It’s unfortunate but a lot of Americans believe that the biggest threat to our country currently are the two hooligans occupying the White House.
Outside of our own walls, though, one of the biggest concerns that Americans have (or should have) is the growing power of China.
Ron DeSantis isn’t a fan of how much global power the communists have scooped up, and took the time to investigate who gave it to them as a result.
His conclusion? America’s political and corporate elites are the “number on reason” China has become “as powerful as they are.”
According to DeSantis, the damage was mostly done between 2001 and 2018, when USA free trade with China eliminated 3.7 million American jobs from our economy. During that time, 50,000 American manufacturing plants closed down.
“If you go back a generation, the idea was if we make China into the World Trade Organization. That sent a lot of American production capacity over to China,” DeSantis began. “The American elites thought ‘Well, that will make China more like us, they won’t be a rogue country, they’ll respect human rights, and maybe become more democratic.’ And the reality is, not only has that not happened, it’s made China very powerful and the elites in the U.S. are the number one reason China is as powerful as they are with all that they’ve done.”
“But not only has it not improved China’s political culture, they’re arguably worse than they were even 20 to 30 years ago. And if anything, not only have the West … not influenced them to be more like the West tradition, they’re influencing the West to be more like them. If you look at how some of these major companies will behave when faced with Chinese disapproval, they will censor, they will do all these things, you’ll see groveling apologies … so the whole experiment with China has been a big failure for the United States.
We saw it when COVID first hit … people wanted masks and all these other things and all of it was being produced in China. They basically controlled all of this. They have a lot of control over components of our economy which affects our national security and so I think that the U.S. as a whole should be disentangling from China but certainly our investments should be disentangling.”
“I know they don’t treat their workers well, they basically have parts that are just literally slave labor and so people want to save money on that,” DeSantis concluded. “One, that’s not the right thing to do, but two it’s a very volatile political culture, you don’t really have any rights over there. I would do something in Florida where you can come, give them no taxes for however many years. I think it would be really, really good for the state, and for our country, to get that stuff out of China as best as we can.”
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