Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Check your Chinese-made tires

The list of tainted and defective goods imported from China grows. Seems like there's something new every week. This week it's tires.

"Although Hangzhou Zhongce disputed the assertion its products
were defective, the case broadened an ongoing controversy over Chinese imports in the United States. Recent cases include the widely publicized problem with pet food ingredients as well as recalls of toy trains and toothpaste.

"China has been asleep at the switch when it comes to safety inspections," Sen. Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat,

Unfortunately, it's not just tires, toy trains, and toothpste. It's also pet food, fish, and cosmetics. Now there's some rumblings about honey imported from China.

All these goods used to be readily made in the good ole USA. The production of such goods provided decent playing jobs and benefits for thousands of American workers. But now we've outsourced those jobs at the insistence of corporations.

I'm all for businesses running as lean as possible. But not at the expense of American jobs and American families. And certainly not at the expense of the safety of ourselves and more imporantly our loved ones.

Why isn't this getting more attention? Probably because China owns most of our national debt.


Anonymous said...

I think you are on to something. The big companies that own the networks aren't going to go too much into detail to talk about it because "their interests" might be threatened. There's a lot about economics I dont understand, but i do know that I refuse to listen to anything globalists like Tom Friedman say----you can thank them for the Iraq War.

Button Gwinnett said...

I think a lot of us were impressed watching Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Bush I, and Clinton stand together back in 1993 and tell us that NAFTA and the WTO was good for both America and for the world. Many of us were swayed by the "we don't wish to become isolationists, but rather good global citizens" argument that they were giving us at the time.

Unfortunately, I think a lot of what the opponents of NAFTA and WTO were saying has come true as to how it effects American jobs, American families, and the quality of goods being sold to us. It's interesting to note that about 6 or 7 years ago, Carter changed his tune. Of course, it took seeing what an impact it had on his timber selling to do that.

I have come to believe Dave Sirota when he says that Corporate America and the Corporate candidates of both major parties have sold us a bogus bill of goods on this issue. Outsourcing has made them a ton of money, but has brought nothing but grief to John Q. Citizen.

JollyRoger said...

Americans are fed up with substandard service and sh*t that breaks all the time.

The "free" traders' arguments about how we "like" this cheap Chinese stuff is a bunch of bollocks. It isn't true. We've basically been told we'll buy this sh*t whether we want to or not, and the same goes for the abysmal "customer service" that someone (like me) with a hillbilly accent has no hope of using.