"Industry is increased, commodities are multiplied, agriculture and manufacturers flourish: and herein consists the true wealth and prosperity of a state." --Alexander Hamilton, Report on a National Bank, 1790
Can anyone remember when an American administration republican or democrat cared more for maintaining jobs or pride in America what the above quote says than it did for giving it away and building up some other nation?
Herein is a problem for some reason American governmental officials feel what? Embarrassed that America was the greatest, most innovative/inventive country in the world and destroyed it by giving it all away.
Try to import into Brazil it's very tough, and our goods are highly dutied, yet anything coming from Brazil comes in with little to no duty they have most favored nation status. Also if you do not sign your commercial invoice in blue they fine you $2500 US. This is just one example I see everyday of why we are going down the tubes. Last year it took 10 weeks to get permission of the Chinese government to send in a $1600 warranty replacement motor because they had to insure that a replacement made in China wouldn't work or that the EXACT motor wasn't made in China. You see China won't let you import machinery that they manufacture there. Yet tell them we're going to slap duties on their equipment and it's unfair trade and the cowards and traitors running the American government bow to them. Totally disgusting. We should put duty and VAT on all imports to the US that mirror the duty and VAT the country the imports are coming from put on US goods that make them more expensive than the home made goods.
It's time to protect America and the American worker and if other countries standards of living don't equal our that's their problem have their government figure it out. It's not the American Taxpayers job to feed and cloth the world.