MSNBC is helping stoke the flames of the latest anti-China hysteria over the safety of goods made in China. Remember the panic over toys painted with lead paint that were coming out of China? Children were supposed to be turning up retarded all over the American countryside thanks to those diabolical Chinese and their lead paint. Yet, somehow America survived that sinister attack.
Now, it’s the Chinese and their tires that will be the death of us. This likely wouldn’t even be a media issue if it weren’t for the Obama administration’s effort to re-create the glories of Hawley-Smoot by raising tarriffs on Chinese tires while undoubtedly feeling around for other tarriffs to raise as well.
I’m curious however, as to who is working behind the scenes to make the safety of Chinese tires an issue. The article begins with a reference to the United Steelworkers Union, which has likely been raising little passive-aggressive questions about the safety of Chinese tires while accusing the Chinese of “unfair” trade practices.
Americans need free trade now more than ever. Yes, consumers buy tires, but the biggest benefits will come from inexpensive tires purchased by producers who rely on fleets of trucks, tractors, or other kinds of capital that rely on cost-effective tires. Low cost tires mean lower cost goods for the rest of us.