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My issue is with the way Americans are making China an economic super-power

by buying Chinese imports.  If anyone has a problem with worker rights, or with environmentally destructive practices, or poisonous toys (and who knows what else) then they should not be buying from China, just to get a few cents off. 

I'm not saying only buy American--though a few people trying to make a living in this country might appreciate it if we did.  I'm suggesting that there are countries in the world more suitable for our support than China.

I made a decision to forego any impulse purchases of China-made goods, and only to buy Chinese if I really need something, and nothing else is available.  I stay out of Dollar Stores, Target, Wal Mart, Fred Meyer, and others who offer few other choices. 

 

posted by Ciel on August 31, 2008 at 5:50 PM | link to this | reply

Kingmi....

The real irony is that Walmart benefits poor people and obviously illegals.....they offer low prices on their merchandise and food...and a discounted rate for sending money by wire.......

But a major wing (the Unions) of the LIBDem party wants all of them unionized...yet this has  happened in a very few of the thousands of stores, yet that choice is determined by a vote of employees...if things were so bad, wouldn't more of them become Union shops?

posted by Corbin_Dallas on December 7, 2006 at 9:23 AM | link to this | reply

I'm torn on this question.
I have one son who's strongly union and boycotts Wal-Mart, another who simply hates the one near his home and won't go in because it's not clean and the workers are not helpful. And I have another son who works there, as does his wife. They are doing well and like their fellow employees. So I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't.  My solution: if I shop at Wal-Mart, I hide the bags and I don't buy gifts there for the anti-Wallyworld folk.

posted by Pat_B on December 7, 2006 at 9:01 AM | link to this | reply

Yay Walmart! I have no issues with it. ^_^

Wanted to stop by one of your blogs and say thanks for reading and commenting on my poetry, it's nice to meet you. I am happy to have found so many people that understand the many beautiful sides of rain.

posted by NightMajik on December 7, 2006 at 6:29 AM | link to this | reply

JanesOpinion< Ten dollars an hour, with no benefits.

posted by kingmi on December 7, 2006 at 3:15 AM | link to this | reply

I think people need to be a little more grateful . . . . .
A few bad apples are loud mouthing how awful Walmart is when, in fact, people are lining up in droves to work there.  I heard on Fox about the thousands of people who applied for 300 positions at one walmart.  Uhhhhh, really sounds to me like employees are being abused there.  Evidently NO ONE wants to work there . . . .  Sure, $10/hour isn't great, but it beats minimum wage!

posted by JanesOpinion on December 6, 2006 at 8:45 PM | link to this | reply

saulrelative, you wroked for WinnDixie? My best friend from high school
worked there, Tom Ziegler>  Ting any bells?  Course that was Kentucky.

posted by kingmi on December 3, 2006 at 5:30 PM | link to this | reply

I love WalMart. I've worked at WalMart. They're just a monster
corporation taking some hits.  They all do.  But, as far as companies go, I liked working for them better than any other company I've worked for, except Winn-Dixie.  And WalMart gives annual bonuses to their workers.  Most retailers do not give their employees so much as a Christmas ham...

posted by saul_relative on December 3, 2006 at 5:00 PM | link to this | reply

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