Gut Rumbles
 

May 15, 2005

a debate topic

I totally disagree with this. I've had a lot of people bitch at me in the past over my ideas about free trade, unions and tarriffs, but I still stick with my gut instincts.

Farm bills, import quotas and tarriffs DO not solve what is really a long-range problem. That kind of crap may look like a quick fix (yeah--- government stopped the massive hemorrage, but they never treated the slow bleeding) and a lot of people are happy with that kind of expensive band-aid. I am NOT.

Just look at what happened when Japan almost wrecked the US car market back in the 1970s. We forgot how to build a decent car. Japan knew how. Because of that fact, people started buying Japanese cars in droves.

The US car manufacturers were painted into a corner--- which isn't necessarily a bad place to be when you need to either shit or get off the pot--- and they responded to the crisis by building better cars (and partnering with the Japanese). Now, we compete with the Japanese, and the last two American trucks I bought have been gems.

I put well over 100,000 miles on both of them and I never had a bit of trouble that wasn't routine maintenace that you expect when a truck has a lot of miles on it.

The garment industry needs to do the same thing. They DO NOT need to be running to the government asking for protection from a market that will kick their asses if they have to play fair.

I saw it happen in the coal mines of Kentucky, I saw it happen in the chemical plant where I worked, and I've seen it happen in textile mills all over Georgia and South Carolina. Remember Sally Fields in that stupid movie, where she played a union advocate, boldly waving that sign saying "UNION NOW!!!" I'll bet that the mill no longer operates. The labor force priced itself right out of a job.

And when government steps in and says that you MUST pay $20 more for a pair of pants than you could buy them otherwise, because government is protecting "jobs," just who the hell is paying for those "jobs?" YOU work so that somebody else can be paid more than they're worth.

I would rather earn minimum wage that sit on my ass and whine about being unemployed. And people who think that jobs come from government need to be dragged off and shot. If government were involved 100 years ago, we'd be paying subsidities TODAY to buggy-whip companies, just to protect jobs.

Sometimes, the world just outgrows your business. When that happens, you either learn to compete, or you find something else to do. (Just read the history of the Fischer Body Company, for example)

Business is like a wrestiling match. If you can't handle your opponent on the mat, he'll pin you. Government DOES NOT need to referree.

Now. Debate THAT!

Comments

Yep. Now that Ford and GMC bonds are rated at junk status whats the odds that both soon seek protection under bankruptcy laws to bust the UAW? Hell, the first news that I get that they are taking bankruptcy I am going to buy some of their stock. Busting the bloodsucking unions should be a business priority.

Posted by: GUYK on May 15, 2005 01:56 PM

Yeah? Ya muver is a ho!

Posted by: Ralph on May 15, 2005 04:16 PM

Yeah but she was too proud to join a bloodsucking union.

Posted by: GUYK on May 15, 2005 04:42 PM

I was in the machine tool industry when the Japanese invasion came. They competed on price.

American manufacturers thought they had the market sewn up and refused to compete pricewise. They had a terrific margin and weren't about to cut it.

Because of this arrogance they got their asses kicked. When they woke up to smell the saki their backlogs were gone, their distributors were gone and they couldn't give their machines away.

Posted by: StinKerr on May 16, 2005 04:23 AM

Your reasoning is sound as long as the playing field is indeed level. The Chinese are making damn sure that the field is well tilted to their side. They have a devalued currency and a horrendous standard of living. There is no minimum wage in the Peoples Republic. I have a degree in Economics (which means very little) and I am not sure that it is wise to export all these jobs to China. Especially since the money that goes with them is being used to buy and develop weapons that someday may be used against us. (Think Taiwan)

Posted by: JP on May 16, 2005 05:45 PM
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