Originally posted by observe50
...Isn't it funny we send out all the good stuff and they send us poison/harmful products...
...China doesn't have to be a super power and destroy us with weapons and war they just kill us off with there products...
...I now always look and buy American it's worth the extra money...
What is upsetting is when dealing with buying certain things we don't know where the products came from such as in houses and if our government
allowes this stuff in and it is inspected then there are problems then they should be held accountable to repair it.
We know that will never happen.
Check the products you buy and try to buy American whenever you can. Sadly it seems that Americans are getting totally screwed and our government is
still allowing it.
thank you for your comments. I've quoted a few of them above. What you you are saying is the plain truth -- and not only in the USA, but in many
I guess some members might wonder why someone like me who lives in Prague, central Europe, could care less about American home owners having their
lives messed up by toxic drywall imported from China. I care because it matters. It's not just that further pain in the US home sector will have
knock-on effects in the economy, and that will affect us "over here". It's because this is not just about toxic drywall, but the whole mess we've
all been dropped into by a small number of people who are so driven by greed that they just don't care at all about anyone else.
And that matters
A few posts back I related the true story of a woman here who bought a Chinese-made ride-on tractor for her little girl. They live in the country and
so she wanted a tractor, and no-one in this part of the world makes them. Not little ones for kids, I mean.
I can bet that little girl was heartbroken when her tractor fell to pieces in just a few weeks. I can also bet you all know similar stories.
And I mentioned my wife's "Singer" sewing machine, made in New York about 100 years ago and still working fine -- built back in the days when
everyone cared about quality and had pride in what they did, and a guarantee was a guarantee
People, the US imported 500 million pounds of toxic drywall from China. That's 250,000 tons
. Over a period of years
. This was not like
a few bad batches being sent out by mistake, this was long-term, deliberate deception. In other words, it was downright criminal!
Nowadays, "price" is the key factor. Quality, pride in workmanship, reliability, products that don't fail two weeks after the warranty runs out --
if you get any effective warranty at all -- that's all been pushed aside by the few who make the decisions, namely the big dealers, big factories,
the big banks that finance them, all in the drive to make more money.
I also care about this because this toxic drywall "product" was doubtless sent all over the world, to whatever countries would let it in and would
turn a blind eye to the shoddy quality. Sooner or later we'll hear about it in other places, and they'll have the same problems as in the US because
it's the same groups of insurance companies and maybe even the same banks that financed all the deals to begin with. Even if they're different
companies they'll do things the same way.
The only way to defeat this problem long-term is to do what some of your are already doing: whenever possible, buy local
. If it's not made in
your country, then ask yourself why it isn't. As we know, about 80% of all toys are now made in China. They might be labeled with major US or
European brand names, but they're made in China. Why?
And as we all know, their standards are appalling. Toxic lead paint on toys? In the 21st century? Why? How?
Our kids and grandkids play with crappy plastic toxic toys; babies were being fed poisonous milk formula that if you gave it to animals you'd have
been thrown in jail; you and we maybe have toxic drywall in our homes and offices, stuff that issues gases that'll corrode pipes and wires so what on
earth is it doing to people
; Chinese workers who often have no idea what's in the products are getting poisoned too, the Chinese miners who
dig the coal that runs the power stations for these factories die like flies and their sainted leaders do NOTHING to improve their safety -- and our
governments pander to the smiling, heartless leaders of the PRC because they'll lend us money when we run up our foreign debt!
And our debt is mainly to them anyway!
I have nothing against the average Chinese people. I hope that's clear. They are often getting it worse than we do, they're just like the average
workers here in what was Czechoslovakia, who were lucky to get a plastic-bodied two-stroke Trabant as a "car", while their leaders swanned around in
V-8 engined limousines. Equality in a Communist regime? That is such a lie and it always has been...
For years now I've had the plan that when I retire from my regular job I'm going to make toys. Pedal cars, mainly. You know, I'm now planning to
retire a few years sooner.
End of my latest rant. Thanks to all for your patience.