Sure you did kid...
How about you stop making comments on Slashdot and go back to your Intro to Information Tech class.
Are you lost?
That is because the local government in the last 3 places you lived had a franchise agreement with the cable provider. That means the government IS the reason you have no choice, which pretty much makes your argument poop.
The reason is that Sony / Fujitsu / Toshiba / etc, don't owe anything to the United States, and they WILL go to other countries to find cheap labor.
If you had your choice of two laptops with equal hardware in them, but one was $500 more, which one would you buy?
Unless of course you are looking at a Mac...