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Made In The U.S.

November 4, 2011 by  

We export chopsticks to China? Yes, believe it or not, we do. Seems an entrepreneur in South Georgia realized that the poplar and sweet gum trees that grow by the thousands down there make almost perfect chopsticks. The wood is flexible and doesn’t splinter very easily. So now Georgia Chopsticks exports millions of pairs of chopsticks to China every day. Isn’t it amazing how the free market can work when government keeps out of the way?

Are you sure about that, Mr. Buffett? There is a great quote by Warren Buffett in a Wall Street Journal article on why billionaires should donate more to charity while they can. “You’re thinking more clearly at 70 years old then [sic] when you’re 95, with Anna Nicole Smith sitting on your lap,” the Sage of Omaha said. If it weren’t for his willful blindness about Obama’s tax-the-rich schemes (which I wrote about last week), you know what?  I’d probably agree with him.

Hotel fires employee for wearing a U.S. flag pin. The Casa Monica Hotel, one of the historic hotels in St. Augustine, Fla., fired an employee for wearing a lapel pin of the U.S. flag. It seems hotel policy declares that “no other buttons, badges, pins or insignias of any kind are permitted to be worn.” Here’s an idea: Instead of banning a flag pin, how about encouraging employees to wear one? Guess which policy the public would like better?

Trying to shoot the messenger. After Standard & Poor’s recognized the obvious and downgraded Federal debt, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it was launching an investigation of S&P’s rating of subprime debt. And the Justice Department said it was launching its own investigation of suspected criminal activity by the firm. Does anyone think these are not retaliation for the debt downgrade? But where has the national press been on this story?

–Chip Wood        


Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • jimster

    I live near Springfield, MO, a high end chocolate company just exported its first pallet of chocolate bars to China. It’s good to see a US company find a nitch market and make the most of it.

  • s c

    This is a three-part article, and I’ll confine my comments to one of them. KUDOS to the company in Georgia! It’s too bad that it involves an item so simple as chopsticks, but in this economy – where the W H space cadets hate to get their hands dirty with JOBS – the people of Georgia make the W H twins look like the incompetent, self-serving, useful idiot hacks that they are.
    I’m surprised that Uncle Scam hasn’t figured out a way to force that company to move to China. They can always send in a team of experts and tell them that the business is anti-green and they need to be be re-educated in how to be good tree-huggers (especially poplar and sweet gum).
    The moral of the story is 1) be lucky 2) find a product that doesn’t offend the SOBs in Washington 3) hope that your good luck holds and with some luck 4) your state won’t elect any socialists or wannabe “elitists” who HATE free enterprise.

    • Martha

      I personally think it was a mistake to do a news article on it. You know that now EPA is going to be on their backs like flies on horse sh$$ saying they’re destroying the environment by chopping down the trees. Or they will label them as endangered. It doesn’t matter how many there are, it is EPA and Obama’s job to stop the enterprise that Americans do without the governments help. Now if Obama had given him a billion or two dollars, and then he went bankrupt, that would be A-OK. But he made the mistake of being enterprising and come up with the deal on his own.

      • jim fiske

        MARTHA!! You got it right…..scrwing up the gum works is the only way they can justify themselves or the jobs they utilized to the demise of american and it historical methods of becoming the best while at the same time caring the rest of the world on it back…..!!!

        my response to the E P A is close your doors, most of what you have claimed has rssulted in more expense, less productivity, ticked off americans and buiness and to date the science based results you claim will be realize has yet to become honest reality….no doubt due E P A ” “COOKING” THE DATA TO SHOW WHAT THEY WANT US TO BELIEVE….TAKE YOUR DATA AND SHOVE IT IN THE MORE LIKELY MOTTO!!!

    • eddie47d

      How can SC say the White House is against free enterprise if this chopstick company is allowed to exist and provide jobs. Negativity rules your thoughts not reality SC

      • s c

        e, this concerns a NEW business. It hasn’t existed long enough to get Washington’s attention – yet. The way your W H ‘God’ does things, it won’t take him long to look at it the same way he does the company that makes Gibson guitars.
        When that happens, perhaps it will be enough to get through those many layers of concrete between your utopian ears.
        PLEASE tell us that you have no brothers or sisters. Any family member who thinks the way you do is dangerous. By the way, I’d explain the difference between realism and negativism, but you’re obviously not ready for that. May you live long enough to LEARN. Get help.

  • Robert Bolino

    Should have keep your mouth shut, now some people in high places, will come around with their hands open.
    Now if you don’t give, they will shut you down!
    You didn’t know those Gum Trees were endangered, did you?

    • Martha

      Or the unions will have him shut down because he didn’t go union or hire union idiots.

      • Joe H.

        SHHHH! The unions will be in there complaining they are putting the point on the wrong end!!!

  • Karolyn

    Because of the increasing affluence in China, they are wanting more stuff that is made in America. It’s a status thing.

    • John Woodbury

      Karolyn, WTF is made in America besides these chopstiks?

      • Joe H.

        Very little! I had to hunt for 3 months to fine a knife made by SOG that is manufactured in the US! Even the favorite Buck knife is now made in CHINA!!!

        • Isaac Davis

          Check your local gun shows. You might find some excellent hand-made crafts right in your own “backyard”!

  • Jeffrey A. Williams

    As I understand it the US also exports a significant amount of Rice to China as well, as China cannot adequately internally/domestically supply the rice demand in their own country.

  • Rick

    Oh Great!! Now you let the proverbial cat out of the bag. Now wait til Holder hears of this and deems the Poplar and Sweet Gum trees to be an exotic wood that is subject to import/export restrictions. He’ll have the BATF, FBI, CIA, State Troopers, and any other law enforcement agency he can muster up to raid the company, confiscate all the chopsticks, and put them out of business. That is, unless of course, the company has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Obama’s reelection campaign. Then, either way, he’ll probably just sit back in his big ol’ easy chair scarfing down Chinese take-out while using those same chopsticks all the while patting himself on the back and grinning ear to ear at his loyalty to his supreme leader and Socialist-in-Chief (sic) Oblamo.

  • iam

    It appears that many of your readers had the same thought I did. Eventually, someone in the government will wake up to this China connection and decide to shut it down.

    • eddie47d

      Same thought process for sure…loony! Your harping is doing nothing to accomplish job creation and probably making it worse. Why don’t you bottle your constant negativity and sell it to the Chinese . You’d make a fortune if they would be gullible enough to buy it.

      • Raggs

        Ed.. prehaps you are sad due to your oblama resrtictions on the “good ole USofA’..?… You sold us out and now you have no choice but to deal with it.
        Your liberal “lack” of intellegence has left this country blind-sided by the communist. And frankly speaking it is what you deserve.
        And your answer to this is to run harder and faster into the wall…
        I hope that you find that you have a utopian socialistic society at least in your own mind.
        And I fell as if that you will never get it…

        • Joe H.

          WHOOOOEEE! AMEN!!!

  • jim fiske



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