Im amazed this hasn't been locked yet...
I'm not...and remain more puzzled that anyone thinks it should have been. *shrug*
I think its true that this ARF situation IS just a symptom. But as others have pointed out its also a natural progression of civilization. How many of you built your own house with hand tools?? Or grew your own cotton and wove your clothes? Or built your radio from a kit?
Well...I HAVE built a 2 story playhouse, and assisted with construction of a large barn, with hand tools. And radios? Whoo boy...I don't think I could COUNT the number of radios I've built from kits, or repaired using parts from another, or whatever. Any of that count?
In all seriousness however...the reminder that most of us don't build other things really doesn't speak to the point...at least, not the point I
think is significant here...
The fact of the matter is that even if that guy wanted to compete on value, he simply cannot. Not when US labr gets paid in an hour what Chinese workers make in a day or more.
Here, however, IS precisely the point...or, at least an illustration of it.
You and others who point out, as an example, that few of us built our own cars have, certainly, a valid point. It would, indeed, be silly to argue that simply because many choose to buy pre-made airplanes that our country is in deep trouble.
However...SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE is making those cars...or that house...or those radios...or your ARF. And that somebody AIN'T US.
You say...quite correctly...that the US maker of an engine will find it quite difficult, if not impossible, to compete on value. I'll agree with the point you're trying to make, but not with the syntax. Here's why:
VALUE is the worth of the item...what it brings to the table. I see NO REASON that a man in Anytown, USA can't compete on that level. Can an American shop build an engine that runs as well, has as much power, lasts as long, starts as easily, weighs the same, and looks as attractive as any other engine in the world? Absolutely. That's value.
What I believe you meant, however (and by all means, please correct me if I'm wrong), was that he'll be unable to offer that engine at the same PRICE, due to the costs of US labor and materials. With that, i absolutely agree...and that is PRECISELY the problem.
WHY is my effort to turn a crankshaft worth more than the effort of any other individual elsewhere? Presuming we turn the same quality crankshaft, it's not. So why should I be paid more to do it? Well...there can really be only one of two reasons:
1) I'm unreasonable. I'm demanding more for my time and effort than is reasonable. You've chosen to pay that salary, and have thus made a poor decision. When you make poor decisions in business, your business ought to fail.
2) I'm rare. It's difficult to find anyone in our country with the skill I have, thus I'm a valuable commodity who can charge more than a similar laborer elsewhere.
So...wait...what we're saying here is that it's become increasingly unusual to find someone who can PRODUCE something...so much so that the only way a manufacturer here can do so is to pay UNREASONABLE rates for his labor, and then BULLY potential customers into buying his product simply because he did so??
I fail to see where my having ARF's means the end of my country.
I fail to see it to...as several of us have pointed out...repeatedly. Not one person in this thread has made the assertion you're rejecting.
Sneezing doesn't give you hay fever. Hay fever does, however, cause you to sneeze.
Buying ARFs doesn't mean the end of your country...a country that's dying, however, will see an explosion of popularity in such things as ARFs.
to generalize by saying I am lazy because i build ARF's is crazy
Have you made decisions to prioritize other things above workshop time? Of course you have. You seem to prefer supporting your family, and spending time being a parent to your children, over building airplanes. I know, how dare you, right?
Admittedly...you COULD have chosen to have fewer airplanes than you do, and limited yourself to those you could build in the limited time you've made available for such activities.
But...er...Who's called you lazy?
so I guess if you have ever built an ARF or put a T.V. dinner in a microwave, chose to use a weed eater or a lawn mower instead of scissors, opted to drive two blocks instead of walk your lazy and your country is going down hill
Who's generalizing now?