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    Lipinski wants "buy American" wording in job legislation

    As President Obama held his jobs summit today, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) and Senator Russ Feingold (WI) led 22 members of Congress in calling on the President to include strong “Buy American” provisions in any future jobs legislation. In addition, Congressman Lipinski announced that he intends to introduce a bill to close gaping loopholes that have drastically reduced the effectiveness of existing “Buy American” laws.
    This I can agree with. Our Federal government should be helping to prop up the American economy, not the economy of China, which is still an ideological enemy of the United States.

    Be American, Buy American!

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    Re: Lipinski wants "buy American" wording in job legislation

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    This I can agree with. Our Federal government should be helping to prop up the American economy, not the economy of China, which is still an ideological enemy of the United States.

    Be American, Buy American!

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    Canada got reeeeeaallllyyyy mad when they talked about doing something similar with the ARRA legislation. Well, you know, mad for Canadians.

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    Re: Lipinski wants "buy American" wording in job legislation

    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    Canada got reeeeeaallllyyyy mad when they talked about doing something similar with the ARRA legislation. Well, you know, mad for Canadians.
    lol. My proffesor is canadian, he says "I am neither a dog nor an englishman! I don't get mad!"

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    Re: Lipinski wants "buy American" wording in job legislation

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkWizard12 View Post
    lol. My proffesor is canadian, he says "I am neither a dog nor an englishman! I don't get mad!"

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    Re: Lipinski wants "buy American" wording in job legislation

    Ha ha that's so hilarious.

    Buy American would be a failure of a policy. It's been tried before with miserable results.

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    Re: Lipinski wants "buy American" wording in job legislation

    That doesn't sound very "free market" like. If Americans are unwilling or unable to produce products that can be competitive with other markets, then capitalism dictates that those are the businesses that fail. A better legislative act would be to take steps to help lower the cost of doing business in America.
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    Re: Lipinski wants "buy American" wording in job legislation

    Either America is for the free market or it is not. You cant add protectionist language like this into legislation without expecting other countries to do the same and the whole world economic system we have been building for 40+ years to not fall apart.
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    Re: Lipinski wants "buy American" wording in job legislation

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Either America is for the free market or it is not.
    since when were you a spokesman for the free market

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    Re: Lipinski wants "buy American" wording in job legislation

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkWizard12 View Post
    since when were you a spokesman for the free market
    Always been, but unlike most I believe the free market is far far from perfect and needs "help" at times to make it free and fair for everyone. A free market is not a market that exploits people because they are the "weaker" side of the equation.

    That is why I personally am an advocate for a tax on all imported goods so that the "wage" part of the cost of the good meets local wages and hence then the whole idea of "moving production" overseas would be null and void. I understand fully that it is protectionism but on the other hand the "free market" is not exactly free and fair when production is taken to countries with considerable lower wages (even near slave labour), lax environmental laws and in China's case a fixed currency that creates a serious advantage for the Chinese.

    You must understand, that the free market is a utopia that is impossible to achieve, simply because both sides cant have full information.
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    Re: Lipinski wants "buy American" wording in job legislation

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    Ha ha that's so hilarious.

    Buy American would be a failure of a policy. It's been tried before with miserable results.
    No it wouldn't I have been calling for this for over 30 year not only should we put that into policy, I say lets go one step more slap 100% Tariffs on the following items.

    Textile, Candies,Heavy Machinery,Ship Building

    What will this do for us well in the short term yes it will hurt but in the long term we will rebuild all of those Jobs that have been Out Source to other Countries do to the fact that it was cheaper for Companies to move them because of various cost.

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