On a Fast Track to National Ruin

1-free trade - good cartoon As Crutsinger writes, a surge in imports to $239 billion in March, “reflected greater shipments of foreign-made industrial machinery, autos, mobile phones, clothing and furniture.” What does this flood of imports of things we once made here mean for a city like, say, Baltimore? Writes columnist Allan Brownfeld: “Baltimore was once a city where tens of thousands of blue collar employees earned a good living in industries building cars, airplanes and making steel. … In 1970, about a third of the labor force in Baltimore was employed in manufacturing. By 2000, only 7 percent of city residents had manufacturing jobs.” Put down blue-collar Baltimore alongside Motor City, Detroit, as another fatality of free-trade fanaticism. http://takimag.com/article/on_a_fast_track_to_national_ruin_patrick_buchanan/print#axzz3ZZ1Wo7w7

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