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Putting America First: The Key to Survival
President Donald Trump’s policies have been correct on almost every front. Putting America first in trade policies and bringing manufacturing back to our shores is critical for sustaining the economy and jobs for our citizens. The effects of the Coronavirus’ impact will do more to prove Trump right than any other single issue.
Coronavirus Impacting Trade
Our pharmaceutical corporations refused to kept manufacturing, or at least a major portion of it, within our borders. As a result, the nation is facing a potential of shortage of antibiotics, aspirin, blood pressure medication, and many other common prescription drugs. Apple is currently worried about stocks falling and the availability of supplies and weakened production lines. They and other businesses would have strengthened our jobs economy by keeping production of critical components for their computers and phones within the US. Instead, they shipped manufacturing and production overseas to find lower labor costs and regulations.
According to CNBC, the Coronavirus is already impacting trade. Economies dependent upon Chinese production will face shortages of critical supplies. The Chinese government, already facing protests in Hong Kong, could see increased distrust of a government. They even jailed the doctor who tried to warn the government and public of the danger. Certainly, a distrust of China is not a new phenomenon. The Chinese and their government have stolen countless trade secrets while infiltrating the Pentagon, corporations, and universities.
The big corporations wanted to increase earnings by enlarging production overseas. Had they considered strengthening the home economy and workers by growing manufacturing on the home front in spite of slower gains to be made, they would not be facing a loss of properties, workers, and production resulting from the Coronavirus outbreak. Although over regulated in many areas, businesses in the states are sustained by oversight and regulations that protect workers, the economy, and the well being of all stakeholders.
Addicted to China!
Let’s not forget the backlash by the NBA and LeBron James who kowtow to China because they don’t want to lose the financial benefits. The solvency of CalPERS, California’s Pension fund, is also connected to China’s success because of their Chinese investments. Said investments include in China’s military and “blacklisted” companies. It should be noted before becoming CalPERS’ Chief Investment Officer, Yu Ben Meng, worked for the Chinese government!
The Department of Justice website noted they had arrested Dr. Charles Lieber, the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. He is charged with making a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement. The complaint also alleges “Lieber became a ‘Strategic Scientist’ at Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in China.” In fact, there are numerous universities working for China. According to the Wall Street Journal, China pays more than 100 professors at Texas A & M. Only five have reported being paid by China despite being required by law to do so.
Were the Preppers Right?
Perhaps the dire warnings of the soothsayers pressing for emergency preparation were not too far off base. One doesn’t need the advent of an all out nuclear war and the rise of of zombies to recognize the potential for a pandemic level of contagion spreading to every continent is very real. Protecting ourselves from immediate danger is vital to our survival. This is especially true in taking steps to prevent future dependency on a country that is, in reality, an enemy.
It’s time for corporations, local governments, and universities to reevaluate their chains of greed which are binding them to China. They may lose money in the interim, but lives and the wellbeing of citizens could be preserved for the future.