China -although I think capitalism is great (if you see something that's a great price, why would you buy something similar at a higher price?)...I do want to think & buy more locally! Especially if it's just American, Ohio made would be even better (like that cheese), think of the cost really being more affordable because there is little gasoline used in transporting the goods, it's made here! A friend sent me this (as an email):
Are we Americans as dumb as we appear or is it that we just do not think?
While the Chinese, knowingly and intentionally, export inferior products and dangerous toys and goods to be sold in American markets, the media wrings its hands and criticizes the Bush Administration for perceived errors. Yet 70% of Americans believe that the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese
should be suspended.
Well, duh.....why do you need the government to suspend trading
DO IT YOURSELF!!
Simply look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says 'Made in China' or 'PRC' (and that now includes Hong Kong), simply choose another product or none at all. You will be amazed at how dependent you are on Chinese products, however you will be equally amazed at what you can do without.
Who needs plastic eggs to celebrate Easter? If you must have eggs, use real ones and benefit some American farmer.
Easter is just an example, the point is... do not wait for the government to
act. Just go ahead and assume control on your own.
If 200 million Americans refuse to buy just $20 each of Chinese goods, that's a billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in our favor...fast!! The
downside? Some American businesses will feel a temporary pinch from having foreign
stockpiles of inventory.
* Downside?? Is there a downside?
Let's give them fair warning and send our own message. We will not
implement this UNTIL June 4, and we will only continue it until July 4. That is only one month of trading losses, but it will hit the Chinese for 1/12th
of the total, or 8%, of their American exports. Then they will at least have to ask themselves if the benefits of their arrogance and lawlessness were worth it.
Remember, June 4 to July 4. You might try it for always.
Send this to everybody you know.
Show them we are Americans and NOBODY can take us for granted.
If we can't live without cheap Chinese goods for one month out of
our lives,WE DE SERVE WHAT WE GET!
Pass it on, America !!!