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Old 05-06-2011, 07:41 PM   #15
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Wanabee you are not looking in the right places. Just run an internet search for "U.S.A. flags". You will have many choices of American companies from which to choose. I buy mine from a locally-owned company in Greenwood, IN.who make all of their products.
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:13 AM   #16
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First - I was in union for a long time, then saw what they are doing to the political process, and go out. Now I am anti-union. Especially public employees, as I was one of those too (non unionized though), and unions seem to keep the worthless workers employed. Unions did not build the middle class, dedicated hard work, enterprising people who started their own business created the middle class, unions did not. Unions cause prices to stay up, because of the high wages paid to people who need help keeping a job. A union shop however will not keep me from purchasing an item provided it's made in America.

Now, crude prices will hover around 95-105 barrel, because of many factors, not just supply and demand. It's a political process, in part by the government blaming oil companies for high prices, when in actual fact, its lots of different things, most notably world demand. As I mentioned above, you want prices to drop, don't buy made in China or India, and this will cause the demand to drop for their goods, and those jobs might come home. Demand every retailer to only sell made in America goods, and if you make a point of telling them, eventually it will come home. We usually only by food in Costco because all the other stuff is all made in china, and we don't as a rule go into a wal-mart, again all made in china.

Now my other guess is there is a lot of gray hair on this forum, young people don't see the issue the way we do, they see the newest doodad and have to have it regardless where it's made, me I see it the other way. More Americans working, more taxes for the local, state and federal government pay down the deficit, and less unbalance in our trade numbers.
Monty, you are right, not all unions are good. For unions to work the must be compitition from a non union source. But competing with $5 a day worker isn't competition at all. Would you like to live in the standards those folks live, I think not. The union did create the middle class, and if big business hadn't sent the jobs over seas it would still be working. The new middle class is the investor class which produces nothing but profits!!!!!!!!!!
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I posted this on another thread;; Also I do NOT mean this to offend any one;; This is information I have researched that anyone can/has access to.. Shell,Chevron/texaco/exxon/mobil/marathon/speedway/amoco and citgo.Import There Oil. 5,517,000 barrels per day Now at $100.00 Per barrel. You do the paper work; .. (over $200. billion Per. Year) That is gone; Companies that DO not import Middle eastoil. ARE;; Sunoco,,conoco,, OA sinclair,,,BP/Phillips,,,,,,ARCO ,,,Maverick ,,,,, Flying J ,,,,Velero ,,, Murphy oil USA..(sold at wal-mart Drilled in South Arkansas Fully USA owned) With that being said You make up yuor own mind as to where/who you want to support.. Chack scoops To varify;; Life is good.. Posted for information purposes only;;
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Business, financial, personal finance news - CNNMoney - Scroll down and on the right is the market data. It shows oil is up about 1.74 to 98 and change and if you watch it, it updates about every 5 seconds or so. This is for WTI, not ICE oil.
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So much for oil's falloff last week, currently it's back up to 102 and change almost a 5 dollar per barrel increase since last Friday's close. It started going up last evening because Japan's and Chinas market were open. Japans market closed down, don't remember what happened in China.
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Probably nothing happened in China to cause the oil market to jump with glee. They needed some flimsy excuse to raise the price and did. Maybe the weather changed to sunny skies. ....Those speculators stop at nothing. We got to stop them from all this.
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Gas prices have dropped another $0.10 per gal. in the past two days. Down to $3.99 from a high of $4.29
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Now where we live, they are still going up. It's risen over a dollar a gallon since we have been home in Mid March.
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This chart clearly reflects why fuel prices are rising.
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This chart clearly reflects why fuel prices are rising.
If that graph showed 2008 thru 2010 I bet you would see an even greater upward spike from Asia.
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And we can stop that asian upward trend by only purchasing things made in america, and japan. Then that oil will come here, their economy will hit the toilet, and we will be in better shape because all those jobs come home.
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FWIW - oil tades 24 hours a day since evey market in every country where there is one has a commidity exchange. Currently a minute ago it's up to $100.29 up .47cents. See www.money.cnn.com - but most of our oil imported is North Sea Brent called ICE, and it's about 10 dollars higher than the one quoted above which reflects the WIT or west Texas Itermediate type. Do a search on oil, pricing, and all that and you will read more then you want to know. I don't think the price is going to stay down, so this is just a burp. Oil companies tend to make more money buying and selling oil futures than they do drilling, shipping and refining oil.

Oil is a mess, you want prices to go down, don't buy anything from anyone, anyplace, any company, which has the words "made in china" or "made in India". Our country needs jobs, and the only way that is going to happen is if it's made here. Now we (USA) has certain allies which also need to put their people back to work, Japan, UK, Norway, Sweeden to name a few, so if you cannot find it made here, see if it's made in one of those. Boycott China and Indai, oil prices will then come down, because their industrial use has dropped off. And there is a greed component, which we have no control over.

Whoa! North Sea Brent! As per your own recomendation Old RV'er, check out

Crude Oil and Total Petroleum Imports Top 15 Countries

If the US get's any oil from the North Sea it is likely in 5 gallon pails.

Blame it on Canada and Saudi. The Canada oil is said to be environmentally dirty and the Saudi oil may have uncertainty of supply.
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If the US get's any oil from the North Sea it is likely in 5 gallon pails.
The Alaska pipeline is flowing appx 1/4 volume of what it was designed for. The oil used to be over 100 degree's when it reached our refineries, now with the slower delivery and lack of oil it gets down to 40 degree's at it's final destination. The oil companies are now concerned it will freeze before it gets to the US.
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