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Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:58 am, Tue Dec 4, 2012.

Every evening, I enjoy a glass of wine. I only buy California wine, and most of the time it's from Lodi-area grapes. I spent 20 years behind the bar at local establishments in Woodbridge and always promoted local wines.

The other day, I was told that some of the local farmers will not buy Chevrolets because they don't support the bailouts of GM ("Government Motors"). For that reason, they are going to buy Fords. Little do they know that Ford was the first to receive government help two years prior in 2006. In fact, there was only one automobile dealership in Northern California that did not participate in the Obama's "Cash for Clunkers" program.

I have all the respect in the world for the farming industry. Many of the local farmers are my friends. There have been times in the past, due to drought or other reasons, that farmers have received government subsidies. One time or another, just about every industry has needed help.

What is the difference between farm subsidies and auto subsidies? I am glad to see the American people receive the help instead of sending our money overseas.

We complain about the economy and blame everything on the politicians. We need to look in the mirror and start supporting our own: American products made by Americans in America by American companies.

Every automaker in the world has received government money from their own governments. I would rather support U.S. "Government Motors" rather than a foreign government's motors. I am proud to be representing the best-built vehicles in the world.

Ron Weiss

Woodbridge

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39 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:48 pm on Thu, Dec 13, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I would love to buy a car made in America. Unfortunately, I am forced to buy from countries like China that offers its workers freedom to not be in unions. Do not want to buy cars with union labor since they are basically a front organization for Thompson's liberal democratic party...of course Mr Thompson denies being in McNerney's campaign, but everyone knows that is not true.

     
  • Michael Thompson posted at 12:54 pm on Tue, Dec 11, 2012.

    winston Posts: 97

    While supporting American products is noble, the emphasis should be always be on quality and striving to be the best in your line of business. It worked for Jack Welch and General Electric, and it should work for other American industries whether it be fracking to winemaking.

    To Mr Weiss' comment above, it was the quest for quality that drove California winemakers to take on the best wineries of France. The quest to be the best lead the American winemakers to win both the blind tasting for white wine (Chateau Montelena) and red Wine (Stag's Leap) in 1976.

    As far as Lodi, it produces some of the best Zinfandel I have tasted. It is a great way to market and position yourself against more well known competitors that are in Napa, Sonoma, etc.


     
  • Michael Thompson posted at 12:48 pm on Tue, Dec 11, 2012.

    winston Posts: 97

    If you would want to support companies that are building cars in the United States, try buying a Toyota, Mercedes or another foreign car.

    These car companies provide many more manufacturing jobs in the United States (to American workers) than their American counterparts. GM and Ford seem to be American in name only.


    Where does General Motors manufacture most of their cars? It is not Detroit, but it is Ottawa, Canada!


     
  • Walter Chang posted at 1:29 pm on Sat, Dec 8, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1117

    [lol]

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:35 am on Fri, Dec 7, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    but... why do you hate old white guys you perceive are angry and why do you put down Chinese so much? so sad.[crying]

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:18 am on Fri, Dec 7, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Chang stated...You were just talking. Again.Threatening to "take action". Again.

    No Mr Chang... when attacked, one responds. I am not threatening to take action. I am responding.
    Just like George Bush responded to the attack on 9/11... He did not declare war, he responded.

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 8:56 pm on Thu, Dec 6, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1117


    "When I said 'this is WAR', I was talking"

    Darrell, that's correct.

    You were just talking. Again.

    Threatening to "take action". Again.

    The action plan??

    More "Archconservative/Retrogressive blogging".

    How typical!!


    [beam]

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 1:52 pm on Thu, Dec 6, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    It appears to me that Mr Chang is so angry with old white men as a group that he cannot think straight.

    You are sooooo confused Mr Chang.[whistling]

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 1:51 pm on Thu, Dec 6, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    When I said "this is war, I was talking about what the liberals were doing and that they had declared war on Conservatives...since I am a Conservative, I am responding to the liberal war. No declaration from me, you are wrong again...

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 1:48 pm on Thu, Dec 6, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Of course I would have been happy if Obama had lost. However, I am happy he won, your claim of my falsehood is false... I am happy as now democrats will own the last four years as well as the next.

    I would have been sad had the conservatives been blamed for the actions and policies Obama put in place. Now, it is jus ta matter of time the results.

    I am thrilled for the inevitable things to come.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 1:43 pm on Thu, Dec 6, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Exactly![beam]

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 1:43 pm on Thu, Dec 6, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    "bad Chinese helmets"Darrell, I never said anything anything about quality.

    I said "Cheap" and you took the bait.

    Oh my, Mr Chang has just been caught in a bold face lie... of course you were talking about quality... by stating personal safety should be important to me in stead of buying a "cheap helmet". If you were only talking price, you should not have talked about safety.... quote below...


    posted at 10:28 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 ..."For a fellow who values “his freedom” more then anything…I would thing personal safety would be important to you too???
    "

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 10:37 am on Thu, Dec 6, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1117

    "identifying them falsely as angry"

    Darrell, only angry men declare WAR.

    "I declare WAR"

    "This is WAR"

    It appears that the "Archconservative/Retrogressive bloggers" among us, clearly have anger issues.


    [scared]

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 10:36 am on Thu, Dec 6, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1117

    Darrell, you told us all that you would be happy when the president got re-elected.

    That was a falsehood.

    You went absent for 6 days at election time...

    "take care Jerry... I'm going elsewhere..."

    You returned only to the LNS when your "Declaration of WAR" letter was published!!


    [beam]

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 10:35 am on Thu, Dec 6, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1117

    Darrell said: "I'm not angry"


    [wink]

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 10:34 am on Thu, Dec 6, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1117

    "bad Chinese helmets"

    Darrell, I never said anything anything about quality.

    I said "Cheap" and you took the bait.

    Show us the "DOT" sticker on your helmet please.

    If its has one...

    I'll wager that it's NOT REAL!!


    [lol]

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 10:33 am on Thu, Dec 6, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1117

    Darrell, I have relatives in the "import business".

    You go right ahead and enjoy your freedoms...

    You have the right to buy and wear a "cheap Chinese helmet".

    Good luck.

    I know better, I'll wear my Bell.

    Thanks!!

    [wink]

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:34 am on Thu, Dec 6, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    more bigotry walter... there are good and bad Chinese helmets.. why are you stereotyping and spreading rumor about the quality...

    I am free to decide if I want a good or bad helmet... and from which country it is produced. In my view, non-union workers produce better quality products. My first step is to determine if a union company produced the product. If so, cross it off my list to avoid bad workmanship. I do value my safety after all.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:28 am on Thu, Dec 6, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    My good friend Walter, stated...Darrell, please quote me correctly: “Old angry white guys”...Specifically: “Old angry white guys, who are prone to writing mean spirited rants in the LNS comments section.”

    response...Walter, I am happy to correct your distortions so that truth can be apparent.

    Lets get your quote and context. You were angry yourself and mocking a group of people by identifying them falsely as angry. In my opinion, your bigotry for this group got the best of you...

    You stated at at 5:07 pm on Mon, Nov 19, 2012... Doug, if these types of forums weren't available....
    Where would all of the old angry white guys go to project their misdirected animosities??

    So your own words contradict your post above. You were talking about forums in general that would be applicable nation wide, not people in the Lodi News Sentinel. You also made an assumption with no basis in fact that the old white guys you were referring to were angry. Again, more evidence of your bigotry. You did not address a few white guys you perceived to be angry...no... you were addressing
    “ALL” the old whites guys you perceived voted for Romney in a national presidential election... that is a boat load full of people...

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 10:30 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1117

    “it was Angry old white guys”

    Thanks Eric.

    Darrell, please quote me correctly: “Old angry white guys”

    Specifically: “Old angry white guys, who are prone to writing mean spirited rants in the LNS comments section.”


    [lol]

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 10:29 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1117

    “it would be ok to ride it around after cancelling my health insurance”

    Spoken like a man whose never fallen off his scooter.

    Spoken like a man whose never slid on a oily patch, debris or gravel.

    Spoken like a man whose never collided with a large automobile driven by a “blind” driver.

    Sure Darrell, it’s ok.

    Enjoy!!


    [beam]

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 10:28 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1117

    “cheap Chinese helmet”

    Darrell, did you get a cheap Chinese helmet too???

    For a fellow who values “his freedom” more then anything…

    I would thing personal safety would be important to you too???


    [huh]

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 10:28 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1117

    “Chinese leather jacket”

    Darrell, don’t forget to accessorize.

    Chinese leather is nice looking but not durable.

    Asphalt is not very forgiving.

    Perhaps a black leather jacket that’s made in Mexico, might be a better value??

    [scared]

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:29 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    but they were not angry... that is liberal distortion... the perception of "angry" is a result of Mr Chang's bigotry,as well as ultra liberals llike you and Mr Lucas.[thumbdown]

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 12:19 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    "I would rather support U.S. "Government Motors" rather than a foreign government's motors."

    I think Mr. Weiss needs to watch your video.[lol]

     
  • John Lucas posted at 10:42 pm on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    [thumbup]

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 10:01 pm on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1513

    It wasn't old white guys it was Angry old white guys. Angry people are hard to get along with.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:08 pm on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Chang stated... Darrell, should a person...Who recently said...
    That he "canceled" his "health insurance"...Be riding around town on a "Chinese motor scooter"??

    Oh, so if the scooter was American, Italian or German, it would be ok to ride it around after cancelling my health insurance... sounds to me like you have problems with the Chinese as well as old white guys... your biogtry is growing..

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:47 pm on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Actually, I have used these Scooters in Asia for years... It goes on and on and on and on, very reliable and rarely breaks down...

    Best of all...made with no union labor. The scooters even smell good.

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 8:07 pm on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1117

    "Chinese motor scooter"

    Darrell, should a person...

    Who recently said...

    That he "canceled" his "health insurance"...

    Be riding around town on a "Chinese motor scooter"??


    [wink]

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 8:04 pm on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1117

    "Chinese motor scooter"

    Darrell, get a drip mat.

    It will leak something...

    Eventually.

    But probably sooner then later.


    [wink]

     
  • Ted Lauchland posted at 5:08 pm on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 254

    Unbelievable.
    I've been in a New York wine shop listening to them trying to promote their products. I went down the street and bought prefered California wine at half the price and twice the quality.

    Last week I attended the annual pesticide use meeting that 300 farmers attended and 75% of the vehicles in the parking lot were pickups. Chevys , Fords, Dodges and you name it of all ages were there. The bailouts only succeeded in retaining the jobs associated with the companies long enough for them to retool and try again. It did nothing to make the vehicles more affordable. Bankruptcy would have done more as the industry would have picked up the slack.

    The Farm Bill is nothing like that in that it exists not only to keep food on your plate but keep it reasonable in price. In California it doesn't exist but if you have cherry orchards it is necessary to buy insurance so you do not go under every other year or so. Banks require stability and paying 10% in premiums is cheap insurance to keep the cherries in the ground for the good years. Subsidies? - Not hardly. It creates more ongoing quantities and encourages staying in farming to feed the world at competitive prices. No where else in the world has food not been an issue to survive.

    I have had both Chevys and Fords. I currently own a Chevy. I am happy. I also tend to own my vehicles for 20 or so years and keep my tractors running for longer. The parts places like me more that the dealerships in that anything new has to come with the normal 8 year cycles of good years to the marginal years when too much has been planted and vineyards start being removed again. Can't afford the price drops.
    I have had four different brands ofTractors over the years and each one had it's plusses
    I do not get why that was turned into a blame game.


     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 10:37 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1846

    The poor liberals still believe the Obama lie how he "saved" the American auto industry. Want the REAL truth? Watch the following:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvl5Gan69Wo

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:40 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Letter stated...I spent 20 years behind the bar at local establishments in Woodbridge and always promoted local wines.

    I never go to bars and cannot imagine spending one minute there ...20 years? wow!
    As far as buying something just because it is local? If that is what pleases you, wonderful .Personally, I buy based on merit. If I lived in New York, I would buy California wines if the quality was good for the price I pay. I would not buy New York wine just because I lived in New York.I believe in rewarding and supporting companies that produce quality products and services.

    I just bought a Chinese motor scooter recently that was much better quality for the price than anything I can buy made here in California. China deserves my business until something is better made and produced here. I like this scooter so much that I have decided to forgo buying a car. It get 100 miles per gallon, I can help with global warming. Insurance is only $12.00 per month and the cost was only $850.00 delivered to my door step. A bonus is that I avoided union labor in building the product... How sweet!

     
  • Andrew Liebich posted at 8:29 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    and here are the "particulars" that Obamanoids choose to ignore...[sleeping]

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/louiswoodhill/2012/08/15/general-motors-is-headed-for-bankruptcy-again/

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:27 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    [thumbdown]

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:26 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mike stated...They listen to conservative propoganda all day long and watch it all night long at home. What would you expect?

    Mike, your statement is propaganda. That is a liberal talking point used to convince people that conservatives are superficial and lack substance.

    Maybe i you offered specifics as to what you perceive you have thought out that conservatives have not, your post would have meaning. I have yet to see you offer "particulars" at all.

    You accuse me of being a product of conservative propaganda yet you offer nothing a thinking person would appreciate that substantiates your claim.

     
  • John Lucas posted at 7:19 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    [thumbup]

     
  • Mike Adams posted at 6:37 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1383

    Mr. Weiss: Conservatives don't think it all out. If you asked them particulars, they would be speechless. Don't blame them. They listen to conservative propoganda all day long and watch it all night long at home. What would you expect?

     

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