I was going to tee off on the Buffalo News editorial this morning that people shouldn't blame the Chinese for the toy recall being conducted by Mattel over lead paint. But the more I thought about it, the more I'm agreeing with them. Here was my train of thought.
1) Toy manufacturers like Mattel, along with a host of other companies, have gone overseas as a way to lower their costs and make more money. They're greedy and they should be blamed.
2) The Wal-Mart effect. Wal-Mart long ago abandoned any notion of Buy American and is all about forcing companies like Mattel to produce super cheap goods. The only way Mattel can do that is go overseas, so it's Wal-Mart's fault.
3) With Wal-Mart putting price pressures on manufacturers, they must find cheaper ways to lower their prices. The unionized American worker demands too much, especially in benefits and legacy costs and won't recognize the realities of the global economy. So manufacturers like Mattel must look for cheap labor elsewhere like China. It's the union's fault.
4) As more Americans lose their jobs or are underemployed, they are shopping at places not based on quality or service...no, they are most concerned about price. So whoever can sell Barbie accessories at the best price makes the sale. Mom and Pop toy stores can't compete with Wal-Mart's prices and are forced out of business. Since we are rewarding the Wal-Mart business model, we the consumers are to blame.
Hmmm, this is too hard. I think I'll just stick to blaming the Chinese.