Free Trade Is A Misnomer; So-Called Protectionism Is A Matter of Self Survival


Back in 2005, I wrote an extensive series of articles on Wal-Mart and how one corporate giant was outsourcing anything and everything that American industry wouldn’t provide to them for resale at the prices they demanded. I opined that their actions were in essence “a national security risk” as we outsourced our light and heavy industry to other countries  – especially to countries that were not necessarily “friends” of the United States. In fact, I wrote about the dangers of outsourcing before “ WakeUpWalMart.com” even came into existence. I insisted that “the best price wasn’t always the best deal,” especially as to how it would eventually impact our own economy – and even more importantly, the impact on our national security. The article was titled “Wal-Mart – And the Destruction of our Economy.”

The above article wasn’t the first I had written on the subject, however the title alone demonstrates that as far back as 2005, I was attempting to warn people that our economy was on a path of destruction. Since then, I have watched in horror as our economy has constantly been undermined by corporate greed and the very basis for America’s Middle-class’s existence has been outsourced to other nations in the name of “Free-Trade”, which is a misnomer; so-called “free trade” has been one of the underlying factors that is/has destroyed America’s Middle-class.


I am not an economist; in fact, I’m only an average American that because of a disability – had a lot of time on my hands to conduct hundreds of hours  of research on issues that I was attempting to understand. That said, it’s more than obvious that professional economists had to know what was happening, and even though I was often branded a “protectionist” and often ridiculed for my opinions – even to the point that I was called a “Conspiracy Theorist.” The point is this: if a lay person could see this coming, and no one attempted to intervene in positions of power, then, IMO, it was a “conspiracy” to undermine the economy of the United States.

“Protectionism”, as those who label anything that attempts to keep our economy robust and sound is quite the opposite. Opting to outsource our light and heavy manufacturing, from the very beginning was destined to destroy our economy and turn us into a “service-based” economy”, which we now know has destroyed the “American Dream” for millions of our citizens and has effectively destroyed our Middle-class. As people apply the term protectionism as it pertains to outsourcing and the destruction of our Middle-class was and has been a “conspiracy” to transfer the wealth of the nation to the elites and “corapacy” that now appear to rule our nation; the impact of this globalization is now threatening the very existence of our entire social structure – and the outsourcing still continues unabated…

Protectionism is a mater of self-survival if we ever intend to regain any semblance of the “American Dream.” It’s vital that Americans understand that in order to pull ourselves out of a collapsing economy, it is imperative that we bring back our light and heavy manufacturing, make “buying American” a matter of patriotism, and throw-off the belief that protecting well-paid American jobs is not protectionism, but a matter of survival to each and every U.S. citizen whom are now losing their jobs by the millions each year.

Further, in my opinion, “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce” is not in any way interested in protecting the American people, but is in fact an extremely powerful lobby that represents the “Corapacy” – not the American people!

“Buy American” and Stimulus

by Chris Braddock

As reported, the U.S. Chamber opposes the inclusion of “Buy American” provisions in the stimulus bill.  The reason is simple: Since 95% of the world’s consumers  live outside the United States, American workers would be the first to suffer as “Buy American” provisions trigger retaliation by other countries (that is, “Buy German,” “Buy Chinese,” and so on).

We certainly aren’t against companies and governments “Buying American,” but we are against the government arbitrarily mandating such a requirement, because it would harm our economy in numerous ways. We’ve seen this movie before. In 1930, when Congress approved the Smoot-Hawley tariffs, other countries responded by closing their markets. The upshot was a collapse in U.S. trade that turned a sharp recession into the Great Depression. The Chamber is absolutely committed to avoiding a replay of that disaster. LINK

What you have read above is pure bulls#it! I’m posting one comment to the above that sums-up my thoughts and those of so many other people whose eyes are finally opening:

I cannot understand why u call yourself the US commerce dept. when u could not care less about the United States of America. What is so wrong with buy American products???Chinese products are killing us with their lead and other contaminates but I suppose that is ok in your eyes. You are an organization that should be moved outside the borders of the USA, you don’t care about Americans and their struggle to exist. You are all sick and definitely unpatriotic and if BHO goes along, he is too. joe

By Virg Bernero(CNN) — While America reels from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, it is time that we take a deeper look at the root causes of our current predicament.

The cold, hard truth is that the unholy alliance between Washington and Wall Street has sold out the American worker and exported our standard of living.

Driven by the insatiable greed of Wall Street profiteers and accelerated by the false promise of free trade, our manufacturing base has been chased out of this country and along with it the livelihood of millions of hard-working Americans.

It’s fashionable these days among the politicians, pundits and so-called experts to claim that free trade is actually good for us. They say it enables us to buy cheaper goods made with cheap foreign labor and this, in turn, raises our standard of living.

With all due respect, the free traders need to ask themselves a more fundamental question: how will Americans buy those goods when they don’t even have a paycheck that covers their mortgage, much less the college tuition for their children? MUCH MORE

In summation, if you believe that Microsoft lobbying to increase HB-1 Visas to import more foreign workers to replace American held jobs is helpful to the American economy, or IBM suggesting that Americans migrate to India so they can increase their bottom lines is “patriotic”, then I suggest that it’s you whom are un-American! We “the people” need to “lobby” our own Congress to support American workers and work to bring back our light and heavy manufacturing, and anything else is contrary to repairing our economy and restoring America’s Middle-Class. Those who believe that “The best price is always the best deal” have to understand that it is that philosophy which has helped to destroy our economy – and if “Change is coming” to the United States, part of that change has to be supporting American workers, not the interests of the “corapacy” who have successfully robbed and raped the very essence of what made our country the economic powerhouse that has since been reduced to a smoldering shell of what used to be a strong and patriotic United States.

William Cormier



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  • http://TheCentrerForBalance.org Kent Welton

    We don't have free trade, we have forced trade with the greater slave.
    To have free trade you have to be able not to trade and/or to adjust tariffs to your interests, otherwise you have no freedom.
    Free trade is wiping out the 20th century gains for the middle classes.
    We dont elect our trade representative and three guys in Belgium decide, in secret, what we can do.
    This is utter fascism.

    Kent Welton
    OligarchyUSA.com

    see my opednews.com articles on protectionism

  • http://TheCentrerForBalance.org/ Kent Welton

    We don't have free trade, we have forced trade with the greater slave.
    To have free trade you have to be able not to trade and/or to adjust tariffs to your interests, otherwise you have no freedom.
    Free trade is wiping out the 20th century gains for the middle classes.
    We dont elect our trade representative and three guys in Belgium decide, in secret, what we can do.
    This is utter fascism.

    Kent Welton
    OligarchyUSA.com

    see my opednews.com articles on protectionism

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  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/mgurney mgurney

    Consequently outsourcing has created a global wage arbitrage of wage disparities from 10 to 1, 20 -1, and 30 -1or more. U.S. workers are now unable to compete. This means one of two things; either the wages in the U.S will fall (which it is) along with the cost of living falling; or wages and the cost of living rising around the globe. It appears to be more of the former the less of the latter. Outsourcing will remain a fact of life for every American worker and for workers around the world now as long as the wage and benefits disparity exists and multi-national corporations can earn huge profits in the process. We are already seeing firms moving productions from one area now to another after having outsourced from the U.S. Dell for example recently announced the transfer of jobs from an Ireland facility to Poland due to cheaper labor there. No worker regardless of location is immune if their job today can be done cheaper by some else tomorrow in another part of the world.

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/mgurney mgurney

    Consequently outsourcing has created a global wage arbitrage of wage disparities from 10 to 1, 20 -1, and 30 -1or more. U.S. workers are now unable to compete. This means one of two things; either the wages in the U.S will fall (which it is) along with the cost of living falling; or wages and the cost of living rising around the globe. It appears to be more of the former the less of the latter. Outsourcing will remain a fact of life for every American worker and for workers around the world now as long as the wage and benefits disparity exists and multi-national corporations can earn huge profits in the process. We are already seeing firms moving productions from one area now to another after having outsourced from the U.S. Dell for example recently announced the transfer of jobs from an Ireland facility to Poland due to cheaper labor there. No worker regardless of location is immune if their job today can be done cheaper by some else tomorrow in another part of the world.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mgurney mgurney

    You raise a valid point and it is true that American consumers like most consumers’ prefer to get products in general cheaper if possible. There are multiple sides to every issue and outsourcing is no exception. The original impetus for American companies to outsource, especially with electronics and autos, was driven in part when Japanese imports hit our shores in the 1960’s and many American companies found they could not compete due to higher labor cost plus higher infrastructure cost here in the U.S. Our higher cost of labor was driven in part because of a higher cost of living as compared to other parts of the world, especially third world economies. Some of these companies were in a fight for survival.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mgurney mgurney

    You raise a valid point and it is true that American consumers like most consumers’ prefer to get products in general cheaper if possible. There are multiple sides to every issue and outsourcing is no exception. The original impetus for American companies to outsource, especially with electronics and autos, was driven in part when Japanese imports hit our shores in the 1960’s and many American companies found they could not compete due to higher labor cost plus higher infrastructure cost here in the U.S. Our higher cost of labor was driven in part because of a higher cost of living as compared to other parts of the world, especially third world economies. Some of these companies were in a fight for survival.

  • Lou

    "Yes, they are products owned by American corporations, but nonetheless, their manufacturing has been outsourced to the detriment of the American workforce"

    The United Auto Workers get paid $78.00 an hour. Americans don't want to pay those inflated labor costs when they buy cars.

    Walmart AT&T and BofA are not monopolies. They each have plenty of competition

  • Lou

    "Yes, they are products owned by American corporations, but nonetheless, their manufacturing has been outsourced to the detriment of the American workforce"

    The United Auto Workers get paid $78.00 an hour. Americans don't want to pay those inflated labor costs when they buy cars.

    Walmart AT&T and BofA are not monopolies. They each have plenty of competition

  • http://www.KeepAmericaAtWork.com Virgil Bierschwale

    Great article.
    Check out http://keepamericaatwork.com/?p=1080 and you will find some ammunition for your battle, because that is exactly what it is.
    Better yet, go to http://www.KeepAmericaAtWork.com and download the free report and you will find that we did away with over 1,200,000 jobs paying 96,000 and replaced them with jobs paying 34,000

    What a load of crap these people are selling to Americans.
    I would give anything to have a full page ad in the Wall street journal, the USA today and any other major papers with the words in this article http://keepamericaatwork.com/?p=1080

    Regards,

    Virgil
    http://www.KeepAmericaAtWork.com

  • http://www.KeepAmericaAtWork.com/ Virgil Bierschwale

    Great article.
    Check out http://keepamericaatwork.com/?p=1080 and you will find some ammunition for your battle, because that is exactly what it is.
    Better yet, go to http://www.KeepAmericaAtWork.com and download the free report and you will find that we did away with over 1,200,000 jobs paying 96,000 and replaced them with jobs paying 34,000

    What a load of crap these people are selling to Americans.
    I would give anything to have a full page ad in the Wall street journal, the USA today and any other major papers with the words in this article http://keepamericaatwork.com/?p=1080

    Regards,

    Virgil
    http://www.KeepAmericaAtWork.com

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/mgurney mgurney

    additional comments linked with the above:

    The lobbyist on behalf of American manufacturers very likely do not want provisions demanding buying American made products because it will directly impact these companies sales. Plus it is nearly impossible – it might be easier to find a needle in a hay stack – then find products actually made in America now days. Even our Christmas decorations and little Santa Claus’s are made in China.

    For American multi-national corporations it has never been about country first and never will unless it benefits their bottom line. They don't perceive the global marketplace and labor force in terms of borders or along political party lines. Their business models and strategies are based on a global economy and have been for years. Multi-national corporations have adapted to a new paradigm, in fact they created the paradigm.

    <a href=”http://keepamericaatwork.com/_” target=”_blank”>http://keepamericaatwork.com/_

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/mgurney mgurney

    additional comments linked with the above:

    The lobbyist on behalf of American manufacturers very likely do not want provisions demanding buying American made products because it will directly impact these companies sales. Plus it is nearly impossible – it might be easier to find a needle in a hay stack – then find products actually made in America now days. Even our Christmas decorations and little Santa Claus’s are made in China.

    For American multi-national corporations it has never been about country first and never will unless it benefits their bottom line. They don't perceive the global marketplace and labor force in terms of borders or along political party lines. Their business models and strategies are based on a global economy and have been for years. Multi-national corporations have adapted to a new paradigm, in fact they created the paradigm.

    <a href=”http://keepamericaatwork.com/_” target=”_blank”>http://keepamericaatwork.com/_

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/wjcormier wjcormier

    Mgurney;

    As articulate as you are, please send me an email to wjcormier@windstream.net with a password you would like to use and I'll grant you writing privileges on this site. I'll admit that I don't care for handles, and as Rob at Op-Ed News told me when I was writing under Justanothercoverup instead of my real name – to be taken seriously, it's best that an author use his real name. The Feds know who all of us are, no matter what "handle" we write under in this age of constant surveillance, however I'll leave that choice to you. I would suggest that you choose something other than "Mgurney" as the authors name, as this Blog is read, on a good month, in over 380 different countries worldwide. Further, the only time profanity is allowed is when we are quoting a public official, or in the alternative, when I'm using an excerpt from an article that merits being quoted from – and even then, I often edit the profanity with asterisks placed in strategic places so the reader understand the intention of the author.

    No, I am far from being a prude, and I'm not a born-again Christian, but I do try to reach a wide audience, some of whom immediately go somewhere else if they encounter profanity. I believe that there are times when the message I'm attempting to disseminate reaches more people by keeping profanity off of the site.

    BTW, Sam Walton was a true American patriot – and Wal-Mart changed their policy after he passed-away. Wal-Mart grew to the enormous size they were because of his buy-American policy, among other things, all of which changed when his greedy family took over the operation. I have to run to the store and will return in a while.

    Best Regards,

    William Cormier

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/wjcormier wjcormier

    Mgurney;

    As articulate as you are, please send me an email to wjcormier@windstream.net with a password you would like to use and I'll grant you writing privileges on this site. I'll admit that I don't care for handles, and as Rob at Op-Ed News told me when I was writing under Justanothercoverup instead of my real name – to be taken seriously, it's best that an author use his real name. The Feds know who all of us are, no matter what "handle" we write under in this age of constant surveillance, however I'll leave that choice to you. I would suggest that you choose something other than "Mgurney" as the authors name, as this Blog is read, on a good month, in over 380 different countries worldwide. Further, the only time profanity is allowed is when we are quoting a public official, or in the alternative, when I'm using an excerpt from an article that merits being quoted from – and even then, I often edit the profanity with asterisks placed in strategic places so the reader understand the intention of the author.

    No, I am far from being a prude, and I'm not a born-again Christian, but I do try to reach a wide audience, some of whom immediately go somewhere else if they encounter profanity. I believe that there are times when the message I'm attempting to disseminate reaches more people by keeping profanity off of the site.

    BTW, Sam Walton was a true American patriot – and Wal-Mart changed their policy after he passed-away. Wal-Mart grew to the enormous size they were because of his buy-American policy, among other things, all of which changed when his greedy family took over the operation. I have to run to the store and will return in a while.

    Best Regards,

    William Cormier

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mgurney mgurney

    wjcormier:
    No argument with you on any of the points you have made. Please bear in mind I was not justifying American companies or U.S policy makers actions but pointing out the reality of globalization, which whether we like it or not, is here to stay. My point is that what we often refer to as “Chinese made” products is largely a misnomer. I wasn’t aware Wal-mart was the catalyst for outsourcing? I recall when they first were founded in 1962 or so they use to banner American Made and I’m not sure at what point that changed. Numerous companies, especially electronics companies, began outsourcing all about the same time in the late 1970’s and heavily in the 1980’ through the 1990's.

    I’d like to send you a couple of articles I've written for consideration for publishing on justanothercoverup…how do I send them to you?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mgurney mgurney

    wjcormier:
    No argument with you on any of the points you have made. Please bear in mind I was not justifying American companies or U.S policy makers actions but pointing out the reality of globalization, which whether we like it or not, is here to stay. My point is that what we often refer to as “Chinese made” products is largely a misnomer. I wasn’t aware Wal-mart was the catalyst for outsourcing? I recall when they first were founded in 1962 or so they use to banner American Made and I’m not sure at what point that changed. Numerous companies, especially electronics companies, began outsourcing all about the same time in the late 1970’s and heavily in the 1980’ through the 1990's.

    I’d like to send you a couple of articles I've written for consideration for publishing on justanothercoverup…how do I send them to you?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/wjcormier wjcormier

    Mgurney;

    There's no arguing with what you posted. This "globalization" is designed to transfer wealth to the elites and major corporations – who obviously have the morals of a serial killer. I do take exception that it was Wal-Mart that led this charge, and many US companies had to follow suit to remain competitive. Wal-Mart now exists on the misery of others and based on our anti-trust laws, is an illegal monopoly, as is AT&T, among other corporations such as Bank of America.

    Yes, they are products owned by American corporations, but nonetheless, their manufacturing has been outsourced to the detriment of the American workforce. Corporate greed is at an all-time high, and Corporate America has forsaken their own country in the name of profit and greed. I believe, especially since it is causing our own economy to crash, that it is treason, plain and simple. They know they are choking America to death, and in my book, that is criminally wrong and again, is high-treason of the worst kind. They are bankrupting the United States, they know it, so what else can anyone possibly label it as???

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/wjcormier wjcormier

    Mgurney;

    There's no arguing with what you posted. This "globalization" is designed to transfer wealth to the elites and major corporations – who obviously have the morals of a serial killer. I do take exception that it was Wal-Mart that led this charge, and many US companies had to follow suit to remain competitive. Wal-Mart now exists on the misery of others and based on our anti-trust laws, is an illegal monopoly, as is AT&T, among other corporations such as Bank of America.

    Yes, they are products owned by American corporations, but nonetheless, their manufacturing has been outsourced to the detriment of the American workforce. Corporate greed is at an all-time high, and Corporate America has forsaken their own country in the name of profit and greed. I believe, especially since it is causing our own economy to crash, that it is treason, plain and simple. They know they are choking America to death, and in my book, that is criminally wrong and again, is high-treason of the worst kind. They are bankrupting the United States, they know it, so what else can anyone possibly label it as???

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mgurney mgurney

    A major factor for the inclusion of “Buy American” provisions in the stimulus bill is quite simply because well over 70 percent and perhaps far more of these “Chinese made” products are actually American products that American manufacturers outsourced to China or elsewhere. To date I have been unable to find data that actually states what percent of American Branded products are made overseas and shipped back to the U.S. as “imports” but I suspect it is quite high.

    Go into any store; Target, Wal-mart, Home Depot – and do your own survey…LOOK not only where a product is made, but also WHOSE product it is…you will find that MOST are American Branded products; Apple I-pods, I-phones, computers – assembled in China; Weber BBQ’s – made in China, Smith Hawkins, – made in China; Fruit of the Loom underwear and clothing in general – made in China or elsewhere; Dell, HP, Intel, American branded electronics in general – made in China…these are not Chinese Branded products but American Brand products made by foreigners.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mgurney mgurney

    A major factor for the inclusion of “Buy American” provisions in the stimulus bill is quite simply because well over 70 percent and perhaps far more of these “Chinese made” products are actually American products that American manufacturers outsourced to China or elsewhere. To date I have been unable to find data that actually states what percent of American Branded products are made overseas and shipped back to the U.S. as “imports” but I suspect it is quite high.

    Go into any store; Target, Wal-mart, Home Depot – and do your own survey…LOOK not only where a product is made, but also WHOSE product it is…you will find that MOST are American Branded products; Apple I-pods, I-phones, computers – assembled in China; Weber BBQ’s – made in China, Smith Hawkins, – made in China; Fruit of the Loom underwear and clothing in general – made in China or elsewhere; Dell, HP, Intel, American branded electronics in general – made in China…these are not Chinese Branded products but American Brand products made by foreigners.

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