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  •  It's raining or we'd take the Kawasaki (1+ / 0-)
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    cocinero

    Americans tell pollsters that they are against NAFTA, GATT, free trade and imported goods.

    Then, they get in the Hyundais, drive down to Walmart and buy a bunch of crap made in Chinese prison labor camps.

    •  their wallet gives them no choice. (3+ / 0-)
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      David Kaib, mightymouse, bitpyr8

      It's simply silly to ask Americans who have seen their real wages go down every year since the 70's, who have almost ten percent unemployment, and who don't know if they will still have a job next week, to voluntarily pay higher prices for the things they need. They buy as cheaply as they can to stretch their meager paychecks as far as possible---and I can't fault them at all for doing that.

      If we want Americans to buy American stuff, we need to pay them enough to do so.

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