Why is it that the economic tragedies I’ve seen in my lifetime have been on GOP (it stands for “Grand Old Party” aka Republicans) watch? Why is it they do business with and borrow money from the largest Communist country in the world but call themselves patriotic? I must be missing something.
In the 1970s, Richard Nixon, a Republican (1969-1974), starts trade with China. U.S. corporations send their manufacturing jobs to China where they put millions of Chinese to work. This new policy puts many Americans out of work but allows them to purchase goods made in China for much less than those made in America. U.S. corporations see the growth of profit margins because manufacturing in China cuts their operating costs.
In the 80s, Republican Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) does the same with even less reserve. His “conservative” economic policies caused huge budget deficits, quadrupling the United States national debt. 1983 was marked by high unemployment figures.
On December 17, 1992, George H.W. Bush signed into NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement). NAFTA put another nail in the coffin which brought on a decline in employment opportunities within manufacturing industries and increases in trade deficits.
Left without places to work, the unemployed, unskilled American laborers are left to fend for themselves and we see a rise in poverty, welfare enrollment, and crime. Drug dealing becomes a career of choice for many of the poor, and all of it affects the social landscape because what affects our neighbors, eventually affects us.
Finally, George “Dubya” Bush gets re-elected to a second term even though he was not successful in the first. He sells us on the idea that disagreeing with his administration’s policies means we are leftists (communists). In his second term he occupies Iraq, a country that poses no threat whatsoever, but does have the second largest petroleum deposits in the world just sitting there. Why didn’t he put us into debt by going to war with our open enemies like sayyyyyyy Iran or North Korea? If one of our pretexts for going in was Saddam Hussein’s violations of human rights, why didn’t we go to war with China, the biggest violator of human rights in the world? Naahhh. They’re too big and too powerful and we owed them money so they’d be extra pissed.
Okay, so if you’ve been paying attention, you know that not only did we send our manufacturing jobs to human-rights-violator China and facilitated their economic growth while crushing our own by making a few richer and millions poorer, George Bush borrows money from China to compensate for outrageous spending on an immoral and unnecessary war, and leaves the country in a worse position than Reagan left it. Sure, Obama borrowed some more to try to correct some of the mess he inherited from Bush, but he also went to China a few weeks ago to come to some kind of accord in correcting the trade imbalance.
The GOP agenda, and those that gain from it, handed our super-power status to communists. Thanks to the GOP, we’re no longer the greatest country in the world, we’re the greediest and the least politically informed. So, if selling your people out for profit is the “Right” thing to do, I’m proud to be wrong.
by Alina De Varona