Walter E. Williams: Anti-Chinese rhetoric diverts attention from the real problems

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  • Invisible Hand Provo, UT
    Dec. 21, 2011 2:00 p.m.

    @Gildas: He is pointing out, correctly, that imports from China are a relatively small part of our economy. Given that fact, why do people get so alarmed about it? It's just an attempt to scapegoat foreigners for our own problems, sort of like the hysteria about immigration that has actually reversed since 2008. But we won't let that get in the way of some good right-wing demagoguery.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Dec. 21, 2011 12:34 p.m.

    You know I never was of the opinion this man was conservative.

    What a crafty man: sure, when you add "services" to the imports list you can change the whole picture drastically. We do not usually (Californian bridges and New York's monument to MLK aside) ship in Chinese construction companies to build our houses and roads and we like our customer service reps to be able to speak comprehensible English (well we think India does a better job at that than China anyway). We don't import Chinese workers to cut hair, or staff convenience stores and shopping malls.

    There is much much more craft and finagling yet in this article. Perhaps most of our shoes don't have a "Made In China" label but you can, with very little persistence, find that "Mad In China" information moulded on the sole of the shoe or printed on the box. Does he really think we are that stupid? Perhaps.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Dec. 21, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    It is Dr. Williams' rhetoric that "diverts attention from the real problems".

    Clearly increased productivity is one reason why we employ fewer folks in manufacturing. But we also just make less (as compared to the rest of the world) than we used to. We are just barely the world's largest manufacturer. China is poised to pass us soon.

    We have been far too blithe about shipping plants and jobs to other nations. In as much as we are being "suckered" by Congress and the White House, it has been via the neglect of our manufacturing sector. It is disingenuous of Dr. Williams to suggest otherwise.

    Let's take size out of the equation. As of 2008, our Manufacturing Output was $6,021 per person - right in between Italy and Canada. Not bad but not where we were and not where we need to be to support an advanced economy. Germany is at $9,340 per person. Japan is at $8,180. China is well behind at $1,056 but coming on incredibly fast.

    We need a coherent manufacturing policy that helps develop domestic manufacturing and promotes the US "brand" internationally. Made in the USA needs to mean something.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Dec. 21, 2011 9:06 a.m.

    Well, we now know who is underwriting Walt's professorship at George Mason University.