We Chopped Up The Golden Goose That Layed The Golden Eggs. Who Said We Had To Compete Like This?
We hacked the golden goose that laid the golden eggs. Why did we allow this? Who said that we have to compete in a global business environment? The Marshall Plan helped restore local value creation in Europe and Asia after the Second World War. It was based on the incredible industrial power of the USA, which won the Second World War. We gave the Golden Eggs from our Golden Goose economy so others could share them. We did not send the Golden Goose ourselves. Now we've minced the Golden Goose and sent the pieces around the world. Now we have to defend our interests worldwide with wars.
What does this thing free trade mean? It is not a trade. It is based on the relocation of production and factories from place to place in the cheapest labor markets in the world to wage slaves and even child labor. Workers are the true goods of free trade. They are placed in a world trade bloc to compete for the same jobs. They really have no voice in the globalization process, which is driven by elite groups inside and outside the government.
Teddy Roosevelt said his biggest fear for America is that the big government is going to bed with the big business. That's what Free Trade is all about. Franklin Roosevelt said that economic diseases are highly transmittable. Today they are a runaway epidemic.
The value of stocks is now based on people being dismissed rather than hired. There was a time when companies got higher stock value because they employed so many people that they still made decent profits for investors. After all, work is the core of every society. Work is the key to a good society in social and economic terms. When a society falter, everyone loses. Free trade has degraded manpower and made it uncanny. A poor working class was established in the US and an impoverished working class outside the US. No wonder that most of South America is radically protesting against globalization. Living dependents lose their jobs, farms and small businesses because of free trade.
Even if everyone in the world received good education, high-tech skills, and a computer, it would be useless if everyone had to apply for the same jobs. It is also nonsensical that taxpayers finance research and development if the manufacturing process takes place outside the country. In the end, taxpayers pay their way from their jobs.
Productivity is a good thing, but if it's based on deflation of wages, then nothing good will happen.
In the US, we messed up the common good until there was nothing left.
We put individual libertarianism before the well-being of our society, in an economic arena. The Free Traders keep saying that this is a good thing. Why did we let her take over?
A new "ism" has tacitly assumed the form of globalism. This new "ism" blends with all the other "isms" for the sake of power and money. It mocks the system of free enterprise and dignity of workers.
I worked at four different factories in college in the 1950s. I made the equivalent of $ 15 to $ 20 an hour. The jobs were plentiful. If these jobs were available today, thousands would queue to get them. The industrial revolution is not over. We still use the products. The only difference is that these products are manufactured outside the US.
Later, I served supermarkets throughout the city. There were many. I traveled to all parts of the city without any problems. However, in the course of about eight years, about five shopkeepers were killed in robberies, but the worst had just begun.
In the Clinton years about 20 people were killed, only a fraction of the supplies remained. Now that I'm touring all these areas, there is not much left. There are miles of empty shops throughout the city.
I've seen first-hand the Hough riots in Cleveland and seen blocks of buildings burning now, but nothing compares to what I'm seeing now, with miles of streets that look like a Third World country. Hurricane Katrina exposed the silence depression after meeting New Orleans. It revealed a great underclass that lived not only in New Orleans, but in our entire country.
I traveled around the city to go to college. There are now more highways, but the fastest way is through the city center, bypassing all highways. In the 1950s, this was almost impossible. These streets were full of life and busy activities. The void has replaced all these activities. Recently I traveled to an area near downtown Cleveland. To my surprise everything seemed to be cleaner. Two policemen patrolled their bicycles in the area.
Everything seemed to be better, until I realized something was missing. During the day there were no people on the streets that once had life and business.
South of this area I had a business appointment and could not find the place. I wondered if I should go down the streets to find the place. I was not sure, so I went to the nearest big shop and asked the security guard at the door if it was safe enough to walk down a certain street. He said he would not do it.
We also had a small factory in the city center. I worked at the factory for years and had lunch at a small restaurant bar at the end of the block. Only a few years later, the whole area changed rapidly, and most of the factories were empty and the restaurant was closed. The owner was shot during a robbery.
What follows? First, the unemployment rate is compared to the past. Only about 38% of all workers in America are entitled to unemployment insurance. The Bureau of Unemployment changed its reporting methods to accommodate this fact. Since 1985, growth sectors have included temporary employment agencies, temporary employment agencies, temporary employment agencies, the credit card industry with excise duties of up to 30% or more, and the food banks serving the hungry.
The prison population breaks records again and again. According to reports, more people live in prisons in the USA than in any other country, in terms of the total population. Prisons have become one of our main industries.
The Getting America Working Forum reports that 50% of human resources in the US are not used.
Millions are missing in action and are not included in any reporting.
There are over 40 million Americans who depend on food, with about one-third being children. About the same number of people without health insurance. We have a top American Idol TV program doing charity work on this. Many of the homeless are working families who do not earn enough to pay for the accommodation. Walmart and other employers are reportedly calling on their employees to turn to the government. The biggest employers in most major cities are governments and then doctors, both of which depend on the tax base to decrease. At the same time, public employees earn much more than the people they serve. How can anyone expect that?
Why did we hack the Golden Goose that way? Who did it? The US government itself promoted the relocation of factories outside the US from 1956, and this program never ended. American workers lost World War II more than fifty years later. We have to bring back local production for local consumption. The new poor working class in the US finds it hard to afford the cheaper imports, while non-US workers do not earn enough to buy what they deserve, much less have to buy something What the US is still selling. The money spent on retailing does not exist to increase local value but is quickly spent in the places where the products are made.
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