Originally posted by 2manyquestions
You are partially right, but it's not just that Germans like to buy their own products, they like to buy them because they are of superior quality.
Germans have excellent chocolate, by the way. Although you'll find Swiss chocolate in their stores, there really is no need to import it. They
import things from China just like the rest of the world does, but again.... they like quality goods and Germany produces some very high-quality
goods. They don't cut corners.
Somehow I had the feeling that the Swiss chocolate was the wrong example...LOL...but you got my point, anyway.
The stuff we get from China is not at all what I would consider quality goods and I think if we were going to import anything predominantly, for the
right and sound reasons, it would be stuff from Germany and other countries who take pride in their work. I agree totally with the fact that Germany
produces good stuff...and in some stuff they definitely excel. Automobiles to mention one thing I find exemplary in the safety category, much like the
Volvo...but last I heard the Volvo brand is now owned by an Asian country but I forget the details.
But you kind of hit on my point with what you were saying. I wonder what the unemployment rate is in Germany...I need to look that up. Americans are
very capable of producing high quality goods if given the chance.
The reason we can't afford anything but Chinese junk...and find nothing but that on our shelves...is because our government spends ALL resources on
WAR. I, for one, took the thought one day that I was sick of buying MADE IN CHINA and vowed to not do it anymore. Impossible! And even on a
not-so-tight budget at the time, it wasn't that I couldn't afford products made elsewhere but that I could not hardly find any! And I'm not talking
just the local Wal-Mart but online goods as well, even the higher end clothing is MADE IN CHINA with some exceptions...a lot of my clothes are made in
India because I like that style. But it is apparent to me that Chinese industry suits their exports to American tastes and style trends.
There are trade agreements with China that dictate more about what is on our shelves than our preferences. I don't feel we have much choice. Even the
people who manage the departments at Walmart don't get to specify what stocks the shelves according to regional preferences and culture, but just get
shipments of which the contents are decided elsewhere higher up.
You can't really blame companies for importing things from China. We the consumers are buying it all up. Whenever you buy something, you effectively
vote for that product. You're telling the company "Hey, I'm interested in this and I keep buying it, so keep supplying it". No company or store
would be dumb enough to stock a product nobody wants to buy. Americans want the lowest prices, and the only way to get lower prices is to produce
things as cheaply as possible. It's a double-edged sword.
I find that the moment I decide I like something, it is no longer available! I know no one is reading my mind but it sometimes seems that way. I
don't even bother to talk to the store management anymore because the answers I got were all basically the same...they don't have much say-so on
what goes on their shelves, either, unless it is a unique type of store or boutique.
So they send what they want us to buy and we have to buy it because that is all there is.
Teamwork is definitely important, but that's not at all what I got out of Obama's speech. What I got out of it was Obama pointing fingers at
the people who've been footing the bill for at least the last 100 years and saying they don't do or give enough. Again.... I am not referring to
those who break laws. Obama believes (and he may be right) that since the poor and what's left of the lower/upper middle-class outnumber business
owners and entrepreneurs by a large margin, he can safely villanize them and rile up three fourths of America against them to get what he wants.
He'll continue to protect his corporate cronies and he'll slowly eliminate their competition by eventually making it next to impossible to stay in
business as a medium to small business owner. He'll do that by continuing to raise taxes and increase the fees and bureaucracy as well as
regulations. That's not what I call teamwork.
I'm not seeking to argue against your views because they are yours and you are absolutely entitled to them and I feel sure you think these things out
as much as you can and aren't on a rant.
is another facet to this issue
that you might not have heard about...these kinds of things seem to get very little exposure by the sources we get our information from in favor of
sensationalizing on other things that maybe showcase a poor or unclear choice of words.