Yeah, the "made outside US" is pretty much modern day slavery. Because of the value difference in human labor, companies just use other ppl to make things cheaper and the Americans who are PRODUCTIVE, can afford more of them. If your job is off-shored and you can't get another one, it just means you are a weak player in the economy and are inferior to your peers and too lazy to retrain for the new age and expect like a "union" or some crap to protect you. The fact is that we aren't "communists". We are equal oportunity capitalists, so if you are a weak worker and can be weeded out by some foriegner, you deserver to be poor. And the rest of the hard workers shouldn't slow down just for the weaklings and drag down the whole nation...and the rest of the world. This is what gloabalization entails.
There are companies that do it the right way though. Levis is a prime example. When they shut down their plant here in the U.S., they gave their current employees more than enough notice and also a generous severance check. Two things that a lot of other companies do not do. Levis also placed these workers in a program to help them train for other jobs. Basically, it was schooling to increase their skills and to help them find jobs. That is awesome by my books.
Also, they paid their off-shore workers well above that country's minimum and also provided things such as on location housing. Labor is in fact cheaper for them there as well as production as a whole. Levis would have went bankrupt otherwise as costs were rising too high here in the States.
While I rather not see companies having to do this, if they do, this is the way it should be done. I am pulling this information from memory so I might have some technical details wrong. I did a case study on Levis and business ethics involving this matter.
This is why I blanket statements like, "I choose to keep my money in the U.S." bother me. There is so much more to it than just that.
OP: The Rider's Choice is another good board. I don't really believe in too much board for a person. You will just have to work harder to learn on it. That is all. By the way, I think the Slayblade and HighLife are more aggressive than the RC.