THE DANGERS OF PROTECTIONISM
Efforts to impose countervailing duties to protect the film industry are harmful to the American economy.
According to the US Department of Labor's own statistics,
"protectionism" destroys eight
jobs in the general economy for every one saved in a protected industry.
The Monitor Report commissioned by SAG and the DGA grossly over-estimates the extent of runaway production. It is full of economic inaccuracies. It fails to recognize the benefits of free trade, as demonstrated by the many jobs created by foreign production companies doing business within the United States.
DO NOT SUPPORT THE FTAC & SAG
IN HARMING THE U.S. ECONOMY AND THREATENING SECURITY
OPPOSE COUNTERVAILING TARIFFS
The special interests who argue for protectionist policies to
insure their employees jobs, disguise their true purpose of gaining security through the
elimination of competition. Without competition, an industry tends to stagnate.
All of these restrictive trade policies reduce
social harmony and invite retaliation.
Wherever such economic nationalism occurs, it breeds conflict.
Professor Patrick Messerlin finds that policies designed to protect the French film industry have led to restricted choice for the consumer and have decimated the industry which they were designed to protect.
On October 19, 1999, US Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky
said to the Council on Foreign Relations, "To turn our back on open trade would be to
accept a lower
standard of living, loss of export opportunities, reduced rates of investment in plants
and hiring, and ultimately a loss of national strength and influence worldwide."
HELP AMERICA PROSPER & CREATE NEW JOBS
THROUGH GLOBAL ECONOMIC & ARTISTIC COOPERATION
TELL YOUR GUILDS, UNIONS, CONGRESSMEN, SENATORS AND THE FTAC