The Democrat featured in this story admits its now Trump 2, Dems 0. Bryan Dean Wright said: To understand the battlefield, readers should travel to North Carolina and talk to former workers at Alpha Aluminum. For decades, these swing-state voters produced foil for use in cigarette packages. This past summer, over 100 American workers lost their jobs. The reason? Cheap Chinese aluminum imports.
The result is those Carolinians are scrambling to feed their families while workers in faraway Zhenjiang, China collect what used to be their paycheck.
“My Democratic Party pushed back too. Trump demonstrated his “incompetence” and threatened our national security. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) went so far as to say that Trump’s actions might push the nation into war with China.What academics and my party don’t understand is that he’s not interested in starting a war. He simply recognizes that we’re already in one. And he’s giving voice to its long-suffering victims: millions of voters in places like North Carolina, Ohio, and Michigan.”
The story of Alpha Aluminum is the story of U.S. manufacturing for the past thirty years. Liberal Economists pushed for “globalization,” arguing that cheap goods made abroad would fatten the pocketbooks of all of us back here in the United States. Instead the party of the “little people” has created a vacuum where the “little people” have gotten squeezed. Unions spoke out against such globalization, yet our elected leaders happily agreed to continue down this path to globalization. Republicans and Democrats signed up for NAFTA and, later, China’s entry into the World Trade Organization sealed our fate.
From steel plants in Ohio to furniture factories in North Carolina, American companies suddenly found themselves competing against Chinese labor that paid a few pennies to each of their workers. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out Americans would lose jobs, and get the short end of the stick.
China’s goal in all of this is clear. They will grow their economy through theft, and at the expense of American innovation. Bryan makes the case:
Consider the case of U.S. Steel. In 2011, the Chinese government hacked its way into U.S. Steel’s computer systems and stole trade secrets. They passed the information to an assortment of Chinese steel companies, allowing these competitors to produce advanced steel products. As a consequence, we lost market share, and jobs.
Or consider the case of American Superconductor, which produces advanced software for wind turbines. In 2011, the company discovered that the Chinese Government had stolen its source code, giving it to their own corporation Sinovel. The result? Over 600 American workers lost their jobs and the company took a $1 billion hit in shareholder value. Adding insult to injury, China’s Sinovel later sold its wind turbines to the State of Massachusetts, paid for with taxpayer dollars.
President Obama made a series of threats to the Chinese demanding that they stop. But, according to Bryan Dean Wright’s former colleagues in the intelligence community, the hacking continues.
Bryan writes in an op-ed for Fox News:
Mr. Trump knows why he accepted the call from China’s nemesis, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. But Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway has made it clear that the President-elect was fully aware of the call’s implications. And reporting from Trump insiders suggests that the phone call was part of a long-planned chess move to warn Beijing that our relationship was about to change.
Politically, Trump has now beaten Democrats twice in one week. His efforts in Indiana to save jobs at Carrier made him look tough and focused on the American worker. And now he’s pushing back against the greatest job killer of all: Communist China.
So rather than bash Trump out of reflex, I beg my party to be smarter. Stop broadcasting knee-jerk press releases over phone calls, especially when they’re designed to punish a thief. Instead, let’s double down on Trump’s move.
Many democrat voters, and every day people are coming out for Trump’s ideas. Why not? If they bring jobs. If Trumps ideas prove to be best for America why wouldn’t a common sense American support those ideas? There is only one reason. Politics. If you put politics ahead of America then you will never like Trump. I urge you – love your country and your neighbors. Give Trump a chance. He’s already making America great again.