Selling out the United States to Communist Red China was a really bad idea.
The Republicans and Bill Clinton did just that 15 years ago .
It is not like everyone didn't know what the results were going to be. It was obvious. I have said it over and over and over and over.....
Anyone with a first grade education could predict what the results would be.
Having high priced American workers competing against slave laborer (IN CHINA) would end badly for Americans. And it has.
Now that the results are proven the voters are revolting...... the Republicans don't know how to stop it.
They should have paid attention 15 years ago. I said it then (and I say it all the time) and I will continue to say it into the future.
I have said it probably 25,000 times over the years...but nobody cared.
If everyone doesn't like the angry voters than maybe next time they should do a better job listening.
The Republican establishment began losing its party to Donald Trump on May 24, 2000, at 5:41 p.m., on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Urged on by their presidential standard-bearer, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, and by nearly all of the business lobbyists who represented the core of the party’s donor class, three-quarters of House Republicans voted to extend the status of permanent normal trade relations to China.
They were more than enough, when added to a minority of Democrats, to secure passage of a bill that would sail through the Senate and be signed into law by President Bill Clinton.
The legislation, a top Republican priority, held the promise of greater economic prosperity for Americans.
But few could predict that it would cause a series of economic and political earthquakes that has helped put the GOP in the difficult spot it is in today:
(FEW COULD PREDICT????????.....EXCEPT ANDREW....ANDREW PREDICTED IT. ....ANDREW HAS SAID IT OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER........ANDREW MUST BE SOME KIND OF SUPER GENIUS. HIS BRAIN WILL BE STUDIED FOR YEARS TO COME. SOMEHOW ANDREW KNEW WHAT NOBODY ELSE COULD POSSIBLY KNOW. HE REALLY IS AMAZING)
with the most anti-trade Republican candidate in modern history, Trump, moving closer to clinching the party’s nomination.
(OOPS....SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO ANDREW. NOW WE ARE REALLY SCREWED.)
“I try not to regret things,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), a Trump supporter who was one of 83 senators to vote for the China bill. “That’s one I regret.”
(JEFF SESSIONS SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO ANDREW. JEFF IS A MORON.)
“The Republican electorate has gone along with their leaders, begrudgingly, for 20 or 30 years,” Sessions said. “I supported all these trade agreements . . . but it’s becoming clear that the promises that were made weren’t true.”
(NO SH*T......THE PROMISES WEREN'T TRUE......YOU DON'T SAY. IF ONLY SOMEONE COULD HAVE PREDICTED THIS......OH WAIT.....)
The 2000 vote effectively unleashed a flood of outsourcing to China, which in turn exported trillions of dollars of cheap goods back to the United States.
(I AM SHOCKED.....)
Over the next 10 years, economists have concluded, the expanded trade with China cost the United States at least 2 million jobs. It was the strongest force in an overall manufacturing decline that cost 5 million jobs. Those workers were typically men whose education stopped after high school, a group that has seen its wages fall by 15 percent after adjusting for inflation.
(ECONOMISTS ARE GREAT AT RUNNING IN AFTER THE CRIME AND PUTTING UP THE CRIME SCENE TAPE AND TAKING PICTURES OF THE DEAD BODY. THEY SUCK AT PREDICTING THE BLATANTLY OBVIOUS CRIME IS ABOUT TO OCCUR.......)
U.S. imports from China skyrocketed after Congress voted to expand trade relations in 2000.
(YOU DON'T SAY.......)
For blue-collar workers, the economic and political effects of permanent normal trade relations with China have swamped the effects of any other trade decision in the past 25 years.
(GRAB YOUR PITCH FORK)
Trump, who has won important victories in states such as Michigan, Illinois, North Carolina and South Carolina that have been buffeted by the new trade, has built his insurgent campaign in part on opposition to what he calls a bad deal with China. “It is a typical example,” he proclaims on his website, “of how politicians in Washington have failed our country.”
(FAILED IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY DID.......FAILED BADLY.)
“I think we’re getting screwed by trade,” said Mike Singer, 54, of Chicago. “We’re losing a lot of jobs.”
(YES WE ARE)
In 2000, China was on course for membership to the WTO, a status effectively giving its exporters access to markets in the United States and around the world. Under WTO rules, member countries are required to extend preferential trading treatment to one another, or what the United States had begun to call permanent normal trade relations. For China, that required an act of Congress.
Business leaders stood nearly united in their support of the bill, arguing that the vote would serve only to open China’s markets to U.S. exports.
They were joined in that argument by a pair of prominent Texas Republicans: Rep. Bill Archer, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee who sponsored the bill; and Bush, who by then had locked up the party’s presidential nomination.
A week before the House vote, Bush urged Republicans to approve the bill on freedom and foreign-policy grounds, and also on economic ones. “Trade with China,” he said, “serves the economic interests of America.”
(IT SERVES THE INTEREST OF CORPORATIONS......WORKERS GET THE SHAFT. NOBODY GETS FREEDOM. CHINA IS STILL A COMMUNIST DICTATORSHIP. NOTHING HAS CHANGED EXCEPT NOW CHINA IS A LOT RICHER...... WHICH HELPS THE COMMUNISTS HOLD ONTO POWER. NICE JOB REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS....WAY TO GO......)
Business groups that lobbied the bill recall that the closing argument was not hard to sell. The bill passed the House by a vote of 237 to 197. The Senate approved it 83 to 15 in September.
(EVERYONE AGREED UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS IS A GREAT THING.)
In many ways, the vote worked out much better for the GOP’s donor class than for the working-class voters now flocking to Trump.
(WHO COULD HAVE PREDICTED.....)
By 2004, U.S. imports from China had nearly doubled. By 2011, the U.S. trade deficit with China had quadrupled.
The ripple effects of those job losses have persisted, for workers, in ways that surprised many economists.
(SURPRISED ECONOMISTS.....THEY JUST CAN'T BELIEVE IT. JUST SITTING AROUND SCRATCHING THEIR HEADS.........AMAZING......)
Standard economists predicted no net job losses from expanded trade with China
(ECONOMISTS ARE F*CKIN IDIOTS. THE DUMBESTS GROUP OF PEOPLE YOU WILL EVER MEET.)
In reality, the authors found, new jobs have not materialized quickly, as expected, to replace the jobs lost from trade.
(THERE ARE JUST JOBS. THE JOBS ARE EITHER IN THE UNITED STATES OR THEY ARE IN COMMUNIST RED CHINA. IF THEY LEAVE HERE THEN THEY ARE GONE. NEW JOBS DO NOT MAGICALLY APPEAR. IF THEY DO MAGICALLY APPEAR THEY ALSO APPEAR IN CHINA.)
It took Trump, a longtime critic of trade agreements, to rally conservative voters around the idea that the Chinese are ripping off the working class via bad trade deals.
(US CORPORATIONS ARE THE REAL ENEMY, THEY ARE THE ENEMY THAT NOBODY (EXCEPT ME) TALKS ABOUT. CORPORATE AMERICA IS PUBLIC ENEMY #1 OF US WORKERS.)
Others lament their party did too little to help the workers whose factory jobs were swept away.
(WHEN THEY SAY DID "LITTLE" THEY MEAN THEY DID NOTHING. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DOES NOT GIVE A SH*T ABOUT US WORKERS. NEVER HAS AND NEVER WILL. FOR THAT MATTER DEMOCRATS DON'T CARE EITHER.)
Workers who lost jobs when companies outsourced production to China were left “on an island, economically and politically,” said Bruce Haynes, a Republican consultant who is president of the political consulting firm Purple Strategies. “There’s an acknowledgment that this is upon the party. We know we need to do something about it, but we can’t do anything about it right now, because we’re in the middle of a hurricane.”
(YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT BECAUSE CORPORATE DONORS WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.)
“The Republicans are still a way, way, way more the pro-free-trade party,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), a longtime trade critic who says the fracture that began with the China vote could end up splitting the GOP much like civil rights split Democrats in 1968.