Posted by Mary, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Sep 15, 2009 at 7:30 am
Wow! Obama just keeps getting better and better. The economy is in shambles, no jobs, he is running up huge debt with his stimulus packaages, cap and trade will kill more jobs, giving money to acorn, cabinet corrupt and does not pay taxes (Gueitner), czars are beyond belief and now the dear leader wants us to pay more. He is in far over his head and it is really showing.
Posted by Really?, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 15, 2009 at 7:40 am
So, let me get this straight: if Obama had not gone with this plan to raise the tariff on tires from China and had allowed cheaper, probably inferior tires to flow into the US and our US-made tires remained sitting on the shelves and US factories started hurting and then jobs were lost, the conservatives would start screaming about that. But now that he's trying to protect US jobs and promote US products, you're still screaming?
Posted by Mary, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Sep 15, 2009 at 8:53 am
There is nothing defective about the tires they are just produced at a lower cost than ours so what he is saying is that we cannot compete without adding a tariff or penalty to the Chinese tires which will just be passed on to us. Pretty simple I believe.
Posted by poster boy, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 15, 2009 at 9:28 am
of course they're produced at lower cost. the chinese pay their workers a fraction what they're paid here, the chinese keep their currency artificially low so exchange rates are beneficial to them, and they have virtually no environmental standards to follow. I agree with the last poster. If Obama did nothing, let the chinese flood our market with cheap product that puts american workers out of work, the wingnuts would be screaming bloody murder. But I guess having a president who puts the interests of american workers and consumers ahead of corporate profits is something you guys aren't used to.
Posted by Mary, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Sep 15, 2009 at 11:21 am
This is what the french did and have killed their own economy. the horse has already left the barn about 50 years ago starting with TV's going to Japan. we compete in a global economy and cannot roll back the clock but must figure out how to compete.
Posted by a reader, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 15, 2009 at 12:50 pm
You said "50 years ago starting with TV's going to Japan". You do realize that Japan is the most protectionist of all developed countries. What metrics are you looking at that say the French economy is presently in worse shape than the US economy? Mainland French unemployment is 9.1% vs. 9.7% here. The seem to have their energy independence act together. They get about 78% of their electricity from nuclear power. They also make some of the best weapons in the world, Boeing got passed over by the US Air Force for new air refueling planes and awarded the contract to a French company.
Posted by Mary, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Sep 15, 2009 at 1:24 pm
So in your estimation in areas where we cannot compete we should just apply tariffs as a means of leveling the playing field? Will be interesting if we do that across the board and what the reaction would be globally. I wonder how we will fair without the cheap energy coming from Canada, oil, or timber? Those days are gone and we will also unless we invest in the next generation of business leaders and business. Reader, I doubt many more will come on here and say we should strive to be like France.
Posted by Cody, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Sep 17, 2009 at 8:57 am
The funniest thing is that the imports are usually a better quality then what we produce here in the states because of all the additional standards that we measure imports against. You don’t see this with just tires but with a lot of other materials as well.
We need to invest in our next generation so that we can become a county of innovation and not manufacturing as we’re going to lose that battle.