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Morici: Obama Appeasement of China, Japan Wrecking Recovery

Other Asia governments, most recently Japan, have adopted similar currency strategies to boost exports. For example, the jump in the value of the dollar against the yen gives Toyota (TM) at least a $2,000 advantage pricing of the Camry against the Ford (F) Fusion. That may not show up in the list price but it gives Toyota's importing arm in the United States the latitude to pack cars with better features and more aggressively discount.

Economists across the ideological and political spectrum have offered strategies to combat predatory currency policy and force China and others to abandon mercantilism. However, China, Japan and others, offering only token gestures and deflecting rhetoric, exploit President Obama's weakness on economic issues -- the Obama policy of appeasement handicaps the U.S. recovery.

Cutting the annual trade deficit by $300 billion, through domestic energy development and conservation, and forcing China and others' hands on protectionism would increase GDP by about $500 billion a year and create about 5 million jobs.

Cutting the trade deficit in half would raise long-term U.S. economic growth by one to two percentage points a year. But for the trade deficits of the Bush and Obama years, U.S. GDP would be 10% to 20% greater than today, and unemployment and budget deficits not much of a problem.

At the time of publication the author had no position in any of the stocks mentioned.

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

Professor Peter Morici, of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, is a recognized expert on economic policy and international economics. Prior to joining the university, he served as director of the Office of Economics at the U.S. International Trade Commission. He is the author of 18 books and monographs and has published widely in leading public policy and business journals, including the Harvard Business Review and Foreign Policy. Morici has lectured and offered executive programs at more than 100 institutions, including Columbia University, the Harvard Business School and Oxford University. His views are frequently featured on CNN, CBS, BBC, FOX, ABC, CNBC, NPR, NPB and national broadcast networks around the world.
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