nortcan wrote:cokehead, permit me to tell you that:you are in United States of America, you are not America. Canada is part of America as USA. The competition doesn't come from close countries but from Asiatic countries. A lot of peoples have nice theories to solve the economic problems in America and are very proud driving asiatic vehicules. If we dont't do it who will?
A nice video from Henry Repeating rifles shows a man throwing out his house everything not coming from America. He ends with only his Henri rifle made in USA.
I see you point about "American". Those of us living in the USA use the word American as if it where interchangeable with the term "United States citizen". I see that from a Canadian's perspective that just isn't right and now that you brought it to my attention I will be try to be more precise.
I used to live in New Hampshire from 1979 to 1981. During that time the US dollar was strong against the Canadian currency. What happened was Canadian lumber and pulp was a bargain and the logging industry in New Hampshire fell on hard times. You couldn't buy a job then. A potential employer told me flat out that they have experienced people laid off and was in no position to hire me. I ended up going back to Connecticut. It was economic survival.
My point was exchange rates effect the ebb and flow of jobs across borders. http://finance.yahoo.com/echarts?s=USDC ... =undefined http://dataweb.usitc.gov/scripts/cy_m3_run.asp
Canada is America's.........I mean the United States of America's largest trading partner. The trade imbalance is no where near as severe as the one with China. The imbalance is in Canada's favor at the moment but the books have to balance somehow eventually. Either wages in the US have to fall, productivity rise, or the US dollars value must fall in relation to Canada's or some combination of those events to find a sustainable balance. Canada's dollar floats in the world markets which should help to correct the trade imbalances over time.
I'm not Canada bashing. I have never met a Canadian I didn't like. I hope you won't take what I say in a bad way. I am saying that the USA is in decline economically and as a mater of survival we have to figure out how to fix it. Canada already buys more from the USA than any other nation.
The trade imbalance with China is much more severe and a big part of it is the fact that China doesn't let it's currency float which gives them unfair pricing advantages in markets they export to. They just let their exchange rate adjust some but they still have an unfair situation that needs to be addressed. They export more to the USA than Canada but they buy far less. That is why I say Canada is the USA's largest trading partner. I think the average Canadian citizen is more aware of this than the average person in the USA.
My first car was a 1962 CJ-5 Jeep. Then a 1972 Chevy Blazer...Datsun pick-up...Dodge Dart...VW Camper Van...Dodge pickup 4x2...Ford F-150 4x4 (Made in Canada)...another of the same...and my present vehicle is a Honda Element and I have hauled coal in it. I bought it in 2004. I believe it was made in Ohio. The transmission is the only major component that came from Japan. The Element is the only new vehicle I ever bought. Makes look like a hypocrite but if you look at where the components come from in many US assembled vehicles, not so much.
I have a Winchester Model of 1873 in 44-40. Winchester bought the patent rights from Henry way back. I don't believe the current Henry rifles have a direct linage to the original Henry back in the 1860's. That doesn't make them bad, just drivel on my part.