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Does America really want to compete on a level playing field?

Monday, October 3, 2016 8:26
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I very much enjoyed the Save the Day response video below but I did hear one comment in the thing to which I must respond. The comment was, when advocating for Trump, the claim that he will ensure “American businesses compete on a level playing field”.

If there is one thing we should all pray, it is that there never comes a day in which American businesses compete on a level playing field the majority of countries in the world.

In order for the playing field to be level, the United States would need to give up most of its significant advantages in the global arena.

In order for the playing field to be level, the US currency could not be the global reserve currency. That the USD is the world reserve gives us significant advantages in international balances of payments.

We would have to give up our intellectual property rights because the lack of these rights in China is a significant disadvantage for that country.

We would have to hobble our work force because it is currently among the most productive in the world. It is ar more productive than those in, say, Mexico or China.

We would have to loosen rules around court ordered contract enforcement and rely more on organized crime for enforcement as is the case in most of the Third World.

In order for the playing field to be leveled, much of our infrastructure would need to be eliminated. American infrastructure definitely gives the US trade advantages.

We would need to ensure that fewer people graduate high school and college to make sure the US workforce is a uneducated as that of Malaysia.

American research and development will need to be reduced to the levels of our competitors.

We would need the government to be more corrupt and corporatist than it already is. Doing business in most of the world requires bribes to government officials. That the US is largely free of that sort of things represents a meaningful advantage.

I could go on but I think I have made my point. If there is one thing all Americans should hope never, ever happens, it is that the US competes on a level playing field. The people of this country have worked long and hard to make the field tip steeply in our favor. We should acknowledge that, be thankful and absolutely stop whining about the unfairness of a world that is unfair in our favor.

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