My mother always told me that you get what you pay for. I was reminded of it this past week when among all the bad news about the market and the uproar about the bailout bill, we were also dealing with tainted milk products from China. We want cheap. We demand cheap. We have websites that offer to search the neighborhood for the cheapest product. We seem to have completely forgotten my mother’s advice that you get what you pay for. If you want a product that is safe, then you need to be willing to pay a little extra for it. Not only will the ingredients be more expensive such as non-lead based paint, but one also has to pay for inspectors to ensure that the product is produced to the required standard. If we want cheap, we can get it. But don’t ask for cheap and quality and safe for your health. That combination doesn’t work.