Reaction to China Commentary
Jan 24, 2011
Why would China be concerned about our rules and regulations? The real problem is not with China manufacturers but with the American companies that took the clay pots to China and told them to make them. The American consumer is ultimately to blame because we keep demanding lower and lower prices. When are we ever going to figure out the difference between price and cost?
While the Chinese appropriating and copying local technology is what I call dirty pool at least they are furnishing a more affordable product for the masses. Something that is even more destructive is what is going on with our local people. The petty thieves and local governing bodies are destroying so many endeavors by ill thought up laws and actions that we are likely to have nothing left. The thieves vandalize the enterprize of copper etc and law enforcement will then turn on the victim and with permits, regulations.fees make it impossible to get back into operation. With the burdensome regulation locally under the color of health, environment or whatever it is not likely that we will be able to get employment up and running. And when the half spoiled imported food is no longer available then we may have a local hunger problem. When there is no longer bread then maybe the population can eat cake!!!!!!!! If there are doubts about what is going up and down the countryside in regard to the taking of property you will be surprised should you decide to look into it. It ain't pretty.
***Editor's Note: Both comments referred to John's commentary that aired the weekend of January 22-23, 2011...a transcript of his comments are below;
THIS WEEK'S VISIT BY CHINA'S HEAD OF STATE WAS A SUBJECT OF INTEREST TO FARMERS. CHINA HAS BEEN A SURPRISINGLY LUCRATIVE CUSTOMER FOR ALL TYPES OF FARM OUTPUT IN THE PAST YEAR.
BUT FOR OTHER INDUSTRIES, CHINA HAS BEEN QUITE SIMPLY A CHEATER, EVEN A THIEF. NOWHERE IS THAT MORE BALDLY APPARENT THAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. LEST YOU THINK THIS IS JUST A HEADACHE FOR SOFTWARE MOGULS, I HAVE A STORY MUCH CLOSER TO THE FARM.
IN THE TINY TOWN OF CLAY CITY, INDIANA, THE CLAY CITY POTTERY COMPANY PRODUCES MARVELOUS HANDMADE POTTERY. WE TOURED THEIR PLANT IN DECEMBER WITH FRIENDS - AND CARRIED HOME A TON OF STUFF, TOO. A FEW YEARS AGO THEIR UNIQUE PIECES WERE FEATURED IN UPSCALE RETAILERS LIKE EDDIE BAUER. THE PLANT EMPLOYED OVER 25 LOCAL RESIDENTS.
ONE SPRING THEIR ORDERS DRIED UP, ALTHOUGH EXACT DUPLICATES OF THEIR DESIGNS WERE STILL BEING SOLD. CHINESE POTTERY MAKERS COPIED THE FAMILY'S SET OF PATTERNS AND UNDERSOLD THE INDIANA FIRM. THE RESULT IS NOW JUST THE SIXTH GENERATION OF THE FAMILY WORKS AT THE POTTERY.
THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF OTHER STORIES FROM CONSTRUCTION CRANES TO MACHINE TOOLS TO SOFTWARE. CHINESE MANUFACTURERS SIMPLY IGNORE THE RULES OF OWNERSHIP FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.
FARMERS WILL BE WATCHING TO MAKE SURE AG TRADE WITH CHINA GROWS. BUT WE NEED TO GRASP THE WIDER PICTURE AND WEIGH CAREFULLY AT WHAT COST TO OUR FELLOW AMERICANS.