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‘Made in the USA’ should be a must

In the June 3 edition of the Altoona Mirror, Patrick Buchanan’s syndicated column explores the influence that China has and has had from 1949 to the present.

He asks the question, “How did we allow ourselves to get into this position where a lately backward China is suddenly a greater rival for global hegemony than was the Soviet Union of Josef Stalin and Nikita Khrushchev?”

It happened because we were hungry for cheap imports made from our exports to China and to be manufactured by Chinese companies. American companies were going offshore because foreign wages were cheaper than U.S. dollars.

Companies also did not want to pay to upgrade manufacturing facilities to comply with the anti-pollution laws.

What has happened is that many U.S. workers lost their jobs because the companies moved operations to cheaper foreign countries and shifted the weight of pollution overseas also.

We found it cheaper to do business with foreign powers that were not subject to union wages and pollution laws. In the wake of this came China.

Why are free Americans obsessed with buying products manufactured in a communist country? Why is one of largest craft and home decor retailers one of the biggest importers of Chinese manufactured goods?

They will not open on Sunday, but they import from Chinese companies under communist laws.

Let’s bring the jobs and the companies back to America and make “Made in the USA” a household phrase again.

And what about the drug companies? How many times have we seen commercials for lawsuits involving bad drugs? Who can’t recall the ingredient in a common medicine that is used in jet engine fuel?

Why do we put up with bad drugs with ingredients from China that are deadly?

As Buchanan states at the end of his column, “Who did this to us? We did it to ourselves.”

It’s time to wise up and change.

The next time you go shopping for anything, read the labels, please.

Gwen Black

Hollidaysburg

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