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The Can From China, or What Happened to Made or Raised in America???

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The can from China, or what happened to Made or Raised in America??? Why is OUR ECONOMY Bad? Have We the People shot ourselves in the foot? Or, did OUR Government shoot US???


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Michael S (306)
Wednesday May 13, 2009, 6:35 pm
I lost my job of 22 years because of NAFTA! Magnavox is no longer MADE IN AMERICA! Its made in China!! Thanks to the Dutch owned Philips Consumer Electronics Corporation. Over 9,000 AMERICAN people worked at Magnavox/Philips at one time. WE were told that NAFTA would be good for our company in Greeneville TN. WE were told we would be able to sell TV's in Mexico, Canada etc. What they DID NOT TELL US was that they could now MOVE to Mexico or China and sell TV's in the USA!!!! WE were LIED TOO!

Michael S (306)
Wednesday May 13, 2009, 6:41 pm
Last year I purchased a Shakespeare fishing rod and reel, I have used these rods and reels for years and I thought it was still made in America. When I got home and removed the tag, inside the tag in LARGE LETTERS was MADE IN CHINA! I could not believe it! What has happened to us in America?

Joycey B (750)
Wednesday May 13, 2009, 6:48 pm
I won't buy anything by Magnavox anymore. Our country has become pathetic. I'm sorry you lost your job Michael. Noted with disgust and sadness.

Michael S (306)
Wednesday May 13, 2009, 6:55 pm
TY Joycey my friend' here is something to think about;

THINK ABOUT THIS: If 200 million Americans refuse to buy just $20 each
of Chinese goods, that's a billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in
The downside? Some American businesses will feel a temporary pinch from
having foreign stockpiles of inventory. Wahhhhhhhhhhhh !!!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 6:28 am

GREAT article, Michael!

Yes, we have become a nation of importing, completely dependent on other countries for our products . . . in addition to borrowing money from them!

Barbara D (70)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 7:09 am
Thanks for posting this. And welcome back, Michael!

kat y (400)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 8:03 am
This country's government has never been loyal to ANYONE except THEMSELVES!!!

kat y (400)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 8:05 am
I'm happy you're back, Michael!

We need to just go back to the old ways! I don't know what the US government thinks it's doing, except getting our country into a spot it will take a miracle to get out of!

We need to support our own country first!

Great post, Michael!

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 8:07 am
Michael it is sad our country has become UN AMERICAN. Our government, and Corporations are so busy trying to embrace the people of the world they have put us aside. We are the forgotten. We are the people left behind. Greed and government that does not care for its people. It makes me angry,full of dissolution and most of all sad for all of us that wanted the American dream that our parents had once upon a time.Carole thank you for this e mail.. ..noted

Kari D (192)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 8:30 am
I have refused to buy anything made in China for years! Everything that I have bought in the past marked made in China falls apart or is recalled. I hope Americans WAKE UP soooooooooooooon.

Elaine R (130)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 8:38 am

kat y (400)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 9:24 am
I believe that each government person would buy a hearse with luggage-racks if there was such a thing!

But, guess what? They would be "Made In China"!!!

Cathi Hartline (248)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 9:57 am
so right Just C!! thank You for the info and all...

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 10:30 am
Thank you for this submission Michael. I will not buy chinese products.

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 10:53 am
Noted. Thank you Michael for sharing. WELCOME BACK my friend!

Amena Andersson (187)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 11:48 am
I have not bought anything Chinese unless it was inadvertent. It is increasingly difficult to find anything that is not made in China or to find and American version. Our government in collusion with the Big Corps have screwed Americans (same in UK) like there was no tomorrow (which may be the case if we are not careful).
Thank you, Michael, and welcome back.

. (0)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 11:51 am
I have been boycotting china for a couple years now, since they killed my little Pumpkin with their poison chinese cat food. At first, I found it made shopping challenging, but now it makes me smile. I have found many quality products for comparable prices that are made in the USA. Nothing in my house says "made in china" on it. And, I have made all my friends aware of the problem also. I was afraid they might get sick of my preaching, but everyone seems to appreciate me pointing this out to them. Thanx for the good article, and I enjoyed your bear pictures.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 11:56 am

Good on you, Joy!

We ALL need to make that extra effort.

Susan B (61)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 12:02 pm
Glad I'm not on my own Amena and Joy. I have been boycotting China for five years. My reason is that China has no animal welfare laws whatsoever. Enough was enough when I saw the live skinning of dogs and cats. I have stopped buying 'stuff' so even when I do buy items now that aren't made in China, I may pay a little more - but because I buy less my outgoings are not affected. If people care anything about animals they should all boycott China. The most evil country on the planet.

Louise B (6)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 12:36 pm
I am boycotting all products coming from China for about the last 10 years.
Most of the time, it is very difficult to find a product made anywhere but there...
But I am succeeding with enthusiasm.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 1:05 pm
Free trade is not so free for Americans

sue M (184)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 2:27 pm
This is all fine and dandy we should be supporting American made products but we should also look at what we buy that is American. Dole?? Pelosi ?? Starkist?? Isn't there a Monsanto favor in there .........

She has done more damage to this country than China ever could!

Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 2:47 pm
I can't stand Pelosi. If our jobs keep going over seas there will be no American made products left. There hardly is now. It can say made in America and have most of the parts made some where else. You can't even tell if your buying American made or not anymore.

. (0)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 4:02 pm
I have Boycotted China for years now so long I have forgot, I read every thing I buy if it say inported put the crap back. Send Pelosi over to China and let her live with them, she a lier, she spues out one lie after another. They need to impeach her hind end real good. Made in America is very hard to find, They should have never started this crap in the first place.

. (0)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 4:16 pm
i look atball thr labels before i buy

Eric Straatsma (3802)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 5:11 pm
The problem is that corporations are taking over Congress and legislating laws for themselves, not for the American people. Kick corporations out of Congress and we have a chance.

Patrick W (119)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 5:20 pm
I went to WalMart a few months ago, I needed a coffee maker. I vowed I would buy one Made In USA no matter how much more it cost. I looked at every single brand. They were all made in China.

So, if you want to blame WalMart for buying China, put yourself in the purchasing agent's seat. If there are no coffee makers made in the USA, do they just quit selling coffee makers? Now apply that same concept to a 1000 other household goods. Does a retailer just stop doing business because they can't buy goods in the USA?

The sad part is, I had a Mr Coffee for a decade or longer that finally quite working. So, I bought a new one (made in china) ,, lasted less than a year. Then another, and another... for 4-5 coffee makers in a row. That's why I vowed to pay any cost for Made in USA. Because one that lasts 10+ years is a better bargain over time.

For instance: $75 for one that lasts for 10 years (USA) VS $15 that last 1 year (China). In 10 years I will have spent $150 bucks on Chinese coffee makers instead of $75 on an American made. Costing me twice as much to buy cheap.

Not to mention the intolerable and inhumane working conditions those billions of people work under, so we can have a crappy 15 dollar coffee maker that won't last long. We need incentives for business to make products here in the USA, Canada, and GB. Or, any other nation getting railed on this deal.

Tell your US Congressional Reps, we want our businesses back. If we end up like China, they will be out of jobs. Communist countries have no need for real representatives of real free people.

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 5:56 pm
How many trip$ did Bu$h uncle, Bu$h poppa, Bu$h brother make to China? What deal$ were made? Why are we $till tetthered to borrowing from china? Yeah, Nixon, the RepubliCON went to China ... $tarted the fir$t deal$ ...

RayGun cut taxe$ in the fir$t year of 1981 and then people forget that

Bu$h put politic$ put ahead economics economic$; RTepubliCON$ do that ... if there was a politically $mart way of doing $omething and a politiclaly $mart way of doing $omething Bu$h alway$ cho$e the politically $mart way.

Pat B (356)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 6:13 pm
Thank you, Michael for this story. So sad to hear you lost your job, hope you are doing okay. My brother in law lost his job over 2 months ago. WOW, it's really pathetic and sad. I don't buy any 'Made in China' and encourage others to do the same. (I won't buy from a nation that eats their cats and dogs, and heaven knows what else). Walmart has a LOT of stuff w/that label, and I just move on. Thank you, Carole for your FW...Noted.

Nora J (229)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 6:24 pm
My husband and I tried an experiment to find out if we could buy anything that was not made in China in Target or K-Mart. It was almost impossible. As consumers, we can change this and collectively demand locally made products. We might have to bite the bullet and pay more but it would be worth it in the long run. Then people like Michael would be able to keep their jobs.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 6:52 pm

Nora (and others who stated the same sentiments) -- Yeah, I know what you mean. In fact, just this evening, I was speaking with a friend on the phone about this article, and I said, "How on earth can you AVOID buying things from China?"

Frankly, it's not the fault of the buyers . . . it's the fault of this government, who allowed our own products to be undersold by every third-world country (no matter what the circumstances of their manufacture), to the point of edging out our OWN products.

Excuse me, isn't it the job of our representatives to protect the interests (and jobs) of their constituents?

Now, WE (as consumers) are placed in the awkward predicament of wagging our fingers at China, Japan, Taiwan, etc. -- but it was our government that allowed them to exploit the market!

Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 8:24 pm
Standing up applauding for Nora and Carole.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 8:27 pm
Greay post Michael

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 8:40 pm

Sometimes, I just have to shake my head in bewilderment . . .

WHY are we, the taxpayers, who are PAYING for all this extravagant spending in Congress, CONSTANTLY in the position of FIGHTING with the very people who are supposed to be representing us.

(Am I the only one here who can see that this has become a never-ending-story -- No matter WHO, or what party, is purported to be in control?)

Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 8:54 pm
No Carole I feel the same. Its seems that it just goes on and on.

Thursday May 14, 2009, 10:20 pm
Thanks Carole! Yeah, we talk about the same thing. What happened to made in America is the global elite and Walmart. So many got suckered into shopping at Walmart for the cheap prices. Alex Jones has said after Wallmart has sucked everyone in to their cheap prices, they will raise 'em........Made in America seemed got sold out and too many weren't paying attention and fell for the whole thing, hook line and sinker..We have 3 or 4 Walmarts in our community. As far as I'm concerend we don't need even one. Godd mom and pop businesses, some which had been here for almost 50 years were forced out of biz. In communities where residents said NO, NO, NO we don't want Walmart, the residents won. No one batted an eye here......It sucks. We won't shop at Walmart on general principals. .YES Carole, some of us shot ourselves in the foot!!!

. (1)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 11:25 pm
Well I will probably be repeating what everyone else has said, but "made in America" flew out the door, when child labor, cheap labor, not giving benefits, retirement, insurance,vacations and such all came about. GREED! Plain and simple, companies that once manufactured the good old Made in the USA decided that wanted more profits and less paying out... they discovered buying overseas was what would line their pockets with Golden Goose Eggs! It is a crying shame that we have watched our local "Mom and Pop" businesses close due to your huge super centers getting everything cheap from the overseas market. Thus locally grown crops, locally made items, local factories and businesses cannot compete with the cheaper prices of commodities that are bought else where besides here. Believe me, I would be the first one to NEVER enter another "Hugely Named Chain Store" ever again. But, guess what... in most smaller towns, with "Wally World" you are up the creek without a paddle when it comes to buying things. From groceries to shoes, heck there is no where else to go. Not one shoe store exists in this town and has not now since I was very young. We need to put work back into the hands of our people right here on American soil.

Peace Monger (185)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 11:39 pm
I recently ordered an 'Italian' stainless steel bracelet for my daughter's upcoming b'day thinking it was made in Italy, only to find out when I received it that it had a sticker which said it was made in China.
Silly me to think it might actually be Italian!

Good to see you back Michael, you've been missed! :D

Nora J (229)
Thursday May 14, 2009, 11:47 pm
I remember everyone applauding Nixon for 'opening up' China. Among his many mistakes and misjudgements, this would have ranked right up there.

We have a large supermarket group in Australia called 'Coles' who also have their own product range. Sometimes, in certain product lines, you can ONLY buy the Coles product as there is no other option. It is absolutely outrageous. I try and buy from growers' markets whenever possible to support local producers and give the thumbs up to the big monopolies. I think someone should open a store that sells only locally produced, environmentally sound goods.

Past Member (0)
Friday May 15, 2009, 2:15 am
I have a KRUPS coffee maker,made in US.Had it for five years now,no sign of breaking down.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Friday May 15, 2009, 7:46 am
I live outside of a small town in VA the only place we have to shop is Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart has drove every other business out years ago. If I want to shop any place else I have to go 60 miles away.

Tierney G (381)
Friday May 15, 2009, 8:18 am
It is the big corporations that are taking over everything! I bought a briggs and Stratton powered push mower yesterday is that now made in China?

Nancy M (170)
Friday May 15, 2009, 9:07 am
This has been happening since the 50s with cheap imports from Japan. No one cared when Northeast and rust belt jobs left in the seventies and eighties. For a period of time everyone believed that US made the cheap cr*p and only bought something from Japan.

We lost our manufacturing base long before NAFTA. Televisions were no longer being made in the US by that time. Yes, you have to read labels, you have to read the business section, etc.

To some extent, We dd it to ourselves.

Susan M (239)
Friday May 15, 2009, 9:18 am

Patrick W (119)
Friday May 15, 2009, 1:15 pm
Of course a communist country can make durable(?) goods cheaper than free enterprise. The government is the company, so they can manipulate the markets using near slave labor, not be burdened with a myriad layer tax system, and can make the products so shoddy that the price can't be ignored. Try to return a communist made product after it self destructs.

Companies, in the free world, that have to actually compete can do so using quality. They compete with each other to "build a better mousetrap". Free nation companies innovate, improve and back their products.

For our leaders to get us back on track, they must provide incentives to free nation manufacturers, to offset the flood of flimsy made products from countries who violate human rights. Add big tariffs on these communist made products, and provide tax reductions on our own goods. Make it an equal playing field in retail costs, but with an advantage of quality and longevity of usefulness.

It's not like it's going to cost the taxpayer anything to relieve domestic companies of taxes, because once they are all gone, there will be no tax revenues from those products anyway. Offer start-up manufacturers assistance, and for gosh sakes, help our auto makers.

All automobile companies are having problems right now, not just the American Big 3. If we can fork over a trillion bucks to wall street bankers (who basically just stole the profits to get into trouble) certainly we can assist real companies that supply real jobs.

Michael S (306)
Friday May 15, 2009, 6:31 pm
AMEN!!!! Thank you ALLL!!!!!!!!!

rose s (239)
Saturday May 16, 2009, 2:31 pm
There is great imbalance in trade and that lies in america's admin.who thinks it business savvy to outsource all jobs to china and india because of cheaper labour.But it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that you are only improving the economies of these countries.American trade polic.has to strike a happy medium.AND presently it isn't.

Faith M (161)
Saturday May 16, 2009, 2:34 pm
Very little of what I buy says made in China on it. But it is hard because EVERYTHING we have mostly in any store says made in China on it. I read all labels -time consuming but sooo worth it and Michael U already know how I feel about U being here again -I will say It here in a public format--YEA!!! and there was much rejoicing!!!! Welcome back old friend welcome back!!!

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday June 10, 2009, 8:12 pm
Seeing the Forest: More Republican hatred of America

Last month a Republican governor talked about his state leaving the United States. Now we learn that a Republican Congressman met privately with Chinese Government officials and told them they should not believe the Obama administration's budget numbers. He was asking them to stop lending to the U.S. and dump US dollars, which would result in economic panic and otherwise great harm to our country.

Amanda B. (0)
Saturday July 11, 2009, 2:13 pm
Stop whining. It is not the fault of the government or of China.
American consumers refuse to pay reasonable prices for goods so they demand that stores stock the lowest priced goods available, which happen to come from China. American workers insist on getting paid more than any other workers in the world even though their productivity is the lowest in the world, so companies relocate to where they can get labor for a more reasonable price.
If american jobs are moving out of America, we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Sunday July 12, 2009, 7:13 am
Big corporations make big profits. They make enough profit to pay American works a desent wage. If they can make a bigger profit overseas that is where they are going to go. They spend more money buying off Congress then they pay their workers. It is not the workers fault that they are going oversea and anyone that thinks this is just plain wrong. It is Corporate greed that takes our jobs away. "Reasonable price my a** " Greedy price is more like it.
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