Lifting China with our money


Published: Friday, January 20, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 10:22 p.m.

Thomas Sowell's Jan. 11 column, "Curing or using poverty," is a one-sided view of China lifting itself out of poverty into wealth.

I read the column three times just to be sure I hadn't missed a comment about American industry shipping work/jobs to China to help them out.

I don't have much faith in data comparisons and political fiction. I had already conducted my own personal research a week prior to Sowell's column lauding China for helping itself out of poverty.

My random one-person research was conducted by walking all of the aisles of a dollar-type store to check out 2-5 items on each aisle for the "Made in..." label. I found one item made in Korea, but the rest were all made in China. That included products of American companies.

I paid my $2, and thought as I walked out the door, that I had just been shopping in a China Outlet Store.

I am one of those bleeding heart liberals who has also been accused of being, of all things, a "humanist." I am glad for others to be well and wealthy, including residents of this country.

So, to heck with you Thomas Sowell and your extreme bias and limited research. Kindness and mercy will prevail without you.

Phyllis K. Mercer,

Gainesville

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