by Robert M. Traxler
The Covid-19 “pandemic,” coupled with the “supply chain crisis,” shine a light on the dirty little secret that we are at the mercy of our enemies for basic needs, even vital, lifesaving supplies. We are still paying Russia for oil and gas; the sanctions will take even longer to kick in fully.
Let’s look at how China has us by the male reproductive organs. I recently had cataract surgery (thanks go out to all the great people at U of Michigan Hospital West, and Dr Doyle), and I needed new glasses. Do you know 85% of all our prescription glasses are made in China? According to the American Action Forum, 97% of all our antibiotics are made or use components made in China. The United States imports over 600 billion dollars’ worth of Chinese made products, many vital to our health and well being.
A total of 311 corporations, from AT&T to Zale, are dependent on China for all products or components. Such iconic American companies as Harley Davidson, Texas Instruments, 3M, Stanley Tools, Sears-Craftsman, Schwinn, RCA, Old Navy, Nabisco Foods, M&M/Mars Candy, John Deere, American Tourister, Eastman Kodak and 298 more are in China.
Had any surgery lately? Had an infection lately? Have your beloved pets been sick? Eaten meat, chicken, or pork? Then you are dependent on antibiotics made in part or completely in China. Cut the importation of antibiotics, and tens of thousands of Americans will die in days, not months, and a third of our newborn farm animals will die.
When China and Russia went from communist to strict socialist, we rejoiced and opened the trade super highway. The Chinese allowed some private ownership, with the government owning a controlling interest and “government approved” religion, while not allowing anyone who believes in God to be in the government.
The Russians allowed private ownership and religion, but both China and Russia are still hard-core socialists, with the central government continuing to control prices, wages, distribution and production. We and Western Europe have become dependent on trade with both nations, and a long series of tragedies are in the making. We all need to be thankful that the Covid-19 vaccines used in our nation are made in countries that are our allies, though China produces most Covid-19 vaccines used worldwide.
Russian aggression in Ukraine with its war on the people has opened our eyes; we need to take a long hard look at who is producing vital life-saving antibiotics, fuel of all types and other products vital to life. The solution is to place a tariff on goods made in belligerent nations, and thus allow our capitalist system to work. If it’s cheaper to produce the products vital to our nations in Western Europe or Central/South America, we will, capitalism at work.
President Trump tried this, but the Silicon Valley/Big Tech billionaires objected, and with the help of the media killed the endeavor. Seventy percent of all electronics sold in the United States are made totally or in part in China/Taiwan.
It’s past time to wake up and smell the disasters cooking for our nation; the save-the-world folks are happy to export or outsource our pollution, and the capitalists are joining them in the name of profit. Big Tech and environmentalists joining together to sow the seeds of disaster — what could go wrong?
Symbolism over substance is the order of the day. The media is giddy; we are confiscating the super-yachts and other assets of Russian and Belarusians super rich people– that will show them. After this they must sue for peace with the Ukrainians; how can any belligerent nation survive without a dozen super yachts? President Putin has an 87% approval rating with the Russian people; freezing the assets of a few dozen super rich people will not change that.
We have banned the importation of Russian oil and coal; why are we importing Russian energy in the first place? Damned if I know, unless it is to keep the environmental lobby happy, again outsourcing pollution. Mine or drill for it here, and we do not need to ship it halfway around the world, burning fossil fuel to power the ships, but the left can say they are reducing carbon in the United States and give themselves awards and decorations for saving the planet.