Boycott Watch
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Cheap Imports Kill
Editorial by Fred Taub,
President, Boycott Watch

    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 manufactured.

    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 Taiwan.

    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?

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