August 23, 2013 Leave a comment
I continue to run across articles promoting the “Buy American” campaign as a way to “bring back” our manufacturing jobs.
This is a response to such an article in http://www.tradereform.com. There are some good, smart people posting on this blog, and I believe they are well intentioned. Unfortunately, they know little to nothing about manufacturing and are naive about the “progressives'” willful destruction of U.S. manufacturing. In response to the latest “Buy American” piece, I wrote:
This is either pathetically naive or part of a sinister movement to destroy the U.S. middle class.
In Andrew O. Smith’s book, “Sand in the Gears,” he provides ample evidence that it was our government that drove manufacturing out of this country through the back doors they created with NAFTA and WTO.
The “progressives” in our media, in academia, and in our government, have always despised manufacturing because of its “unequal distribution of wealth” and because it disproved the Marxist prediction that the proletariat would “rise up and throw off their chains,” then put the “progressives” in charge.
Thanks to manufacturing, the proletariat became middle class. They bought houses and cars, took vacations to Disneyworld, and saved money to send the kids to college. That was the American Dream.
Unfortunately, the “progressives” are in charge anyway. They are determined to make a majority of the American people dependent on the government and thus, vote for the Democrats in perpetuity.
The current administration has NO INTEREST in saving or bringing back the manufacturing jobs, although they occasionally pay lip-service to it.
The “consumers” can no more bring back manufacturing than the “voters” can replace a Congress which has an approval rating in the teens. We have lost control of our government and our government is systematically destroying our economy.
The endless stream of silly little pieces like this one are only making matters worse. The “Buy American” campaign is a placebo. The “currency manipulation” arguments will amount to nothing. They are simply an excuse for our government to drag its feet. The 3-D printing phenomenon is a myth. The “automation and robotics” argument is coming from people who are clueless about manufacturing.
Our only hope is to elect a government that will implement Warren Buffett’s “Balanced Trade.” (Google it.) Everything else presented on this website is designed to confuse the folks and delay any meaningful act