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Filed Under on January 19th, 2013

Chinese Challenge

By Seth Kabala

How do you feel about the trade deficit? Does it keep you up at night? Do you find yourself scouring online news outlets at all hours, looking for the latest news on how far in the red America is with our imports vs. exports? Does it make you feel ill to see “Made In China” on everything? Have I got a solution for you.

Ignore the politicians, pundits, and protectionists. Forget the newspapers, blogs, and stages from which self-proclaimed idiots (if you listen between the lines …) kibitz about stuff that does more to enhance their egos than it does to protect America, and listen, instead, to the voice of reason. To the voice of a child.

Me: What is it you don’t like about stuff being made in China?

Will (my six-year-old): I don’t know. It’s just that everything is made over there.

Me: And you don’t like that?

Will: No. I’m fine with some stuff being made over there. Just not everything.

Me: So what do you think we should do about this?

Will: I don’t know.

Me: If you could talk to the leader of China, the guy in charge of making all the stuff they send back over here, what would you say?

Will: Stop making everything in China.

Me: So they should make stuff over here?

Will: Yes.

The answer, my friends, is domestic production by Chinese citizens. No longer will our products bear the shame of being made in China. No, no–they will be made by Chinese people in America.

Brilliance at its finest. I see a nomination for Commerce Secretary in his future. (Disclaimer: I have no idea if this position would in any way affect the balance of trade. But it sounds good, right?)

Will this open up new fiery debate on immigration? Will state and federal leaders start seeking advice from the grade-schoolers of America, eschewing the rhetoric of the talking heads?

Probably not. But once you get past the age of the speaker, the truth of an argument is there.

That and dirty fingernails.

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About: Seth Kabala
Seth is an entrepreneur, writer, musician, family man, and juggler of balls--big ones. He lives with his wife and three children in Portland, OR.

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