Manufacturing & Tariffs: Return of the True pre-1913 GOP

What can we do to launch a broad based industrial revival? Manufacturing arguably built the country and helped make the US technologically advanced, self-reliant and built our giant middle class and successful, productive companies. Is it just me, or does it seem that the growth of the trade deficit began to really take off around the same time everything took a turn for the worse? Will the Republican party turn back to a focus on industrial development, perhaps even championing tariffs on all of these imports? Can't we go back to the situation before 1913 when the US government was financed mostly by tariffs, instead of income taxes that punish work?

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commented 2014-06-09 12:33:50 -0400 · Flag
Indiana Patriot – Keep spreading the word however, whenever and where ever you can – Because regardless of what the Free-Traitors keep trying to sell us, we can see what’s real. The American People need to just trust their own instincts, common sense and what they’ve actually seen going on all around them versus the nonsense that the Free-Traitors are still trying to sell us.

It’s very important that we continue to become the unsilent majority until our messages of common sense are heard and our leaders actually start putting some sensible measures in place to stem the tide. Otherwise this is going to continue to have a devastating effect on the American People and the Real American Economy.
commented 2014-06-09 12:31:52 -0400 · Flag
All very good points! There are a few good politicians left, even a couple in Congress – they need to push an “industrial revival” agenda. Is there anything more important?
commented 2014-06-09 12:30:30 -0400 · Flag
Another factor was the Unions.
Unions here in the USA had their place at one time, but unfortunately the unions got almost as shortsighted and greedy as Wall Street. That whole shortsighted Wall Street mentality from the 1980’s to the present has really come back to bite us. But the corrupt unions and that old “that’s not my job” union attitude also played a roll in the out-sourcing / H-1B worker / illegal alien problems happening in the first place.
commented 2014-06-09 12:28:24 -0400 · Flag
Our economic problems didn’t happen overnight. It’s been happening over the past 25 years, but the American economy was kept going by middle class American consumers tapping into the equity on their homes to enable them to continue to buy the cheap outsourced products until they were completely tapped out, out of good jobs and or out of work.

On the US Department of Commerce’s US Census Bureau website there’s a graphic showing how our trade imbalance has gotten progressively worse over the entire period from 1989 to the present and how it’s really accelerated at an increasingly greater rate each year since 1999.

We can thank “our leaders” from both sides and the WTO for that.

See for yourself: http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c0004.html

www(dot)census(dot)gov(slash)foreign-trade(slash)balance(slash)c0004(dot)html

Check it out and figure it out for yourself.

If these “free trade” agreements were so good us, why did our trade deficit keep getting increasingly larger and larger during this span of time.

Increasingly way more money going out of our country every year versus coming in every year.

It’s Not Rocket Science.

Regardless of what the Free-Traitors keep trying to sell us, we can see what’s real. The American People need to just trust their own instincts, common sense and what they’ve seen actually going on all around them versus all of the nonsense that the Free-Traitors are still trying to sell us.

Foreign Lobbyists here in the US promote sending US jobs to countries like Communist China, India and Mexico where they work for slave wages, no benefits, no OSHA safety standards or no real environment regulations. It also doesn’t help us compete when these company’s factories are subsidized by China’s communist government. Just check out the current Chinese extreme pollution issues – We all live in the same world, but not every country plays by the same rules.

Trade with countries like Communist China, India and Mexico is pretty much a One-Way-Street.

Countries like Germany, Canada, Japan and other countries like them are more or less on a level playing field with us. But countries like China, India, Mexico and others like them are not even close. You don’t see China, India or Mexico with anything even close to our EPA, DEP, OSHA, etc…………….

Also most counterfeit goods are produced and manufactured in China, making it the counterfeit capital of the world. In fact, the counterfeiting industry accounts for 8% of China’s GDP.

The “Global Market Place” is not a level playing field! The whole idea of the tariffs is so we can pay our factory workers a decent wage and not be blown out by these other countries where they don’t play by the same rules.

The bottom line is that “Our Government” has to protect domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

We may have to pay a bit more for products made here in the USA by US citizens, but at least we’ll still have jobs and a future for our children.

The American People need Our Leaders to start remembering that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself.

They’re NOT Elected By or To Represent the Global Market Place, Lobbyist, Foreign citizens or Illegal Aliens.
commented 2014-06-09 12:27:04 -0400 · Flag
The reason Wall Street loves the trade deficit and deindustrialization is because when people get laid off and communities lose their tax base they turn to debt to survive…

Who manufactures debt? Wall Street. It’s time to say no more!

Wall Street has grown enormous even as the real makers (manufacturers) have been shrunk…
commented 2014-06-09 12:18:49 -0400 · Flag
Yes! Yes!

We need to get back to basics: making things here!
commented 2014-06-09 12:11:41 -0400 · Flag
We need to bring manufacturing back to the United States of America and both parties are ignoring tariffs as a way to level the playing field, raise money and bring jobs back home. Let’s guess why. Oh that’s right, tariff is a dirty word. Hum, maybe it’s that our so called leaders (political leaders) are beholden to the same people who are exporting our jobs.

I guess we should keep letting Corp Boards, Wall Street, CEOs and Foreign Lobbyists promote sending US jobs to countries where they work for slave wages, no benefits, no OSHA safety standards or no real environment regulations.

Foreign Lobbyists here in the US promote sending US jobs to countries like Communist China, India and Mexico where they work for slave wages, no benefits, no OSHA safety standards or no real environment regulations. It also doesn’t help us compete when many of these Chinese company’s factories are subsidized by China’s communist government. Just check out the current Chinese extreme pollution issues – We all live in the same world, but not every country plays by the same rules.

The so called “Global Market Place” is not a level playing field. Companies may have made higher profits by “outsourcing”, but they’ve been putting middle class Americans who are a good part of the world’s customer base out of work.

It has all happened way too fast – Our government leaders should have put measures in place to make it slower, so that it wouldn’t devastate our country, which has no chance when competing with other countries that don’t play by the same rules or have pay scales that are even remotely close.

That’s where our government leaders have to step up and put some sensible measures and incentives in place to keep jobs here in the USA or the real economy and infrastructure of the country we love will be destroyed along with the future of the American people.
  • Tariffs don’t work, if we don’t use them. We could have proportionally decreased and monitored them rather than just eliminating them altogether, which just allowed the floodgates to pop wide open.
  • Humm – Let me guess – Oh, here comes the Old Tariffs = Socialism / Trade war BS – * Sorry, they’re right removing them has worked out so well for the American People and the Real American Economy. *


The cold, hard truth is that the unholy alliance between Washington and Wall Street has sold out the American worker and exported our standard of living.

Driven by the insatiable greed of Wall Street profiteers and accelerated by the false promise of free trade, our manufacturing base has been chased out of this country and along with it the livelihood of millions of hard-working Americans.
  • It used to be fashionable among politicians, pundits and so-called experts to claim that free trade is actually good for us. They say it enables us to buy cheaper goods made with cheap foreign labor and this, in turn, raises our standard of living. (But, if most Americans lose their jobs or are reduced to jobs with much lower pay and little or no benefits, it really doesn’t make any sense.)
  • The free traitors need to ask themselves a more fundamental question: How will Americans buy those goods when they don’t even have a paycheck that covers their mortgage, much less the college tuition for their children, etc………………..?


Foreigners will be coming here and buying our houses after we all foreclose. They’ll also be taking over our government too, after it defaults from lack income tax revenue, due to businesses in the USA shutting down and or US jobs being outsourced and everyone being out of work.

We need to bring back Glass-Steagall and start standing up to the WTO.

If Ross Perot had been elected president in 1992, the American people and the American economy would have been much better off today!

Our leaders need to start remembering that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself. – They are NOT elected by or to represent the Global Market Place, Lobbyist, Foreign citizens or Illegal Aliens!

The bottom line is that “Our Government” has to protect domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

We need to add tariffs that are proportionate to the inequities in wages and regulations in the country where the goods were produced and or where we’re importing them from. We could then use the money raised by these tariffs to help companies build state of the art manufacturing plants here in the USA, which would create more jobs here at home for US citizens, which would then in turn increase our income tax revenue.

The people with all of the excuses as to why we can’t, shouldn’t or aren’t willing to manufacture products here in the US are the same people who have provided us with the very same shortsighted thinking that’s gotten us into this mess in the first place.

Over the past 15-20 years, I’ve seen too many of our customer’s close manufacturing plants here in the USA and move those plants to different countries, decimating entire areas here in OUR COUNTRY. And I’m not alone. Returning jobs to American Citizens will provide income tax revenue to OUR Government versus our government having to pay unemployment benefits to those who would be jobless instead.

Bringing manufacturing back to the US not only gives jobs to the US citizens who would be working in those manufacturing facilities, but to the people that would be working in the businesses that would spring up all around them. This should also include the safe harvesting, production and distribution of our own natural energy here in the USA, rather than paying for fuel from countries where they hate us. Let’s keep that money and those jobs here in the US.

And for those that will say that many jobs are being replaced by robotics and automation, you still need people to maintain and service the automated equipment, warehouse personnel, truck drivers to deliver the products, purchasing people to buy the materials, managers, office staff, etc.

Also, let’s manufacture the automated equipment and develop the software to be used for this automated manufacturing, etc. This not only gives jobs to the US citizens who would be working in those manufacturing facilities, but to the people that would be working in the businesses that would spring up all around them.

Many American jobs have been replaced by automation, but many more have been replaced by “out-sourcing”, H-1B workers and non-income-tax-paying illegal aliens here in the USA.

The ONLY REAL FIX for Our Country is to Raise Revenue by Bringing Back Businesses and Jobs to Tax-Paying American Citizens.

Returning private sector jobs to American Citizens will provide income tax revenue to OUR Government versus our government having to pay unemployment benefits to those who would be jobless instead. We need our elected officials to Start Protecting American Jobs and do whatever it takes to bring back the jobs they let go. We need leaders who will actually stand up for the American people.

The “Global Market Place” is not a level playing field! The whole idea of the tariffs is so we can pay our factory workers a decent wage and not be blown out by these other countries where they don’t play by the same rules.

The bottom line is that “Our Government” has to protect domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

We may have to pay a bit more for products made here in the USA by US citizens, but at least we’ll still have jobs and a future for our children.
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