posted on Oct, 9 2008 @ 08:11 AM
Here’s the problem . . .
The various governments around the world have through their ‘global trade’ policies and programs put us in direct competition with manufacturing
interests in places such as Mexico and China (the latter of which then outsources manufacturing to Viet Nam . . . but that’s another topic for
Miniscule pay, no legislative authority regarding labour, the environment, or safety standards, all geared to fatten the bottom line at the behest of
shareholders and investors.
Check out what companies such as GM, Ford and Chrysler have done . . . if you think they’ve trimmed a few jobs here and there, take a gander at the
supply chain . . . it barely exists anymore on this side of the Pacific.
Mexico is losing jobs to China because their labour costs are ‘too high’.
Seriously . . . profit takers feel Mexicans are overpaid . . . I digress.
Anyhow, in so doing, they’ve made it virtually impossible for us to compete. Plants close, jobs disappear and invariably it means people taking jobs
for less than they’ve been paid in the past . . . menial service sector ‘Would you like fries with that’ jobs that generally pay doodly.
Yes, there are some decent paying jobs out there, but they are few and far between, and by no means permanent . . . as soon as the final swoops of
‘globalism’ take hold, they’re gone too.
As an aside, prior to all this ‘bailout’ bullcrap we’ve been subject to in the past few weeks, the manufacturing sector lobbied government at
virtually all levels for assistance in levelling the playing field such that we could rebuild our manufacturing sector nationally instead of going
offshore to bolster the bottom line.
At almost each turn, government officials vehemently denied these requests, often citing their unwillingness to stick their collective financial noses
into free markets. ‘Let it find its’ own level . . . it will work itself out . . .’ are the common mantra among global policy and corporately
Yeah, they’ve said they’ll ‘lend’ the automotive sector $25 billion to come up with new fuel efficient technology, but one of the caveats to
that funding is environmental assessment of applicants. A blurb in Autobeat Daily (can’t get a link to the site as it is subscription only) stated
that the automakers shouldn’t expect any funding anytime soon because it could take up to two years for these ‘assessments’.
Nice carrot, but unfortunately by then it really won’t matter. The administration of that bailout does ensure a few more years of oil dependence,
Meanwhile, in the last month or so, we’ve seen the likes of AIG walk off with in excess of $100 billion in taxpayer money to bail out their poor
decisions, only to see their execs toodle off to vacationland to the tune of $400,000. A few blocks away on Wall Street, the financial sector is
drooling over the $700 billion bucket-o-chicken placed before them.
So, ‘Joe Sixpack’ must go out and take some minimum wage job while some fat corporate ass gets fatter on the money Joe Sixpack sends the
government on a weekly basis from legislated withholdings such as income tax, while watching his 401k swirl around the bowl as the markets drop due to
investor fears based on the fact that the now-bailed-out financial sector made some really really horrible and greed-based decisions allowed by lax
oversight and even laxer laws regarding the way they do business.
So, based on that, I think a fair translation of Perino’s ‘get a job’ comments would be Take the damn jobs we have left for you at the
wage we want to pay and don’t forget to file your income tax to pay my wages . . . and bail out my campaign supporters. And smile because if you
don’t we can actually make it a lot worse cuz starting soon, we’re going to own the banks, too.