Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Protectionism? You BET!

Top EU diplomat to Washington, John Bruton, today warned that the protectionism clause in the stimulus package before the Senate, which states funds in the package may not be used for any project

unless all of the iron, steel and manufactured goods used in the projects are produced in the United States,
would cause worldwide economic problems and make the world economy even worse than it already is.

I'm sorry, but along with the banking screw-ups of the last eight years, "free world trade" and the outsourcing of millions of jobs to other countries is the single other cause of the depression the AMERICAN economy and people are currently experiencing. Therefore, protectionism should ABSOLUTELY be included in the stimulus package, which is aimed at creating jobs IN America FOR AMERICANS. It stands to follow, therefore, that demanding any materials used in a project funded by the stimulus should most certainly be manufactured in the United States. After all, using American made materials and resources will only serve to boost the AMERICAN economy.

It's about time the United States started protecting its citizens and its own economy, and not worry about the economies of other countries.