America needs to be an island unto itself
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
U.S. has work ahead to remain at the top
I would like to congratulate Bill Bregar on a well-written article.
You are right about the types of articles we generally see these days. I just read an article yesterday on how to go about building injection molds in China. It was a punch list on how to effectively get your tooling manufactured at cost savings in China.
I grow weary reading all of these articles and the other ones just seem to talk about U.S. plant closings (the first article in the same Plastics News issue) or price increases on domestic products because of international raw material pressures. It's just plain disturbing!
I have to tell you, I have been to China several times. Part of my previous job was to transfer manufacturing operations to China, which is a big reason why I am in the job that I am in now. I haven't left the U.S. in four years and we're doing just fine.
More people need to hear the message that you wrote in your article. We need to get our act together here in this blessed country and take back what other countries are taking away from us: our economy. We're No. 1 right now for a reason. But if we don't get back to what we did best, and stop buying from everyone else, then we won't be No. 1 for long.
Jason E. Huckabee