Parasites Fret Over Health of Host

http://www.reuters.com/article/ousiv/idUSTRE51I1NH20090219

I don’t like to use inflammatory or insulting rhetoric, so my apologies to the good people of Japan.  But Japan’s concern about the health of the U.S. automakers, as reported in the linked article, is perfectly analogous to parasites fretting over the health of their host. 

A healthy U.S. auto industry is vital for a sound U.S. economy and by extension for Japanese carmakers, a Tokyo-based auto lobby said, giving a tacit nod to the latest request for federal aid from ailing rivals in Detroit.

There is no one on earth more responsible for the sickening of the U.S. automakers than Japan, a nation incapable of consuming its own automotive productive capacity and who thus resorts to feeding on the American market.  They come to the trade table with an enormous glut of labor, hungry for work building cars for Americans, while offering nothing in return.  In fact, considering that our per capita trade deficit in manufactured goods with Japan is 4-1/2 times worse than that of China, there may be no one on earth who bears more responsibility for America’s overall economic collapse (and perhaps the global economic collapse) than Japanese automakers. 

Free trade cheerleaders loudly proclaim the many benefits of free trade and, when pressed for examples, the one they fall back upon in those situations where no others can be identified is “low prices for consumers.”  But when it comes to trade with Japan, one of the wealthiest nations on earth, whose cars have no price advantage over American models (in many cases they’re more expensive), free trade barkers can’t even claim this as a benefit. 

The U.S. has nothing to gain from trade with Japan and other nations with similar huge gluts of labor, badly overpopulated and desperate to prey on other economies to provide jobs for their surplus of workers.  That doesn’t mean that we should refuse to trade with them, but it does mean that tariffs must be employed to maintain a balance of trade in these situations. 

In many cases, free trade is a wonderful thing and the U.S. enjoys a very beneficial trade relationship with many nations.  But it’s important to recognize that trade in manufactured goods with overpopulated nations inevitably establishes a relationship in which the U.S. serves as host to a parasitic economy dependent on exports.  The time has come for the global community to deal with the problem of overpopulation instead of relying upon the U.S. market to sustain it.

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