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WalMart hasn't said much about "Made in USA" (Usa being a small town in Japan) since Sam W. died. If you follow the business press, his heirs are not at all unanimous about the change. But, WalMart offers what the American people want: the illusion of cheap. And even then, they admit it is often the *illusion*, much of their stock is competitive but not cheaper, some of it is even higher than the competition.
I don't blame WalMart, I blame Washington, and I hold the hoi-polloi that fall for the same nonsense from every politician responsible for THEM. What was Walt Kelly's line? "We have met the enemy, and they is us!"
Granted, China is a developing nation and that will always be an advantage if played properly. But...the US could have played differently. We could have paid attention to our educational system. To our crimes and prison system. To many points, all of which we keep ignoring. And if anyone tries to FIX the system? Oh, no, we can't do that here. It costs too much. (sigh)
First, shoot all the lobbyists. No, wait a minute, guns are evil, so let's just CLUB 'em all to death. There are something like 32,000 registered lobbyists now, versus some 50 in the 1950's.
Then we ban "corporate entities" from making any political contributions at all, and stop treating Big Business like it had voting rights.
Won't help much, but it's a start.
Just remember one thing, with all the money we "spend" to China? There's only one way that money can be used, it has to be SPENT on something from the US in order to be ultimately used. If they can't spend it here, the joke is on *them*.