Well, I am not complaining about record high gas prices because we just signed another lease with BP on my family's land in Louisiana. High gas prices mean that people along the gulf coast, particularly Louisiana and Texas, make more money. I am glad that they are finally building refineries and LNG facilities in this country, but a little upset that it took $3.40 a gallon for that to happen.Thats also why you see record high gas prices, a strain on natural resources - stone, steel, cement, etc. Keep sending our jobs overseas America and keep buying all that cheap Chinese crap! Your only shooting yourself in the foot. Why in the world would we want to boost the chinese economy even further??? I'd rather know my neighbor down the street has a good job at an American factory making jeans for $50 a pair and can send his kids to college, etc. than what we have now. Buying jeans for $12.99 and seeing that same neighbor who now works at walmart is practically starving.
Is walmart's stock price worth the death of a nation?
You still have my vote.
The problem is that people try to save money where they can. We must react to the change in the global economy better than we are. Instead of complaining, we need to do something about it. The problem is that people like don't care as long as I have a job. I tried to buy American durable goods (American trucks too, even though I have real problems with the UAW), but there simply isn't many visible alternatives out there for the type of things that Wal Mart sells.
Example: I just bought a complete hair cut kit for $14. It was a Remington brand and it was made in China. It saves me money and time because I can shave my head and trim my beard the way that I want to without waiting in line or paying $15 for someone else to do it.
I just cost the girl who cuts my hair business....and I just contributed to the trade deficit and cost whoever makes a similar product in America (all on the shelf at Kroger were made in China). I feel guilty, but the reality is that there were no alternatives on the shelf that were made in America or even Mexico.