Michael Cerkowski <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> What's wrong with buying from China? It isn't the people,
> or any inherent inferior quality. It's because China uses
> prison labor, unpaid (effectively slave) labor, and many
> plants pay starvation wages.
So does the Federal Prison System in the good ol' USA. Also, most if
not all state governments. They pay about $.25 per hour for prison
labor, just enough to buy some cigarettes. One product I have seen them
make is office furniture for government offices. They also make the
cubicle partitions for government offices.
> In addition, the environmental
> standards are virtually nonexistent, to the point where even
> the Chinese government is beginning to admit that they are
> destroying their own environment.
The air in China was cleaner than in many other countries and some US
cities. There is no air pollution problem yet in Shanghai like there is
in many US cities. The worst air pollution I have ever experienced was
in Bangkok. It is a beautiful place, but bring a gas mask.
> Oh, and it's a police state.
China has come a long way, despite such uninformed attitudes. I guess
you haven't met anyone who was trying to get into the US. Our own
police state (USA) is keeping out many tourists, sports teams, academic
speakers, etc. Because the police state is so strong but so undermanned
that they can't process visas. You can walk across from Mexico but you
can't come in legally. I am going to a horticultural convention where
the keynote speaker can't get a visa from India to come into the USA. I
guess we will have to move the convention to another country like China
where they have enough people to enforce the rules they make.
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Cheers, Steve Henning in Reading, PA USA