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calendar   Wednesday - September 22, 2010

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Less ‘made in USA’ puts security at risk




The decline in American manufacturing is risking the country’s security, experts will tell a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

Manufacturing industry experts will appear at a National Security Oversight Subcommittee on Capitol Hill tomorrow to examine the effects the decades-old downturn in U.S. manufacturing may have on the country’s national security.

The committee also will examine the problem of reliance on substandard and sometimes counterfeit foreign-made parts, a dependence stemming from the drop in U.S.-made products, a depleted manufacturing workforce, and outdated technology. That reliance could place the lives of American soldiers at risk, according to information released by the subcommittee.

“We have allowed our industrial base to deteriorate for the last two to three decades. As a result, just in national defense terms, our supply lines for strategic parts and materials have been stretched around the world,” said Jeff Faux, founding president and distinguished fellow of the Economic Policy Institute.

“As you watch globalization move the manufacturing base offshore, in essence you are moving the defense base offshore,” said Robert Baugh, executive director of the AFL-CIO, “This is dangerous”.

Both Faux and Baugh will testify Wednesday.

The nation’s manufacturers are being seduced by China where they can get more for their money due to an undervaluation of their currency, illegal subsidies, and a lack of enforceable laws regarding, worker rights, and environmental and health standards, Baugh told CNN.

Said Faux, “We have a national security policy that is not connected to our economic policy and an economic policy that is not connected to our national security policy.”


I’ve been saying this for 20 years or more. It’s national suicide.

h/t to Rich K I believe. Nothing wrong with a reasonable amount of imports. But if you don’t grow almost all your own food, develop almost all your own energy, make most of your clothing, most of your medicine, and damn near all your military equipment, then your country is at risk. I’d put steel and lumber at 75% for minimal self-sufficiency too.

Amazing that CNN would run such an article. It’s like, like they’re tired of being cheerleaders for Obama’s Destroy America Now policies.


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