Funny, my wifes current car was assembled in the US. 20% of the parts were from Canada and other parts of the world.<br><br><br><br>We all do what we do for the same reason: because it seems like a good idea at the time.
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There's an enormous Honda/Acura plant about 90 minutes from me.<br><br>I love free trade and I love competition...as far as I'm concerned, I don't care where anything comes from. Just give me the best deal for the money!<br><br>
Best deal for the $$ you say. But then again, you make as much in an hour of work as some asians in a week. <br><br>The only thing is, if the company you work for decides to go and get asians to do your job because they will do it at 10% or less of what you will do it for, that will leave you without a job. <br><br>What good is to have an inexpensive product if you don't have an income to buy it with? ;)<br><br>Before you decide that free trade and outsourcing is good, think if you will be ok to work for 20 cents/h.<br><br>_________________________________________<br>Just a different kinda geek...
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Nonsense. <br><br>Here in the states, the economy grows year after year, despite our movement away from a manufacturing-based economy. Goods produced in China (for instance) provide a larger economic benefit than they take away.<br><br>Free trade is good for America, always has been, always will be. <br><br>
better heed what djstefan says... if your job goes, you'll change your tune in a heartbeat.<br><br>plus consider this... yes the economy imporves but it's because businesses are still making $ off the backs of cheap labor... the Chinese, Indians, Paks, Thais... not off of thekjobs of our OWN people.... they profit - the average Joes does not.<br><br>The disparity between the rich and the middle class is growing has been last 10 years - why- the better paying jobs are vanishing... being replaced with lower paying jobs.<br><br>Lastly that Honda plant is there NOT because of free trade... we still have laws that require a certain % of cars to be made HERE ! .. according to your philosophy let them be made in Chinese sweat shops, throw tens of 1000s of American workers out of a job, as long as you can buy a cheap car. Might be better for you in the "short run" (only) But BAD for the country and people as a whole.... and down the road when they come for YOUR job... what will you say? "Good, my neighbor can keep buying cheap goods, while I'm on the street and I can't even affors McDonalds!!"<br><br>it's easy to rejoice when it's not your livelyhood.<br><br>David (OFI)<br>
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p><br>Lastly that Honda plant is there NOT because of free trade... we still have laws that require a certain % of cars to be made HERE !<p><hr></blockquote><p><br>Actually it's because Honda can make the car here cheaper than they can in Japan and ship it over, as the cars made here don't require all the extra corrosion protection and such. Why do you think Hyundai is opening a plant?<br><br>Besides, the manufacturing jobs lost pay less than the office jobs added. Not that American plants can't compete... we certainly can. What knocks us out is when China floods the market with devalued goods, something I don't think Bryan has a grasp on. <br><br>
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>when China floods the market with devalued goods, something I don't think Bryan has a grasp on. <p><hr></blockquote><p>Au Contraire, Sarge. I have quite the grasp on trade with China. What I don't have a grasp on is the nattering nabobs of negativity that continually oversell the Chinese boogeyman concept. <br><br>The United States benefits immeasurably from inexpensive Chinese goods and labor. Those who whine about devaluing the Yuan are just serving their protectionist masters at inefficient American corporations. <br><br>People also buy into the media hype about the trade deficit. The trade deficit is meaningless. W'e've always had trade deficits. I just bought a laptop from Apple. Apple didn't buy anything from me, so I'm running a trade deficit with Steve Jobs. It's a red herring. <br><br>
I agree within limits. Though I don't want my clothes made by 10 year olds in sweat shops, I'll buy goods made in other countries if it's good quality.<br><br>It's important to realize that if you stop buying stuff from international origins, other nations will stop buying from you.<br><br><br>
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