10 foreign-owned 'American' brands

Each of these products, buildings or businesses is rooted in the United States and has become a part of the common cultural fabric.

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Oct 23, 2012 9:27AM
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If corporate bigwigs would stop paying themselves such obscene salaries and mind boggling bonuses, maybe then they could afford to pay American workers decent wages and we would still be able to honestly and proudly say "MADE IN AMERICA"!  It's shameful that these companies couldn't show a profit & growth for us but apparently can for foreign executives. John Hancock must be SPINNING in his grave-SHAME ON ALL OF THE  'POWERS THAT BE' for selling us out. 

Oct 17, 2012 1:56AM
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Apple with its 700K foeign workers can not be considered American!
Oct 17, 2012 1:18AM
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Anybody that wonders what is wrong with America's economy should read this. It's almost treasonous.
Oct 17, 2012 12:10PM
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The saddest truth yes, America sold out by "AMERICANS" and making obscene amounts of money.
Oct 22, 2012 12:35AM
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All ten brands are owned by Europeans and Japanese, not Chinese. However, China is actually the biggest creditor to America. That s because America has been a consumer country in the past 30 years and we have been buying more than selling to all the producing countries, including  Taiwan and Japan in the 80s and now China. As these producing countries earning more USD, they are investing their dollars in US government backed treasure bills and name brand US assets. Is it better or worse? It s matter of facts as we lived in a globle economy. Not until we becoming a producing country, there will be more debt to the foreign countries and more US assets to be bought by the foreign countries..

Oct 19, 2012 4:43PM
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How could they leave off Chrysler itself, which hasn't been american owned for some time - first bought and destroyed by Daimler-Benz, and now owned by Fiat, of Italy.
Nov 3, 2012 4:09AM
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Oh for heaven sakes!  Let's stop being petulent about he small stuff.  Think of all the American businesses that are in countries all over the world.  to name a few McDonalds, Burger King,Kentucky Fried Chicken, General Motors, Ford, and I could go on and on.   Instead of that issue we should worry about the education of our children and  our healthcare costs, and I am not talking about Obamacare.  Our country has jobs available in high tech and the health fields but they are going to people from China, India, Africa, the Caribbean Islands ,etc.  who are much better educated than our children.    We as a country need to stop bickering like 3 year olds and demand better from our Congress and also from each other.
Nov 3, 2012 6:04AM
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Do you know how hard it is to go to the store and actually find regular household products that are only made in America? I do this all the time, for me this is just sad, and I will bow my head in shame. If you really care, don't give your money to any business or product that is not made or owned in UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Nov 3, 2012 5:48AM
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"TRAITORS"  That's what all these CEO's are. They have no respect for the people that fought and died for their freedoms and it is reflected in how they employ foreign workers and in how little they compensate the few American that they employ.  Thankfully we have minimum wage "laws" or these people wouldn't even pay that.   I say ship their asses out. If you do business overseas you should have to live there and not in America!
Nov 3, 2012 6:15AM
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Reaganomics; trickle down -- all hogwash.  The American middle class has had the rug pulled from under them in the last 3 decades, and the rich get richer, and the wage gap increase.  In a few more years we will resemble our neighbors to the southwest.  HABLO ESPANOL?
Nov 3, 2012 11:24AM
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To all working middle class.You have the POWER to stop the greed in this country.STOP buying unnecessary items.Put the PLASTIC away.This will hurt them were it counts.The only place that matters to them in there POCKET.It`s as simple as that.
Nov 3, 2012 8:06AM
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To MSN:

 

Each one of your "top 10" lists could be fit on one page but in order to get the click numbers up to entice your advertisers you dangle informational "carrots" and manipulate your readers into upping your click numbers for you.

 

I refuse to be manipulated in that manner. I'd rather not know. You're going to have to hire a chimp to make up for the loss of my click numbers and shame on you for treating your readers in such a manner.

Nov 3, 2012 8:00AM
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No one wants to buy from, and promote, American owned businesses more than I. But the fact is that America has become the most inefficient user of capital on the planet - human capital and monetary capital.  The offset is that Americans can, and in many ways are, the most efficient workers on the planet, which is why foreign ownership of our companies is so high. Until we have a governmental and taxation system that does not unfairly confiscate such a large part of our combined capital, human and monetary, then we will continue to slip further into serfdom. When you vote for more government, you vote for more enslavement.   
Nov 3, 2012 6:03AM
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Do you know how hard it is to go to the store and actually find regular household products that are only made in America? I do this all the time, for me this is just sad, and I will bow my head in shame. If you really care, don't give your money to any business or product that is not made or owned in UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Nov 3, 2012 10:45AM
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In late 2010, 3G Capital of Brazil acquired Burger King in a deal valued at $3.26 billion (USD).
Nov 3, 2012 7:04AM
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I  think Ceo's and other high paid company owners should cut back on these high salaries and "invest in thier people, and thier country"....how many "retired Ceo's" still get MOST of thier salary and retirement bonus' after they supposedly have left the job and company they worked for. Also politicians that receive FULL PAY for life after one term in office is ridiulous...Both my husband and myself are retired...we DID NOT GET full salary for life after retirement...no company can afford to do that for regular employees, so why should they be doing it for executives?  To export jobs overseas for lower labor costs, is prudent for companies...BUT NOT for people that need jobs here...take care of our own first before overseas employees..Yes there are franchises of McDonalds, and other companies overseas..but ARE THEY REALLY TOTALLY OWNED by the American branch of that company or is that another loophole to export jobs  at out American workers expense???"
Nov 3, 2012 12:09PM
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Our overlying financial difficulties are deficit spending and negative balance of payments. It is a simple truth that neither can continue. Sadly, deficit spending will inflict actual economic pain and this is unfairly experienced by lower income groups.

The balance of payments is affected by the overall economic notions of Americans.We go for the best deals, having been trained from childhood. In today's moments of economic time, the best labor deals are overseas, and so that's were we buy our labor - for the construction and assembly of products we desire. This will change, of course, but economic changes are rarely engendered by success; and oncoming necessary changes to our US economy are now engendered by theese financial difficulties we now experience.

As challenging politicians say, "vote for change". And so we do, silently through our wallets, and loudly in the campaigns. The results will be mostly influenced by what we do via our spending procedures.

Oct 17, 2012 8:54AM
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Olanmills, don't waste your time.  It's in style to slander the US because things cost more than they used to and there are fewer mindless manufacturing jobs that people don't even want to work at.

Nevermind the fact that we still produce jet engines and airplanes, cars, nuclear plants, software, oil, gas, and many more high-tech manufacturing products.

You're beating your head against the wall and you'll get thumbed-down.  Instead, you can post a comment as simple as, "America is going down the tubes!" and you'll reap the thumbs-up karma.
Nov 22, 2012 6:22PM
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What is really wrong is the labeling of FOOD products (from heaven knows where) "distributed by..." some well known American brand. "We the People" should have the right to know where what we eat, comes from......CHINA?....INDIA?...THAILAND?.........................
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