The US can't afford Free Trade

Free trade equals exporting jobs.

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primary topic: Economy
secondary topics: Competitiveness

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What has free trade done for the US? It has allowed the most affluent to move manufacturing to places where they do not need to pay minimum wage rate for labor. Where an oversea worker may be satisfied with $5.00 a day for wages, the same work in the US will cost at least $58.00 at minimum wage, not even considering any paid breaks, holidays, sick leave, benefits, overtime or employer shares of unemployment, workers compensation or social security. The big businesses able to outsource labor make huge profit at the expense of the US workers. Even China has their "indigenous enterprise" laws which favor industries in China.

Here in the US instead we have dumped our protective tariffs which has moved away most of the US jobs. It is difficult to find merchandise that is made in the US just because it is cheaper to make things if you pay low wages for labor. Right now you cannot buy an American made TV for example. Any repair of what we have for a large percentage of our electronics depends on the continued good will of those countries where the parts and manufacturing facilities are located. Relying on the kindness of strangers is not a prudent strategy especially when examined from a national defense viewpoint. We should be keeping our supply lines as short as possible...made in the US is most secure.

Income tax was made legal by the 16th amendment in 1913, the same year that the Federal Reserve Act allowed a cartel of mostly foreign bankers to gain control of the US economy and to administer it without recourse to the federal government. Before that time the cost of the government was based on tariffs on goods. We should again rely on a tariff to shelter US jobs, to gain some revenue from companies that have moved much of their manufacturing facilities offshore, and to help us to become more self reliant. The outcome of free trade is becoming more apparent all the time. Wealth is being concentrated at the top while the middle and lower classes have less and less.

At this time government workers are better paid than the private sector workers. The job market is terrible, both for quantity of jobs and quality. The standard of living is declining. Costs are rising while income is falling. Free trade is killing America and it is high time to return the favor. We need to end free trade.

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