We ALL watched an angry Donald Trump enact trade wars to the East and West of America…
American workers quietly applauded and voted for Trump….
The former President wasn’t too successful in trying bring many jobs back to America…
The fact is whole industries are gone oversea’s….
Cheaper for manufacturers ….
Cheaper for consumers…
But for the new President and his foreign policy people the simple truth is that America HAS become dependent on countries that can exploit their access to American markets and Yes….
There IS of course a (YUGE underlining) political side to this….
Biden & Co. will get back into the world…
But Biden & Co. ARE well aware that China IS seeking to overtake the American economy for the inside…
Even immigration is part off this…
Cheap labor has always been imported into this country since it’s birth…
Added to the that is top shelf technology now is a American import…
But in the end?
America MUST seek to keep it’s potion as the world’s premier economy and military power for it’s national security….
And THAT means that the Biden Admin will NOT just shed the Trump ‘America First’ foreign policy….
They will just try to be ‘better’ at it….
In doing so?
They will walk back good amount of Clinton and Obama Trade policy…
And fish for even more votes from labor and middle class Americans….
The world HAS changed…..
As a senator, Joe Biden voted for NAFTA and for facilitating China’s entry into the World Trade Organization. As vice president, he defended the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership that President Barack Obama considered “the cornerstone” of U.S. economic relations with the Asia-Pacific.
On Wednesday, President Biden’s hand-picked secretary of state, Antony Blinken, acknowledged that U.S. policymakers had too long been blind to the suffering of American workers displaced by trade deals and promised “our approach now will be different.”
As the world closely watches how Biden will manage America’s economic engagement with the world, Blinken’s remarks were a clear echo of the trade skepticism President Donald Trump skillfully exploited in his unlikely climb to power.
“Some of us previously argued for free trade agreements because we believed Americans would broadly share in the economic gains that those – and that those deals would shape the global economy in ways that we wanted,” the diplomat said.
“But we didn’t do enough to understand who would be negatively affected and what would be needed to adequately offset their pain,” said Blinken. “Our approach now will be different. We will fight for every American job and for the rights, protections, and interests of all American workers.”
He promised to fight intellectual property theft, currency manipulation and corruption overseas. Biden’s approach will “benefit all Americans, not only those for whom the economy is already working,” Blinken said.
Because of trade’s impact on jobs and the economy, few foreign policy issues have as much domestic political potency.
It’s hard not to hear Blinken’s words as a considerably more polished, more diplomatic version of Trump’s angry anti-trade screeds —whether aimed at NAFTA, which the former president branded “the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere,” or his promise “the era of economic surrender will finally be over.” Trump regularly vowed to help “the forgotten men and women of our country,” a phrase he used to court White working-class voters.….
Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, co-wrote one of its key reports, “Making U.S. Foreign Policy Work Better for the Middle Class.”
The September 2020 document highlights two Gallup polls. One is from February 2019, and it shows 69 percent of Americans saying the United States must take a major or leading role in world affairs. In another, from February 2020, 79 percent of Americans say trade is an opportunity for economic growth.
“But that should not be overinterpreted as support for the restoration of the foreign policy consensus that guided previous Republican and Democratic administrations,” the report says. “That set of policies left too many American communities vulnerable to economic dislocation and overreached in trying to effect broad societal change within other countries. America’s middle class wants a new path forward.”
image….U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks about priorities for the Biden administration at the State Department on Wednesday. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool/Reuters)