Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Ross Perot Prophecy Comes True

Economist Tim Iacono reflects on the wisdom of Ross Perot during the 1992 Presidential election. He highlights a video made of a debate between Bush, Clinton and Perot wherein Perot warns of a wage convergence between Mexico and the U.S., and notes how now the country at issue is China as their wages climb while America’s falls. Meanwhile, he notes, everyone is too busy talking about taxing and spending to take note of the problem. For more on this continue reading the following article from Tim Iacono.

Spotted over at Patrick.net this morning, 1992 Presidential candidate Ross Perot’s warning about a steady decline in U.S. wages from almost 20 years ago sounds quite prophetic. All you have to do is substitute “China” for “Mexico” when you hear about wages converging at six dollars an hour – ours going down, theirs going up.

Sadly, no one talks about his much – instead, you get a political debate about taxes and spending. And, of course, monetary policy at the Federal Reserve that is largely based on a consumer price index that doesn’t distinguish between imported goods and goods that are produced domestically only exacerbates the problem.

This blog post was republished with permission from Tim Iacono.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this--just one of so many examples in which Ross Perot warned us about how our country was on the wrong track--and now we're paying the price. The bumper sticker on my car says, "Ross Was Right!" It's over ten years old, and looking kinda worn, but it gets more statements of agreement today from folks in parking lots (and passing me with a "thumbs up" acknowledgement) than ever. There's a Pennsylvania Dutch saying my grandma used to say that I'm reminded of often: "We get too soon old and too late smart."