But who are the real culprits here? You can't have an exporter without an importer. Chinese businesses are not shipping billions of dollars worth of products to our shores uninvited. U.S. manufacturers and retailers are the ones importing this stuff and selling it to us. It's Wal-Mart, Hasbro, Black & amp; Decker, Red Lobster, Toys R Us, Target and other big brand names that have built this dependency on Chinese imports and are profiting phenomenally from it.
These special interests are the ones that abandoned American producers and communities, transferring their investment capital to China. They leapt at Chinese labor that could be had for pennies an hour and made to toil in brutal sweatshop conditions that are legally and morally abominable to our people. These importers also cynically wink at the vile environmental contamination caused by the factories in China making products bound for American stores.
Let's be honest: China's trillion-dollar-a-year export economy is based squarely on the country's deliberate lack of humane standards. That's precisely why our CEOs rushed over there -- every corner cut, every penny taken from workers and the environment, every product made on the cheap is pure profit for importers sitting so comfortably in their executive suites.
If you're outraged by shoddy, dangerous and deadly products from China, don't point at the Chinese -- point at America's corporate elite ... and start saying "no" to their "cheap" import addiction.
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