China Holding America's Feet to Fire

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
August 10, 2007 8:34pm CST
Our government has made it known that it is not satisfied with the quality of many of the goods currently being imported from China. As a response to possible sanctions China has threatened to ruin our economy. How did things get to be so out of control? Where has good old American pride gone?
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
11 Aug 07
That's a laugh...they are threatening to ruin our economy? Haven't they done that already by sending us inferior products...toys for children still with lead paint, contaminated food products that created one of the biggest recalls for pet food and responsible for the deaths of many pets, other contaminated food products for human consumption and even contaminated toothpaste?? How ironic. I think our country should do real heavy duty work on its part and start the manufacture and sale of our own products...I mean how often does one see the made in America label?
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Aug 07
Yes, pyewacket, just when we think things can't possibly get any worse, they do. In Ohio where I live they were still recalling some brands of toothpaste a couple days ago. I guess they're saying, in effect, "If you don't allow us to continue shipping our tainted goods over there, we will decimate your economy."
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
11 Aug 07
The mortgage mess might ruin it for us. If we go into a recession, it will affect China somewhat. We got into this mess with our government overspending and selling our debt to the Chinese. There will come a time when we will have to pay it back and maybe sooner than later. Excess taxation has also led us to where we are. When ever a government continues to take and take, it leads to fewer peole wanting to create new business and for older businesses to expand. They take much from the rich who have the ability to create new jobs. That is in part why so many larger companies are buying back their shares with their excess cash. They should be putting this money into expansion and upgrades. It will eventually come back to haunt them. With all the government promises to bail out people, this country is headed toward socialism and a sharp downturn in economic prosperity. I want none of it. People need to be taught to be self-sufficient. And not sit back and depend on the government to meet their needs. Whatever is going on with China, the US has created the situation and I doubt the gutless wonders on Capital Hill have a clue.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Aug 07
Well said, sigma. As my mother used to say, "This is only the tip of the iceberg." America cannot continue to function with no industry. I don't know how much good it would do but maybe we should all write our Congressmen and Congresswomen. With the '08 election looming, this just might be the right time.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
11 Aug 07
I heard that!! I really can't understand why this stuff is being made over there anyways. Is it cheap labor?? If thats the case then perhaps the companys need to spend more of their profits to make more products instead of cutting corners. I hate buying Made in China junk...I always try to find the Mad in USA stuff even if it costs a little more. AT PEACE WITHIN
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Aug 07
I agree, twoey. The companies over here need to step up and start making jobs available to US citizens. I do believe that is the main reason our crime rate is so high. Where people can't earn a living crime is bound to rise. I would like to buy a tv or anything that is made in America once again.
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• United States
11 Aug 07
It seems that we started the downward spiral a few years back. No names mentioned here, but many blame the high ranking officials.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Aug 07
Well, Elusive, I think that no matter how this thing shakes out, there is going to be a high price to pay. I don't know how we could have so indebted ourselves to any foreign country.
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@cmsk2005 (1770)
• United States
11 Aug 07
I know as China got almost half of the market of whole world in manufacturing and exproting from daily life to special occassion goods, here in Uk its also found that some toothpaste even contains poisonous material which was manufactured in China, but the worldwide market place became so much dependent on them it is now hard to get back the original place for anu of these countries
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@HollyK (29)
• United States
12 Aug 07
Isn't that amazing that the response to a complaint about not just poor quality but dangerously poor quality products is to ruin our economy. I would say that the free market would be able to settle this situation, really, would many people given the news lately knowingly buy a product from China? But it concerns me that many people do not know that the products they are buying are manufactured in china. Does anyone know of any sites that expose products manufactured in china that the average consumer would not know?
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
12 Aug 07
It's been in the news so much lately, Hollyk, that I don't see how they could have missed it. Of course there are some who don't watch the news.
@kgwat70 (13392)
• United States
11 Aug 07
I have noticed in the news how a lot of things coming from China have been given poor ratings for quality. I do not think China single handedly could ruin our economy. It would be bad for them to even think about trying to do that. I do not think we should place any sanctions on China but need to inform them that their products are not passing inspection and need improvement.