Originally posted by AlienChaser
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Your whole entire post is amazing.
Phenomenal insight to our situation. I only regret that I have but one star to give.
So now, How do we get out of it, or can we?
The only way out of it is hard. It's hard because it requires citizens and not just government to be responsible. We have to stop buying foreign made
goods and make it unprofitible for domestic companies to manufacture abroad to increase their profits that they don't reinvest then in wages and
increased facilities and jobs domestically. We have to stop supporting retailers domestically who pander these goods.
It's important to understand that what these goods have really done is hide inflation from the American consumer. You could buy a button down dress
shirt at Woolworth for 12.00 made in America in 1970 that was a good quality shirt, with good buttons, and stitching and cloth that would last several
years. In 2008 you could still buy a 12.00 button down dress shirt at Walmart that was made with inferior workmanship and materials in China with
buttons that will easily crack and break, stitching that will pull apart after a few wearings and washings and cloth that will discolor and wear thin
in less than a year.
You think wow, life is great, I can still buy a shirt for 12.00 dollars all these years later. The reality is that if you could find an American made
shirt made to the same quality and durability as that 12.00 American made shirt in 1972, it would cost you about 120.00 dollars.
That's the real rate of hidden inflation. They hide true inflation in producing cheaper and cheaper goods from cheaper and cheaper sources, while
maintaining their own overall profitibility but never having to increase the living wage along the way.
They do that in part for two reasons, one is the greedy manufacturers, and retailers, but also just importantly is pressure from the lenders who want
to loan you that 12.00 for the cheap shirt and make 18% off of it too in the process that know your non-living wage can in theory pay them back for a
12.00 cheap foreign made shirt, but could not afford to pay them back for 120.00 quality made in America shirt without either demanding a living wage
yourself, the the service industry most Americans work in work on a much smaller profit and can't afford to pay as high of wages as manufacturers can
and performance based payers like banks, insurers and investment brokerages do.
The reason service industry segments can't charge higher in their markets is because they do are burdened with the cost of hidden inflation. You
can't hide the inflation in gasoline and tomatoes that need gasoline to be harvested and shipped and packaged.
The real rate of inflation is evident in gasoline and farm and grocery products that are dependent upon it and most service industries revolve around
using gasoline and food products.
It really is a conspiracy by the rich and the government to keep wealth or as much of the wealth concentrated in as few as hands as possible and to
keep the average person out of the political and policy making process in the meantime. Politicians have to by their own nature consider the few with
the wealth to make or break their careers, they don't have to consider the people of little or no means that can't make or break their career, and
they don't have to worry about people who can't afford gas to get to work, to get all the way to washington to rebel.
The late sixties proved to the Government and Powers that be, that an overly afluent America could be a poltically active America and nothing ruins a
President's day more than looking out the oval office window and seeing half a million people who had enough money to get there and enough money to
leave at their leisure waving signs that say WE DON'T LIKE YOU. It makes them very nervous and that radical political mobilization of the young was
only made possible by and large through the affluence of their parents who even as blue collar workers had a real living wage, with real disposable
income through manufacturing jobs that unions negotiated a living wage.
Everyone kinds of gets real upset when you shoot live bullets into their children at the Universtity like at Kent State. Solution, slowly erode the
quality of life and purchasing power of the average American so the average American can no longer be a threat to the insitution of government or big
business when they take exception to how it's running.
Let crime soar as a result so that today the average American would be afraid to hitchhike to Washington D.C. to protest, because they sure can't buy
a ticket there in this economy and they sure can't risk loosing their job by taking time off if they are lucky enough to have a job, and they sure
can't borrow any more money because the banks have cut them off.
The solution lies actually in each American stopping the constant game of pretend that one party or one president is going to change a system that is
bigger and more entrenched than one party's or one man or woman's ability to challenge.
The solution lies in seige warfare. The government and big business has conducted seige warfare against us, keeping our wages deliberately low,
keeping us in debt, and seeing that the average person has access to enough cheap illusionary junk, and distracting entertainment to not notice just
how eroded the foundation of their individual castle has become.
The reverse is Americans finding creative ways not to pay any more in taxes than they absolutely have to, to stay out of trouble, and to not support
any business that erodes the overall way of life. If they sell foreign goods, don't buy the foreign made goods, don't buy any good they sell. If
they engage in risky lending practices keep your money in a small local one or two branch bank that can't and won't take those chances with your
money. If the restaurant employs illegal immigrant labor, don't eat at that restaurant.
They have our system under seige, we reward their system for it.
America can be prosperous again and free again when the people themselves realize it's each and everyone's responsibility to employ common sense in
that proposition and that our government has no common sense but is an entity that simply wants to perpetuate, expand and increase it's own control
for its own sake.
Reverse the seige and starve out the players who have us under seige. Don't work if it's not for a living wage. If no one will work or shop at a
business that doesn't pay living wages then...guess what, they won't have a business.
America has ceased being America because Americans no longer want to responsibly act like Americans. The Government and big business couldn't get
away with the majority of this stuff if it weren't for us rewarding them by paying them.
It took the powers that be 38 years slowly chipping away at the stone to make America this weak and pliable.
It would take 10 to 15 very hard years of Americans, being Americans to restore it.
The government is not going to give us the answers or solutions that empower or free individual citizens, they are only going to give us the solutions
that weaken and make citizens dependent upon it.
Anyone who believes otherwise at this point is going to continue being part of the problem. People wise enough to see that can be collectively part of
the solution by redevoting themselves to the responsibility of being a citizen, not a citizen that just complains while doing all the things that
enable the errosion of their livelihood and freedoms, but one that does the things that makes it impossible to erode their livelihood and freedoms.
That is the only solution.