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    Default Is anyone's livlihood safe from Asia ?

    I was reading this article about catfish farms. And I found out they also compete with Asia, it makes me wonder just how safe is anyone's job where Aisa is concerned.. Fuel, feed costs crippling US catfish industry - Yahoo! News
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    Quote Originally Posted by snortin nortin View Post
    I was reading this article about catfish farms. And I found out they also compete with Asia, it makes me wonder just how safe is anyone's job where Aisa is concerned.. Fuel, feed costs crippling US catfish industry - Yahoo! News
    While farmers are taking a hit, consumers might not feel the effect of the catfish decline for a while because retailers have a choice between U.S. and Asian catfish, and they usually go with the cheaper of the two, said Terry Hanson, an aquaculture economist with Mississippi State University.


    Nobody is safe as long as these free trade agreements stay intact. I hate seeing that food is imported, because we will starve to death if they cut us off, if we went to war with them... That almost sounds like what we did to Russia in the Cold War, am I the only one who sees the correlations???

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    No, you are not. I've said for a long time that if another large war, like a World War happened, we'd have to import our weapons for the troops and import our food for the rest of the nation. Supplier countries could strangle us in a matter of months. Back in the 1940's there was rationing of food and gasoline, but we had gas and food. Now we won't have to worry about rationing because there will be nothing to ration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by egambino View Post
    No, you are not. I've said for a long time that if another large war, like a World War happened, we'd have to import our weapons for the troops and import our food for the rest of the nation. Supplier countries could strangle us in a matter of months. Back in the 1940's there was rationing of food and gasoline, but we had gas and food. Now we won't have to worry about rationing because there will be nothing to ration.
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who sees the writing on the wall. Scary isn't it? I myself try not to be all doom and gloom all the time, but with things like this being more prevalent all of the time it sure is hard.

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    I just don't see this ending in a good way. I love hearing the radio shows about the Mayan Calendar and 2012, and try not to take any of it seriously. But just thinking that it's only 4 years away, and that it will probably take about that long for things to get really bad here. At the current rate, I could see a revolution happening here. There is only so many people that will be homeless, or jobless. How long can you tell your kids that there is no food to be had before you pick up a gun and do what you have to...even kill...to save your family? I know this is all a worst case scenario, but if something doesn't break soon, it may come to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by egambino View Post
    I just don't see this ending in a good way. I love hearing the radio shows about the Mayan Calendar and 2012, and try not to take any of it seriously. But just thinking that it's only 4 years away, and that it will probably take about that long for things to get really bad here. At the current rate, I could see a revolution happening here. There is only so many people that will be homeless, or jobless. How long can you tell your kids that there is no food to be had before you pick up a gun and do what you have to...even kill...to save your family? I know this is all a worst case scenario, but if something doesn't break soon, it may come to that.
    It's closer than people think. Tons of companies are going out of business or overseas, nobody is buying anything major because of gas prices and jobs aren't secure as they once were.

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    Any American company that relocates it's manufacturing base overseas ought to be slapped with a 100% tariff on goods reimported to the U.S. Britain did that a few years ago to a U.K. company that gradually moved all it's plants to India. When the last plant moved, they slapped them with that tariff on anything shipped back to Britain. The company screamed bloody murder, because what they made was 90% sold in Britain. All of a sudden, they couldn't compete with competetors still in the U.K. The government said that the tariff was just to offset the rise in unemployment, retraining costs, and loss of taxbase. The government told them to move their headquarters to fricken' Calcutta. The company soon went out of business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by egambino View Post
    Any American company that relocates it's manufacturing base overseas ought to be slapped with a 100% tariff on goods reimported to the U.S. Britain did that a few years ago to a U.K. company that gradually moved all it's plants to India. When the last plant moved, they slapped them with that tariff on anything shipped back to Britain. The company screamed bloody murder, because what they made was 90% sold in Britain. All of a sudden, they couldn't compete with competetors still in the U.K. The government said that the tariff was just to offset the rise in unemployment, retraining costs, and loss of taxbase. The government told them to move their headquarters to fricken' Calcutta. The company soon went out of business.
    Good, it's what they wanted anyway, right? Why would they get rid of all of their employees in Britain otherwise?

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    Pure greed. It just galls me that this government gives companies tax credits to relocate overseas. Any tax breaks should be reserved solely for companies that expand HERE. Since the government has no money of their own, it's OUR money that is being given to companies to put us out of work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by egambino View Post
    Pure greed. It just galls me that this government gives companies tax credits to relocate overseas. Any tax breaks should be reserved solely for companies that expand HERE. Since the government has no money of their own, it's OUR money that is being given to companies to put us out of work.
    I couldn't agree more, we need some relief. The manufacturing that does exist here only pays a little over minimum wage, due to the fact that they have to compete in this global economy. It's gotta change, the politicians are getting their pockets lined, and these companies are rolling in profits and laughing at the people who buy their things made overseas. In a way we have done it to ourselves. It is absolutely sickening. Ross Perot nailed it, and nobody believed it.

 

 
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