By purchasing foreign products, we
Would create prosperous dollar markets
abroad for the things we produce.
We cannot forever continue to sell, if
We refuse to buy; nor can we continue
giving away the products of ibis nation
while refusing to accept payment in
kind from abroad. This will serve only
to impoverish our people, lower our
living standards, and deplete our natural
According to Henry Ford, the Ameri-
can market could easily absorb another
five or six billion dollars worth of
foreign goods each year which
Would mean more goods for lhe American people. Business would benefit, labor
Would benefit, agriculture would benefit, and the general consumer —- that
"leans eill of us would benefit.'
If we permitted free trade', we ceeulil
abandon our foreign aid. which is not
°nly a heavy burden for us but is also
demoralizing lo nations which want to
HIGHER LIVING STANDARD
Lower laves al home, together with
• greater abundance of tariff-free consumer goods, would mcetn a higher
Wandard of living.
Free trade offers us a simple sulu-
t'on to many of the world's ills. Il
''"e-n t require endless hours of debate
'" ihe United Nations, ll isn't even
'"'"-s-arv for all nalions to agree joint-
v and simultaneously to remove re-
, \ great nation such as the United
'ates could safely do ii am! thereby
*l an example for others to follow. Il
u,||ild mil be meddling in the affairs
j1' oilie, nations; it would be merely
""king after the best interests of our
°»v'n citizens. And instead of being re-
—Wide World Photo
n6 rne first annual New York Import Show,
e-„u"Y. 10,000 items from at least twenty
K0rn!ries were displayed. Above, Erro A.
snlo)Vaara' commercial secretary to the Con-
Hob^ General of Finland, shows Miss Ann
British cars reach U.S. market.
senlful. oilier nations would be grateful. :
-Wide World Photo
roundabout way", helps
erfS a lion target rifle made in Finland.
Acts forum news, April, 1955
That was one side of the question.
Here, on the other hand, are arguments of .some who do not think that
America should abolish all tariffs.
lAJv. cannot intelligently discuss the
"trade, not aid" subject without some
meaningful comprehension of our aid
In round figures, we have given away
to foreign governments approximately
one hundred billion dollars since 1940.*
That sum of money would have built
ten million 810,000-homes in the United
Stales — a home for one out of every
four American families. Or it would
have bought a new car for every family
in America. Or it could have built fine
churches, school buildings, and recreational-educational facilities in every city,
every town, every village (every community) in the nation — if it had been
left ill the hands of lhe Americans who
earned it, to use as they saw fit.
This is the reality of our foreign aid
programs. Since the beginning of the
New lle'eil. many Americans have c.iine
to look upon the federal government as
an inexhaustible source of money.
\e inally. of course, every dollar which
our governmenl has. spends, wastes, or
gives away represents so much production (labor and effort) on the part of
the American people.*
Americans — by working, saving, in-
viniing. investing produce wealth.
Our government seizes that wealth —
lakes it away from them by force of
hew: takes it out of their pay checks
before they get a chance to see it —
and then gives it away to foreign governments.
The excuse for all of this is that it
One of the by-products of this strange
activity is the so-called unbalanced
This siluation, in turn, has created a
new hue and cry for America to abolish
her tariffs so that foreign products can
be sold here more easily.
For years the volume of American
goods going abroad has been much
greater than the volume of foreign goods
coming into America. The unbalance has
been caused, however, not by our tariffs but by our foreign aid.8
In one typical year — 1951 — on
which some official 1 nited Slates governmenl figures are easily available, we
sent abroad American products totaling
82.5 billion more than the total value
of all foreign goods brought into the
United Stales. The value of the American goods thai we gave away abroad
that year, however, was $3.4 billion.*
Analyze these figures, and you will
discover that in one typical year, the
value of eill foreign-made goods which
we Americans bought was 8820 million
greater than the value of all American
g Is actually solel abroad.
In other words, \merica is and always has been a better customer for the
rest ol the world than the rest of the
world is for us."1
Foreign nations like England, which
complain that we are hurling them and
driving them into the arms of the Communists because we have high tariffs and
refuse lo buy their manufactured products, are simply nol telling the truth.
The trttlb is thai they have higher tariffs against our goods than we have
against theirs. We actually buy more
of Ibeir goods than ihey buy of ours.1"
Our average tariff rale on all imports is only a little over 5 per cent —
which makes us the lowest-tariff major
trading nation on earth.'1