Look at the scandal of the Chinese drywall sold in many southern states, especially Florida, to be installed in private houses during the housing boom. China sold hundreds of millions of square feet of Chinese drywall, and the homeowners didn't realize how they were cheated until months later after they moved into their new house, and the drywall emitted an insufferable sulfurous smell that made people sick, caused headaches, respitory ailments, and skin and eye irritations. The drywall also caused televisions and microwaves to fail, and covered silver and copper items with black soot. The new homeowners had to move out, going to the expense of finding lodging in another house or hotel. Hundreds of lawsuits were filed in state and federal courts, but chances of getting justice from Communist Chinese manufacturers is almost impossible. After four years of litigation, they have never received a cent.
One of the most curious, and perhaps ominous investments, is Communist China's $30 million investment in charter schools in Florida. The Chinese are taking advantage of our EB-5 visa program which people who know about it call the "green card via red carpet" program. This allows foreigners to get legal residency in the U.S. so long as the million dollars they invest will help create at least 10 fulltime jobs.
Here's another way the Chinese have cheated us. Thousands of U.S. motorists found their cars were installed with dangerous Chinese counterfeit airbags. Now these counterfeit airbags have to be replaced at the owner's own expense. A government test found that some Chinese airbags don't inflate, and some shoot flames and shards of metal shrapnel instead of inflating.
I ask again, when will Americans wake up to how free trade with Communist China is cheating us?
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