Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) should be a wake-up call to every politician in this country about how our trade "enemies" just crush our companies' sales at will. Norfolk Southern's (NSC) pathetic numbers should be a reminder that every trade "agreement" we make is just another giveaway. We have no surpluses anywhere with any so-called partners.
U.S. goods have been priced out of the market by rapacious governments around the world determined to steal the sales of our companies.
Now you may not think it matters because that's just what happens if you want to do business overseas. But remember how your pension plan is invested. Remember how fewer jobs will be created here because of problems there. Remember how the store gets given away every time we ink a deal and then nobody speaks up for the working person.
I, for one, can't believe that the globalization religion has become so entrenched that nobody speaks up about it. We just accept it. And I am not just criticizing President Obama; the Republicans are no better.
Mark my words: The candidate that understands that our workers are being crucified upon a cross of free trade is the candidate who could take the nomination out from nowhere. The empty mouthings of people who care about the worker, the small business person with big dreams, just makes me cringe. Stop making deals with these countries that do our workers no good. Stop letting these "allies," whom we defend with actual soldiers and military might, walk all over us. Start being like politicians who cared in the old days.
It's plain out embarrassing that I even have to make such a plea. But the orthodoxy has to come into question when you see these numbers.
Globalization is horrendous for our workers. Everyone knows it. Almost no one will admit it. What a travesty.