My readers know that on one aspect of the liberal world
view, this conservative is in agreement – the increasing and destructive disparity
of incomes and wealth in America,
although I do not support the various schemes for redistribution that President
Obama keeps pushing.
As I have pointed out, the major reason for the disparity is
globalization, and the loss of good-paying factory jobs to foreign
workers. I understand the theories of
absolute and comparative advantage, but history shows a rush to “free trade”,
and little attempt by past administrations to combat the wholesale transfer of
American industries overseas.
Having come to this understanding, my own little fight has
been to cut way back on my shopping at Walmart, which has decimated “main
street” with its offerings of cheap goods made in Asia. I wish, somehow, to combat the swindle whereby
we have traded good jobs for the privilege of buying cheap goods.
There is another, similar battle going on – the decimation
of brick and mortar retailers by online sellers. I already raised the ire of many readers by
supporting the collecting of state sales taxes from all online sales. We need to protect the revenue sources of our
states, and we need to slow down the bankrupting of local stores where we can
touch and feel products and get service when we need it. We have already lost many retailers, and it
appears that Radio Shack, J C Penny, Toys or Us and several others are poised
to go under.
I’ll be accused of being a reactionary, I’m sure, and this
is almost certainly a losing battle, but if Congress passes the online sales
tax bill and delivery costs keep escalating, perhaps this trend can be slowed.