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Credit: Charley Reese

 

 

1.7.2004

China-Made

 

 

If you want to know why America has lost so many jobs, look around your house at all the stuff that is made in China.

 

I bought an American-brand razor ? made in China; an American-brand computer ? made in China. Even my Confederate coffee mug, for heaven's sakes, is made in China.

 

Of course, Americans know how to make ceramic coffee mugs, appliances, computers and whatever. But what they won't do is make those things for 59 cents a day and no benefits. The use of what amounts to slave labor in foreign countries accomplishes two goals for the powers that be in this country. One, it increases the profits of the corporations, and two, it disguises the fact that the American dollar has been drastically devalued by years of inflation.

 

What the powers that be have done is in effect create a hallucinatory drug concocted of cheap imports and ideology to make the American people think that they are more prosperous than they really are. People who are officially classified as "discouraged" are not counted as unemployed, though they are; highly qualified people forced to work part time or in low-paid service jobs are considered employed. But if you added up the "discouraged" and the underemployed, you'd find that the real unemployment rate in America is closer to 9 percent than to the official 5.9 percent, according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times. And this trend is growing, not shrinking.

 

When the old ideological arguments between free trade and protectionism originated, the multinational corporation didn't exist in its present form. Today, a lot of what is called "trade" is actually just intracorporate transfers.

 

When an American-based corporation closes its American plant and hires Chinese to manufacture its products, those products, when they come into the United States, do not constitute trade in the old sense of that word. They are not Chinese products. They are American products that were simply manufactured overseas. And the purpose of today's so-called free trade is to make sure that these corporations don't have to pay tariffs on these foreign-made but American-owned goods.

 

Therefore, the old arguments about free trade versus protectionism no longer apply, though God knows ideologues never let the facts get in the way of their ideology. We are not, for the most part, trading American-made goods for foreign-owned goods. Many underdeveloped countries like China have few products to export ? except cheap labor. Unless the present trend is reversed, America will continue to bleed manufacturing and high-tech jobs to cheap-labor countries. If you think America's corporate leaders today give a hoot or a damn about the American people or America, think again. Many of these corporations have even changed their names to disguise their American origins. Their loyalty is to the cash flow and their own shamefully high, undeserved cut of it.

 

Multinational corporations feel as if they are a power unto themselves, and most of their executives feel no loyalty to the country where their headquarters happen to be. At the newspaper where I used to work, we had visits from the CEOs of two major multinational corporations. I tell you the truth ? they arrived with a larger entourage and more security than the assistant attorney general of the United States, who drove himself and walked in unaccompanied, like an ordinary human being.

 

Several good Americans have tried to organize "Buy American" campaigns, but that is increasingly hard to do. I deliberately chose an American-brand computer, only to discover when I unpacked it that it had been made in China.

 

This is a problem created by the federal government, which at first sacrificed American jobs as part of its Cold War strategy and is now in the tight grip of multinational corporations. It can only be solved by a political revolution ? that is, by electing men and women who recognize that free trade and American jobs have become mutually exclusive. The only way to stop the export of American jobs is to tax the heck out of the practice. It's being done for economic reasons. Congress must apply an economic reason to stop it.

 

? 2003?by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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I have a Confederate flag bandana that was made in Pakistan "with American pride". As it says in small type on the bandana.

may your bandana catch fire...

 

not only china, look at all the IT jobs and EDUCATED labor now being accessed overseas? It is not just manufacturing jobs, it is everything.

 

End NAFTA and free trade.

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With all due respect. American jobs are not being lost because stuff is made in China. Whoever is losing his or her job is due to the economic recession which is due every so often. Things will pick up again, as this the most industrially advanced and economically strong nation. When the % of unemployment goes down I bet you a million dollars that we will import more stuff from China than before...

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With all due respect. American jobs are not being lost because stuff is made in China. Whoever is losing his or her job is due to the economic recession which is due every so often. Things will pick up again, as this the most industrially advanced and economically strong nation. When the % of unemployment goes down I bet you a million dollars that we will import more stuff from China than before...

Not exactly. We are facing a long term trade deficit which has nothing to do with unemployment at this moment but probably has something to dow ith the declining worth of the dollar.

 

Free trade helps China, Europe, and Russia. All our long term military enemies. We have to stop the madness.

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hell lets just go back to the closed door policy.

Nooooooo. That would mean we would have to pay more for things that should cost less and that other countries can make better and cheaper.

 

I agree that the trade deficit is enormous, but I do not think that closing our doors to imports is the solution. How about lazy ass business men just create newer and better products to compete in the international market... Why the lazyness?

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Nooooooo. That would mean we would have to pay more for things that should cost less and that other countries can make better and cheaper.

IMHO, that's a very "materialistic statement."

 

 

Lets look at it in a "realistic way."

 

 

- The minimum in this country is currently $5.15, that means the no one can be paid less than $5.15 an hour.

 

- The average Chinese (over-exploited) worker makes $.10 - $.40 an hour with no benefits.

 

- The more American jobs lost in NAFTA and Free Trade the poorer the mid-class gets... making the rich, richer and the poor.... poorer...

 

 

 

So in the end, I prefer to pay $2 for something that was $.99 knowing that I'll always be employed instead of $.99 being un-employed...

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Nooooooo. That would mean we would have to pay more for things that should cost less and that other countries can make better and cheaper.

IMHO, that's a very "materialistic statement."

 

 

Lets look at it in a "realistic way."

 

 

- The minimum in this country is currently $5.15, that means the no one can be paid less than $5.15 an hour.

 

- The average Chinese (over-exploited) worker makes $.10 - $.40 an hour with no benefits.

 

- The more American jobs lost in NAFTA and Free Trade the poorer the mid-class gets... making the rich, richer and the poor.... poorer...

 

 

 

So in the end, I prefer to pay $2 for something that was $.99 knowing that I'll always be employed instead of $.99 being un-employed... Durable... You cannot compare the Chinese society with the American society. They get paid that little because they are a communist country to start with and second... They use all their resources in research and technology... That is why they are advancing at an accelerated pace.

 

Why would you ask the average American to pay more for products that are made cheaper somewhere else?

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Because the average American will lose there jobs to people who make the same product cheaper (exploited)...

 

No benefit to the average American worker...

You are wrong... Jobs are not lost because of imports. Jobs are lost because American companies are not doing their part to compete in the international market.

 

Anyway, I really do not understand how Americans complain so much about their economy, when this is the richest nation in the world and the standard of living here is 1000 times superior to many other countries together...

 

You think that there is unemployment in America? Try living in Latin America... Then we talk.

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You are wrong... Jobs are not lost because of imports. Jobs are lost because American companies are not doing their part to compete in the international market.

Jobs are lost cause American companies are moving mostly everything over-seas... and what they can't move over-seas are being replaced with workers from other countries to pay them less.

 

 

You think that there is unemployment in America? Try living in Latin America... Then we talk.

IMHO, in 100 years... America will be similar to Latin America if this trend continues...

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hell lets just go back to the closed door policy.

Nooooooo. That would mean we would have to pay more for things that should cost less and that other countries can make better and cheaper.

 

I agree that the trade deficit is enormous, but I do not think that closing our doors to imports is the solution. How about lazy ass business men just create newer and better products to compete in the international market... Why the lazyness? do not close the doors...just tariff the hell out of it. it worked in the 1880s...we ran a huge surplus! We gave civil war veterans pensions with the tariff.

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Why would you ask the average American to pay more for products that are made cheaper somewhere else?

Because the average American will lose there jobs to people who make the same product cheaper (exploited)...

 

No benefit to the average American worker... I agree with you 100%.

 

Exploiting other countries is not the way to go...we perpertuate their poorness, lead to our own, and make multi-national rich men even richer...no one wins but them.

 

Look at Uruguay after the revolution days in the 1800s...their economy actually was better off because they closed themselves off from cheaper british textiles and such.

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