Sunday, July 11, 2010

Protectionism!

These folks need to learn the glories of free trade.

China is opposed to importing a large number of foreign cartoons because the move would hinder its domestic animation industry, said a senior official with the country's top TV and film watchdog.

The purpose of introducing foreign cartoons is to learn from their strengths, such as creativity and technique, said Jin Delong, director of the publicity and administration department of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT). But importing too many will hamper the development of Chinese animation, he said.

I'm sorry, but these people aren't going to get anywhere if they behave like 19th-century Republicans*. Because owning a trillion dollars of our bonds might not be enough. They'll need to open their borders and ports to the bracing winds of international commerce.

* 1857 -- Democrats lowered tariffs further. An economic panic hit soon thereafter, precipitating a fall-off in imports in the wake of the recession that followed. Government revenues plummeted by 30 percent. In response, the nascent Republican Party called for higher tariffs ...

14 comments:

Charlotte Fullerton said...

Hi there, Steve :)

I am a new TAG member (2009) working my way through reading this forum, and just wanted to let you know that I for one really appreciate these kind of informative news bites about our industry that I would otherwise probably never even hear about. Thanks for these kind of posts!

-charlotte

vfxsoldier said...

Oddly a coincidence but it seems everyone is eluding to a much larger trade war coming.

http://vfxsoldier.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/vfx-subsidy-war-grows-into-global-trade-war/

Anonymous said...

What do you expect from corporate communism? "free trade" means giving HUGE tax breaks to send jobs overseas, providing massive tax loopholes so that any profits don't flow back into the U.S. economy, then having to deal with constituants who've lost their jobs due to this "protectionism." Protectionism, of course, meaning for corporations.

The bush economic debacle appears to be far worse than either shrub or President Obama's administrations have let on. The 8 years of bush and dick are going to take a LONG time to undo.

Anonymous said...

^Ah, yet another apologist for the disastrous Obama administration. The fool completely overlooks the booming stock market of the Bush years, plus the high employment, low interest rates, incredible job growth and all that accomplished despite the attacks of 9/11 (brought on by the ineptitude and cowardice of the Clinton administration), which were meant to destroy our economy. The terrorists didn't succeed. Nope, that took another Muslim, dressed in sheep's clothing, to do the job by getting elected President by morons with an American Idol mentality (choosing the pretty boy with the nice voice over a seasoned war hero with a sterling senate career) to do our economy in. Oh, and to favor illegal aliens over homegrown and naturalized citizens, bow to our enemies and piss off our allies, and fail to control an oil spill that's causing an embarrassing environmental disaster.

Word to the wise: people with no jobs can't buy movie tickets to cartoon movies. A vote for Democrats is a ticket to the unemployment line, even for pixel-pushing lefties living in La La Land.

Anonymous said...

Obama will be out by 2012. The Democrats will be out of power after November. Hopefully the Repubs can get us out of this mess. It'll be their hour, for sure, their last chance for credibility. God help us.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully repubs can get us out of this mess? The booming stock market of the Bush years?

Seriously? Did you just get here?

Anonymous said...

The 8 years of bush and dick are going to take a LONG time to undo.

Shave the bush and chop off the dick.

Anonymous said...

Ummm, can our (US) animation industry STOP sending our jobs overseas? There's too many people at my youthful age ain't learning about the biz when ALL the work is going to Asia and India...and the US schools aint teaching animation and right way. I see too many overseas animators producing crappy animation.

Anonymous said...

WE produced too much crappy animation in order to make it cheaper. That is how this all began. What we need is for our state legistlatures to give good tax breaks to the studios here who keep it IN THE COUNTY WHERE THE STUDIO ORIGINATES. But nooooo.....

Anonymous said...

When I hear guys like Anon 8:35, I don't know whether to laugh or shake my head in pity. Keep up the partisanism - it's exactly what your conservative heroes want from you as they screw you over.

Anonymous said...

> They'll need to open their borders and ports to the bracing winds of international commerce.

China argues every day that they already have and we argue they haven't. You can go around with this all you want, but it won't change that we borrow what they have and they lend what we need. Reverse that and you have a case. Until then, they will speak and you and your grandchildren will like what they say. Their claim on our labor is explicitly spelled out with our national debt. This is Econ 101.

Anonymous said...

Remember--glen beck is a member of a far fringe right religious organization, an alcoholic, who doesn't have a high school diploma--and a former morning weather radio dj. That's it. And he lies--a lot. This is where a whole lot of idiots get their information. It's sad, really.

That said, he makes the ignorant sarah palin look positively VILE.

Anonymous said...

Sarah Palin IS vile. And we can thank McCain for his lack of being able to choose someone with character, rather than A character.

Anonymous said...

Palin is an opportunistic moron. Those that selected her (I'm talking to you McCain!) and those that support her (I'm talking to you FOX!) are vile.

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