Monday, May 16, 2005

I Would Pay More

A May 14, 2005 Associated Press article, "U.S. Textile Makers Praise Chinese Quotas" By Martin Crutsinger says that the Bush administration announced on Friday that it was re-imposing quotas on three clothing categories. In the article, "Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said in announcing the decision that the government had found that the surge in shipments from China since Jan. 1 was disrupting the domestic market." I'm sorry but the surge in shipments from China was disrupting the domestic market long before Jan. 1. A trip to any department store in the United States would have told you that years ago. The article also says that retailers have opposed the re-imposition of quotas, arguing that it will mean higher costs for United States customers. I don't know about you but I wouldn't mind paying a little more for an piece of clothing that was made in the United States knowing that I was promoting jobs for United States citizens. Don't think for one minute that these retailers are as concerned about what United States made products would cost their customers as they are about what it would cost them to stock their shelves with United States made products.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic


Blogger John said...

Have we sold out to China?

3:57 AM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

We shouldn't be so close to Cina in trade... we are paying for the industrialization and military improvements of a country whose government is our enemy. Clinton should have known better and so should Bush Jr.

9:33 AM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

A few years ago I heard about a guy that attended a free trade protest wearing a shirt which read, "EVERYTHING IS MADE IN CHINA, including your future" More people should paid attention to his warning. I try to buy from hock shops not to save money, I just don't want to send my money to China.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Dennis said...

It looks like you will get your wish to pay more. The sad part for me is that the anti-trade types never seem to want to allow consumers a choice. Put your more expensive USA textiles next to their Chinese counterparts and let those consumers who want to 'keep it in the USA' do so.

6:22 AM  

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