The 1-28-2021 article ‘Biden’s pushing to ‘buy American’ essentially says the Federal Government should not overly favor purchasing goods produced in the U.S. because it: “... eliminates competition, breeds complacency and kills innovation.”

But, in reality, look what’s happened in the last 30 years. Nearly everything you pick up has a "Made in China" label. "Made in U.S.A." items are most likely packed full of Chinese components. To date, we’ve dumped so much manufacturing and research technology into China that I really don’t see any hope for recovering our manufacturing independence. The service and financial sectors just redistribute existing wealth. The twin powers of innovation and manufacturing actually create wealth by taking materials of relatively low value and transforming them into products of considerable value. In other words, wealth comes from making things

Would we ever go to war with China? How is that supposed to work when nearly all our manufactured goods are made in China? They’re in the driver’s seat and they know it. The China of 2021 is not the China with which Barack Obama and Joe Biden had to deal with. Toda, China revels in its Communist ideology and openly crushes democratic dissent. Are we stupid for letting things get this far out of hand? I think so.

The great 5th century BC Chinese general Sun Tzu said: “all war is fought best by means of deception. One of Sun Tzu’s avid 20th-century students was Communist China’s founder Mao Zedong. In 1956, he addressed his provincial governors: “In the future we will set up the Earth Control Committee, and make a uniform plan for the Earth”. We are moving into an era of extremely tight control; thanks to the wonders of Chinese-made electronics.

We’ve been deceived — Sun Tzu can be proud.

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Phil Drietz

Delhi