Map of the Day: Maybe Boxer Forgot California Is a Pacific State

By Patrick Ottenhoff

Barbara Boxer's favorite line of attack in the first California Senate debate was pretty much that Carly Fiorina exported jobs to China during her tenure as HP chief executive and can't be trusted to protect America from China.

"This election is about someone who's working hard so that we can see the words 'Made in America' again and someone who is proud of her time at HP when she stamped 'Made in China,' 'Made in India' on their products," Boxer fumed.

It was classic protectionist garbage. What Boxer failed to recognize -- or at least appreciate -- was that over a quarter of Californians were born in a foreign country, many of them in the Pacific Rim. California has more foreign-born residents than any other state and is perhaps the most international state. California wouldn't be California without its international character.

Boxer is talking as if she wants to limit trade with China. But what would the ports in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Francisco do without trade with China? How would jobs in California fare?

In California, of all places, Boxer should know that American jobs are buoyed on international trade. This map from Visual Economics about exports to China says it all:

China Exports by State

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