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Are you part of the Catch 22? Think About it.

I am sitting here late at work... and have been analyzing the customers all day because of a thought I had last night. I have asked quite a few customers what I am about to present to you, and it is turning out to be very interesting.

The Catch 22

We Americans, including myself, have created our own demise.

It is very interesting to watch my customers mill around my car audio store picking out what they consider to be a great deal for them. We have really low prices compared to my competitors, so we are very busy, and operate on a "Huge Volume" business model.

Everybody loves a good deal.....and so do you...right? Well, we as a country have fallen into a trap. Here is the conundrum.

Each one of us wants to be paid more money for our time and energy? Right? But yet we are not willing to pay for an item that was manufactured at that going wage. Why not?

For example, I have a Sony CD Player on Sale right now for $69. IT is AM/FM/CD with 208 Watts, and has an iPod input along with subwoofer controls, and much more. If this same CD player was made in the United States with American "Quality" Labor, this same CD Player would be around $400 to $500.

And you as an American, spoiled by cheap goods, and crave more cheap goods, will not pay $500 for a standard in Car CD Player that is made in China for $69.....will you?

You would love to make $50, or $100 an hour wouldn't you??

Well then why won't you pay for items made under those type of "High Paying" Labor conditions??

You won't.

One company in the United States is trying to do it in the Car Audio business.....and I am sad to say...they are failing miserably because of the price.

One CD Player for your car....Engineered in the United States, and manufactured in the United States. No bells and whistles....just made by people who care.......the price $1299.00

http://www.mcintoshlabs.com/products/Mcintosh-mx406-car-cd-p...

Which will it be? A US made product for $1299 who supports good wages to good employees.....or the Sony, which has more features.....for $69.

http://www.productwiki.com/upload/images/sony_xplod_cdx_gt13...

I am guilty of it also. I just bought a 32" LCD for $349. So sad.

I hope I explained what I am thinking. We are all guilty of the same thing. We all want to make a lot of money at what we do, but yet we are not willing to pay for an item that was made by a fellow American that was paid a good wage.

Catch 22

We are doomed!

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I see your point.

McIntosh is high end though, right?
I remember there head unit with the analog gauges for the levels ....
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"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make
violent revolution inevitable."
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"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make
violent revolution inevitable."
John F. Kennedy

Maybe that is the reason why...

the WTO is killing the American workforce. Jefferson advised us to "trade with all, ally with none." Looks like some of our alliances are providing the fertile ground for these and other kinds of similar catch-22 situations. Too bad these alliances have also mutilated a free market as well.

Assert Your Authority

Assert Your Authority

Hey, if you can't beat it -

smack a tariff on it! Lol!

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Sorry, but I don't share your guilt. Nor do I consider someone

who wants the best value for their limited resources to be "guilty" of anything as if they did something wrong.

This isn't a catch 22. It is simply what all economists recognize as "the economic problem" - how to fulfill relatively unlimited wants needs and desires with limited resources.

The problem isn't so much HOW to do it, but rather WHO gets to decide how its done.

Laissez-faire says individuals should make their own choices based on their own values of what they need and want and what they have. After all, you should know better what your goals in life are and what makes you happy and how you need to achieve that. And of course, your personal survival and existence is YOUR responsibility and no one else's. So it is YOU and no one else who should make such decisions. That means central planners shouldn't be left to enact their plans. They will ALWAYS fail. Primarily because people are not robots and human society is not a machine.

What you are seeing is not a catch-22 which is a no-win situation.

What you are seeing is people that want the best value they can get for their resources, in one case it is their labor or time they are exchanging, and in the other, it is the currency or "money" they are given for that time or labor in exchange for hard goods or services.

The reason people want to make more is that they want to live above subsistence and want to enjoy themselves. But inflation makes that nearly impossible. Likewise, they have been probably taught, via the education system and life experience, that it is acceptable and likely that you should expect to continuously get paid more each year even though you aren't working any harder, smarter, or are any more productive.

That is a serious error in judgment. And what we are all witnessing is the collective slap in the face by the immutable laws of economics, that such just cannot happen any more than you can defy the law of gravity or inertia.

People CAN win here. Get the best deal you can on both sides of the trade. Make informed decisions about quality and utility for what you buy. Quit being a lazy a$$ bum and pay attention so you vote for sensible people who will clean up the policy mess that makes it so hard to get by even though you may be making nominally, more and more.

Save. Be productive. Give a damn. Pass it on.

well thats a nice thought sama

and im sure on a level economic playing field I regard it the perfect philosophy.The southern landowner was geting the .best deal he could possibly get also when there was slavery..What if you vote is rigged? How are we suppose to get the most sensible people..Think about it.

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America is a dependent consumer nation. We don't have a....

bargaining chip any longer. It used to be our money and our real estate. What do we have left to bargain with?

I remember during the debate Ron Paul was

accused of the most awfull and dirty thing you could ever call a politician an "isolationist" now just imagine what this country would lhave looked like if we had been isolationst in the 20th century .No wars , no money problems ,no unemployment . no NWO. Yes the country would have certainly been alot different had we been isolationist.

Globalism

Until we dump NAFTA this is only going to excellerate. Free Trade agreements only benefit corporations. What do we even manufacture anymore? Not much, and even the we are underbid by China.
This has really turned and bit us in the arse.
What chaffs my ass is this is a treaty. Bullcrap. And people wonder what has happened to our economy. War machine, Free trade agreements and banksters.

I agree

with you 100%. It will not get any better.......We manufacture nothing except for FAT KIDS!!

technology is our saving

technology is our saving grace..
watch this:

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/juan_enriquez_shares_mindb...

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” Plato

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” Plato