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  • Make a major investment in renewable energy infrastructure manufactured in the U.S.

  • Renegotiate trade agreements for parity in external costs - pollution control, working conditions, child labor exploitation, workers injury compensation, etc.

  • End the subsidy of fossil fuels by charging for external pollution costs

  • Enforce product safety laws on imported goods

  • Enforce U.S. food safety laws on imported food

  • Regulate Wall Street, re-institute Glass-Steagall

  • Meaningful health care reform

  • End oil industry subsidies

  • Much of the above is simply saying if you're subject to the law here, your products are subject to the same laws when they are imported.

    If you benefit from being here in the U.S. you pay tax in the U.S.

    If you are benefiting from abusing the planet or people that cost must be paid, that inequity must be addressed.

    Parity, period.

    Watch the jobs, watch the industries, watch the technology, come home.

    Globalization must either be regulated so it's fair, or call me an isolationist.

    We shouldn't be growing any bananas in New Jersey and, therefore, we shouldn't be importing fresh tomatoes via air cargo from Israel and the Netherlands.

    Did anyone believe we could import dry wall from China, which weighs a ton, cheaper than we could make it in Stoney Point, New York? If you didn't hear, it was full of poison. Facts easily indicate when somebody is cheating.

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    Chaz Valenza is writer and small business owner in New Jersey. He earned his MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. His current feature film project is "Single Point Failure" an insider's account of how the Reagan Administration (more...)
     

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