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Trade Deficit: August - 2008 - Current financial crisis is tip of iceberg
by Mike Crane

"Foreign interests have more control over the US economy than Americans, leaving the country in a state that is financially imprudent. More and more of our debt is held by foreign countries � some of which are our allies and some are not. The huge holdings of American government debt by countries such as China and Saudi Arabia could leave a powerful financial weapon in the hands of countries that may be hostile to US corporate and diplomatic interests."

David Walker, the US comptroller general . 23 July 2007.  http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/markets/united_states/article2120735.ece

The August, 2008 Trade statistics were released on October 10 and remained at a very high and unacceptable level.   This article is of course almost a month later than usual. But with the ' financial market crisis " and election approaching, it was obvious few cared about the trade deficit. The media, the candidates and all of the multitude of talking heads were just absorbed with other things. So I put this one off until after the election.

Month

2001 S urplus
 (Deficit)
2002 S urplus
 (Deficit)
2003 S urplus
 (Deficit)
2004 S urplus
 (Deficit)
2005 Surplus
(Deficit)
2006 Surplus
(Deficit)
2007 Surplus
(Deficit)
2008 Surplus (Deficit)
January (35.2) (29.6) (41.4) (43.1) (58.3) (68.5) (59.1) (58.2)
February (29.4) (32.6) (40.4) (42.1) (61.0) (65.7) (58.4) (62.3)
March (32.7) (31.5) (43.7) (46.0) (55.0) (62.0) (63.9) (58.2)
April (31.5) (34.0) (42.5) (48.3) (57.0) (63.4) (58.5) (60.5)
May (28.0) (34.0) (40.8) (46.0) (55.3) (63.8) (60.0) (59.2)
June (29.5) (35.4) (40.0) (55.8) (58.8) (64.8) (58.1) (58.8)
July (30.1) (34.1) (40.8) (50.1) (57.9) (68.0) (59.2) (62.2)
August (28.4) (36.2) (40.2) (53.5) (59.0) (69.9) (57.6) (59.1)
September (30.8) (36.6) (41.3) (51.6) (66.1) (64.3) (56.5)  
October (30.8) (35.0) (41.5) (55.5) (68.9) (58.9) (57.9)
November (29.7) (39.7) (40.0) (60.3) (64.2) (58.2) (63.1)  
 December (26.6) (43.2) (44.0) (56.4) (65.7) (62.1) (58.8)  

The chart above is taken - month by month - from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis monthly press releases. These are just the numbers reported by the government. A copy and link to the most recent BEA press release is always at the bottom of the page.

The month of August, 2008 was the second highest August trade deficit in our country's history. Up until the day that the current " financial market crisis " exploded, your government officials were saying that the " economy " was showing a few weaknesses, but was still strong. But as all now know that was not true.

Sadly, the "financial market crisis" is just the tip of the iceberg. We, the people, have a mountain of debt moving toward us like a mud slide. Even as an enormous amount in excess of $700 Billion dollars ($700,000,000,000.00) of your money is being spent to prop up financial institutions with much hoopla, that much money flows out of our country every year!

Let's repeat that for emphasis. 'That much money flows out of our country every year!" The "financial markets crisis" is just the tip of the iceberg. Due to the lack of fiscal responsibility and "big government" failed economic policies of the Republican and Democratic parties this mountain of debt is moving towards us like a mud slide. --- Each crisis will be treated as a surprise, and you will pay the price for each, unless you the citizens made a fundamental change in our elected government.

Excluding Petroleum Products

Month

2007 Surplus
(Deficit)
2008 Surplus
(Deficit)
January (40.9) (32.1)
February (45.6) (37.8)
March (45.8) (36.1)
April (45.9) (35.8)
May (42.7) (37.9)
June (42.3) (32.8)
July (41.8) (32.7)
August (40.2) (33.6)
September (39.6)
October (38.5)
November (40.6)
 December (34.8)

The chart at the left shows the trade deficit excluding all petroleum products. So even without the purchase of a single drop of oil we would still have very high trade deficits.

When you hear politicians blaming our unacceptable international trade position on oil, just remember this chart. They are not being completely honest with you! Before political correctness such lack of honesty was called by more descriptive terms.

Tracking an Expensive Trade Agreement - NAFTA

In January this year - we started tracking our trade with our NAFTA partners [sic].  In just January through August we have a trade deficit over $101,432,000,000.00 or 101.4 Billion USD.

Note that NAFTA was passed by a very narrow margin in 1992 and supported by both Democratic President Bill Clinton, and the 1996 Republican Presidential nominee - then Senator Bob Dole. So NAFTA was brought to us by both the Republicans and Democrats.

2008 Trade with
NAFTA partners (Millions)

Month Canada Mexico NAFTA Total
January (5,865) (5,141) (11,007)
February (6,450) (5,497) (11,948)
March (6,483) (5,974) (12,457)
April (7,320) (6,826) (14,146)
May (5,385) (6,575) (11,960)
June (7,163) (5,689) (12,852)
July (8,342) (5,456) (13,798)
August (7,417) (5,880) (13,296)

In this years Presidential campaign Republican John McCain was the most outspoken supporter of not only NAFTA but voiced strong support for increasing the number of such agreements to include other countries in this American job sweepstakes.

Our new President-Elect Barack Obama voiced support for the so-called free trade agreements but used some campaign rhetoric suggesting that these agreements are OK as long as we add more government regulations for worker protection (read - re-training benefits when your job is shipped to a foreign country) and environmental taxes.

So nothing is going to change from this years Presidential election.

We lost the election before the first vote was cast!

It is hard to see where we benefit from a trade deficit of $101,432,000,000.00 with these two countries in just eight months!

Possibly a truer statement would be that both Canada and Mexico have many thousands of families that now benefit from jobs that used to support families in our county.

W hen you voted for either the Republican Presidential nominee OR the Democratic Presidential nominee this year, I hope you said a prayer for the American families that will lose their income from continuing the great American jobs sweepstakes known as "Free Trade Agreements." Of course you now get to pay for their defunct mortgages to boot!

The now empty and vacant facilities (and the ones that will become empty) that used to produce these products in our country do not employ very many people.

  • You can sit in the parking lot of a vacant facility at shift change time and you do not see many employees leaving or coming to work

  • You can sit in the parking lot of a vacant facility and you do not see many trucks leaving to take products to market.

  • How many of the mortgages that are causing the current " financial market crisis " would be in current status if these facilities were still employing American citizens?

However in some foreign country, for NAFTA this would be Mexico or Canada,  the story is different:

  • At shift change time you will see a lot of employees both coming and leaving, and on certain days they will have paychecks, many paid by you!

  • Sitting in the parking lot you will see trucks leaving - loaded with products.

  • Soon you will be able to follow these trucks as they roar through our country on the NAFTA Super Corridor (paid for by you) to an "inland port" (paid for by you) and then to your local store.

Regardless of the campaign rhetoric, the track record the last few decades speaks louder. We get rhetoric about our strong economy - but it is propped up by a growing mountain of debt!  For years as this debt grew all we got was rhetoric about how strong our economy was. Now the federal government, supported by both Republicans and Democrats commit billions of tax payer guaranteed dollars to bail out failing industries and banking institutions.

But the leading Democrats and Republicans get record levels of campaign contributions and are sent back election after election - so nothing changes.

Foreign Debt

Now a brief look at the impact of year after year of our failed economic policies: foreign owned debt Take a look at the chart on the right. This is a graph, using the governments own numbers of the steady growth of foreign owned debt.

That is a debt total of over $12,400,000,000,000.00 - 12.4 Trillion Dollars. That is $12.4 Trillion dollars of wealth accumulated not by you, your family or grandchildren, but by foreigners, and that was in 2007. It has grown since!

Would we have a mortgage crisis if those trillions of dollars had been paid to Americans instead of foreigners?

Year after year, both the Republican and Democratic parties and their leadership have maintained policies that steadily move wealth to foreign countries - then act surprised when we have a crisis caused by the mounting debt.

Is this what you vote for on election day?

Whether the answer is yes or no, it is what you have been getting for the last few decades from BOTH the Republicans and Democrats.

With all of the talk and rhetoric about "National Security" how do you as a citizen feel about foreign countries steadily increasing their financial influence over our country? Do you pay taxes so that leading Democrats and Republicans can squander your grandchildren's future for campaign contributions?

Oh how the Doubting Thomases will rant and rave at that factual statement. But don't take our word for it, listen to the US Controller General"

Foreign interests have more control over the US economy than Americans, leaving the country in a state that is financially imprudent. More and more of our debt is held by foreign countries � some of which are our allies and some are not. The huge holdings of American government debt by countries such as China and Saudi Arabia could leave a powerful financial weapon in the hands of countries that may be hostile to US corporate and diplomatic interests."

David Walker, the US comptroller general . 23 July 2007.  http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/markets/united_states/article2120735.ece

Just for the Doubting Thomases - lets look at the numbers, these are just FACTS.

foreign owned US government debt The unacceptable and month by month of wealth outflow due to the trade deficit is allowing foreign countries and entities to buy increasing assets in our country. One of the most talked about measures of our country's debt are the US Treasury Bonds, commonly called the "National Debt."

Since 1986 the foreign owned portion of Treasury Bonds has grown from 15% to 46%. In dollar amounts it has grown from 0.2 Trillion USD to 2.4 Trillion USD.

Still a doubting Thomas?

I urge you to take some time and read the information on Grandfather Economic Reports

To quote from this report concerning the irresponsible accumulation of debt:

"Debt is like drugs - - one needs more and more and more to 'survive.' America, like a debt-junkie depending on support from others, is less and less in control of its own economic conditions looking forward - - becoming more and more dependent on the willingness of foreign interests to finance the destructive and escalating habit.

"If foreign interests have been financing this rising trend of our federal government debt, now at 46% of the total, from where will come the needed additional funds to finance the huge spending plans for entitlement programs, national defense, homeland security and out-dated infrastructure replacements in the future?"

The failure of American Corporations

The Doubting Thomases just find it hard or even impossible to believe that American Corporations support these failed economic polices by millions of dollars in campaign contributions. This is understandable - historically American Corporations foreign owned corporate bonds were one of the foundations of the growth of American wealth.

But things have changed.

The time has come to realize that things have changed. Once again just the FACTS. Just the numbers from your own government, not us. The chart on the right shows how foreign interests have gained financial influence in American Corporations. Once again the funds to do this are largely derived from the unacceptable and excessive trade deficits that continue month after month.

As long as the trade deficits continue at current levels this trend will continue.

These are trends that are not in your - the citizens - best interests. These are trends that are based upon greed and what used to be called corruption.

Do you believe that our country can run such large trade deficits forever?

If that concerns you, consider helping us get these subjects into today's political debate. Nothing will change until you - the citizens - decide that the time has come to make a change. Meanwhile the greedy and powerful will just continue profiteering off of your grandchildren's future.

If you are ready to begin demanding "sane" economic polices consider forwarding this page or previous months articles to other folks who you believe are also concerned. If this distribution list doubled every month, we could make a real difference in the 2010 elections.

Or you can continue sending the same folks back and get more of the same.

This is not the Republicans' country. This is not the Democrats' country. This is not the Southern Partys' country. It is your country, it will be your childrens' and grandchildrens' country.

Your country is run by the 492,000 elected officials that YOU elect. If you want better economic policies you are going to have to elect people who will represent you and not represent special interests. Or you will just continue getting more of the same.

Consider helping us give the People of Real Choice. We desperately need your help, if you want us to continue to do our best to spread the message about these failed policies and their growing impact on your future generations. No contribution is too small and can be sent to:

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U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
NEWS
U.S. Department of Commerce * Washington, DC 20230

U.S. INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN GOODS AND SERVICES
                                    August 2008


Goods and Services


The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department
of Commerce, announced today that total August exports of $164.7 billion and imports
of $223.9 billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $59.1 billion , down from
$61.3 billion in July, revised.  August exports were $3.4 billion less than July exports
of $168.1 billion.  August imports were $5.5 billion less than July imports of $229.4
billion.


In August, the goods deficit decreased $3.2 billion from July to $70.9 billion, and
the services surplus decreased $1.0 billion to $11.8 billion.  Exports of goods decreased
$3.2 billion to $117.6 billion, and imports of goods decreased $6.4 billion to $188.5
billion.  Exports of services decreased $0.2 billion to $47.1 billion, and imports of
services increased $0.9 billion to $35.3 billion.


In August 2008, the goods and services deficit increased $3.8 billion from August 2007.
Exports were up $22.6 billion, or 15.9 percent, and imports were up $26.4 billion, or
13.4 percent.

 

Source: http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/international/trade/tradnewsrelease.htm

About the author:

Mike Crane, the 2nd vice chairman of the Southern Party of Georgia was a candidate for the 51st Senate District in Georgia. Despite gathering over 7,000 petition signatures in 2004 and 2006 combined - he was denied ballot access both elections.  While 70% of the Georgia State House districts and 56% of Georgia Senate districts had one candidate in November, Georgia tax dollars were used to prevent political competition.

 

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