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Doomed by the myths of free trade; how the economy was lost

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posted on Feb, 28 2009 @ 04:44 PM
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mostlywater.org...

Paul Craig robers former secretary of treasury speaks out in one of the best..... most comprehensive and readable account of what went wrong


To get Wall Street analysts and shareholder advocacy groups off their backs, and to boost shareholder returns and management bonuses, American corporations began moving their production for American markets offshore. Products that were made in Peoria are now made in China.


yes sir


The pressure of jobs offshoring, together with vast imports, has destroyed the economic prospects for all Americans, except the CEOs who receive “performance” bonuses for moving American jobs offshore or giving them to H-1b work visa holders. Lowly paid offshored employees, together with H-1b visas, have curtailed employment for older and more experienced American workers. Older workers traditionally receive higher pay. However, when the determining factor is minimizing labor costs for the sake of shareholder returns and management bonuses, older workers are unaffordable. Doing a good job, providing a good service, is no longer the corporation’s function. Instead, the goal is to minimize labor costs at all cost.


tell it like it is partner


The demise of America’s productive economy left the US economy dependent on finance, in which the US remained dominant because the dollar is the reserve currency. With the departure of factories, finance went in new directions. Mortgages, which were once held in the portfolios of the issuer, were securitized. Individual mortgage debts were combined into a “security.” The next step was to strip out the interest payments to the mortgages and sell them as derivatives, thus creating a third debt instrument based on the original mortgages.


sad but true....lets shift gear to other issues


The other serious problem is the status of the US dollar as reserve currency. This status has allowed the US, now a country heavily dependent on imports just like a third world or lesser-developed country, to pay its international bills in its own currency. We are able to import $800 billion annually more than we produce, because the foreign countries from whom we import are willing to accept paper for their goods and services


here's watching the GCC attempts to launch a regional currency by 2010
will oil be sold in dollars after that........?


If incompetence in Washington, the type of incompetence that produced the current economic crisis, destroys the dollar as reserve currency, the “unipower” will overnight become a third world country, unable to pay for its imports or to sustain its standard of living.




posted on Feb, 28 2009 @ 05:34 PM
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S & F. Excellent article! Like a surgeons knife.

Thanks for posting this. I will be forwarding that article on to many freinds and family.

Pretty sad day when America's best hope many be other incompetant nations, that are in deeper trouble.

And sadder still, there are many out there!



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