I agree with Bill Bregar [“ 'Made in U.S.' label can be powerful tool,” Viewpoint, Oct. 15, Page 6]. We need economic patriotism.
The problem, I hate to say, is that our elected leaders don't agree with the need for economic patriotism. A legal term for trading partners, “most-favored nation,” was dispensed with largely to make it easier for lawmakers to free up trading with countries like China.
China is a country we should be particularly leery of. It is still far from being a democracy and still has a bad record on human rights, including turning a blind eye to forced abortions. It still hopes to force the people of Taiwan to come under its domination. Do we really value cheap goods over support for such a regime? Doesn't being an American mean more than enjoying cheap plastic imports?
China's military might grows, financed largely by American purchases of Chinese goods. Another concern is what might happen to the large dollar reserves it is accumulating. Will they be used as an economic weapon? Will they be dumped on the market, as some military strategists fear, in an attack on the American currency?
One more concern is how Chinese goods get here: by ship. How will the American people react if our country is hit by an attack where terrorists use ships rather than airplanes? Will citizens panic after such an attack? Will we demand the ports be closed until extreme measures are taken to screen arriving ships? What will this do to our economy?
Am I the only one left who believes a country is strong only if it can provide for itself?
Royse City, Texas