japan is a political and military ally that sells reliable quality and
safe products from which we benefit. they also set up huge
manufacturing operations here and keep americans employed.
china is an aggressive communist regime, bent on oppressing its
neighbors, that thinks nothing of selling contaminated baby food,
routinely steals american intellectual property, bribes american
politicians to export jobs, deliberately lies about quality standards
when seeking to export, and above all that, will deliberately flout
united states law by sending thugs and political bullies to oppress
tibetan freedom supporters ON AMERICAN SOIL. read that again: china's
oppressive communist regime ACTIVELY AND AGGRESSIVELY OPPRESSES
AMERICANS ON AMERICAN SOIL.
amusing little "irony"? you could not be more wrong.
nomina rutrum rutrum
Technically, I would say that China has graduated to an oligarchy under the
premise of a communist regime. I'm not sure communism can exist in today's
world in anything other than an ideological state.
I do like the idea of slapping incumbents out of office after one term. We
all know that power corrupts....
i have a number of american-chinese clients who do business there. they
have confirmed - this article indeed true.
That confirms my theory that China has become an oligarchy.
True communism would not have the power in such a small fraction of the
population. In this case 83 million members (as the article reports) to an
estimated 1.4 billion citizens. I'm thinking that the actual number of
decision making party members are much less than that.
The fact that the ruling power has devised effective methods to control
wealth and industry, combined with brain-washing at an early age will ensure
that group will stay in power for a long time.
Reread the original posting. The poster was concerned about taking work
away from a US worker - not a potentially reduced made-in-China quality.
Granted, most products from China tend to have borderline quality and are
typically made under "sweat-shop" conditions, but whining about providing a
job to a Chinese worker for a part for use on his Japanese car is quite
then you don't understand the big picture. of the two hondas i
currently have, one was made in ontario, canada, the other in
marysville, oh, both from majority american components. can you name a
single chinese company that manufactures in the usa? and when was the
last time japan executed dissidents or threatened united states security
operations? do you know any taiwanese and know how china systematically
undermines their independence? how about tibetan refugees? have you
watched japanese political agents bully united states citizens on
american streets like i've watched chinese???
that's my whole point dude. they're importing from china at the expense
of american jobs and manufacturing capacity, and at the taxpayers
expense! as long as those companies are sucking on the american
taxpayers teat, and they are with their lobbying for "cash for
clunkers", etc., then they should not be allowed to ship their jobs
now, there is another side to this story, which is that domestic
manufacturing has been stuck in the dark ages with great resistance to
automation, but the bottom line is that arguments for outsourcing for so
called cost reductions by moving to low cost labor markets are bogus.
automated plant cuts labor costs as much if not more effectively.
reality is, this is about union busting - no domestic manufacturing
workers means no unions. and our political "representatives" have had
this unspoken agenda for the last 20 years.
now, i'm no union lover. but destruction of our industrial base just so
incompetent management doesn't get itself tied up in labor disputes is
not simply retarded, it's almost treasonous. again, the "unintended"
consequence of de-industrialization extends FAR beyond simple union
management - it's killing [killed?] the nation's ability to secure or
maintain our economic and military strength.
the german model, where management works /with/ unions, not against
them, is highly productive. there are drawbacks, but the net result is
that germany has a tremendously strong industrial base, is highly
automated, and in reality, has economic and unspoken military muscle
that awes. if germany ever wanted to go to war again, it could at the
drop of a hat because it has the industrial base to do so, and none of
its industrially weaker neighbors could stop it, even if they wanted to.
why do you think the germans have been so peaceful these last few
decades - they have the biggest stick on the block!
Dude, take a pill & relax. Lots of countries/people are perfectly
willing to do the things you accuse the Communist regime of, and the Tea
Party morons running for office are happy to support them by calling for
less govt, less regulation, etc. (I'm sure you know the rant as well as
I am of the opinion that if China weren't Communist, we'd hear a whole
lot less from you on this topic.
sure, bury your head in the sand.
this stuff is real dude and it's on your back door step. i don't know
how much economic loss and how much military threat do you need to
experience before you start to understand the reality, but if you don't
pay attention today, you'll be forced to pay attention tomorrow.
i think we need to start getting specific when buying stuff like this
and tell the shop you won't buy anything made there. seriously - that
kind of feedback filters through to management and eventually influences
personally, i'd have though that after the last few years of seeing the
sides of our freeways strewn with shredded chinese tires that were
recently legalized, it's time we stopped jeopardizing our safety and
stopped buying that crap. and we should write our congress-critters
accordingly. they legalized that stuff and that irresponsibility is
potentially fatal. hold them responsible.
well, michelin aren't dumb. they have more money invested in their
intellectual property than any other tire manufacturer, bar none.
they're not going to just give it away to the chinese and let themselves
be put out of business.
the fact that they're based in france and not being sold out by wall
street probably helps their decision making too.
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