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Boycott Chinese and Buy Mexican

Nov 21, 2007
Bad Boy China is finally ticking off the sensitive diversity folks in my barrio. Somehow lead contaminated products were easier to take; after all, lead kills slowly. Lead is not nearly as dramatic as say a date rate drug coated toy that sends infants into nasty comas.

When the story first broke my first reaction was how horrible for the kids and the second reaction was how the hell did such a drug comes to be on an infant's toy? The answer is not apparent and it took a bit of poking around and plugging into the international network. But thanks to our dedicated staff we quickly picked up the scent and were on the trail...

It appears that Chinese product development laser beams on the results and ignores the means. The cheaper the production the cheaper the price and the more competitive the product. Good business. Sometimes real good business. Sometimes great business.

We discovered that the Chinese scientific community loves American science, ingenuity and creativity. They think we are aces. They love the rigors of our system as is evidenced by all the UCLA, Michigan and U Mass diplomas on their cubicle walls. Perhaps foremost on their admiration list was none other than the man himself, Thomas A. Edison.

Edison was one driven guy. He tried anything and everything until it worked and herein lies the connection between modern Chinese product development and our maniacal Thomas A. Edison, my boyhood hero.

Our research team finally uncovered the truth and we found out that Thomas was actually a frustrated poker player. Every time he would sit down and play with the boys he would lose his shirt. Thomas didn't like that. He liked his shirt and he hated losing. But he stunk at poker.

So Thomas said he was simply going to change the rules. For instance, he could keep drawing cards until he got the hand he wanted. It worked great for Thomas but not really for anyone else so they simply told Thomas that he could take his rules and go play with himself.

Emotionally crushed, our whimpering Thomas retired to the safety and comfort of his lab where he and his crew busted out a stream of original products such as the world never had known and quite likely will never see again. Workers Comp laws simply won't allow it.

The Chinese aren't stupid. They know what happened. They idolize Edison and think all the other American poker players are goofy, which they are. Back in the labs they line up stuff on a table just like Edison and try one after the other. Day after day and night after night. Just like Edison.

The first thing that works is the winner. Bingo and end of game. In the case of the kiddie toy the date rate drug compound was the first thing that worked and it was clearly cheap and available. For some reason I kept wondering what effect dumping this compound into a drinking water source would do to those that drink it. Spike in local date rapes?

Unfortunately our man Thomas Edison might have approved. He might have immigrated to China where he could practice his craft with no Worker's Comp or EPA. He was a maniac.

So far so good? Let's take a look at south of the border...

Mexico and Mexicans in general are not very pro-Chinese. Through corrupt Mexican customs and other means the Chinese are dumping container ships of goods on the Mexican mercados. A guayabera shirt, a molcahete or grinding rock, even the Mexican Virgen Guadalupe Mother of Jesus herself is now mass produced in China. This is ticking the paisanos off.

So why buy Mexican when Chinese is cheaper?

Because it sends a message. Hello? It also employs a Mexican who might have a job and not have to swim the river or walk the desert to find a job in Your Town. The U.S. should be supporting our biggest trading partner, neighbor and friend and encouraging more consumption of Mexican goods.

That's tough because if Americans were to suddenly stop buying Chinese products, Wal-Mart would go broke. Overnight. The conveyor belts running from the factories in China directly onto the shelves of Wal-Mart would suddenly stop. RIP.

Mexico would boom and many Americans with families would start sneaking across the border to look for jobs with health care. All the Mexicanos here would return to Mexico and start their own businesses and companies and corporations. Sooner or later the Mexicans would wise up and build a wall but until then we could use the family and friends network to get in.

It's strange what progress and profit margins can do. I saw a picture on the Internet of a woman in China drinking out of bucket of water from a yellow river. If we are going to buy we may as well buy to create a job for a friendly neighbor and not create profit margins for those dumping toxins in that river.

Buy Mexican. Remember the job you help create in Mexico today might be yours tomorrow...
About the Author
Jack D. Deal is a resident of California and Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Related articles may be found at http://www.jddeal.com and http://www.freeandinquiringmind.typepad.com
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