Flat World? NO, Flat Wrong!

Filed under: General — Administrator at 11:23 am on Thursday, December 15, 2011

The world isn’t flat. Our trade agreements aren’t “FAIR” & OUTSOURCING our jobs hurts our country. As an American living in today’s economy it is breathtaking to see all the changes in communications & technology which have given us instant access to much information 24/7…. from around the world. So I guess it would be fair to say the world is shrinking in both time & distance. But it isn’t flat!

Tom Friedman… who some admire for his writings speaks of Bangalore, India, China as he marvels that technology allows American companies to hire engineers in India for a fraction of the cost of an American engineer. He also sees China as the inheritor of low cost manufacturing opportunities because of it’s abundance of workers willing to work for slave labor wages. In addition, he sees all of the other countries (offshore) becoming a platform for the same slave labor practices that continue to damage the American workers not only in the manufacturing sector…but as well technology, accounting, & finance sectors right behind wiping out & reducing the American worker to a SERVICE economy by which we are seeing the results of. Mr.Friedman, sees the opportunity to transfer both capital & technology to nearly any spot on the globe as an incentive & serving as a benefit to CORPORATIONS who seek to lower production costs which in return gives the so called consumer to reap the benefits of lower prices on the products they buy… Now….. some may marvel over the whole “CHEAP” thing… and applaud the briliance of these so called genius corporate heads…but I say this…”Is it worth having a cheaper product as it destroys the standards & wages that we have fought so hard for in this country for the past century”? The answer is obvious as we now are feeling the wrath of “CHEAP”. This country is now headed for a race to the bottom, so now that we are down here…How do we get back up there???? My opinion…GET THE MONEY OUT OF POLITICS for starters..Stop trying to pull up other countries at the risk of giving up our standard of living, rather we should be setting the example by setting the template & being a role model….”Well,…we use to be a role model”. Today we have diminished our standards at home in order to compete with a GLOBAL economy! I am not sure why we continue to go down a dead end, brain dead road to distinction…. GREED…PROFITS OVER PEOPLE …You betcha! I think it is fair to say the American people should have a decision to determine the kind of economy and future it wants for itself. we should also have a voice in our trade policies and set the tempo that would benefit the American people…NOT THE CORPORATIONS!
The question is, do we have the patriotic will to step up as a people and a country to do what is right for the this generation & those to follow? I believe for the most part we are a country of good people who want to do the right thing….I say it is time to grab the steering wheel and change the direction back to the “American Dream” Boulevard…. It is time to honk your patriotic horn, shift the gears and put the car back on the right track. HONK….. HONK….

Our Votes Are Important

Filed under: General — Administrator at 6:27 pm on Sunday, December 11, 2011

With election season vastly approaching….I hope those who cast their votes do so with an educated ballot. Sometimes I wonder if folks take the time to see voting history of those who are running for office. With all of the major layoffs and a questionable economy…The next time a major lay off hits your community, and good jobs are sent overseas, remember to ask those who represent you in Congress how they voted on the attempts to shut down the perverse tax loop holes that continue to go unanswered & continue to encourage corporations to move jobs overseas.

To this day, I continue to ask why anyone would vote for this tax break? As an American… I am troubled by those who choose to hurt their fellow Americans by such an obvious no brainer vote, that would clearly help the people of this country. Needless to say, for many who continue to vote & support moving jobs overseas is just of course corporate interest doing what they do best…Profits over people and the same old status quo…Maybe, some think it is good policy, but as you & I know they are just dead wrong!

So I ask you, do you think these loopholes might have contributed to the loss of massive manufacturing jobs over the last 40 years? I DO! Often… when I engage this conversation with friends and family I am reminded that OUTSOURCING is just a new way of doing international trade… more things are tradable than were tradable in the past. And that’s a good thing, so I am told. Obviously, in addition to loopholes… we have the fact that jobs are fleeing this country as a result of bad trade agreements and special corporate tax breaks supported by this administration and those in the past. Corporations, Corporate lobbyist, or the US Chamber of Commerce all of course pushing to continue the tax breaks and incentives that drive this freak show which continues to erode this country even deeper.

Sadly… as I continue to hope that this issue will one day change course… I remain determined to remind the people of this country… that the power to make change is right in your pocketbook, & that you & I will continue to dictate the success & or failure of companies who continue to sell out the American Worker, for GREED & PROFITS while throwing us to the wolves!

Save America Buy American

Filed under: General — Administrator at 8:06 am on Thursday, October 28, 2010

We Make Our Own History….. These inspiring words still hold true for many Americans who while looking back are proud of the many sacrifices they made collectively to fight for what they believed was a way to create a better future for workers and their families.
Sadly, the once patriotic values that defined and built this country we call America appears to be all but gone. America’s lack of social responsibility has turned the land of opportunity into now the land of little or no opportunity. American corporations have sold our most precious commodity, THE AMERICAN WORKER to foreign soil for cheap labor. What I ask has happened to our moral obligations to take care of our own? Where is the might of our people who founded these principles here on American soil? Have we lost the power and patriotic values that once echoed through the mountains and valleys and through the neigborhoods of many who now live in the streets and destined to poverty? Some have said there is no power on earth equal to the power of free men and women united in the bonds of human brotherhood and sisterhood. So I ask, are we united?

As an American, I am deeply troubled by the controversy in finding solutions to the job crisis we are faced with. If we are to change this deep - seated cancer….. then we must take this action into our own hands as consumers and refuse to purchase any product and or services made on foreign soil, corporations will have no choice but to return the work to this country. Foreign Governments will have no choice but to create and maintain level playing fields in every aspect regarding fair trade. Foreign workers will have no choice but to demand their wage and benefits be equal to the American workers. Clearly, we do not subscribe to the notion that Americans must lower their standard of living to poverty levels to compete with foreign labor for work that was once ours exclusively.

We the people have witnessed for too many years the results of those who have been corrupted or influenced by money, power, and by lobbyist who love the “business as usual” and the “same old status quo” Save America Buy American would like to know if you the American consumer are ready to send a strong and unmistakable message to those companies who choose or have chosen to ship our jobs to foreign soil….. that we the American people will no longer purchase their goods until those companies bring our jobs back to the people who made them great….”The American People”!. I would like to know if you are ready for the fight? Together, we must save America and restore the possibility of the American Dream. What Do You Think?