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With parts coming from everywhere, does "Buying American" have much meaning anymore? Is quality and price the bottom line?
#18660 of 18919 Re: Is buying American practical?? [guido65]
Sep 16, 2013 (10:20 am)
Guido, I don't really know what kind of equipment is in the D3 plants, but I suppose these arguments can go on and on. For example, a transplant is putting jobs, payroll and property taxes, and the like directly into the US economy vs. a D3 plant in Mexico or Canada. I try to focus more on the US content than the manufacturer's headquarters. The business world is now global. I believe Buick does more business in China than here in the states.
#18665 of 18919 Re: Buying American Cars What Does It Mean? [obyone]
Oct 29, 2013 (2:06 pm)
Buying American cars what does it mean? Don't keep it past 3 years.
I think by law Chrysler should have to post that notation on all their vehicles for the next 30 years. Sort of like the Surgeon General's warning on cigarettes.
#18666 of 18919 A documentary every American should watch
Nov 03, 2013 (7:37 pm)
Watch a documentary called "Death by China" I found it on Netflix. It was recommended by a friend. I am telling you we as a nation are in big, big trouble. Buying American, demanding American products and services is so very important to EVERYONE here in the U.S. Think just because you are educated, or rich that you are immune? Well, watch this show and you will think differently.
#18667 of 18919 Re: A documentary every American should watch [guido65]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 04, 2013 (7:51 am)
It makes some good points (at the end in terms of recommendations) but basically it is an irrational ideological rant with very spurious accusations, poor research, and blatant fear-mongering. Simplistic on a gut level, and hits the very obvious, but really not worth watching IMO if you are interested in the actual historical record to today's complex global economics. It is so lop-sided that you'd think you were listening to a sermon. A nation should never operate from fear.
#18668 of 18919 Re: A documentary every American should watch [MrShift@Edmunds]
Nov 04, 2013 (11:50 am)
The global economy always seems portrayed by either side of the argument as black and white. But I think it is a very complicated matter with many shades of grey. Each side has some merits and some extremism. Many manufacturer's see China as a profit enhancer, while many labor groups see it more as a job stealer. My real concern is that we are losing our industrial base in some critical areas like electronics. What happens if China decides to stop shipping computer or communications parts and equipment? OTOH, if China picks a fight with us (or vice versa) it really wreaks havoc on both sides since both countries have rather large investments in each other. Does this mean the global economy reduces the likelihood of military confrontations or major global wars because of these inter dependencies, or does the competition and concern raise tensions, perhaps too far? I don't think anyone really knows really. Both countries ruling governments seem to have more than a few crackpot extremists! Hopefully, pocketbooks and the threat of world annihilation keep it all in check.
#18669 of 18919 Re: A documentary every American should watch [berri]
Nov 04, 2013 (12:52 pm)
The only saving grace in this shortsighted unfair trade globalized mess is that we now have mutually assured economic destruction to go along with the nuclear type. However, the offshored manufacturing base and the wholesale theft of IP are issues the free traders don't seem to want to touch (along with social and environmental catastrophes, of course).