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  • [MALE INTERVIEWER] YOU GOING TO BE OKAY?

  • I'M 63 YEARS OLD.

  • I'M LIKELY TO SKATE MY WAY TO THE GRAVE,

  • BUT I HAVE THREE YOUNG CHILDREN WHO ARE ALL ENGINEERS,

  • AND I WORRY ABOUT THEIR ABILITY TO WORK

  • IN AMERICAN MANUFACTURING DOWN THE ROAD...

  • [MACHINERY CHUGGING]

  • [MAN] I THINK THAT THE WATER'S GOING TO GET HOTTER AND HOTTER,

  • AND IF THERE IS NO EVENT TO WAKE PEOPLE UP,

  • I THINK CHINA CAN JUST OWN

  • MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE OF OUR DEBT,

  • AND EVERYTHING'S FINE

  • UNTIL THAT MAGICAL MOMENT WHEN IT'S NOT,

  • AND ALL THE SORRIES IN THE WORLD

  • AREN'T GOING TO MAKE THAT ANY DIFFERENT.

  • [MALE NARRATOR] THE FILM YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE

  • ADDRESSES ONE OF THE MOST URGENT PROBLEMS FACING AMERICA--

  • IT'S INCREASINGLY DESTRUCTIVE TRADE RELATIONSHIP

  • WITH A RAPIDLY RISING CHINA.

  • AS YOU WATCH THIS FILM,

  • IT IS IMPORTANT TO ALWAYS DISTINGUISH CLEARLY

  • BETWEEN THE GOOD AND HARDWORKING PEOPLE OF CHINA

  • AND THEIR REPRESSIVE COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT

  • NOW VICTIMIZING BOTH AMERICAN AND CHINESE CITIZENS ALIKE.

  • I'M HERE TO BUY ME A BIG-SCREEN TV,

  • MY FIRST BIG SCREEN, MAN,

  • 40 INCH, FOR 265.

  • [INTERVIEWER] WHERE'S THAT PRODUCT MADE?

  • PROBABLY IN CHINA.

  • CHINA. CHINA.

  • THIS IS MADE IN CHINA.

  • [INTERVIEWER] DO YOU KNOW HERE THAT BIKE WAS MADE?

  • NO, BUT I KNOW IT'S HUFFY.

  • WHERE WERE THESE PRODUCTS MADE? DO YOU KNOW?

  • PROBABLY FROM CHINA WHERE EVERYTHING ELSE IS MADE.

  • OH, THIS [BLEEP] IS MADE IN AMERICA.

  • [MAN] WELL, AMERICAN IS BETTER.

  • SO IS THIS AMERICAN?

  • I'M NOT SURE IF IT IS AMERICAN,

  • BUT HOPEFULLY IT IS.

  • [MAN #2] YEAH, I THINK I GOT A GREAT DEAL.

  • YOU CAN'T BEAT 300 BUCKS FOR A 46-INCH TV.

  • TELL YOU THE TRUTH,

  • I DIDN'T EVEN COME HERE EXACTLY FOR THIS,

  • BUT I SEEN IT AND COULDN'T PASS UP THE DEAL, MAN.

  • FOR, YOU KNOW, $200, YOU CAN'T REALLY, YOU KNOW, BEAT THAT,

  • SO THEY TOLD ME IT WAS 200,

  • AND NOW THAT'S IN MY-- IT'S IN MY CART NOW.

  • DID YOU SEE WHERE IT WAS MADE?

  • OH, YEAH, IT WAS MADE IN CHINA.

  • HEY, I'M FINE WITH IT, YOU KNOW.

  • IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN'T PROVIDE ME WITH WHAT I NEED,

  • I GOTTA GET IT FROM CHINA.

  • HEY, IT IS WHAT IT IS, YOU KNOW,

  • I'M JUST BEING TRUTHFUL.

  • DON'T HATE ME.

  • SO HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN AMERICANS BUY CHINESE PRODUCTS?

  • I FEEL REALLY BAD BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IS

  • IT'S NOT JUST AMERICA IS BUYING UP CHINESE PRODUCTS.

  • IT'S THAT AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE LOSING THEIR JOBS.

  • I WAS LAID OFF THREE TIMES WITHIN SIX MONTHS

  • UNTIL I WAS PERMANENTLY LAID OFF.

  • I GRADUATED WITH MY BACHELOR'S IN 2004.

  • I'VE BEEN OUT TRYING TO USE THAT OF COURSE

  • BECAUSE I SPENT A LOT OF MONEY GOING TO SCHOOL,

  • AND I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO FIND ANYTHING.

  • CHINA, I THINK, IS RESPONSIBLE

  • FOR WIPING OUT A GOOD DEAL OF THE MANUFACTURING

  • THAT WE HAVE, OR HAD, IN NORTHEAST OHIO.

  • AND I THINK THAT IS CONTINUING

  • AS THEY CONTINUE TO MANIPULATE THEIR CURRENCY,

  • AS THEY CONTINUE TO NOT HAVE THE LEVEL OF WORKPLACE SAFETY

  • OR ENVIRONMENTAL OR HEALTH STANDARDS

  • THAT WE HAVE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES.

  • SO WE'VE SEEN OUR WHOLE MANUFACTURING BASE

  • UPROOT AND REPLANT

  • IN A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST WORKERS

  • AND JUST GO OUT TO DINNER THAT NIGHT.

  • SO WHEN A LARGE COMPANY

  • DECIDES TO MOVE ITS PRODUCTION OFF SHORE

  • AND IT CLOSES A FACTORY

  • IN A CITY OR A TOWN IN THE UNITED STATES,

  • THAT BASICALLY LEAVES-- IT'S LIKE A BLACK HOLE.

  • SUDDENLY THAT FACTORY JUST DISAPPEARS,

  • AND EVERYTHING ELSE GOES DOWN WITH IT.

  • JOBS DISAPPEAR,

  • AND THE WAY THE ECONOMY'S GOING RIGHT NOW,

  • IT'S TOUGH TO FIND A JOB.

  • I JUST RECENTLY FINISHED GRADUATE SCHOOL,

  • AND EVEN COMING OUT WITH THAT, IT'S STILL HARD TO FIND ONE.

  • SOME OF THE WORKERS AT COMPANIES,

  • LITERALLY THEIR LAST ACT AT THE FACTORY

  • WAS TO UNBOLT THE MACHINE

  • AND LOAD IT UP TO BE SHIPPED OFF TO CHINA.

  • I EVEN TALKED TO A FELLA DOWN THERE.

  • THEY WANTED TO SEND HIM

  • OVER TO CHINA TO TEACH THE PEOPLE

  • HOW TO RUN THE MACHINES THAT THEY WERE SHIPPING OVER THERE.

  • HE WAS 63 YEARS OLD.

  • HE SAID, "I ONLY GOT TWO MORE YEARS TO GO,

  • AND I CAN RETIRE, SO I'M NOT GOING TO BOTHER DOING IT."

  • HE SAID, "BAD ENOUGH THEY TOOK MY JOB.

  • NOW THEY WANT ME TO SHOW THEM HOW TO DO IT, TOO."

  • PEOPLE WHO WERE SUPPLYING THAT PLANT WITH MATERIALS,

  • EQUIPMENT, MAINTENANCE SERVICES,

  • EVEN THE ACCOUNTING FIRMS,

  • DESIGN FIRMS, R&D FIRMS,

  • AND THEN ALL THE OTHER SERVICES AROUND IT, LIKE RESTAURANTS,

  • WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM?

  • THEY'RE DOOMED. THEY GO DOWN WITH IT.

  • THEY CAN'T FOLLOW THAT COMPANY OFFSHORE TO SHANGHAI.

  • IT'S DIFFICULT TO BE UNEMPLOYED

  • BECAUSE YOU HAVE A MORTGAGE

  • AND YOU HAVE YOUR REGULAR BILLS YOU HAVE TO PAY.

  • YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR A CAR,

  • AND YOU HAVE TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE,

  • AND WHEN YOU HAVE JUST A SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY

  • FROM THE STATE COMING IN,

  • SOMETIMES IT'S HARD TO MAKE IT.

  • I'M TRYING TO GET FOOD.

  • LIKE, THAT'S WHAT I'M HERE FOR.

  • I MEAN, THIS IS NOT JUST AN UNEMPLOYMENT LINE.

  • THIS IS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE HUNGRY, AND I'M HUNGRY.

  • AND IT JUST REALLY IS UNFAIR

  • THAT BEING IN A COUNTRY AS GREAT AS THE UNITED STATES

  • TO HAVE OUR PEOPLE STRUGGLING THE WAY THEY ARE

  • TO NOT FIND WHAT IS JUST COMMON-- YOU WORK.

  • THAT'S WHAT YOU DO.

  • AND FOR THEM NOT TO FIND THAT MONTH AFTER MONTH AND MONTH,

  • IT JUST DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO ME.

  • I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S THE PRESIDENT.

  • I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S THE--

  • HONESTLY, I DON'T KNOW WHO TO POINT THE BLAME TO.

  • IF WE TALK ABOUT WHO'S TO BLAME,

  • I THINK PARTIALLY OUR OWN GOVERNMENT.

  • OUR GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE DOING SOMETHING.

  • THEY COULD HAVE STEPPED IN, I THINK, A LONG TIME AGO.

  • PLEASE HEAR US, AND PLEASE UNDERSTAND

  • THAT COMPANIES LIKE THIS ARE SPECIAL.

  • SMALL COMPANIES ARE WHAT MAKES AMERICA,

  • AND UNLESS SOMEBODY DOES SOMETHING

  • ABOUT UNRESTRICTED IMPORTING,

  • YOU'RE GONNA LOSE THE REST OF US, TOO.

  • WE'VE NEVER HAD A REALLY BIG AND HOSTILE COUNTRY

  • COME INTO OUR MARKETS.

  • MOST OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION WE HAVE FACED,

  • FROM JAPAN, FROM GERMANY, FROM THE REST OF EUROPE,

  • HAS COME WITHOUT A SENSE

  • THAT BEHIND IT WAS A GOVERNMENT

  • THAT HAS SOUGHT CONFRONTATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES

  • ON A REGULAR BASIS.

  • THE WTO-- IT'S NOT BASED HERE.

  • WHO IN THE UNITED STATES IS ON THE WTO?

  • DOES ANYBODY KNOW?

  • IN 2001 CHINA JOINED THE WTO-- THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION--

  • WITH THE STRONG SUPPORT OF A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT

  • AND A REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED CONGRESS.

  • BEFORE THE INK WAS DRY ON THIS FREE TRADE AGREEMENT,

  • CHINA BEGAN FLOODING AMERICAN MARKETS

  • WITH ITS ILLEGALLY SUBSIDIZED

  • AND VERY DANGEROUS EXPORTS

  • WHILE THE BIG MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES

  • THAT HAD LOBBIED HEAVILY FOR THE AGREEMENT

  • RAPIDLY ACCELERATED THE OFF SHORING OF AMERICAN FACTORIES

  • AND AMERICAN JOBS TO CHINA.

  • TODAY, AS A RESULT OF THE BIGGEST POLITICAL SHELL GAME

  • IN AMERICAN ECONOMIC HISTORY,

  • CHINA HAS STOLEN THOUSANDS OF OUR FACTORIES

  • AND MILLIONS OF OUR JOBS,

  • MULTINATIONAL CORPORATION PROFITS ARE SOARING,

  • AND WE NOW OWE OVER $3 TRILLION

  • TO THE WORLD'S LARGEST COMMUNIST NATION.

  • THIS WAS NOT HOW IT WAS SUPPOSED TO TURN OUT--

  • [MAN] LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

  • THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

  • ...WHEN WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON