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    Re: GE moving X-ray business to China

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    What would that entail? Shutting the government down for 5 years? Kicking everybody off of SS and medicare/medicaid?
    Or you can do what other countries have done in similar situations. The response needn't be too extreme.

    And by the way, Americans were living very well, enjoying the highest standard of living in the world in fact, long before Medicare and Medicaid came along. Now the people have become so dependent on these programs that they feel they can't function without them. You really went all the way with LBJ. Downhill that is.
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    Re: GE moving X-ray business to China

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    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?
    Obama won because he was Black. Do you know of any other possible explanation why he would get the nomination or be elected?

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    Re: GE moving X-ray business to China

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Or you can do what other countries have done in similar situations. The response needn't be too extreme.

    And by the way, Americans were living very well, enjoying the highest standard of living in the world in fact, long before Medicare and Medicaid came along. Now the people have become so dependent on these programs that they feel they can't function without them. You really went all the way with LBJ. Downhill that is.
    According to this we come in at #4

    1. Norway 0.938
    2. Australia 0.937
    3. New Zealand 0.907
    4. United States 0.902

    List of countries by Human Development Index - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: GE moving X-ray business to China

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    Wal-Mart's central business model is a discount superstore. It aims to offer its consumers the lowest prices and, to a very large extent, succeeds in achieving that goal. To have a chance to realize that goal, it needs to minimize its costs through economies of scale, low overhead, low-cost products. American suppliers have not been able to compete with numerous international suppliers. Hence, it makes sense for Wal-Mart to leverage its global reach to obtain the lowest price goods.

    High-end retailers have the luxury to compete on differentiation. Differentiation allows them to pass on higher costs to their customer base so long as customers value differentiation to the extent that they are willing to pay for it. Not every customer takes that approach. Otherwise, the discount superstore model would not be viable.
    Your response isn't really a response to my post. I was saying, studies say that say Wal Mart contributes to the trade deficit, yes, they save a lot of money by taking advantage of foreign markets and economies of scale... but that doesn't address what I said.

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    Re: GE moving X-ray business to China

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    What would that entail? Shutting the government down for 5 years? Kicking everybody off of SS and medicare/medicaid?
    Getting out of Libya, Iran and Afghanistan?

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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.
    A lot of people hate Reagan, and a lot of people hate FDR.. with the way this country is today, neither of them would have a chance at getting anything passed. The extremes of both parties would rather undo everything those two did, than work with somebody like them.

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    Re: GE moving X-ray business to China

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    George Bush might have many faults but he never used race in order to gain votes and never attacked any segment of American society.
    I don't think Obama ever used his race to gain votes... and Bush did attack a lot of people. He attacked anybody against the war and said they weren't patriots and were being anti American. There hasn't been a perfect president in my lifetime. This conversation can go back and forth all day long.

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    Re: GE moving X-ray business to China

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Or you can do what other countries have done in similar situations. The response needn't be too extreme.

    And by the way, Americans were living very well, enjoying the highest standard of living in the world in fact, long before Medicare and Medicaid came along. Now the people have become so dependent on these programs that they feel they can't function without them. You really went all the way with LBJ. Downhill that is.
    Again, mind your own business. Every sovereign country has the right to decide what is best for them, and in their best intersts. Worry about your country, and we'll worry about ours.

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    Re: GE moving X-ray business to China

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    America was built up through tariffs on foreign goods

    Trade: Chapter 20-3: US Tariff Policy: Historical Notes




    Except for a period of time in the 1920's and post WW2 tariffs in the US were a mainstay of federal government income, and helped ensure US domestic industries developed during the 1800
    Of course we could get away with that after WWII; we were the only industrialized country in the world that didn't have its factories destroyed. And the world was a very different place in the 19th century. There were virtually no labor laws, for example.

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    Re: GE moving X-ray business to China

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Obama won because he was Black. Do you know of any other possible explanation why he would get the nomination or be elected?
    Yeah, I can think of a number of reasons:

    * people liked the policies he was promoting;
    * he had national experience in the Senate and state experience in the Illinois legislature;
    * he's smart (double ivy league degrees, president of law review, magna from Harvard Law);
    * he's well spoken;
    * he was a constitutional law professor;
    * he won or was competitive in most of the debates.

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