Cross posted from Stiknstein has no mercy
Stik is no Conspiracy Theorist …..There’s no sinister cabal of shadowy leaders having secret meetings on the best way to take over the world (well….Islam is ) but besides them, I have my doubts of any organized conspiracy…..having said that, a couple of things have brought the Free Trade/Global Economy debate into perspective….. into …..uh….my perspective.
FIRST is the Pelosi Samoa/Delmonte/Starkist bruhaha .
American Samoans fit into some weird category of folks that are designated as “American Nationals” but not “American Citizens”. They have some commission that meets twice a year to decide what everybody gets paid and now they make around $3.00/ hr.
For all I know, they could all be living in 4 bedroom condos. I don’t know what lifestyle $3.00/ hr will buy you in Samoa, but it doesn’t matter. Right now, China….or Mexico….or some other third world Sh*t hole is negotiating with Delmonte about moving their canning factories to someplace they can find cheaper labor than Samoa……Why pay $7.50/hr when you’ve been paying $3.00/hr…….Why pay $3.00/hr when you can pay $3.00 / day in China………..Starkist has Samoa by the cajones. A better standard of living for Samoans is not in the best interest of Delmonte stockholders……..Count on it.
Starkist Plant in American Samoa
Globalism is designed to provide anyone with the means, the incentive to find an endless supply of labor at the cheapest cost available. There are plenty of places where dirt poor humans will bid against each other for a place at the table.
DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT? OK…..but it does pose some fundamental questions about unabated global free trade…..and how it might affect you and me.
So….Here are a few posers:
- 1) Do American companies “Owe” America anything?
2) Do they “owe” American workers anything?
3) Do they have any responsibility to anything or anyone besides their stock holders?
4) Is there anything wrong with replacing American workers with Mexican workers in America because they are cheaper?
5) Does America have any need for a middle class?
6) Is it the Government’s responsibility to strike a balance between serving it’s people….. and serving the people who own it’s businesses?
7) Do we want to elect people who answer NO to all of the above questions?
8)And the conservative conundrum…..Do I sound like Hugo Chavez?
Here’s a letter stik got in an email from a friend who lives in Lexington N.C.
From: A Reader In Lexington, NC
I very much admire Dr. Robert’s articles, especially those critical of US movement to a global economy and police state.
Wealthy U.S. elites and tag-along speculators who profit from outsourcing do not seem to care about the utter devastation they are bringing upon our nation. I will use my area as an example.
Ten years ago, Lexington, North Carolina was a world leader in furniture manufacturing. Surrounded by abundant, managed hardwood timber, third generation craftsmen in Lexington produced much of the world’s very finest solid wood furniture. The entire area prospered.
Dad worked forty-five years as a furniture worker. We owned a plot of farmland, kept a few cattle, grew a garden and managed a couple of small woodlots. The cutting of a few trees paid property taxes, the garden produced food and the sale of cattle brought extra income. I graduated college and became a teacher. Raised in a similar family, my wife became a corporate credit manager in the furniture industry.
Corporate raiding and global outsourcing changed Lexington. Now, government, education and law enforcement are the only employers left in our area. The prosperous twelve-factory, 7,000-employee, company that employed my wife has been sold four times, with each group of speculators picking it as clean as they dare to “maximize profits” until now only an office staff is left importing very low quality Chinese knock-off copies of the company’s former designs. The knock offs aren’t selling in the US. (Unemployed workers can’t afford much). Clients tell my wife that Chinese manufacturers are already calling them offering side deals of the same lines of furniture for half price.
In local education, older teachers are forced to retire (brings in state retirement money in addition to new federal and state funds for hiring young teachers). Excessive law enforcement, police-state-style; black uniforms, jackboots, black patrol cars and roadblocks, is everywhere. County supervisors are bloating local government by hiring relatives and putting them on the public dole.
The timber cutting industry, however, is flourishing with the clear-cutting of two-hundred-year-old stands of hardwood, leaving much of our formerly-beautiful area a wasteland. Our once-treasured timber is now exported to China, except for the prime oak that is now going to France and Germany to make beer and wine barrels. “For sale” signs decorate lawns of at least two or three homes on each street and road, and we had 166 foreclosures listed one month. Our young people have left for poorly-paying jobs in surrounding cities; usually with their families sending them extra money to help them survive.
I too have been affected by these changes. Not wishing to relocate at my age (61), I, who have a Master’s degree from Wake Forest University, who formerly taught computers and technology, now make my living with an old log truck and chainsaw, cutting woodlot timber for export. Nowadays, finding timber to cut is getting harder and harder.
Welcome to our brave new world of globalization, outsourcing and its accompanying police state.
FROM THE LEXINGTON FURNITURE WEBSITE:
“As a full-line furniture manufacturer, we produce bedroom, dining, casual dining, occasional, home entertainment, home office, youth, upholstered, leather, and wicker furniture for domestic and international customers. Local production is augmented with imported product and components manufactured to Lexington specifications in the Far East, Central America…. because of the expertise and/or materials available in other parts of the world—as well as to provide consumers with access to premium quality at a reasonable cost—a portion of Lexington’s products is sourced from abroad. All sourcing decisions are made to maximize the valuable skills of our own workforce as well as to leverage resources around the world……..
Heh…….what does that tell you?…….
So ok…..I don’t buy the Jack booted police state stuff, but everything else is absolutely true.
Stik doesn’t have the answers to these questions…….We need a balance I suspect….some reasonable degree of incentives for businesses to consider both sides of the economic equation between Nationalism and Globalism.
Can there be a balance?…..For Global Capitalism to work in the end, there should be. If we don’t find the balance, America will evolve into a nation of gardeners and Stockholders. We are legislating it as we speak.
I do know flinging the doors of our country to illegal immigrants is NOT an answer and NOT what the Majority of Americans want. Our current legal citizens have earned at least the same degree of consideration that business gets when deciding economic policy, and they’re not getting it. Not from the Republicans and not from the Democrats.
It wont be too far off in the future when, all the manufacturers will be in China…..all the worlds software will come from India….all the cars will come from Japan….. And America?…….Hey at least we’ll have all the food, but don’t count on your kids getting a job picking it……we’ll hire Mexico to do that, they’re cheaper.
Right Truth poses a question of her own
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