemployment,
but we ignore the root source of the problem which is massive
outsourcing to third world countries while maintaining a persistant
6-1 negative trade balance. Hmmm... Interesting.
I could care less about adjudication of the incident. Only pointing
out that they are investing huge amounts of money into military
buildup, and the US is trying to collect additional intelligence.
I have no doubt we were, and why we were confronted. Yet I would think
some 200 more nukes floating around the world's seas would be
something to be concerned about.
But that's OK - go fill up your Borg cart with junk that offers no
employment opportunities to your neighbors in foreclosure and is used
by the recipient for militaristic buildups which will result in a
counter by our own forces. Everybody's happy! Well, the
mil-contractors, import barons, and bankers are, anyway.
Communist China poses no threat to Taiwan.
The most cowardly thing in the world is money. Any overt military action by
China and all the world's trade with China disappears and the country
collapses into chaos.
Moving money around in a closed economic system does not create wealth - it
merely redistributes it. In the fullness of time, a small group of clever
individuals own most of the wealth while the general population is
impovorished, OR, with sufficient governmental intervention, everybody is
roughly equal. The downside of the latter is that anything the government
does destroys wealth, never creates any, so the end result is that everybody
As for your claim that imported products offer no employment opportunities
for one's neighbors, consider the largest private employer in the world:
<spits coffee all over monitor> Sounds like one of those SAT
questions...."Walmart is to Employment Opportunity as: __________ is
to ____________ ."
Maybe someone can fill in the blanks? I've got a couple ideas, but
they aren't well enough formed yet for publication.
As you know, Chicago doesn't allow Walmarts. About four years ago, Walmart
opened a store across the street from Chicago in a neighboring city of
Evergreen Park. The company advertised for 350-400 employees.
They got 25,000 job applications.
Evidently tens of thousands of folks thing that Walmart is a great job
No they don't. According to "Freakonomics," most drug dealers live with
their mothers because they can't afford a place of their own.
The authors of the book theorize that, for drug dealers, it's the possible,
though small, probability of a HUGE payoff if they rise high enough in the
ranks (just like many of their contemporaries think the might have a shot at
the NBA), that entices many into the drug trade.
Personally I think it's the hours that makes the job attractive to so many.
That, and standing in the community.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.