No challenge we face, and we face many, equals our need to get America back on its feet in the global economic contest.
For 20 years, we have been losing our shirts in international production and trade.
Factories are idle and workers unemployed not just from Reaganomics but because other nations which learned from us how to produce have gone America one better. They are using government as an active partner in coordinating business, labor, agriculture and science to compete internationally.
And they have instituted protectionist trade practices such as local-content provisions, licensing, inspection practices and outright subsidies.
We are in a situation whereby the only way to remove a barrier is to raise a barrier.
The goal is to develop a fair basis for free trade. The less barriers, the more free trade. This is to the benefit of all.
I am not the candidate who is angry at the Japanese. I'm angry at Ronald Reagan and his predecessors for always representing the other government as it intervenes in our market. And President Reagan compounds the problems: while other nations mobilize, he believes government is the enemy. That attitude is putting us out of business.
America hasn't forgotten how to produce and compete. Government has. Our competitors' success results from everyone pulling together for the national interest.
As president, I would change government's attitude. Bring together the various offices handling trade, assist in research, finance and education, develop a monetary policy to offset the competitors' advantage and promote exports which are so important to the creation of American jobs. Only with government as a partner and a catalyst can we truly make America great again.