Frankly, I choose beer over country

Some stupider-than-usual grandstanding today, this time from Missouri. Belgian booze outfit InBev wants to buy Anheuser-Busch (goodness knows why), but Republican governor Matt Blunt thinks the government of the state of Missouri ought to have a say in it:

Republican Gov. Matt Blunt said Wednesday he opposes the deal, and directed the Missouri Department of Economic Development to see if there was a way to stop it.

"I am strongly opposed to the sale of Anheuser-Busch, and today's offer to purchase the company is deeply troubling to me," Blunt said in a statement.

Web sites have sprung up opposing the deal on patriotic grounds, arguing that such an iconic U.S. firm shouldn't be handed over to foreign ownership. One of the sites, called SaveAB.com, was launched by Blunt's former chief of staff, Ed Martin.

"Shareholders should resist choosing dollars over American jobs," Martin said in a statement Wednesday night. "Selling out to the Belgians is not worth it - because this is about more than beer: it's about our jobs and our nation."

That last line is what got me going. "[T]his is about more than beer: it's about our jobs and our nation."

Someone has his priorities mixed up, and I don't mean that facetiously. On the one hand we have beer, a magnificent ingredient of a satisfied life. On the other hand we have an arbitrary, morally unjustifiable division between Americans and Belgians. Who gives a damn where the suit is signing the papers?

The idea that "we" have a "nation" is a joke. I assume that Ed Martin and I share the same first language, but I can head south of the border and find people I have more common interests with, have more fun with, and sure as hell would lift a finger to save from imminent death faster than.* If you have to draw lines, draw me with them and not with Ed Martin, Matt Blunt, or any of their cronies. Lest I be accused of favoritism, the same goes for most places in the world, some linguistic barriers notwithstanding.

And besides, it's not like Anheuser-Busch can start marking worse beer. Maybe the Belgians can help them clean up their act.

* All right, I'd save Ed Martin too, but I'd grumble about it later.

Hat tip to Matt Welch at Hit and Run

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Sure they could. They could

Sure they could. They could copy Coors or, God forbid, Keystone.

I vote for the aptly named

I vote for the aptly named Milwaukee's Best.

Foreign ownership is awesome

I love foreign ownership. The weak dollar probably has something to do with recent purchases, but foreigners have been investing in the US for a long time, for the obvious reason that if you buy something in the US, chances are abnormally small that you're going to get robbed, either because of poor property protection or by the state itself. Among other reasons of course.

One effect of foreign ownership, I don't know how great a one, might be the reverse of the above: the more foreigners own property in the US, the more unhappy they would be if anything really bad happened to the US or in the US. Some of my best friends are probably the people who own property right around me. However far away they are in the world. It's good to have powerful friends all over the world.

Duh

Who gives a damn where the suit is signing the papers?

Obviously the man who can only collect taxes from him if he lives in Missouri.

Ambev - Anheuser

I like Mr McElroy's comment.

What I find most amusing as a non-American is the sudden "nationalist" reaction from the Americans. Globalization came from America. American companies are always buying firms in other parts of the world. Why can't the inverse happen?

What I find second most amusing is the concern about losing jobs. With Globalization, many American companies have outsourced work to cheaper
countries (off-shoring) resulting in loss of jobs for Americans, so to accuse a foreign company of causing job loss before the fact, just because they want to effect a take-over, is hypocritical.

What I find third most amusing is that the same Americans that are against the sale of Anheuser-Busch own most probably own shares in funds that invest in the foreign companies they are concerned are buying out America.

What I do not find amusing is the number of Americans who think they can have it both ways.

Nationalism

What I find most amusing as a non-American is the sudden "nationalist" reaction from the Americans.

And yet your whole comment lumps Americans together and sneers at them as a group, which is the same error (of what, reification?) committed by what you're calling "nationalists". I can smell the contempt for "Americans" and joy at their supposed comeuppance dripping off your words.

The choice is bogus. There's no choice between foreign investment and one's beloved country. Foreign investment both proves the worth of the country and increases its stature. We are the girl who everyone wants to take to the prom. Foreign investment improves the economy. Foreign investment increases security. This is hardly a comeuppance worth gloating over.

Cheap girls

We are the girl who everyone wants to take to the prom.

And we're getting cheaper every day.

This thread is getting too easy...

I Wonder...

With Globalization, many American companies have outsourced work to cheaper countries (off-shoring) resulting in loss of jobs for Americans [...]

I wonder if Belgian brewery workers are complaining about InBev outsourcing their jobs to Missouri.

American beer is like making love on the beach...

...f***ing close to water.

Sorry, had to pass on this favorite joke of the English from when I was living there.

Obsolete

Americans have been making great beer for years.

Yep, but still a memorable joke.

I was there from 1985-1988.

Wait, this joke is from the

Wait, this joke is from the English? Who serve their beer warm? The English shouldn't be making fun of anyone else's culinary standards.

I thought the joke was about

I thought the joke was about Australian beer and was funnier if sex on the beach is replaced with sex in a canoe.

A 'merican icon!

What I found funny about this was that a company founded by two German immigrants and serving a swill beer named after a Czech region is said to be too American to sell.

How can something Czech be

How can something Czech be called too American? I know I'm not supposed to turn around my own nation but do we Americans really feel like we own everything ?
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