We’ve painted ourselves into a globalism corner

May 19, 2011

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UNFORTUNATELY, MUCH of the American media and politicians who wrote poor trade deals have beaten the drum of globalism, and chanted that free trade is good because of cheap imported goods. The past two decades have encouraged manufacturers to do what was best for their own bottom line to compete with slave wages: outsource.

So the headline of your May 16 editorial, “It’s great to buy American, but let soldiers pick their sneakers,’’ underscores the conundrum we are in. As you state, “The vast majority of footwear sold in the United States — 98 percent, according to congressional findings in 2007 — is imported from overseas.’’

The more we import, the fewer choices Americans will have as their wages decline or are lost completely.

So, which is it? Is it great to buy American to keep what manufacturing we have left to supply our own military and employ Americans whose taxes help support the US military and national infrastructure? Or is it great to give away more of the farm to overseas nations that cheat America and to lobbyists and profiteers who assist them?

Barbara Toncheff
Chagrin Falls, Ohio