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….