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    Re: GE moving X-ray business to China

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    A new president won't change it... The country is divided.
    IMO, a transformational leader could boost American morale and psychology. However, the comparative advantages that underlie patterns of trade are not solely a function of Presidential leadership or public policy. They depend on big factors such as technological evolution, demographics/workforce productivity, etc., that are largely outside the ability of the President or public policy to truly influence. Policy investments that could yield dividends down the road would concern dramatic improvements in the nation's education system, a credible energy policy that creates incentives for the nation to become a leader in emerging energy sources, etc. A transformational leader could increase prospects for such policy approaches. Unfortunately, such leaders are not common. Few leaders have the capability to truly align public support to the extent that FDR, JFK, and Reagan did. IMO, neither the President nor the Congressional leaders (Reid, McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi) fit the bill of transformational leaders. Amidst the current Republican field, it does not appear that there are any transformational leaders, either. At the State level, it is too early to tell, but both Governor Cuomo and Governor Christie have displayed some traits of transformational leadership, but their tenure to date is too short to draw any firm conclusions as to whether they actually are transformational leaders.

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    Re: GE moving X-ray business to China

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    IMO, a transformational leader could boost American morale and psychology. However, the comparative advantages that underlie patterns of trade are not solely a function of Presidential leadership or public policy. They depend on big factors such as technological evolution, demographics/workforce productivity, etc., that are largely outside the ability of the President or public policy to truly influence. Policy investments that could yield dividends down the road would concern dramatic improvements in the nation's education system, a credible energy policy that creates incentives for the nation to become a leader in emerging energy sources, etc. A transformational leader could increase prospects for such policy approaches. Unfortunately, such leaders are not common. Few leaders have the capability to truly align public support to the extent that FDR, JFK, and Reagan did. IMO, neither the President nor the Congressional leaders (Reid, McConnell, Boehner, Pelosi) fit the bill of transformational leaders. Amidst the current Republican field, it does not appear that there are any transformational leaders, either. At the State level, it is too early to tell, but both Governor Cuomo and Governor Christie have displayed some traits of transformational leadership, but their tenure to date is too short to draw any firm conclusions as to whether they actually are transformational leaders.
    Transformational leadership is big in the worlds of business and education. A friend of mine who earned a PhD in Educational Leadership constructed his dissertation around a transformational leadership questionnaire, attempting to obtain information from his sample to determine effective leadership traits in a school group administrative staff.

    The concept seems easy enough to understand but very difficult to obtain in politics I would think. This leadership style works by the leader sharing a common vision and inspiring others, usually those who work for you, to change expectations, perceptions and motivations to work toward common goals. The breakdown at the national level begins with no common vision for America and no leader who can help to forge one. President Obama's leadership style lately has been to blame Republicans and scare the elderly. Pointing fingers and placing blame are the antithesis of transformational leadership.
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    Re: GE moving X-ray business to China

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I was once on that world trade band wagon. Can't really call yourself patriotic if you support the outsourcing of American jobs and leaving us at the mercy of countries that do manufacture especially to communist countries. There is the fact that since companies are outsourcing to China they are building China up, which means china can spend more money on their military and be a bigger thread to us.
    Absolutely. Anybody with a japanese TV or a chinese DVR really has no one to blame but themselves. Soon as Americans stand their ground and sacrifice the Walmart way of thinking and buy nothing without a "Made in USA" stamp on it, whenever possible, even if you have to spend a little more until we get this corrected, maybe we can fix this problem ourselves without looking to the bafoons in DC or Wall Street to fix it for us.

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    Re: GE moving X-ray business to China

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    Absolutely. Anybody with a japanese TV or a chinese DVR really has no one to blame but themselves.
    Not true. There are no alternatives for those items.

    Soon as Americans stand their ground and sacrifice the Walmart way of thinking and buy nothing without a "Made in USA" stamp on it, whenever possible, even if you have to spend a little more until we get this corrected, maybe we can fix this problem ourselves without looking to the bafoons in DC or Wall Street to fix it for us.
    I agree with this.

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    Re: GE moving X-ray business to China

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Where's the problem?

    In fact it does work and history tells us so.
    Most people don't support trade barriers, but the problem is the attitude in America that outsourcing manufacturing and outsourcing jobs and that it's benefiting us. We have a trade deficit. Japan and Germany do not. China doesn't either.

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    Re: GE moving X-ray business to China

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Of course. And the President of the day has played the biggest role in that.
    No he hasn't. He hasn't served a full term yet... This has been going on since the Reagan administration, and the country was never more divided than when GWB was elected. It still is. Both political parties in this country are jokes.

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    Re: GE moving X-ray business to China

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    Absolutely. Anybody with a japanese TV or a chinese DVR really has no one to blame but themselves. Soon as Americans stand their ground and sacrifice the Walmart way of thinking and buy nothing without a "Made in USA" stamp on it, whenever possible, even if you have to spend a little more until we get this corrected, maybe we can fix this problem ourselves without looking to the bafoons in DC or Wall Street to fix it for us.
    Of course other nations could boycott American goods and services also but a trade war has never done anyone much good.

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    Re: GE moving X-ray business to China

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    We take in enough to pay back what we have borrowed.



    Nobody attacks all spending.
    What would that entail? Shutting the government down for 5 years? Kicking everybody off of SS and medicare/medicaid?

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    Re: GE moving X-ray business to China

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    No he hasn't. He hasn't served a full term yet... This has been going on since the Reagan administration, and the country was never more divided than when GWB was elected. It still is. Both political parties in this country are jokes.
    George Bush might have many faults but he never used race in order to gain votes and never attacked any segment of American society.

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    Re: GE moving X-ray business to China

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Spending has to be cut. Thats it. There is no need to raise taxes. The government brings in huge amounts of dollars every day.

    Either the will is there to balance the budget or not, and the consequences of not doing so are clear.

    Americans decided that they wanted a symbolic President than the real deal.

    Okay, you've proved to the world you're not racists. Now you should demonstrate you're not idiots.
    You should mind your own damn business. We didn't need to prove we weren't racist. There was no way a republican was going to get elected in that economy. A democrat was going to be elected. It just happened that Obama, a black guy, won the nomination. If Hillary won, would you be saying it was about sexism then?

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