Recently, the Historical Society received an email from architectural historian Edward Polk Douglas. While reading the Society’s blog, Mr. Douglas noticed that a photo was mislabeled. The January 13, 2012 post on Lost Goochland featured a photo of the ruins of Dover Mansion. This photograph depicting the remains of a burned mansion has been published several times, including page 60 of our own publication, Goochland: Yesterday and Today by Cece Bullard.
Mr. Douglas recognized the photo to be Sabot Hill and not Dover as the photo was labeled in the Society’s collection. The ruins of Sabot Hill We are now attempting to set the record straight. Close examination of pictures of both Dover and Sabot Hill confirm that the ruins are definitely Sabot Hill. This is a bonus for the society because we did not know we had a photograph of the ruins of that great mansion.
The following pictures are confirmed to be of Dover. The first two were taken in 1959 by Richard T. Couture, Professor of History and Historic Preservation at Longwood College. The third was taken by Society member Jane Saunders. We would like to thank Mr. Douglas for bringing this to our attention. We are always striving to learn as much about Goochland history as we can. If you see anything that you should be corrected, please do not hesitate to bring it to our attention.
Our email is email@example.com Remaining walls of the main home. Taken Dec. 30, 1959 by Richard T. Couture The remains of the east wing of Dover. Taken Dec. 30, 1959 by Richard T. Couture The ruins of Dover Dover mansion by Jane Saunders Advertisements Tags: Dover, Lost Goochland, Sabot Hill In the fall of this year, the Goochland County Historical Society will be publishing the 45th volume of our magazine.
In commemoration of this, we will be posting a few articles on the blog from the back issues. Our first post will be the first article printed in Volume 1, No. 1, a short history of the county by Helene Barret Agee, the first Society historian. HISTORICAL SKETCH Goochland County, named for Sir William Gooch, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1727 to 1749, was formed in 1728 from Henrico, an original shire of the Virginia Colony.
The original boundaries of Goochland were from Tuckahoe Creek, on both sides of the James River, west as far as the English King’s Dominion extended. From Virginia were formed the states of Ohio, Kentucky and parts of Tennessee. The present boundaries of Goochland are: Tuckahoe Creek on the east, the James River on the south, Fluvanna County on the west and portions of Louisa and Hanover Counties on the north.
The county’s land area consists of 289 square miles. The highest elevation is 520 feet, taken at Shannon Hill, the lowest elevation 110 feet, taken at the point where Tuckahoe Creek joins the James River. Goochland’s present courthouse is believed to be its third. It was “received” as completed on August 20, 1827, by the Commissioners for the County. The county has had several jails. The last was built of stone and is still standing.
The brick wall around the present Courthouse Square was built in 1840. By virtue of inheritance, Goochland claims Manakintowne, on the south side of the James River where the Huguenots settled in 1700. By the same token the county fell heir to the three original Monacan Indian Village sites namely, Mowhemencho, Massinacak and Rassawek. Thomas Jefferson was born at Shadwell in Goochland County on April 13, 1743.
When Albemarle was formed from Goochland on October 16, 1744, Shadwell then fell within the borders of the new county and Albemarle inherited this historic site. Thomas Jefferson spent his early childhood at Tuckahoe, also in Goochland, where he was tutored by the Reverend William Douglas and others. George Washington was the first President of the James River Company which later became the James River and Kanawha Company.
The James River and Kanawha Canal, on the south border of Goochland, played an important role in the economic and social life of the county. In the year 1808 the canal was considered one of the most successful internal improvements in the country. Thomas Mann Randolph, born at Tuckahoe, and James Pleasants, born at Contention, served as Governors of Virginia. James A. Seddon of Sabot Hill was elected to the First Confederate Congress and later became Secretary of War, Confederate States of America.
Goochland furnished a son for the cabinet of each of the opposing governments during the War Between the States, Edward Bates of Belmont in the cabinet of Lincoln, and James A. Seddon in the Confederate cabinet of Jefferson Davis. Other members of the Bates family in Goochland also became prominent: Frederick Bates was governor of Missouri from 1824 to 1826; James Bates a member of Congress from Arkansas, and Thomas Fleming Bates a member of the Virginia Convention of 1829.
General Nathaniel Massie (born 1763-died 1813) served with the Goochland Militia. Later moving to Kentucky where his father, Nathaniel Massie, Sr., had been granted lands, he established, in 1791, a village which later became Manchester, one of the four earliest settlements in what is now Ohio. He laid off the town of Chillicothe, and became the first Major General of the 2nd Division, Ohio Militia, when Ohio was admitted as a State, serving until 1810.
He held many high offices, including the presidency of the Senate. During the Revolutionary War Lord Cornwallis and is troops invaded Goochland. They encamped at Thomas Jefferson’s estate, Elk-hill, for ten days and destroyed all barns with contents and appropriated all cattle, sheep and hogs for the sustenance of their army, and all horses capable of service. Colonel Tarleton raided Rock Castle (Queen Anne Cottage) and tore from the walls the Tarleton coat-of-arms and carried it away.
Upon retiring from the County, Lord Cornwallis admired an imposing view overlooking the James River and declared that if he should ever reside in America this would be his choice for a home site. This location has since been known as Cornwallis’ Point. On his way to Monticello to visit Thomas Jefferson in 1824, General Lafayette visited Goochland and spent the night at the Courthouse. During the War Between the States, Colonel Ulric Dahlgren and his troops paid a visit to Goochland, leaving souvenirs at many places, especially Sabot Hill, Dover and Eastwood.
Goochland recalls with pride eighteen-year-old James Pleasants who single-handed, “killed one Federal and captured thirteen.” Those who are interested in Genealogy will be glad to know that Goochland’s official records were not destroyed during “the War”, and that eight counties were formed from Goochland soil since its separation from Henrico on 1, May 1728. These counties are: Albemarle (1744), Cumberland (1749), Amherst (1761), Buckingham (1761), Powhatan (1777), Fluvanna (1777), Nelson (1808), Appomattox (1845).
Their early records are available in the Goochland County Clerk’s Office. Tags: Albemarle, Belmont, Colonel Tarleton, Contention, Dover, Eastwood, Edward Bates, Frederick Bates, General Lafayette, General Nathaniel Massie, Goochland Courthouse, James Alexander Seddon, James Pleasants, James River and Kanawha Canal, Jefferson Davis, Lord Cornwallis, Manakintowne, Rassawek, Sabot Hill, Sir William Gooch, Thomas Fleming Bates, Thomas Mann Randolph, Tuckahoe Plantation, William Douglas “For if,’ said he, ‘I can gain the woods before they overhaul me, I have no fear of my capture, or failure to reach Richmond in time to give warning.
’ And away they went, plunging across the plowed fields, just as, from the Seddon place on the opposite side of the farm, the enemy’s troopers came galloping, hundreds of them, flying like birds, it seemed to me,—fences and closed gates offering no obstacle to their headlong rush.” Ellen Wise Mayo Ellen Wise Mayo The women of Eastwood, Annie Jennings Wise Hobson and her sister Ellen Wise Mayo together with the house servants detained the Union soldiers long enough for General Wise to gallop off into the woods.
Annie was upstairs sending word of what was to be said to the soldiers while Ellen was at the front door talking with an officer, both doing their best to draw attention away from Gen. Wise crossing the fields towards the trees. “I can see him as plainly now as then: his flea-bitten gray horse, his McClellan saddle, his very expression as he sat there sidewise, talking so insultingly. I see the flashing eye, and hear the voice commanding me to tell the truth.
I clutched at the little child beside me and, even as I spoke, I could see out of the corner of my eye, over the trees, which concealed him from the trooper, my father disappearing in the woods. I declared most solemnly (God forgive me) that my father was in Charleston, South Carolina. Anxiety and excitement excluded fear of God or man.” Ellen Wise Mayo With his son-in-law Plumer Hobson’s knowledge of the area, Wise escaped Dahlgren and would arrive in Richmond in plenty of time to warn the Confederate government.
He had enough of a head start to prevent his being captured. “The hero of Hatteras Island was not inclined to a personal encounter even with a single man, and, being well mounted, succeeded in making his escape into the woods.” Louis Boudrye, Chaplain, Fifth New York Cavalry Ruins of Dover steam mill. It was at this point that the steam mill at Dover made it’s way into history. The once thriving two-story mill would be reduced to ruins by the end of the day.
The elegant remains left from the wartime destruction of the mill have fascinated passers-by and photographers for 150 years. “Between the Seddon mansion and the river was a large grist-mill with a saw-mill attached. These were driven by about a one hundred horse-power steam engine. These mills were fired in several places. A few steps further and we were on the bank of the James river canal.
Here we found two or three canal boats loaded with corn meal and lumber from the mills we had just burned. These were all burned.” Samuel Harris, Michigan Cavalry, 5th Regiment Eastwood Most of the destruction and looting took place at Dover and Sabot Hill, Eastwood lost horses but no buildings during the raid. The destruction of the barns and mill were written about in most of the accounts of this fateful day.
“Mr. Morson’s steam barn and farm stables, outhouses etc., Mrs. Seddon’s barn, stable and corn houses and Dover Mills were in flames.” Annie Jennings Wise Hobson Martin Robinson, a freed slave, sent from Richmond to guide the unit, was supposed to take them to a point that they could then cross the James River. It was part of the Dahlgren’s plan to attack from the southern side of the city while Kilpatrick attacked the northern edge.
“I afterwards learned that he came into our lines from Richmond…He was born and had always belonged in the immediate vicinity of Dover Mills, was very shrewd and intelligent, and it would seem impossible that he should not know that no ford existed in the neighborhood.” Louis Boudrye, Chaplain, Fifth New York Cavalry When the Union party arrived at the river, they discovered that the guide had delivered them to a place that they could not cross.
This could have been due to the fact that heavy rains had swollen the river or simply a miscalculation on Robinson’s part, but either way, Dahlgren, in anger, decided to hang the poor man. “I had my doubts then, and still have the same, whether this guide intentionally or treacherously misled us…Under the circumstances I considered then and do now, that the guide done remarkably well to bring us out to within about fifteen miles of the point aimed at in a march of nearly two hundred miles.
” Samuel Harris, Michigan Cavalry, 5th Regiment At this point, Dahlgren and his men had no choice but to approach Richmond from the northern side of the river. This, along with Wise’s warning, would ultimately doom the raid to failure. Word of the raid and attack had reached Richmond with Wise and fear gripped the city. “The enemy, once more, are within a few miles of Richmond.” Mary Boykin Chestnut Next Week: End of the Raid and Aftermath Quotes from Part III were taken from Historic Records of the Fifth New York Cavalry by Rev.
Louis N. Boudrye, 1865, Personal reminiscences of Samuel Harrisby Samuel Harris, 1897, The Family Letters: A Portrait of an American Family Through Letters From the 18th and 20th Century, edited by John T. B. Mudge, 2009, “A War-Time Aurora Borealis” by Ellen Wise Mayo featured in the Goochland County Historical Society’s Magazine, Volume 22 and A Diary from Dixie by Mary Boykin Chestnut, 1949 Contributed by James Richmond of the Goochland County Historical Society Tags: Annie Jennings Wise Hobson, Dahlgren's Raid, Dover, Dover Mills, Dover Steam Mill, Eastwood, Ellen Wise Mayo, James Richmond, Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid, Sabot Hill, Ulric Dahlgren “At Dover Mills we halted about two hours on the property of Mr.
Seddon, the Rebel secretary of war. No Union troops had ever been there before and our appearance created excitement.” Louis Boudrye, Chaplain, Fifth New York Cavalry March 1, 1864, would prove to be a day of great discontent for the inhabitants of the Dover Mills plantations. Amidst the sleet, snow and rain would come Union soldiers bent on crippling the war effort in the area before sweeping on to what they had hoped would be a great victory in Richmond.
“Dahlgren’s original purpose is said to have been to cross the James river at either Jude’s Ferry which was on the Morson place just above, or at Mannakin Ferry, three miles below us, and to approach Richmond by the south bank of the James. Whether it was or not, his force entered the Morson and Seddon plantations instead of coming straight on to ‘Eastwood’ and there lost considerable time firing buildings and appropriating horses.
” Ellen Wise Mayo General Henry A. Wise Mr. Gathright of the Goochland troop and home on furlough, went first to Eastwood plantation to warn General Henry A. Wise of the Union approach. Wise, former governor of Virginia, was visiting his daughter Annie Jennings Wise Hobson, and would have been quite a capture if not for the warning received from Gathright about the fast advance of Col. Ulric Dahlgren’s men into the vicinity of Dover Mills.
“My Company was directly opposite the house, and not more than one hundred feet from the front porch. It was a large, old style Virginia mansion, with a wide porch across the front, and four large stone columns.” Samuel Harris, Fifth Michigan Cavalry Dover plantation would be the first stop of the Union troops upon their entry into the area. The large imposing mansion, home of James and Ellen Bruce Morson, was at first mistaken for the house of Alexander Seddon, Confederate secretary of war.
Seddon, in Richmond at the time of the raid, acutally lived at Sabot Hill, a plantation across the fields from Dover. Sabot Hill would become Dahlgren’s second target. Dover, the Morson home “As I stood looking in the door, Mrs. Seddon came and said to me “Your men are pillaging my house and breaking my furniture. Won’t you stop it?” I said to her “Madam they are not my men.
If they were they would come out of there or I would shoot them. There is Col. Dahlgren, the commander, go to him.” She ran to the Colonel and made her appeal with what success I do not know.” Samuel Harris, Michigan Fifth Cavalry The pillaging and degradation attributed to the soldiers during the raid would be greatly reported after the event. Stories of their exploits were greatly exaggerated to the delight of southern sympathizers, but for better or worse, some of the stories were true.
In some cases, the plantation slaves apparently took part in the looting. James Alexander Seddon, Confederate States Secretary of War “The ties of affection we sometimes hear about binding master and slave together under the patriarchal institution, evidently did not exist in Mr. Seddon’s neighborhood…They have invaded both mansions screaming for silk dresses, breaking furniture and tearing everything to pieces…They said they were nearly starved, over worked and cruelly beaten without cause and certainly exhibited a most miserable condition….
It is impossible to prevent some acts of disorder being committed upon the property of so prominent a Rebel official as Seddon especially under the example and imitation of his own house servants” Louis Boudrye, Chaplain, Fifth New York Cavalry With disorder reigning at both Dover and Sabot Hill, the soldiers now turned their full attention on Gen. Wise, rumored to be staying at Eastwood, home of Plumer and Annie Jennings Wise Hobson.
This would be the last of the area plantations visited by Dahlgren and his men. “Mr. Seddons house was in full view…the troopers of Dahlgren were plainly visible, galloping about the stables and barnes and setting fires to the buildings.” Ellen Wise Mayo All of the residences were within sight of each other giving the Hobson’s of Eastwood more time to prepare for the onslaught. The period of time that the raiders had spent on the Morson and Seddon places had allowed Gen.
Wise to dress, mount his horse and gallop off to warn Richmond of the upcoming raid. Gen. Wise escapes! “Have no fear’ father had said as he rode away. Oh no. Of course I had none! There I stood, almost frantic, as a Union soldier dashed up, with drawn revolver, and demanded to know where the man was who hung John Brown.” Ellen Wise Mayo Next Week, Part III – Death and destruction at Dover Mills! Quotes from Part II were taken from Historic Records of the Fifth New York Cavalry by Rev.
Louis N. Boudrye, 1865, Personal reminiscences of Samuel Harris by Samuel Harris, 1897 and “A War-Time Aurora Borealis” by Ellen Wise Mayo featured in the Goochland County Historical Society’s Magazine, Volume 22 Contributed by James Richmond of the Goochland County Historical Society Tags: Dahlgren's Raid, Dover, Dover Mills, Eastwood, Ellen Wise Mayo, Henry A. Wise, James Alexander Seddon, James Richmond, Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid, Sabot Hill, Ulric Dahlgren #2 in the Lost Goochland series Eastwood The beautiful Italianate mansion pictured above was called “Eastwood” and once stood north of The River Road on a hill above Sabot Station.
The home was built in 1859 for Frederick Plumer Hobson and his wife Annie Jennings Wise Hobson. Ellen Wise Mayo, sister of Annie, vividly described a visit to “Eastwood” that still manages to transport the reader to another time and place: “The carriage from ‘Eastwood’ was awaiting us. The lights from the country store glinted on the vehicle, its harness, and trappings, and the horses, chilled by the nipping air, pranced and fretted in the darkness, impatient to be off…Along the public road beside the canal, through ‘Eastwood’s’ outer gate, up the long hill to the highlands, past the tobacco barns, we sped, until at last we caught sight of the homestead, all its windows ablaze with loving welcome, looming up in its grove of oaks, half a mile away.
” During this visit, in March of 1864, Col. Ulric Dahlgren came to “Eastwood” in search of Brigadier General Henry H. Wise, the father of Annie and Ellen. Legend has it that the women of neighboring plantations, “Dover” and “Sabot Hill”, stalled Dahlgren long enough to allow Plumer Hobson and Henry Wise to get to Richmond to warn of the Dahlgren’s impending invasion. “Eastwood” survived the Civil War intact but the family did not.
Annie would give birth to and lose 4 children, one accidentally poisoned by a relative! Plumer Hobson died in 1868 leaving Annie to take care of the plantation. For a time she ran a school for boys at the house before finally selling the house, out-buildings and 680 acres to T.C. Bennett. “Eastwood” would change hands many times before being bought by Mattie Merle Coffee of Des Moines, Iowa in 1907.
Mattie was the wife of Dr. W.O. Coffee who made millions on a mail order business offering “cures” for eye diseases. Mrs. Coffee and her son Earl ran a small inn near Sabot Station called “Duck Inn” which is still standing in Sabot. Tragically, one night in 1941, “Eastwood” burned to the ground. Only a few furnishings survived the flames that brought down the last of the Sabot homes that had played a part in Goochland’s famous Civil War raid.
Contributed by James Richmond of the Goochland County Historical Society To read more about “Eastwood”: Read volume 22 of the Goochland County Historical Society’s magazine featuring Ellen Wise Mayo’s full story “A War-Time Aurora Borealis” reprinted from the 1896 article featured in The Cosmopolitan. Tags: Annie Jennings Wise Hobson, Civil War, Dahlgren's Raid, Dover, Eastwood, Ellen Wise Mayo, Lost Goochland, Mattie Merle Coffee, Plumer Hobson, Sabot Hill, Sabot Station, Ulric Dahlgren, W.
O. Coffee New Year, new post, new series! Lost Goochland This new series will focus on Goochland’s lost architectural past. The buildings that will be featured now exist only in faded photographs and memories growing ever dimmer. The desired outcome of these posts is to draw attention to the rich historic sites that are still standing. These silent witnesses to history need to be studied, preserved, and cherished.
Dover Mansion Dover Completed 1845 Burned 1933 Once described as “the stateliest home in Virginia”, Dover mansion stood about 1 mile north of the intersection of Dover Road and River Road West. Ellen C. Bruce purchased the land in 1842 and married James M. Morson in 1843. The Morsons either enlarged a pre-existing house or built Dover shortly thereafter. The elegant Greek Revival mansion featured Corinthian columns, a large ballroom and eight bedrooms, some with built-in marble washstands, a luxury at that time.
The fireplace mantels were ornately carved Carrara and Florentine marble that had been taken from the Morson’s Richmond residence (later the White House of the Confederacy). Large crystal chandeliers and opulent interiors graced many of the rooms in the home. Dover would survive the Civil War and Dahlgren’s Raid in March of 1864 with only broken glass but ultimately would be lost to a spark from one of the prized fireplaces.
In February of 1933, an errant spark ignited the beautiful mansion and with no fire department, onlookers could only watch as one of Goochland’s antebellum jewels burned to the ground. The ruins of Dover Contributed by James Richmond of the Goochland County Historical Society To learn more about Dover Mansion, read Goochland County Historical Society Magazine Vol. 7, No. 2 “Dover – Memories” by Virginia Strange Kiser and Vol.
8, No. 1 “Dover” by Elie Weeks, information on Dover can also be found in Goochland Yesterday and Today by Cece Bullard. These are available for purchase at the Historical Society Office. Tags: Civil War, Dahlgren's Raid, Dover, Lost Goochland, white house of the confederacySee Also: Quality First Estate Sales
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It has been said that there are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One way is by using the sword, and the other is by using debt. Fortunately, America is not in danger of being conquered by the sword right now, but America is being conquered by debt. The borrower is the servant of the lender, and today we owe China more than a trillion dollars. By running a gigantic trade deficit with us, China has been able to become incredibly wealthy.
We have begged them to lend us back some of the money that we have sent them and this has made them even wealthier. Now China is gobbling up U.S. real estate and U.S. assets at an astounding pace. In fact, some cities are in danger of becoming completely dominated by Chinese ownership. One of those cities is Toledo, Ohio. In many “rust belt” areas, real estate can be had for a song, and the Chinese are taking full advantage of this.
America was once the wealthiest nation on earth, but now we are drowning in debt and we are being sold off in chunks to the highest bidder. Is this the legacy that we are going to leave for future generations? According to a recent Fortune article, Chinese investors have been very busy purchasing distressed commercial real estate in Toledo lately…. In March 2011, Chinese investors paid $2.15 million cash for a restaurant complex on the Maumee River in Toledo, Ohio.
Soon they put down another $3.8 million on 69 acres of newly decontaminated land in the city’s Marina District, promising to invest $200 million in a new residential-commercial development. That September, another Chinese firm spent $3 million for an aging hotel across a nearby bridge with a view of the minor league ballpark. Toledo is being promoted to Chinese investors as a “5-star logistics region“.
From Toledo it is very easy to get to Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Columbus and Indianapolis. With a population of 287,000, Toledo is only the fourth largest city in Ohio, but it lies at the junction of two important highways — I-75 and I-80/90. “My vision is to make Toledo a true international city,” Toledo’s Mayor Mike Bell told the Toledo Blade. For some reason the Chinese seem to be very interested in that area of the country.
Last month, I wrote about how one Chinese group plans to develop a 200 acre “China city” just 40 minutes away from Toledo…. A Chinese group known as “Sino-Michigan Properties LLC” has bought up 200 acres of land near the town of Milan, Michigan. Their plan is to construct a “China City” with artificial lakes, a Chinese cultural center and hundreds of housing units for Chinese citizens.
Essentially, it would be a little slice of communist China dropped right into the heartland of America. This “China City” would be located about 40 minutes from both Detroit and Toledo, and it would be marketed to Chinese business people that want to start businesses in the United States. But it is not just the rust belt that is being bought up by the Chinese. A recent Forbes article documented several of the huge real estate deals that the Chinese are doing in New York right now….
According to a recent report in the New York Times, investors from China are “snapping up luxury apartments” and are planning to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on commercial and residential projects like Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn. Chinese companies also have signed major leases at the Empire State Building and at 1 World Trade Center, the report said. In addition to real estate, the Chinese are also buying up businesses and natural resources all over the United States.
For example, the Dalian Wanda Group recently bought U.S. movie theater chain AMC Entertainment for 2.6 billion dollars. Also, the Obama administration has been allowing companies owned by the Chinese government to gobble up U.S. oil and gas deposits worth billions of dollars. On top of all that, the Federal Reserve recently announced that it will now allow Chinese banks to start buying up American banks.
So how in the world did we come to be so completely and totally dominated by China? Well, the key to all of this is the trade deficit. Most Americans can’t even tell you what a trade deficit is, but it is at the very heart of our economic problems. Basically, we buy far, far more from other countries than they buy from us. Most Americans don’t realize this, but the truth is that the United States has a trade imbalance that is more than 5 times larger than any other nation on earth has.
Overall, the U.S. has run a trade deficit of more than 8 trillion dollars with the rest of the globe since 1975. If you go into a Wal-Mart of a dollar store today and you start looking at product labels, you will notice that hundreds of products say “made in China” and very few of them say that they were made in this country. Every single month, China sends us gigantic mountains of plastic crap to sell in our stores and we send them gigantic mountains of our money.
The U.S. trade deficit with China during 2011 was $295.4 billion. That was the largest trade deficit that one country has had with another country in the history of the planet. Sadly, so far our trade deficit with China in 2012 is about 12 percent larger than it was last year. So things are getting even worse. To get an idea of how far things have come, let us take a look back at the 1980s for a moment.
Back in 1985, the U.S. trade deficit with China was only 6 million dollars for the entire year. All of this imbalanced trade is absolutely killing us. Today, the United States spends about 4 dollars on goods and services from China for every one dollar that China spends on goods and services from the United States. So why doesn’t China buy more stuff from us? Well, there are a whole lot of reasons.
One of the main reasons is that they slap huge tariffs on many American-made goods. For example, according to the New York Times a Jeep Grand Cherokee that costs $27,490 in the United States costs about $85,000 in China thanks to all the tariffs. So why do we allow China to keep doing this to us? That is a very good question. Meanwhile, China is continually getting wealthier and we are continually getting poorer.
All of the money that is leaving this country and going to China could be going to U.S. businesses and U.S. workers instead. In turn, those businesses and workers would pay taxes on that money to support the government. Instead, we have to go beg China to lend us the money that we just sent to them. At this point, China now holds approximately 1.17 trillion dollars of U.S. government debt. None of this ever had to happen.
But it did happen because we were stupid. Now China has mountains of money to literally buy us up. But China is not the only country that we have an imbalanced trading relationship with. For example, the new “free trade agreement” between the United States and South Korea that Barack Obama has been touting went into full effect on March 15, 2012. So how has that “free trade agreement” turned out so far? The following is from a recent article by Pat Buchanan….
The U.S. trade deficit with Korea tripled in one month. Imports from South Korea jumped 15 percent to $5.5 billion in April, while U.S. exports to South Korea fell 12 percent to $3.7 billion. Suddenly, the U.S. trade deficit with Seoul surged to an annual rate of $22 billion. Shades of NAFTA. When it passed in 1993, we had a $1.6 billion trade surplus with Mexico. By 2010, our trade deficit with Mexico had reached $61.
6 billion. Ouch. The truth is that these free trade agreements are not fair and balanced. U.S. workers end up competing for jobs with workers in countries where it is legal to pay slave labor wages. And other countries often have far fewer rules and regulations to follow as well. In his recent article, Buchanan described why all Americans should be economic nationalists…. Global free trade means U.
S. workers compete with Asian and Latin American workers whose wages are a fraction of our own and whose benefits may be nonexistent. Global free trade means U.S factories that relocate to Indonesia or India need not observe U.S. laws on health, safety, pollution or paying a minimum wage. Global free trade means that companies that move factories outside the United States can send their products back to the United States free of charge and undercut businessmen who retain their American workers and live within American laws.
Free trade makes suckers and fools out of patriots. Unfortunately, both major political parties in the United States are absolutely married to the one world economic agenda that the elite are pushing. So we will continue to bleed wealth, businesses and jobs at an astounding pace. You can get a really good idea of the horrific manufacturing job losses in the United States over the past 40 years by checking out this map right here.
Overall, the United States has lost a total of more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities since 2001. According to the Economic Policy Institute, since 2001 America has lost approximately 2.8 million jobs due to our trade deficit with China alone. There seems to be absolutely no concern with protecting American jobs these days. If you can believe it, Chinese corporations are even building our bridges.
The following is a brief excerpt from a recent ABC News article…. In New York there is a $400 million renovation project on the Alexander Hamilton Bridge. In California, there is a $7.2 billion project to rebuild the Bay Bridge connecting San Francisco and Oakland. In Alaska, there is a proposal for a $190 million bridge project. These projects sound like steps in the right direction, but much of the work is going to Chinese government-owned firms.
“When we subsidize jobs in China, we’re not creating any wealth in the United States,” said Scott Paul, executive director for the Alliance for American Manufacturing. Americans need to start understanding that our trade deficit is causing us to lose massive numbers of businesses and jobs and that this is making us poorer as a nation. As I wrote about the other day, the median net worth of families in the United States declined “from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010” according to the Federal Reserve.
Even if you take away the effect of the housing collapse, household net worth still declined by 25 percent between 2005 and 2010. A lot of that decline in wealth was due to the recent recession, but the point I am trying to make is that we are getting poorer as a nation. A decade ago, the United States was ranked number one in average wealth per adult. By 2010, the United States had fallen to seventh.
And when you factor in our debts, we are a complete and total mess. U.S. consumers are more than 11 trillion dollars in debt and the federal government is nearly 16 trillion dollars in debt. We are getting deeper in debt at the same time that our ability to service that debt is declining. The reality is that our economy is completely falling apart and it no longer produces enough jobs for everyone.
In fact, it isn’t even close. Right now there are about 3.7 workers that are “officially” unemployed for every single job opening. So what we are doing right now is clearly not working. We need to fundamentally change direction as a nation. Unfortunately, that is not going to happen any time soon. So where do we go from here?