Death by China

I recently received the following email from a reader:


Dear Rourke, 

I would ask you to advise all your readers to watch “Death by China”, (it is on Netflix), well before the Christmas shopping season. You can also watch a preview on you tube. 

The US has lost 57,000 manufacturing plants to China, since Clinton signed away the US economy with the World Trade Organization agreement. Five and a half Million US manufacturing jobs, trillions of dollars of more trade deficit each year. Toxic paint on children’s toys, poison dog food and Baby formula allfrom this communist country all for Big Business GREED and No accountability for China’s unfair trade actions and currency manipulation. Every time we buy Chinese made good we are helping the Chinese build up their Military force at a greater pace than the US. 

China has 5 times the population than the US, the question I have, is their military also 5 times larger than ours?

We have not bought ANY food for ourselves or animals for years, looks like we will pay more for US made goods as we won’t be buying any thing made in China from now on. 

America had better wake up. 

Thanks 4 yer great web site.

I went and watched the documentary “Death by China” and although it did not tell me anything I was not aware of – it was an excellent reminder and wake-up call. Our manufacturing base is mostly non-existent. We are in trouble. High paying manufacturing jobs are being replaced with low pay service positions (with many only part time).

I am not sure that we will ever have elected representatives that will stand up to special interests and work to get this situation turned around. Time will tell.


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  1. i am Canadian. I try as hard as i can to buy North American. Period. gonna damn well get a shirt hat and a dang bumper sticker. ( wanted to get a bumper sticker for years now…) … keep the money on this GREAT CONTINENT! (except for a few exotic items and resoyrces… we should/ could be dang well self sufficient here).. AND have major $urplu$ ! debt society.. debt government…

  2. “Tariffs were originally set up to help protect American industries by Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, then leader of the new Republican Party, similarly implemented a 44 percent tariff to protect American industries and generate funds for the war and the construction of railroads. After World War II and during the Cold war, the U.S. government began lowering trade barriers and instituting what is known as “free trade.”
    America is now oppressed by the chains of “free trade” through treaties like the North American Free Trade Agreement, undemocratic and secretive trade regimes like the World Trade Organization and border tax inequities allowed by the WTO…”

    It is no wonder then that America is unable to compete in the global marketplace. The nation is consistently hamstrung by these unfair trade practices. If we are to one day reemerge as an economic superpower NAFTA must be renegotiated, the WTO must be disbanded. Otherwise, America will continue to be chained by the detrimental effects of “free trade,” descending deeper into economic turmoil.”

  3. Thom Hartmann, I couldn’t agree with you more. I remember my father debating with me about “free trade” He was a mechanical engineer, who worked mostly in the textile industry, I found out much too late how brilliant an engineer and thinker he truly was. His AIPE plant engineer of the year award should have clued me in.. at the time it didn’t. I stupidly argued that american ingenuity would save us…. it came to me much to late that it can’t compete against dollar a day wages and corporate greed. It was a con job the the get-go, and one I was all to happy to fall for.

  4. “Thom Hartmann, I couldn’t agree with you more.”

    Thom Hartmann is the #1 progressive radio talk show host in the US

    In a 2013 interview with Politico, Hartmann described his political philosophy as democratic socialism: “I’ve lived in Europe. I think that the countries that call themselves democratic socialist — Germany, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland — have the most functional political and economic system.

    So, somebody says, what’s your political philosophy? I’d say Democratic socialism. But boy, the crap you take when you say socialist. Because people don’t understand it. They think I’m talking about Soviet-style socialism, which I’m not.”

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