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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Nov 23, 2012 4:23PM
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About 75% of American business, real estate, municipal bonds and money, are owned by foreign investment. Perhaps more with Chinese loans. Look into who actually owns us: the Dutch, British, Japanese and Canadians.  "American" is a concept, not reality.
Nov 23, 2012 1:02PM
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Push to lower the regulations imposed upon corporations and put the unions in line. Unfortunately,  until this happens businesses are going to continue to go over seas because it's much more profitable to do so. CEO's don't care about how many jobs they can create for us, they care about how much money they can make their business. Sadly that's the bottom line.
Nov 23, 2012 9:32AM
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Get out of debt.  don't participate in the game.  Buy what you need, pay cash and be debt. free.
Nov 23, 2012 9:22AM
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Where have all you americans been in last 30 plus years know that your Gov jobs are going away

stop your crying .

Nov 23, 2012 8:52AM
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Yep... and the irony of the whole thing...

American owned companies are building their products in foreign countries

and using foreign labor...?

So much for the saying   "Made in the USA"

Nov 23, 2012 4:03AM
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The problem is....no company ever tries to be just regional...they all try to take what they make and expand expand...when there revenues begin to drop they dont blame it on the fact that they have too many stores ....they blame it on its employees, and then ship all the jobs over seas. :( Thats the main problem...see slavery is gone. And in china they can pay some factory that has dorms of thousands of people that work for 3 dollars a day. So in the end they then ship the item too you ...and in the end..slave labor is what is making all the items you find that are made in indonesia, made in china, made in mexico...etc....its just like the days where textile companies in america forced there works too live in textile owned villages...and shop at the textile village general store....you pay your people and they pay u back for rent, food, etc...and all that is gone in the states...But places like China have not been able to fight opresion and slave labor like the states did. so in the end its all about pay for work...if u can get something built for nothing why build a factory in the states....So till people realize that these items are built by poorly fed, poorly health, poorly housed people that work day and night. For a few dollars and then pay to live in the dorms..its all just sad...tis why nothing will change till someone finally admits ...expansion is bad...there is no need to go global...you will get too big for your britches...because china will not always be a slave state.

 

Nov 23, 2012 2:09AM
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You know, if you follow any news, none of these should be a surprise.
Nov 23, 2012 2:08AM
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Sadly, I've stayed at Holiday Inns before.
Nov 22, 2012 11:46PM
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I just read an articke that says we will be paying about half our paycheck in taxes after Januray 1, 2013.  I am so upset at the federal mockery of a government.  They are all scum in my opinion.  My car is a Kia.  My other car is a Kia.  My tractor is a Mahindra.  All three are made in Korea and I have had good service from them so far.  I am happy to say they are Korean!!!  I do not care one bit what happens to Washington, D. C.  I do care about the rest of the country but not the district of columbia's hoodlum politicians.  I think they should sell the entire district and use the money to pay on the national debt.  Maybe the politicians would like to go to China and work with China taking half their paycheck to be paid on the debt they have created. Stop blaming unions! Blame Congress and obummer.
Nov 22, 2012 11:16PM
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The only American is the words "Made in America". Just a word.
Nov 22, 2012 11:11PM
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Any one that believes these companies sold to foreign investors just for the hell of it couldn't be more wrong. It is called economics of doing business in America with our dearly beloved unions. Let's take a moment ant look at the most current contribution our union members have contributed to the American business landscape, Hostess Bakeries. There are now roughly 19,000 people that are going to be unemployed in the next few days because the union bosses refused to make concessions that would have helped keep the company afloat. The first time the unions held up Hostess was three years ago, the first time Hostess applied for bankruptcy help. This time the unions drove an 85 year out of business. Unions have become no better than the financial parasites equal to the takers on the government dole. America is  on her last financial leg and the unions are NOT helping to do anything except push her over the cliff at break neck speed. Now, all you union members let me have it.
Nov 22, 2012 10:44PM
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I'm not going to blame all businesses for greed.   The government and its free trade

agreements did the most damage.   I know a lot of American businesses that

would of flat gone bankrupt if they kept manufacturing in the USA.    So, they

keep product design and a sales staff here and then sent the labor portion of the

work overseas.    It was better to have some of  their business intact instead of

being broke and unemployed.   Everybody complains about Chinese quality, but they kept

going to Wal-mart and buying crap that breaks when there was better made

american alternatives. 

Nov 22, 2012 9:29PM
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All these  "slideshows" on the internet have useful information,  but the process is  painfully  cumbersome  and    time/energy consuming,  and they  are designed  to make sure viewers  spend as much time as  possible on the website, there for  generating higher  advertising  dollars,  not  designed  to giver  us  quick /easy,  accurate  information.
Nov 22, 2012 8:25PM
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But , this is not a secreat, we should know by now that during Bush time, nearly 7.3 million jobs left america for China, India, Mexico. They took the jobs, and they also took the machinery, the expertise, the technology and all they could get to make a very large profit outssourcing all kind of jobs. The worse of it was that  Large Corporations also did  it, with the full approval of the Bush Government that looked another way. You all know that the Bain Corporation was in a  kind of social chain where many of these transactios were favored. It's very sickening that the near collapsed  America. was provoked by Americans! What America is experiencing now is cruel, many service jobs gone, mecahnical assemblies are gone, and with the jobs the patent of invention to create jnew jobs in far away lands. We need to keep a closed eye on this situation, no more jobs need to leave our USA  to overseas. Think of the grand problem Obama is facing now, he has to re-create new jobs for the ones that will never return. The dollar/hour of physical labor it's very hard to compete with, when all these countries are paying less than $1.25 an hour to workers, and they are considered like robots, they belong to the powerful, and they will die working for the powerful. Let's keep an eye, let's keep asking for no jobs leaving our dear America to make the the CEO's rich. Lets work with Obama to rejuvenate new jobs, invent new ones, create jobs they will not take from us any longer. God Bless America!
Nov 22, 2012 8:08PM
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There it is folks. In a not-so-nice but clearly defined nutshell for all to see.

This is why America is in big trouble. It's been sold to the highest bidder...without regard for the long term ramifications.

Guys like the late Walter Haas have my utmost respect.

 Years ago he took a lesser bid for his then very successful baseball team, simply because he wanted to give back to those who had supported it. You simply do not find these types of people anymore.

Look at the list. When you think you're supporting America's bottom-line by purchasing American goods and services, you come to find out that almost all of your money is going abroad.

I guess it'll take people not being able to afford the products these guys are selling before anything will get done to reverse the trend....then again, maybe NOT. They'll have their billions so they don't have to care.

Nov 22, 2012 7:42PM
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American workers are still some of the most productive in the world. Selling products in the American market is still lucrative. American companies can be great investments for foreign money. Unfortunately, we also have some of the highest corporate taxes in the world. It makes good economic strategy to buy a good american company and move the headquarters offshore. Unfortunately we keep wanting to find new "revenue streams" from the "evil big companies". Some of the new taxes that will soon be implemented by the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") is already getting American companies, such as Boston Scientific, looking at layoffs here, and expansion of production overseas. But that it what the majority of the electorate apparently wants. Not me, I like my neighbors to have jobs to buy more American goods. Guess I'm in the minority anymore.
Nov 22, 2012 6:49PM
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I'm not buying anymore food that doesn't state clearly where it comes from. Last time I bought a can of pinaple slices Dole brand, guess what !...product of Thailand
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?.........................
Nov 22, 2012 5:53PM
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  Obama has actually done more to help the wealthy, than any President who ever lived. And what is do amazing, is that he did it under the guise of helping the poor and ever-shrinking middle class. Once everybody wakes up to smell the coffee, they will eventually discover that they have been duped. It reminds me of how the Japanese took over the Philippines in 1941 by launching the "Asia for Asians" campaign to convince the locals that they were kicking the Americans out for their own good, and then proceeded to enslave and murder the Filipinos after they got a foothold.
Nov 22, 2012 4:55PM
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how many of you whiners about our lack of jobs or driving your jap cars/ so shut up or buy american
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