For those of us who have been watching the United States decline since the signing of GATT and NAFTA, we knew it was just a matter of time before the United States was no longer a world leader.
U.S. exports and imports for the year 2012 totaled $3.82 trillion.
China’s exports and imports for the year 2012 totaled $3.87 trillion.
For the past 20 years free trade has stripped the United States of our factories. If you wanted to start with when the U.S. took its first step towards decline, we need to go back the the 1970s as toy manufacturers moved their factories to china.
In the early to mid-1980s shipyards shutdown all across the southern part of the United States. In southeast Texas alone close to 10,000 people lost their jobs when Bethlehem shipyard in Beaumont Texas and and Livingston shipyard in Orange Texas shutdown. those good paying jobs disappeared and have yet to return 3 decades later.