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  •  Protective tariffs make sense (2+ / 0-)
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    fake consultant, YucatanMan

    US manufacturing will never be restored until goods made by poorly paid foreign workers are hit with high protective tariffs. Instead, we have near-universal acceptance by politicians of  what they like to call free trade.

    The so-called "free trade agreements"  negotiated by both Democrats and Republicans over the past many decades serve two purposes: (1) Corporations can seek out countries with the lowest wages (2) Countries that might be hostile to US interests are convinced not to try  leftist policies hostile to corporate and military interests.

    The infusion of cash keeps China dependent on the US and thwarts any temptations toward radicalism of any sort. Same goes for Mexico, Viet Nam, El Salvador, Bangla Desh, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey where goods are manufactured for US and European consumers.

    Oil, and the cash it pumps into local oligarchies, is what keeps the middle east on our side. Places with no oil, like Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan and Yemen, are less likely to be our friends. (US friendship with Egypt is bought with large cash infusions direct from the Pentagon)Those who have oil and reject US advances, like Iran and Saddam's Iraq, are depicted as enemies.

    If manufactured products and oil were heavily taxed, US manufacturing and alternative energy industries would thrive. And the countries where gross inequities are being masked by cash infusions from the US and Euro market might try manufacturing goods to meet the needs of their own people.

    If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks. -Frederick the Great

    by Valatius on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 09:34:38 AM PDT

    •  i'm going to add... (2+ / 0-)
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      Valatius, YucatanMan comment here: when workers around the world can organize, they are more able to earn a living wage, and, oddly enough, that's actually very good for american workers - but it's also why corporate interests would prefer that workers around the world are unable to organize for that living wage.

      "...this election has never been about me. it's about you."--barack obama

      by fake consultant on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 09:46:38 AM PDT

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