Reduce Welfare, Increase Defense Critical Manufacturing

by Antonio Graceffo at

Rebuilding the US industrial base is not only crucial for national security in preparation for potential conflict with China but will also help stave off socialism by creating good-paying jobs for the working class.

Increasing domestic production is a better choice than socialist solutions such as forcing a higher minimum wage for burger flippers, expanding welfare programs, or implementing universal basic income (UBI).

Production is deterrence,” Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks told the Reagan Center. She went on to say that delays in rebuilding the US industrial base “rob us of critical momentum, forcing us to stand still, while Beijing, Moscow, and Tehran move to modernize their militaries, coerce their neighbors, and work to outpace us.”

Decades of US outsourcing have driven China’s economic rise. The advanced technology and production capabilities they have developed, as well as the money earned from exports, have provided Beijing with the means to build the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) into a near-peer of the U.S. military.

According to the Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community, China is the number one threat to US national security and to the current American-led rules-based order. US outsourcing to China has strengthened America’s number one enemy.

Shutdowns during the Covid pandemic made it clear that the US is highly dependent on China, and that Beijing could turn off the flow of goods at will. It does not take a degree in national security to understand that if the US were at war with China, they would be less likely to sell us weapons and ammunition.

At the same time that outsourcing is making China richer, working-class Americans are getting poorer. Most of the jobs Biden claims to have created were simply allowing people to return to work after Covid.

Apart from those, the new jobs are mostly part-time. Research shows that about half of the people working part-time jobs right now are only doing so because they cannot find full-time work.

The socialist answer to this is to force companies to pay a higher minimum wage, which will only cause prices to go up, making it even harder for people to survive after four years of Bidenflation.