There is no hiding the fact that we are a consumer nation. Americans consume more than they produce. The average person spent about $407.23 on Black Friday last year. In total, $57.4 billion dollars was spent in 2013. That number is actually 2 billion less than the year before. These numbers are staggering and should actually be boosting our local and national economy. Why isn’t it? Because most of the items that we are purchasing are imported goods from other countries, making our dollars leave our shores and go overseas.
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The United States is facing an economic disaster only a few nations have ever experienced. A silent economic war has been declared on America, a war that has destroyed a major part of our economy. Most Americans are unaware of this war. We have opened our shores and our markets with “free trade,” a proven disaster in the modern international economy.
Many people’s favorite time of the year is just around the corner. It is time for fun, festivities and let’s not forget good food. During our time spent with our family, the last thing on our minds is a tragic event occurring. We forget about the ebola pandemonium and finally get a chance to not have to deal with the fact that 80 year old, mass murderer Charles Manson is marrying a 26 year old. Our guards are down while we are happily grocery shopping.
Our failed trade policies have ushered in unrestricted, open access to American markets, with disastrous consequences. The results have been the destruction of our economic base. In place of tariffs, more and more countries are using border consumption taxes which put our exported goods on an uneven playing field. Businesses are either closing down or off-shoring, and U.S. jobs are being lost. If the United States were to implement a border consumption tax of our own, we could regain the jobs that have been lost to other countries who have used the border consumption taxes against us.
As families begin to round up recipes for the Thanksgiving dinner this month, don’t forget to look twice on the label to see where exactly your food and ingredients are coming from. From shrimp cocktail to honey glazed ham, these foods prepared for special holiday meals can turn your festivities from loving to deathly. We have heard month after month of unchecked food coming into our borders from countries that have lower safety standards than we do. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from food borne diseases. Pair that with the fact that less than 2 percent of our imported seafood is actually inspected and we have a recipe for disaster.