“Buy American” is becoming a common saying in this country these days, but it brings its surprises. Only last week the birthday of George Washington was being celebrated in Warsaw [NY] at a supper, small American flags were placed by each person’s plate. They were pretty little silk flags, had the required 48 stars and made a very appropriate decoration. But what was the surprise of everyone present, to find a tiny slip of paper attached to one of the flags bearing this statement, “Made in Japan.”
In Rochester at a Washington dinner the guests had the same experience and in addition the cocked paper hats used as favors were “Made in Japan.” If we continue to buy Japanese made goods, are we not helping that country to continue its war with China?
Of course, purchasing a few tiny silk flags will not help much, but if all the United States is buying them and the cheap electric light bulbs which are flooding the market and the many other Japanese products on sale in our stores today, the profits for Japan will run into good size figures.
I’m sure all of you see the similarities with today’s shopping trip. Our market is now flooded with everything made in China. In fact it is darn near impossible to find anything in the stores that consumers frequent that is American made. The outcry to “buy American” is the same as it was in 1933. Eight years after this editorial, Japan will bomb Pearl Harbor.
Lets face it, our country’s credit is so bad, if it was judged like one of us, even a loan shark wouldn’t give them a plug nickel. Our biggest debt holder is China. According to the United States Treasury, as of September 2012, the United States is in hock to China for an estimated 1.16 trillion. The US Treasury website shows, “The U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue was established by President Obama and Chinese President Hu in April 2009.” How much say does China have in our economy because of our country’s debt? I worry what they are talking about. Do we have any hope of returning to primarily American made products?
Even more worrisome, what happens if China comes to collect on the whole and Uncle Sam can’t pay?