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November 7, 2010

Obama Admits Decline of US Dominance

Filed under: business, corporatism, economy, globalization, government, money, politics, recession — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — digitaleconomy @ 6:27 pm

Today, President Barack Obama said that the USA was no longer in a position to “meet the rest of the world economically on our terms.”

Speaking at a town hall meeting in Mumbai, he said,

“I do think that one of the challenges that we are going face in the US, at a time when we are still recovering from the financial crisis is, how do we respond to some of the challenges of globalization? The fact of the matter is that for most of my lifetime and I’ll turn 50 next year – the US was such an enormously dominant economic power, we were such a large market, our industry, our technology, our manufacturing was so significant that we always met the rest of the world economically on our terms. And now because of the incredible rise of India and China and Brazil and other countries, the US remains the largest economy and the largest market, but there is real competition.”

“This will keep America on its toes. America is going to have to compete. There is going to be a tug-of-war within the US between those who see globalization as a threat and those who accept we live in a open integrated world, which has challenges and opportunities.”

President Obama disagreed with those who saw globalization as evil. He did warn that protectionist impulses in the USA will get stronger if Americans don’t see trade bringing in gains for them.

“If the American people feel that trade is just a one-way street where everybody is selling to the enormous US market but we can never sell what we make anywhere else, then the people of the US will start thinking that this is a bad deal for us and it could end up leading to a more protectionist instinct in both parties, not just among Democrats but also Republicans. So, that we have to guard against.”

President Obama noted that America could not continue to promote trade at its own expense at a time when economic power in India and China is rising. “There has to be reciprocity in our trading relationships and if we can have those kind of conversations – fruitful, constructive conversation about how we produce win-win situations, then I think we will be fine.”

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