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4/23/2014 6:00:00 AM
Letter: It's cheaper in China

I am sick and tired of everything I buy being made in another country, mainly China. A few weeks ago I was in one of the local hardware stores in Kingman. I happened to look at a well-known industrial power tool. It was made in China. Another one was made in Mexico. It is no wonder that there are millions of people in the U.S. who are out of work.

These big companies are so greedy that they don't want to pay a decent living wage to people in this country. I have heard that the Chinese people are getting more money. Some companies have started to move back to the U.S. I hope that trend continues.

A couple of years ago, my wife bought me a windmill for Christmas. She knew that I enjoy windmills. It wasn't six months until it started falling apart. The welds broke. The metal was real cheap. It was made in China.

I called the company, which is in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He gave me a price of $24 for the wheel and $8.50 for the other part. By the time I paid for shipping and handling, I would have spent $50 or more.

I told the guy that I would have the same problem. I asked him why they had the windmills made in China. He told me with all of the regulations and the price of labor, they could have it done cheaper in China. I told him that he was un-American and you get what you pay for.

If our elected officials in Washington cared for the American people and our country, they would raise the import tax on all of this stuff that is made overseas.

A few weeks ago there was a big stink about baby toys made in China. They were covered with leaded paint. Babies were getting sick. It is time to bring all the manufacturing back to this country and forget China.

Ronney L. Case

Golden Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014
Article comment by: Nancy Rodriguez

We will continue to lose American jobs because of the two main reasons: union demands and environmental fanatics. They become so ridiculous that a profit is impossible to achieve. Unions are nothing more than protection rackets for lazy, unproductive employees that would be fired anywhere else. The tree huggers enjoy all the benefits of our society, but cry about how they are made possible. They are to thank for the destruction of American jobs.

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

"They (Hostess) didn't keep up with the healthy/anti-fat trends."

And now, with others having bought the name/recipe and now making Twinkies, you are not seeing people clamoring for and stripping the shelves of any low-fat healthy twinkie.....and you never will.

Original Twinkie......accept no substitutes.


Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Article comment by: Oh Ya

"I am sick and tired of everything I buy being made in another country"

You don't really think those countries want to use the cheap stuff they build do you? Then you have the non-patriot companies and CEO's like Romney, that ship their companies overseas just to be imported back and still make a profit. The only way to fix that would be to apply a double tax on items made overseas, by American companies.

Posted: Monday, April 28, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

Gosh Ed..I don't understand you.

I list products "Made in the USA" in response to another poster...and even specified that some parts came from outside the US, yet you attack?

Golly...even though I agree with you that it's a world economy...you do this?

If I buy wood from a home center and build a bookshelf, is it not "Made in my Garage"?

There are specific rules to put the "Made in the USA" labels on things. Talk to the rule makers, not me.

Jeez....some people are never happy.

Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Article comment by: Oh Ya

"It's going to get worse fellas. It's not only us importing goods from China, the obama administration is now selling our oil and natural gas companies"

Well, everybody knows that that is how Romney makes his money. And you wanted him to be President? It could of been much worse!

Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

Yo! V Stokes. What do you consider made in the USA? Every item you so proudly proclaim as made in the USA was made with raw materials mined and processed in other countries with the exception of grown food products. Tires? Where do you think we get the rubber? Electronics in TVs, phones, computers, tablets, etc., all would not work but for certain rare earths which come mostly from China. We have none of our own. A lot of the products you claim made in the USA were just assembled here from parts made in other nations around the globe. Even the Lodge cast iron cookware gets its iron from abroad and it's even smelted abroad since we closed down our last iron ore smelting plant years ago.

Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

"I challenge you to find something, anything, made in the USA in their store."

Ok, for starters..Annin flags, the oldest maker of flags in the US. Maglite flashlights...except for o-rings and the bulbs, made in the US. Many Buck knives. Many Ruger firearms. GV brand honey. Several salad dressings and BBQ sauces as well as butters. Element assembles TVs in the US from components all over the world. Motorola does the same with some phones. WA state apples. Many tires are made in the US, depends on brand, item, size, etc. Lodge cast iron skillets. Crayola crayons. Need I go on?

What do I win?

Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Article comment by: Grateful for Walmart

True, unions and government bureaucracy and regulations are the main problems. Without these, more American companies could afford to keep their businesses here in the states and pay their employees better wages. By the way, most of the workers who are represented by unions are GOVERNMENT employees.
Yes, Walmart, like most American businesses, now sells a lot of foreign made products. Businesses like Walmart must adapt and change with the times or become irrelevant and extinct. Those who constantly complain about Walmart should devote an equal amount of time to learning about the many ways the company benefits our society. Here is a great place to start ... Google: "A Walmart Fortune, Spreading Charter Schools". Another thing to consider is the vast number of people who would be out of work (and on unemployment) if Walmart were to cease to exist ... and the crushing impact it would have on our economy and welfare system. 1.4 million additional, unemployed people would be a tremendous drain on our already beleaguered system. I, for one, am grateful for Walmart and the reasonable prices it offers people like me, who are not rich, live on a limited income and cannot afford the high prices demanded by many other companies.

Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Article comment by: Jimi Lightfoot

Hostess was a bad example of union ruination. They didn’t keep up with the healthy/anti-fat trends.

Irrefutable is the ruination of the auto industry by ever increasing salaries and benefits.

Quality also suffered from required breaks and protection of workers that half azzed their work and were getting high in the parking lot.

Unions may only be 10% now but they still funnel BILLIONS to the Democratic Party.

With a fraction amount of that money they COULD have loosened their choke hold on corporations, kept union members/Americans working.

I was a union worker at the age of 14 at the textile plant in Enka Chandler, N.C. I didn’t complain about the money. A factory that hires minors needed some oversight.

They were also dumping the liquid that dissolved my clothes into the water occasionally.

Unions had their uses but not anymore.

They are now the cooked arm and dirty hands of the Democrats.

I never needed a union to get a raise.

I couldn’t get a raise in the union till everyone else did.

Unions held my earnings back

When I went to work non-union, I got raises and eventually into management…by the age of 17. Then on to the military at 19 for 21 years.

Unions are no longer needed. They are a corrupt hindrance to free enterprise and liberty.

Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Article comment by: A Merican

Does anyone remember when Walmart started? Their motto was "Made in the USA". When Walmart first started, we consumers supported the new chain for their philosophy of buying only items made here in the USA. But now that they are the leaders and don't buy American, do you feel as though we have been scammed. It was our support that allowed them to become sooooo huge and now I challenge you to find something, anything, made in the USA in their store. And I don't know about any other consumers, but if I buy an item at Walmart, I don't expect it to last. It might be cheaper, but it is also made cheaper. You get what you pay for.

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

I agree with Mr. Lightfoot regarding unions, which have throttled business in this country. I was a union man for a few years back when knew no better, but even then I couldn't tolerate the adversarial environment unions encouraged. It was us (labor) against the establishment (business) and the idea was to stretch out any job for as long as we could. We did a lot of shovel-leaning, break-taking and sick-leaving.

Fortunately I was not built that way. I always gave a good days work for a good wage and received a lot of grief from my fellow union members for it. By the time I was in my late 20s, I'd discovered that anything I could do as an employee, I could also do as an independent contractor. I never held a job again. Working for yourself, you have the best boss in the world and the best employee in the world.

Sure, we need burger-flippers, broom-pushers, shelf-stockers and ditch-diggers but their income should maintained by a livable minimum wage and viable labor relations agencies. Not unions. Especially today when the average joe has a voice louder than any union can bring and are learning how to join together to bring pressure on employers who would abuse them.

Unions also have a nasty habit of being corrupt and violent when they don’t get their way.

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014
Article comment by: Roy Leggett

I say "Raise minimum Wages, Change work weeks to 30 hours instead of 40" Then when your company starts hiring more people and cut your hours to part time, you will be upset, especially since you no longer qualify for company benefits like retirement, 401K, insurance, vacations, etc. you will know why. As far as any President allowing any company to move overseas they have no choice. The president does not own these companies. The last time I checked this is still America and the owner of a company has a right to move to another country or close their doors if they so choose. These companies can move anywhere they choose so quit blaming the republicans or democrats, as they do not control the companies that have moved. Congress or the president do not have that kind of power and should not have. As for China or any other country owning American soil, that should not happen. If allowed, any country with enough money could own America. Is that what you want to leave your children or grand-children? I hope not.

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

“…the obama administration is now selling our oil and natural gas companies that are in America to Chinese companies.”

Do you ever actually read the trash you post? How can the president sell privately owned American companies to anyone? Seriously – read before you post. BTW The Criminal did allow American companies to sell out to the Chinese and the Saudis.

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Athens

It's going to get worse fellas. It's not only us importing goods from China, the obama administration is now selling our oil and natural gas companies that are in America to Chinese companies.

I have the list compiled. Bush had intervened due to national security but starting in 2009 obama changed all that and now the Chinese are here in the middle of our energy companies in about nine states and that is not including the 50 plus Chinese solar/wind plants they are working with the BLM to put in on our land.

Vote out every liberal!!!

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Article comment by: Yep, The Real Problem is the Intelligence of Americans

Hey Jimi My Man, you do know unionization is below 10% and in most areas of our economy regulations imposed on companies is lower than in the 1960's. And tisk, tisk to blame the Democratic Party. Which party is the favorite of companies that take those hefty tax breaks to send jobs overseas? Which party does the Walton family fund with huge contributions? Which party pushes for companies to do anything they want like looking around the world for slave labor? (Yes, slave labor where these countries turn a blind eye on "housing" employees in lock down "dormitories" and pay wages below what even these slave will tolerate - research the union movements in other countries) . And while you mention Hostess - care to know what the top management of the company took away when they "decided" that those darn workers were just demanding too much? Look it up - get educated by news sources other than the GOP mouth piece FauxNews.

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Harris

Yoo Hoo, Will, most minimum wage jobs are service jobs. So unless you plan to buy your McDonald's in Peru or pick up that rifle from a Canadian Walmart you'll find that Mr President pushing to increase the minimum wage won't outsource jobs.

As far as buying American - a nice idea but we live in a global world where politicians allow retailer giant Walmart to buy cheaper from outside the U.S., it'll continue. For yrs we gave companies tax benefits to open in other countries. For yrs we've lowered our tariffs as nations raised theirs. We've given tax breaks to manufacturers to hire outside our county. And our champion was Republican GW - 50,000 manufacturing PLANTS closed. Some blame for that is squarely with the American voters allowing GW to hold the key office for 8 years. Note the verb allowed as opposed to voted for.

And since we're assigning blame let's look at the cheapskate Americans who flock to Walmart to buy Chinese goods. (Yes. I boycott Walmart). Walmart founder Sam is spinning in his grave since he preached buy American. Unfortunately the offspring Waltons have no loyalty to America - only to money.

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Article comment by: Agree With Letter Writer

The corporate CEOs, board members, and millionaire congressmen have decided it's in their best interests to allow this situation to continue. They frankly have no love, sense of patriotism, or allegiance to American.

Corporation hierarchy has developed a system that benefits them & few others. The very structure of the LEGAL entity of a corporation (sorry Supreme Court, corporations are not people) lends itself to you-scratch-my-back-and-I'll-scratch-your-back philosophy. Board members are recruited by leadership of those companies. They're wined & dined by the same company leaders. When they first come on board, the company leadership again are the ones that feed them information about the company, their duties, etc. So it's no wonder they come to believe everything the company leaders tell them. They become the best of friends. Their compensation ($100k+) comes from the company. So surprise when they each look out only for each other. This structure must change. Unfortunately it will only change with legislature bus companies own legislators so don't expect much.

Congress is owned by these corporations. Why do you think companies give to both $$$ to both sides of an election. That way they own whoever wins. Again, this will only change by laws & that isn't likely to happen.

Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Article comment by: DOLLAR BILL

"But mainly it's the Democratic Party thug unions that are destroying America".

Have you ever drawn union wages Jimi? Do you think everyone should be satisfied with minimum wage?
I worked with a lot of conservative-GOP members who drew union wages and they did not seem to have a problem. Maybe they should have protested that their wages were too high. Never saw one of the NOT accept the wages the union bargained for them. Is that hypocritical?

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

I love to see comments like this, written on their computers made in China or maybe Malaysia, while they talk on their phones made in Japan, Mexico or China, watching a TV likely also made in China, before they go to the store in their car made in, or with a majority of parts from, Mexico, China, Korea, or any one of a number of countries. Once they get to the store, they buy produce from Mexico and South America, seafood from Vietnam, Indonesia, or India. Then they come home and cook it on their high end LG range (seems European doesn't it?) made by a Korean company.

I don't always agree with E.T., but in this case he is right on the money. It's a global market... companies either adapt or die.

We have better cars (and other products) now because of global markets. Most countries wouldn't buy the crap that was available only in the US just a few years ago. Global platforms have changed that.

Buicks and Cadillacs are in huge demand in China as their country becomes more and more Capitalist driven. Chrysler is making better cars since they were purchased by Fiat. Even Ford is making better cars than ever...a shame we don't get the good ones until several years after Europe does, if at all.

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: Jimi Lightfoot

“It’s all the fault of those greedy capitalists.”

While greed is inherent in mankind, it isn’t the capitalist that crushed manufacturing in America. It is the Labor Unions and the governmental/environmental restrictions and red tape that ground production to a trickle.

But mainly it’s the Democratic Party thug Unions that are destroying America.

Case in point and only one instance out of hundreds is the Hostess Cupcake Company.

The company showed the Union reps on paper that they couldn’t give the pay raises and benefits the Union demanded and still run the company for profit.

The Unions provided with this proof wouldn’t budge and decided to ride on the back of the company and its employees until they rode into the ground…dead.

That is the definition of greed or worse yet, the systematic elimination of manufacturing in America in pursuit of global expansion of the European Union and its goals of EVERY country being restricted to what it creates, exports and imports by the E.U.

Our GNP now is food stamps.

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: biker randy

I don't care where a product is made as long as it's quality is good and it's price is right.

After WW II anything made in Japan was a POS. Now it's considered top quality. Just because a product is made in China doesn't automatically mean it's a POS. It's made to the quality the boss deems appropriate. Some is good some is not.

You can blame exorbitant employee pay compliments of unions as why businesses have left the USA too. That and Fed., State Govt. regulations and taxation. Pick your favorite bogey man.

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: trained observer

@Will only get worse

So we should continue to let people live in poverty while the companies send jobs overseas anyway in order to pay their hefty CEO wages? Extort taxes? Do you mean making corporations like banks pay their fair share of taxes or continue to provide subsidies (not tax breaks, subsidies) to Big Oil?

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

Just in case no one has noticed, we now have a global economy and there is no way to put that djini back in the bottle. That means world-wide. It means that there is hardly anything that we buy or use that does not contain materials and parts from other nations (and vice versa.)

Just to balance this out, other nations purchase a large part of our domestic production. China for instance, is buying billions of dollars worth of goods and services from the U.S. every year. Made is America, even if it contains materials from a plethora of other nations, are in high demand in China.

China is also of singular note considering that without them supplying us with virtually all rare earths, we would have no electronics at all. China has the good fortune to have the vast majority of the various rare earths the world needs for our electronics. Without these rare minerals, we'd have no tvs, smart phones, computers, tablets or other such wonderful items to buy and use. Can't change that, so it's buy from China or go without.

We live in a global society and nothing is going to diminish that. In fact, it's the way of the future. Economics will be the coin that makes us a truly global society.

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: Greg Guindon

A valid observation. America gets what it pays for. My shirt made in Viet Nam, my pants made in Mexico, I had to go on line to find boots made in the U.S. Hold onto your money till you find your product made in the U.S. or anywhere other than China. Buy used. Keep your products till they wear out. Refuse to buy crap. Look for a country of origin when you buy. Write a letter to a manufacturer telling them why you won't buy their junk.

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: steve weston

Made in China................

I agree with "Bring it back to America".

I bought a new Mercury outboard for my boat
and "thought" I was being a true American.
Well guess what,?
Made in China.

Cessna Sport airplanes are now built in China....

My Ford truck was assembled in the USA but many parts were from Canada.

What really gets me is that "Foreign investors are purchasing land here and one day the USA will be owned by China...

AND, our elected leaders are allowing this to happen.

Wake up America.

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