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This is the problem, we've become complacent....

March 4 2011 at 4:35 PM
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GeorgeRado  (Login GeorgeRado)
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Response to I don't think the US or Canada for that matter are out of the loop so....

some of us are too old to care...they've made their pile, they're pensions are good, they're OK so as long as things are good for a couple of more years who cares.
It's not taxes, or high fuel costs. Yes, these have a bearing on economic growth, but unless they are so high it's not such a huge issue. It's job....good paying, manufacturing jobs that we need.
You can't as a country be successful unless you mnake things. China knows this very well.
These high tech industry jobs people are always referring to...well that's great if you one of the few people it will employ to develop these new products and sytems, but again, the actual manufacture of these things will, if things continue as they are, go to China or some other emerging market. We have almost 400 million people in North many people do you think high tech will employ?
Again it's this complacency that's gonna kill us. Michael's answer even implied that's it a foregone conclusion that we have lost most manufacturing to other countries and we just have to resign ourselves to having lost. We're still number 1 in the world in terms of economy and if people had some conviction and some balls we could turn things around. Problem is people are extremely short sighted. They would rather have the cheap goods right now even if it means that in 20 years there won't be any jobs here and they won't be able to afford any goods. Just one car produced here in N.A. supports countless jobs in all the periferal industries yet we still continue to buy imports in larger and larger numbers every year. The quality of N.A. cars is now at par with Japanese and Germans so really there's no excuse.
The Chinese have thousands of hackers offically sanctioned, that try and hack into our systems daily. They just hacked into the Canadian government systens last week. They have industrial spies working to steal anyting and everything, play with ther currency to give them an unfair advantage for their exports...etc. etc. it goes on and on. The Japamese and other countries flood our markets with their auto\s and goods, yet do not open their markets to our auto' makes me crazy to see that other countries (and rightfully so) are playing hardball, playing for keeps to become the top dog, and we who are/were number one are lazy, and have given up, and allowing ourselves a death from a thousand cuts.
I don't belive the can of worms has been opened and that it fait accompli.
We could get tough with our politicians and force them to get tough with other countries, we could buy more locally produced goods even though they may cost a little more.
Lots of things which could turn things around but it seems no one has any uts anymore.
Maybbe we have all become too big and fat and lazy and if we don't even fight for what we had maybbe we deserve to lose it.

This message has been edited by GeorgeRado from IP address on Mar 4, 2011 4:40 PM

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