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Second question? No.
Purchasing American products just because they are American-made rewards inferior and inefficient companies. GM is a prime example and the result of lazy management because so many people buy American rather than the best quality. When so many people do this, the affected companies get lazy, like GM did. A large percentage of American companies do business overseas. Should overseas countries likewise purchase only the products of their own countries? What about all the stuff that we don't have enough of that we get from other countries, like oil? What if we could only buy American oil? Could we get enough to handle our needs? Whenever we slap taxes on imports to help our businesses, the other countries so affected slap taxes on stuff we export to them making it harder for us to sell our stuff there.
If Walmart didn't sell the items it does at the low prices that it does, how would so many people who can't afford higher prices have their smaller paychecks stretch as far as they do at Walmart?
When our government makes laws that make U.S. manufacturing and all other businesses more and more expensive to operate and as a result have to charge way higher prices for their products and services, should we the people be punished with those higher prices with no alternative? One example is the minimum wage. As a result, how hard is it presently for teenagers and others without experience to get jobs and apprenticeships? These days it's way harder than it used to be by a long shot because of minimum wage law requirements going up and up and up.
Another example is regulations telling insurance companies what they must cover, like fertility treatments and stomach by-passes for obesity. Or the requirement that everyone pay for pregnancy benefits whether they're female or male? Or over the age of 50? Should we all pay for these benefits for other people with higher priced premiums. Don't most of us have enough trouble supporting our own families? Sure, sounds good when these laws are passed. We are doing the right thing, right? But nobody talks about the higher prices we all will have to pay for every one of these insurance mandates. My son told me recently that his health insurance premium for him and his family just went up to over $900 per month. Wow!
Every time the government sticks its nose into our business telling us it's for our own good, we end up paying way inflated prices and have to handle all the hardships that automatically come from those actions. The biggest problem is that so few people tie the effect to the cause. Most blame the companies who have no choice but to raise prices to meet the government mandates to continue to exist... or go out of business.
Why shouldn't we all have the freedom to buy the cheapest and even the highest quality products and services we can afford, whoever provides them. That causes healthy competition and the companies that aren't chosen must improve or get out of the way for smarter companies in smarter countries that can provide better products at lower prices. Have you any idea how much we depend on money borrowed from China these days? And what about all the persons who can't afford the highest priced products and services? Shouldn't they have the freedom to buy lesser quality at much lower prices if they find that to be best for their family based on the money they make?
Years ago Kathy Lee Gifford was embarrassed in the media by activists because her line of clothes were being manufactured in overseas manufacturing plants that were using underage children. So what happened? She moved her manufacturing needs to other countries and all the poor families in those plants lost their incomes completely. But afterward nobody ever talked about or did anything about replacing the jobs that were destroyed and weren't replaced. Are these families better off now as a result of these activists? Are these families so stupid that they shouldn't be allowed to make their own free choices as to whether or not to work at particular manufacturing plants? Is our way of doing things in this country always the best way, no matter what the circumstances? Is it better in this country when teenagers who want to work to make money aren't allowed to work? Even when the work won't interfere with their studies?
Instead of jumping on Walmart, we should change the laws our government constantly makes that forces companies to get so much from overseas companies that aren't hog-tied by our multitude of busy-body laws.
By the way, do you count as American made those products that are put together here in the states but use all or most parts made in foreign countries?
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Reply posted 9-9-2010, 8:02 A.M. Central.
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Answered By: A Dad - 9/9/2010