The Betrayal of American Prosperity

The Betrayal of American Prosperity

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CONSIDER THIS SHOCKING FACT: while Chinaa€™s number one export to the United States is $46 billion of computer equipment, the number one export from the U.S. to China is wastea€”$7.6 billion of waste paper and scrap metal. Bestselling author Clyde Prestowitz reveals the astonishing extent of the erosion of the fundamental pillars of American economic mighta€”beginning well before the 2008 financial crisisa€”and the great challenge we face for the future in competing with the economic juggernaut of China and the other fast-rising economies. As the arresting facts he introduces show, the U.S. is rapidly losing the basis of its wealth and power, as well as its freedom of action and independence. If we do not make dramatic changes quickly, we will confront a painful permanent slide in our standard of living; the dollar will no longer be the worlda€™s currency; our military strength will be whittled away; and we will be increasingly subject to the will of China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and various malcontents. But it doesna€™t have to be that way. As Prestowitz shows in a masterful account of how wea€™ve come to this fateful juncture, we have inflicted our economic decline on ourselvesa€”we abandoned the extraordinary approach to growth that drove the countrya€™s remarkable rise to superpower status from the early days of the republic up through World War II. For most of our history, we supported our home industries, protected our market against unfair trade, made the worlda€™s finest productsa€”leading the way in technological innovationa€”and we were strong savers. But in the post-WWII era, we reversed course as our leadership embraced a set of simplistically attractive but disastrously false ideasa€”that consumption rather than production should drive our economy; that free trade is always a win-win; that all globalization is good; that the market is always right and government regulation or intervention in the economy always causes more harm than good; and that it didna€™t matter that our factories were fleeing overseas because we were moving to the qhigher groundq of services. In a devastating account, Prestowitz shows just how flawed this orthodoxy is and how it has gutted the American economy. The 2008 financial crisis was only its most blatant and recent consequence. It is time to abandon these false doctrines and to get back to the American way of growth that brought us to world leadership; Prestowitz presents a deeply researched and powerful set of highly practical steps that we can begin implementing immediately to reverse course and restore our economic leadership and excellence. The Betrayal of American Prosperity is vital reading for all Americans concerned about the future of the economy and of our power in the coming era.So are a€œeveryday low pricesa€ really so good for consumers if the consumers happen also to be workers? ... Or consider the popular a€œcash for clunkersa€ program that seemed to work so well in 2009. ... new sippers bought, five were Japanese and one was South Korean, and though the number 1 seller was the Ford Focus, anbsp;...

Title:The Betrayal of American Prosperity
Author:Clyde Prestowitz
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2010-05-11


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