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Jerry Holbert

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  1. JmcaRice

    JmcaRice GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Pork is our vital to our national security, the sale needs to be stopped.

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    The main plant is less than an hour’s drive from my house. Considering how China treats its workers, I have concerns about how the town of Smithfield is going to survive this purchase.
    Concernedly,
    C.

  3. Jeff H

    Jeff H said, about 1 year ago

    Sweet, or sour?

  4. Jase99

    Jase99 said, about 1 year ago

    @JmcaRice

    “Pork is our vital to our national security, the sale needs to be stopped.”

    Not that vital. I’ve never purchased a Smithfield ham. I’m not even sure if they’re available in the local grocery stores. Besides, this is capitalism at work. You should be supporting the sale.

  5. ronald rini

    ronald rini GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    give them time they have enough money to buy buffet

  6. TerrBear319

    TerrBear319 GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    No one will have to invade America; we’ll gladly sell it to them. @jase99: this is from the US News & World Report website (www.usnews.com: Other brands under the Smithfield umbrella include Armour, Eckrich, and Healthy One. Bet you’ve heard of those and maybe bought them. It’s not just the Smithfield name that’s being sold.

  7. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 1 year ago

    To top it off, check out the news today, President Obama’s Federal Reserve stated that we have only recovered half of the wealth lost due to the recession. To top it off this keeps us from having a good economy that can create jobs.

  8. 2011worldchamps

    2011worldchamps said, about 1 year ago

    Hundreds of thousands of dogs are crying.

  9. edclectic

    edclectic said, about 1 year ago

    Pork: The other white meat.

  10. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Just spoke with a gentleman from Hong Kong yesterday (a former pharmaceutical salesman) pointing out the Chinese are now “texturing” and selling as chicken- WOOD! Same for several other “food products”, and there was a flap over the content of their DOG food??


    Of course the real issue is, how many companies in the U.S. have moved all production overseas, AND been taken over “stockholder-wise”, but foreign corporations? BTW, until Reagan, it was illegal for a foreign company to own a mining claim on public land, today, almost all mining on federal land is done by CANADIAN companies, granted, with major stockholders being Americans, dodging taxes.

  11. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 1 year ago

    The typical Chinese has always thought that meat is an important part of a balanced meal, but from the Opium Wars until the death of Mao, most Chinese could seldom (if ever) afford any meat.


    Now, they can afford it, but China doesn’t produce enough. So they bought a big American pork producer, Smithfield Foods.


    The New York Times has a very strange article reporting the sale: if China starts importing lots of American food, Americans will have to worry that adulterated Chinese food will fill American supermarkets.


    I had a hard time following their logic.

  12. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 1 year ago

    A history lesson about Smithfield Foods.

    For decades, their pork farms polluted the Pagan River. Depending on the administration in Washington, there were times when EPA would rumble to Virginia that something needed to be done, and Virginia would find them guilty and fine them about an hour’s worth of profit, which was not quite enough incentive to make them change their behavior toward the river.

    During the administration of Governor George Allen, the EPA had had enough, and brought suit against Smithfield Foods. It looked like the jig was up.

    But, fear not. Gov. Allen directed his attorney general, Jim Gilmore, to initiate a lawsuit. EPA law states they cannot continue a suit against a company currently being investigated by the state. End of federal lawsuit.

    The state case dragged on until after the 2000 elections. Once we knew that the new administration could care less about pollution or the EPA, the state concluded its suit and again fined them a couple hours’ profits. The money that would have had to be paid to clean the river was then invested in other meat processing companies, allowing Smithfield Foods to gain significant market share.

    And who says cheaters never prosper?

    How much did it cost Smithfield Foods to get the governor to go to bat for them? A bargain: $75,000.

    Another in a series of fine outcomes resulting from unfettered capitalism. Hey, people made money, and we have more than one river in Virginia.

    See if you can speculate about the political party affiliation of the two men involved.

  13. Gypsy8

    Gypsy8 said, about 1 year ago

    The Chinese seem intent on feeding their population by buying up primary production units and processing facilities in North America. Groups of Chinese have bought large grain and livestock farms in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Intent is for the food to go to China. One group has hired me to do some consulting work. I am continually surprised at how money is no object. If they want it they buy it.

  14. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    @ansonia

    One of your best postings yet, Ansonia. I have some nuanced disagreement with the way you finished, but four sections were very good.
    Sincerely,
    C.

  15. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, about 1 year ago

    @ansonia

    We have no idea how much China spends on their military, we can only specualte. It’s not as if they publish a budget or anything. And I certainly wouldn’t take their word on it.

    But we do know they don’t have to spend much on R&D, because they steal it from us.

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