America has paid the lion’s share of just about everything required to rebuild the rest of the allies after WWII. The Marshall plan, the UN , NATO are just three of the hundreds of ways the American people have helped humanity on earth. The Obama policies darn near ruined us and if Hillary had been elected she would have finished us for good.
Luckily Trump won with an America First policy and an attitude that we shouldn’t be involved in nation building or wars that have nothing to do with us, except when it comes to our national security. As he said, he’s America’s president and not president of the world.
He believes in free trade with zero tariffs and uses tariffs as a bargaining chip during negotiations. One on one trade deals with any country we trade with is far superior than the multi national trade deals the globalist mentality was trying to force on us. One size fits all doesn’t work well in trade deals and the richest country will end up paying more.
Yet because he has the gall to actually negotiate a trade deal, trying to do what’s best for America, the media accuse him of being anti free trade or an isolationist. That same media has no idea how to negotiate their way out of a paper bag and yet they feel they can critique the greatest deal maker ever.
He doesn’t believe in globalism or a global economy, he believes every country should do what’s best for their own country. We have carried the water for NATO for far too long and each member country should pay their fair share. Unlike other American presidents who gave it lip service Trump is making them do it. The liberal media says he offends our allies and all he really is doing is defending the American tax payer.
The following three paragraphs are from an article published in the American Prospect back in 2009 titled “The Plight of American Manufacturing” by Richard McCormack, December 21, 2009:
“Between 2001 and 2009, the U.S. has lost 42,400 factories* — and its technical edge.”
“Winwood Reade’s 1872 volume The Martyrdom of Man, in which he chronicled the economy of ancient Rome: “By day the Ostia road was crowded with carts and muleteers, carrying to the great city the silks and spices of the East, the marble of Asia Minor, the timber of the Atlas, the grain of Africa and Egypt; and the carts brought nothing out but loads of dung. That was their return cargo.”
“Today, America’s biggest export via ocean container is waste paper — our version of dung. The largest U.S. exporter via ocean container in 2007 was not even an American company, but Chinese: American Chung Nam, which exported 211,300 containers of waste paper to its Chinese sister company, Nine Dragons Paper. By comparison, Wal-Mart imported 720,000 containers of sophisticated manufactured products from overseas factories into the United States, followed by Target (435,000 containers), Home Depot (365,300 containers), and Sears, which owns K-Mart (248,600 containers). Our own Ostia Road.”
In 1987 I visited South Korea and one of the towns I visited was Kumi. I was given tours of a very large Samsung Plant and a company that manufactured television tubes. You know the big tubes we used to have for TV sets before the flat screens came. It was there I learned only two companies in the world, the one in Kumi and one in Germany, manufactured TV tubes. I asked if they were sure we didn’t in the U.S.A., I was sure we did, but we didn’t. Not anymore and that was in 1987.
It was very hard for me to understand how the largest consumer of television sets in the world wasn’t manufacturing TV tubes anymore. Today we don’t manufacture any flat screen TV’s either.
From the same article:
“Without a printed circuit board (PCB) industry, for instance, a country cannot expect to have an industrial foundation for high-tech innovation. But the domestic PCB industry shrunk from $11 billion in 2000 to $4 billion in 2008, a period during which the industry was growing globally. U.S. PCB manufacturers accounted for only 8 percent of global production in 2008, down from 26 percent in 2000. China’s share of the global PCB market in 2008 was 31.4 percent or $16 billion, four times larger than the U.S. industry. Asia now controls 84 percent of the global production of printed circuit boards, which are used in tens of thousands of different products.
Today, the U.S. PCB industry is in free fall. For the first nine months of the year, U.S. shipments were down by 25.5 percent over the same period in 2008. “The industry has been crippled beyond repair,” says Doug Bartlett, chairman of Bartlett Manufacturing, the oldest PCB company in the United States until it went out of business in June 2009.”
As far back as 1987 It seemed all manufacturing was leaving the USA. I immediately thought that the president should issue an executive order, ordering all federal government branches under him to only buy “Made in America.” Not assembled in America, but built from the bottom up. (That was in 1987)
That one order would restart manufacturing in America and president Trump has come close to doing it with his buy American attitude.
In 2010, four other businessmen and were invited to a discussion with Newt Gingrich. He was attending a larger event in our city, but wanted to talk to some local businessmen about the economy etc. It was just after the Air Force KCX Tanker contract had been awarded to Air Bus in France. I told Gingrich we should have a policy that would never allow any part of our government to buy anything from a foreign country, especially defense. He gave me a song and dance about us living in a global economy and I exploded.
Yes our foreign policy has changed and I think it has changed for the better. Better for America and better for our allies and trade partners. Everyone should pay their fair share, every country should look out for its best interest and get the best deal possible and we should all stay out of the internal affairs of other sovereign nations.
With the surge in populism in Europe hopefully the EU will end or at least lose the strangle hold it has on member nations. It all ties in with our trade policy.