Whirlpool has American consumers in a spin cycle

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first_imgSears is not what it was just 15 years ago, and is a shadow of what it was in the 1960s when its sales were almost 1 percent of U.S. GDP.Sears has been prostrated not by perfidious foreigners but also by America’s efficient, fairly recent “big box” retailers (Walmart, Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowe’s, etc.) and by Amazon.The real villains, however, are American consumers, with their persnickety search for high quality and low prices.The president has until February to exercise his vast discretion regarding things like washing machine imports.If you are wondering how presidents came to have such discretion to impose taxation on American consumers, you have not been paying attention to Congress’ creation, by improperly delegated powers, of the imperial presidency.George Will is a nationally syndicated columnist with The Washington Post who writes from a conservative perspective.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? The tariff/tax, which is designed to limit the choices of, and increase the prices paid by, American consumers would be 50 percent on all imported machines, after the first 1.2 million.U.S. customers caused the importation of about 3 million Samsung and LG washers in 2016.Back in the day, Henry Ford said people could have the Model T in any color they wanted, as long as they wanted black.General Motors’ ascent was helped by offering color choices.Until recently, purchasers of washing machines had to want white ones.And ones that loaded in the top, and signaled the end of a cycle with buzzers.Then came imports in various colors, that loaded in the front, had chimes instead of buzzers, and other features. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWASHINGTON — A household appliance will be the next steppingstone on America’s path to restored greatness.The government is poised to punish many Americans, in the name of protecting a few of them, because, in the government’s opinion, too many of them are choosing to buy foreign-made washing machines for no better reason than that the buyers think they are better.If you are wondering why the government is squandering its dwindling prestige by having opinions about such things, you have not been paying attention to Whirlpool’s demonstration that it is more adept at manipulating Washington than it is at making washing machinesIn 2006, when Whirlpool was paying $1.7 billion to buy its largest competitor, Maytag, federal regulators fretted that this would give the company too much market power.Whirlpool said: Fear not, competition from foreign manufacturers such as South Korea’s Samsung and LG will keep us sharp and benefit American consumers. Now, however, Whirlpool, which is weary of competition, has persuaded the U.S. International Trade Commission to rule that Samsung and LG should be reproached for what, 11 years ago, Whirlpool said it welcomed: competition.The U.S. market for washing machines has grown 35 percent in just five years.Whirlpool’s share of this market, although not the 70 percent it was in 2006, is still more than Samsung’s and LG’s combined 35 percent.In this happy circumstance, Whirlpool is profitable.It would, however, like to be more so, and it will be if the president accedes to the commission’s unanimous recommendation and imposes a “tariff-rate quota.”This is a tax, paid by American consumers, on imports that exceed a certain quantity that, in the government’s opinion (formed with the assistance of domestic manufacturers), is excessive.If you are wondering why the government has nothing better to do than have opinions about such things, you have not been paying attention to modern government’s vast diligence on our behalf. Competition increased, and so did Whirlpool’s reliance on the government, which in 2012 imposed duties on washing machines imported from South Korea and Mexico.Samsung and LG responded rationally, by what protectionists stigmatize as “country hopping,” moving some production to China, then Vietnam and Thailand. And now to the United States.Samsung and LG have announced plans to become domestic manufacturers.Samsung will open a manufacturing plant, with approximately 1,000 employees, in Newberry, South Carolina. LG’s plant will be near Clarksville, Tennessee.Before Whirlpool became dependent on government, it depended on Sears, which in the 1920s threw a financial lifeline to a struggling appliance manufacturer, Upton Machine Co., that became Whirlpool.According to The Wall Street Journal, as recently as 2002, when Sears sold 40 percent of the major appliances bought in America, sales through Sears generated about a fifth of Whirlpool’s revenues.In October, Sears announced that it would stop selling Whirlpool brand products because Whirlpool is powerful enough to make pricing demands that “would have prohibited us from” selling those products “at a reasonable price.”last_img read more

A donor-conceived woman speaks out

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first_imgMercatorNet 3 February 2016The Belgian advertising industry recently launched a campaign to support sperm donation. Award-winning men donated theirs to boost national creativity. As the child of an anonymous donor, what did you think of it?I found it an appalling campaign for many reasons. In the first place, their claim is pure nonsense. A creative gene does not exist. Studies prove that the environment where one grows up is more likely to contribute to one’s creativity. Stating that you can create creative people by letting “creative” men donate their sperm is utter fiction. In a YouTube video clip you can see the head of a genetics department supporting this fiction. Because of this I filed an official complaint against her hospital: they are actually lying in the hope of attracting more donors and clients.It is selling out on so many levels but up mostly it is a sell-out at the expense of the children that are going to be conceived by this sperm. Those children will not be allowed to know whom they descent from and will live their lives trying to fill the gaps in their identity. They will have a huge hole deliberately inflicted by others. They will have no access to their full medical record and will have no means to track down their biological father and potentially a dozen siblings.Imagine you are one of the donor-conceived persons that was created by one of this guys’ sperm. You will have to live with the knowledge that your biological father did this purely to get his five minutes of fame. The child will end up in a family knowing that his own biological father preferred to give him away to total strangers than to raise his own child.These young guys clearly didn’t think it through whilst brainstorming on their bright coloured Fat Boys. I sincerely hope their sperm wasn’t good enough to be used. But if so, we have gathered all the information we could find on them and put it in our database of potential donors. It will at least make the search of some children that much easier.What is your own background?My name is Stephanie. I am Belgian, 37 years old and donor-conceived. My story starts with two persons: my mother and father. My mother wanted to have children. They desperately tried to conceive. When they didn’t get pregnant they went to see a specialist.This doctor diagnosed infertility in my father and suggested a “fertility treatment” with the sperm of a man who resembled my father. They paid a lot of money and signed a document. My mother got hormones and they were told that if they did conceive, they should never to tell the truth to the child and even the people around them.I am an “end product” of the first official sperm bank in Belgium.My mother was inseminated in the spring of 1978 and in January 1979 I was born. But I wasn’t alone: a brother and a sister joined me. We are triplets. We often cynically joke that they got three for the price of one.I always experienced a distance between my father and myself. Somehow I could not connect with him. As child you long for the acknowledgement of your parents; you want to be loved, cherished and accepted. But for whatever reason we had very little in common: we didn’t resemble each other and we had different interests. He didn’t grasp my being, my sense of humour. The love I felt for him, however, was unconditional.As a child you don’t question the reality that is presented by your parents. I never questioned our ancestry. I even wasn’t aware that a treatment with the sperm of someone else was possible.READ MORE: http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/a-donor-conceived-woman-speaks-out/17550last_img read more

Marjorie Faye Sullivan: March 7, 1930 – Feb. 20, 2014

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first_imgMarjorie Faye SullivanMarjorie Faye Sullivan, age 83, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Wellington, KS.  She retired after many years of service as an assistant to the city manager for the City of Wellington.Marjorie Faye (Allen) Sullivan was born on March 7, 1930 to Eakle Payton Allen and Olive Faye (Thompson) Allen.She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, singing, playing the piano and her church family.She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Mary Faye Sullivan; brother, Eakle Payton Allen, Jr.; and sister, Virginia Mae Groom.Survivors include her son, Thomas Sullivan and his wife Mary Frances of Oak Creek, CO and her daughter, Sharron Robertson and her husband Tim of Peabody, KS; her brother, Harold Allen of Jacksonville, FL; eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Highland Cemetery in Winfield, KS.  Pastor Gary Terry will officiate.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 1:00 – 8:00 P.M.  The family will be present to greet friends from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.A memorial has been established with Pearly Gaits Ranch in Wellington, KS. Contributions can be left at or mailed to the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more