'Cheers' star John Ratzenberger has some economic advice

Ratzenberger, best known as Cheers’ resident trivia-happy postal worker Cliff Clavin, is also a champion of American manufacturing. Today, he suggested to his followers that one way to boost the U.S. economy is to buy American-made products.

Well, it certainly can’t hurt.



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  • JackBlair

    It’s actually untrue, but give him an A for effort.

    • Hiraghm

      it’s half true, I’d say. Buy American, help our economy. Buy foreign, help both economies. To paraphrase Gordon Gekko… trade, for want of a better word, is good.

      • Rachel

        Fair trade is good….Free trade has rarely turned out to be Fair trade

  • BeyondPolls

    Ratzenberger <33333

  • Jefferson Tea Party

    I love buying American products as long as they’re completely unrelated to any union. I’d rather give a starving Chinese worker my money, than a bloated, pinky ring wearing, thug.

  • V the K

    Buying a UAW-built car is like writing a check to the DNC. You can buy American without supporting the corrupt Democrat Unions.

  • salvagesalvage

    Not even close to simple or even realistic so small wonder that Twitty is so enamoured.

    When you buy Apple are you buying American or Chinese?

    • Hiraghm

      When you buy GM, are you buying American or Japanese? When you buy Toyota, are you buying American or Japanese?

      • salvagesalvage

        Exactly, I doubt that there’s much mass produced stuff that doesn’t have some not made in America content. The world’s economy is hopelessly intertwined.

        Except for Japan, they’re protectionist like crazy but they get away with it because video games and they’re just so polite about it.

        • Rachel

          I always said when things get really bad here…and they will…where would I move to? Japan is at the top of my list, if they’ll have me.

          • salvagesalvage

            It’s a great place to visit but very hard for a Westerner to feel like home in. There is a weird sort of xenophobia that isn’t exactly racist but is. There’s this book called “Speedtribes” that talks about Japanese culture from a North American perspective, I’d read it before booking the flight!

          • Rachel

            I spent about 6 mos there working years ago. And yes, they are definitely xenophobic. But were always kind and polite to me. It’s their country….I understand their xenophobic unity and frankly admire it. I found the Japanese to be very “civilized” and honest in their dealings with me businesswise. Got tired of eating Japanese food all the time, but the hotels always had other fare.

          • salvagesalvage

            Yeah, it’s a weird sort of racism, it’s not hate but a sort of gentle contempt, like they’re sorry you’re not good enough.

            As for business I had a buddy whose job was to negotiate runway deals with other countries. I asked him “Who was the best to deal with?” and he said “Japan, you get there, the documents are all ready to go, they’re perfect, the deal is fair and reasonable all we had to do was read it, sign and we were done.” then I asked who was the worst, “India, you get there, you spend a week hammering out the deal, you think you’re done and then they come back like used car salesmen and say ‘We like the deal but our boss…’ and you’d start all over. They would just aim to make you so frustrated you’d agree to anything just to get it done.”

            I don’t think I could ever get tired of sushi but I’ve never had to live in Japan so maybe!

          • Rachel

            Wow..you are so right about India. After getting screwed in India twice by two different business entities, I swore never to do business with them again. The Chinese are way easier to work with. Sure… they will always try to cut corners to eke out a few more dollars of profit, but for the most part you get what you order and deliver on time. You just have to be vigilant over QC. But the Japanese are REAL professionals.

          • salvagesalvage

            Exactly right, if India ever wants to be a real economic powerhouse on the national stage they have got to get their culture of corruption to at least a Mexican level. Not much point in doing business with people with six arms out waiting for their brown envelopes.

  • rogueco

    “Barack Obama, Ron Gettelfinger, and Rick Wagoner”.

    “Three people who have never been in my kitchen”.

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  • peteee363

    yes let’s stop buying foreign made goods, and perhaps they will stop buying ours? if we want to export anything, we cannot limit imports. take sugar for instance, we americans pay more then double the world price for sugar due to tarrifs. we pay extra for sugar, so american farmers don’t have to modernize and compete on the world marketplace.