Originally posted by bowlbyville
Items manufactured in India or China are of good quality and are much, much less expensive.
And since this has been going on for decades, we’re basically screwed. I don’t see any good answers (perhaps someone else does).
Items manufactured cheaper are not necessarily of equal quality, usually less. I personally have not found imported items to be consistently of good
One water district in the midwest bought Chinese made irrigation pumps because of the cheaper cost. The result? The pumps were of such poor quality
that the district had to buy American pumps afterall, as the Chinese pumps had to be scrapped.
My husband purchased online an electrical product direct from China. The item quit after 4 uses. On inspection, he found the soldering was cheap, had
come undone, and he had to redo it, plus the insulators were fashioned from discarded playing cards!
Cheaply made imported clothing is just that, cheaply made. Cheaply made plastic items/parts are just that, cheaply made plastic items/parts.
Third world health standards are still in play when the items are shipped to America, to note the Chinese wall board fiasco.
Starting in 1980, the American middle class was forced into, boxed into a corner, when they traded off lower wages/buying power for cheap goods. When
Americans are forced into, and even some cannot afford to(!), shopping at WalMart, that is close to bottoming out. And Americans used to laugh at all
those poor Communists who had to shop at GUM....WalMart is our capitalist GUM.
While Americans voted on culture/religious issues, they ended up with leaders who sold us out to corporations. Corporatism. It can no longer be
whether a candidate can save our/his/her soul, but whether or not that candidate can fight this corporate takeover. Note the corporate dollars
invested in the current fight over health care.
All I know is that it took 30 years to get this way, and it will take a lot longer than 10 months to get us out. Realistically, this baby boomer will
be dead before America sorts out this mess and enjoys its rank in the world again.