While the congressional elections in other states are bringing up the issue of fair trade and outsourcing with China, the subject truly hits home in Michigan where job loss has plagued middle class families for months. The news that America is giving away jobs is enough to anger most citizens who are unemployed and feel spited because their jobs are being sent across the world. This frustration has caused many people to question the effectiveness of candidates, like Rick Snyder who has been accused of outsourcing jobs while he was with Gateway. It is such a prevalent issue everywhere in Michigan that no candidate can escape the question of what to do to increase fair trade for the U.S. and Michigan specifically.
As mentioned above, both Snyder and his Democratic opponent Virg Bernero have addressed the issue of outsourcing to China in the election and their gubernatorial candidate debate. Bernero accuses Snyder's Gateway company of creating jobs in China rather than Michigan and believes this is not the right way to start Michigan's economy. Bernero does seem to have the support of the general public because many people see this outsourcing to China as a terrible move for the economy and are against trying to continue trading and manufacturing with China. The issue of fair trade appears repeatedly with China as the place where most of this treachery occurs.
Others, like Snyder, insist that China should not be ignored. Instead, selling to China should be encouraged to help create an economy based on exports. Snyder insists that selling to other parts of the world, including countries like China should be encouraged because that is how China gained their success. Because America's economy is continually expanding into a worldwide economy, it is necessary to begin creating an export-based economy to help create more jobs in Michigan. Snyder argues that to begin creating jobs here at home in Michigan, the government must be ready to deal with a global marketplace that does include trade with China.
The issue of economy is obviously prevalent in society and government on a local, state, and federal level. The congressional races in states across the country turn to this issue repeatedly in order to address what the next step should be for the country in general. Americans just want more jobs to help fulfill their needs and want this recession to subside as soon as possible. Whether or not free trade needs to continue with China for that to occur remains one of the greatest questions of this election.