Biggest Wealth Transfer in the History of the World

The “miracle economies” of Asian countries such as Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and China are a result of US trade policies, which allowed cheap imports to flood the US market.

Our trade deficits, caused by cheap imports, were responsible for much of the prosperity of these Asian “miracle economies.” The wealth of the US was transferred to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China. When you read about the booming Chinese economy, much of this Chinese prosperity is wealth being transferred from the US to China.

This wealth transfer is in the form of both money and jobs. The US economy and American workers have been sacrificed on the alter of Free Trade.

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The economy of the United States reached new heights of prosperity during the decades following World War II. The 1950s and 1960s were extremely productive, and the American worker became the envy of the world. It was not unusual for a working man to support a stay-at-home wife and three, four, or five children during the 1950s and 1960s. So many children were born that this was known in demographic circles as the Baby Boom.

There was serious talk during the 1960s about all the leisure time that the American worker was going to have in the very rosy and bright future. Large US corporations began buying companies that produced leisure products. Leisure activities would be needed to occupy the free time that the American workers were going to have in the future.

Some economic researchers and forecasters in the 1960s were predicting a work-week of only 20 to 30 hours per worker in the future, with no decline in American workers’ standard of living. This is why corporations were busy getting a foot-hold in the leisure industry that was predicted to become enormous as the American workers, with a surplus of money to spend, would also have the time to spend it.

But, alas, this did not come to pass. We began sending more of our money to foreign countries to pay for imports. Around 1975, our imports began exceeding our exports. We kept increasing the goods purchased from foreign countries. And we kept increasing the number of jobs sent overseas.

To keep up our standard of living, many married women began entering the work force. In many instances, it was necessary to have two incomes, if the family was to become or remain a part of the middle class. You may have heard of the “economic miracles” in the Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan during the previous decades. Their economies were often referred to as the “tiger economies” because of their rapid economic growth.

Much of this growth was a result of US import policies which allowed these countries access to the US market. The US workers could not compete with the cheap labor in these countries, and many industries such as steel, ship-building, and electronics left the US for these Asian countries. Now, we are sending much of our industry and jobs to China and India.

It began as a trickle in the 1950s, increased in the 1960s with the importing of Japanese cars and electronics into the US, and kept increasing in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. And once China was allowed to export goods to the US, our jobs have been destroyed at an unprecedented rate by a flood of cheap imports.

The “miracle economies” of Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and China would not have been possible without access to the US market. By allowing cheap imports from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China nto the US, our economy has suffered a massive loss of wealth and jobs. Trillions of dollars and millions of jobs have been transferred to these Asian countries.

America’s fantastic economic prosperity and opportunity for the future was transferred to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and now China by our big corporations and their political lackeys. Free Trade was the vehicle used to facilitate this transfer of factories and jobs.

We consider this the biggest wealth transfer in the history of the world.

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