| Editorial by Fred Taub,
In the news recently there have
been several reports of toys imported from China containing lead based paints
which are dangerous for anyone, especially infants, yet for some reason these
toys are finding their way into the US. This story came on the heels of the
recent discovery of tainted ingredients in dog food that has resulted in the
deaths of several dogs. This however, is only part of the story.
The Wall Street Journal has recently published
several articles about Chinese products and the dangers thereof. Among these
was a story exposing toxic waste in soil which is used to grow vegetables and
how the contaminates wind up in the food supply, some of which can end up in
the US despite promises.
In yesterday's edition of
the Wall Street Journal, August 8, 2007, the newspaper exposed a Chinese
automobile made in Russia, the Cherry Automobile Company, for their poor safety
record. In fact, the Chery is so bad that these cars virtually self-destruct in
car accidents. Considering the photos, I would not want to be anywhere near
that car because it looks like it was cheaply designed and even more cheaply
These days, it is difficult to find
toys that are not made in China, and at the same time world demand for oil,
boosted by China's sudden growth, has increased resulting in higher gas prices
in the US. On top of that, China is using much of the profits we are sending
them to build their navy to the point where it will soon be a threat to us and
The fact is that the American consumer, in a
quest for cheap products, is building China to the point where China is hurting
us now and will continue to hurt us economically while selling us junk.
American consumers should demand quality products to begin with and not just
complain after the fact. Yes US manufacturing laws are strict, but it results
in better and safer products, from food to toys and cars. Yes, American
products may cost a Few dollars more, but aren't we worth it?