In a quintessential cover story in the American Conservative - Death of Manufacturing - Pat Buchanan exposes the fraud of Free Trade. This is a must read, especially for those Libertarians who cling to the abstract
notion that intellectual possibilities are viable and practical in the real world. Notwithstanding their fantasies, self interest
and national economic independence is the supreme basis for economic policy that benefits citizens. Those who strive to generate
profit upon unholy alliances are at best, befuddled accessories or worse case, greedy traitors.
As the saying goes the devil is in the details. The score card is the trade deficit. The burden is carried
by those who are unemployed. And the final casualty is the autonomy of the nations economy.
Is economic primacy important to you and your countrymen? A Free Trade Policy has regard only for the
business venture. National concerns and the best long term interests of the average American has no stature in a game of systematic
dismantling of the self sufficiency.
The Buchanan thesis rest upon the worth of maintaining America as a free society. It’s easy to be deluded
into thinking that freedom is enhanced with the vast array of consumer items offered for sale at your local discount outlet.
Nevertheless, cheap prices from foreign producers only feeds the trade shortfall. How backward does one need to be to avoid
the inevitable? When production leaves for off shore havens based upon a playing field that is rigged to serve only
the monopolists, how free can we remain as a people?
The conclusion from this essay is clear: “Free trade is a bright shining lie. Free trade is the Trojan
Horse of world government. Free trade is the murderer of manufacturing and the primrose path to the loss of national sovereignty
and the end of our independence.”
The NAFTA swindle is a transparent scam. Here is Pat’s summary, the only one you need to remember: “
NAFTA has helped to convert California into Mexifornia and the Golden State into a Third-World country. Ten years after its
passage, Mexico’s leading export continues to be Mexicans.”
In the end, the social cost from a conscious dissemblance of manufacturing within our own borders means the
loss of high scale livable wage jobs. Let’s be honest and admit the truth. Americans no longer have a work ethic of
previous generations nor does the average worker have the stomach to labor for subsistent level pay. However, that is only
a consequence of the larger issue. The political decisions to vacate domestic manufacturing from our own people is analogous
to running a closed shop that benefits only venture monopolists, international bankers, global money launders, stateless managers
and governmental hacks.
The flight out of California illustrates this civic price being paid, but this same syndrome also applies
to other former bastions of industry. According to the Census Bureau Report - State by State Migration Flows: 1995-2000 - California, New York and Illinois served as "a trio of gateway states that simultaneously lost migrants to other states while gaining migrants from abroad."
The surrender of manufacturing employment as a sacrifice to the Free Traders, has forced this mass exodus
of layed-off Americans - our own displaced persons. If you believe this is an intrinsic result, inevitable and unalterable;
your confidence in political elites and their distortion of economic self-interest must mean you only buy Chinese. National
suicide is not natural. But for the Free Trader mesmerized by visions of bountiful prosperity, produced under the illusion
of backwater cheap labor, just what happens when the cash runs out because jobs left for overseas?
The big picture is confirmed by Pat Choate and cited by Mr Buchanan in his flagship magazine: “In the
1970s, [the United States]mounted a decades-long deficit of $75 billion. . . . In the 1980s, the deficit soared to $843 billion
as Japan began to take away our industries. . . . In the 1990s, that trade deficit doubled to $1.7 trillion. . . . At this
pace, we’re probably going to have a $6 trillion cumulative deficit in this decade - and that’s probably an understated
number given the pace we are losing our manufacturing base.”
NAFTA is the conveyance upon which the outflow hits home in the most visible way. The virtual bankruptcy of
California has a fundamental linkage to the damage done by NAFTA. The best test of loyalty to real Americans is demonstrated
by one’s attitude about the Free Trade rip-off. Politicians need to follow the wisdom of the economic miracle that built
our country. SELF Interest in national economic independence and self sufficiency. If you want solutions, stop the outflow,
rebuild U.S. industry and create domestic jobs.
SARTRE - August 8, 2003