Eden Hill Journal

Comments, dreams, stories, and rantings from a middle-aged native of Maine living on a shoestring and a prayer in the woods of Maine. My portion of the family farm is to be known as Eden Hill Farm just because I want to call it that and because that's the closest thing to the truth that I could come up with. If you enjoy what I write, email me or make a comment. If you enjoy Eden Hill, come visit.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A FewThoughts on China

China this. China that. All this talk about China lately. China's imperial ambitions in the Pacific. China's military growth. The Chinese Navy. Chinese 5th generation fighter jets. China's space ambitions. Chinese steel and aluminum. Chinese sweat shops and child labor. Apple. Intel. Chinese high tech and the theft of intellectual property rights (abuse of patents and trademarks). Chinese support of North Korea which has openly threatened nuclear attack against the United States. The list goes on and on.

To me it seems that all these concerns are a direct result of one simple thing:
American dependence on Chinese production and cheap labor.

In other words, why the hell do we keep buying all our stuff from China? Why are we sending China so much of our wealth and strength? They're Communists for Christ's sake!

Yet another way to say this is why the hell do we keep shopping at Walmart?

That is overstating it I know. You don't have to shop at Walmart to find cheap tools that rust and break easily. I can go to my local NAPA and buy brake rotors for my car that rust at the very thought of touching damp air not to mention what happens to them in the winter on Maine's salted roads, rotors that wear down quickly and warp every chance they get.

Nobody ever believes me when I say this but this all got started during the Ronald Reagan administration back in the 1980's. That's when America, in the interest of breaking the back of the unions representing American production workers started promoting outsourcing and somehow convinced the population that "Made in the U.S.A." was invalid.

We're just beginning to wake up and realize our mistake but let me ask you this:

Are you still spending your hard-earned wages at Walmart? Are you still buying cheap junk with the word "China" stamped on it? Do you have some sort of sick death wish about America?

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