From: "Ken Taylor"
Subject: Re: High Tech economy in the US
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Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 20:26:04 +1300
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 20:23:58 NZDT
"Jean Lestrale" wrote in message
> Hello to all, and thanks for the replys...
> After I suggested banning foreign imports,
> John asked if I buy anything that's imported.
> Well, that would be "argueing from the general
> to the specific" and exactly what I personally
> buy is not the point I was making, but YES, I
> try very hard to buy American, although there
> are more and more times when I just have to take
> whatever's on the shelf at the store...
> Next, James made the point about foreigners
> not buying from us if we did that. That's an
> easy one. We buy far more from them than they
> do from us, so if we both stopped selling to
> each other tommorrow, we'de come out way ahead.
> Two jobs would be created for every one lost.
> The big problem is that the politicians get a
> payoff from the foreign govt's to continue this
> sell-out, and we can see the results of their
> "free-trade" globalist policies in the constant
> decline in our standard of living, etc.
> By the way, I have been told that I do tend to
> bitch more when I don't have any work to do and
> money is tight.... so thanks for listening.
> Finally, Spehro thinks that he can hire me
> cheap if imports are banned. Oh no, Spehro,
> without the cheap labor competition from India
> and who-all-knows where else, my rate will be
> double !!! But that's no problem because you'll
> be making double as well !!! LOL
> Talk to you later,
> Jean Lestrale, W2FGV
> President, Advanced PCB Design
This last one is probably the most important issue of all - if you ceased
your international trade, your local producers can be as inefficient as they
like (and at some stage even the US market gets saturated and consolidates,
permitting this to occur). Then you're just wasting money on crap products
which could be more efficiently spent on cheaper overseas products while you
use the dollars saved to develop better industries. Oddly, this is what has
made the US great, the ability to do this so well. It's no coincidence that
wealth has increased and, conversely, poverty decreased, in countries which
have traded internationally (in the last few decades in particular).
Love the conspiracy argument though - same old crap regurgitated to 'prove'
yet another argument.