posted on Sep, 15 2011 @ 09:50 AM
reply to post by CaDreamer
Rant or not, here's my answer to your question; We "lost it" when Ronald Reagan decided to disband PATCO, which was in essence, the beginning of
the end for organized labor and the voice of working people. Then, when Clinton gave in to his republican controlled congress and signed NAFTA into
law and awarded China with the "Permanent Most Favored Nation's Trading Status," we began to hear that "Giant Sucking Sound," which was the sound
of american jobs going overseas that Ross Perot so prophetically predicted during his presidential bid. This was the beginning of the mindset that
"profits" are more important than "people."
Today, we are continuously exposed to rhetoric portraying a scenario where corporations are being suffocated by high taxes, (when in actuality, over
50% of american corps. pay zero dollars in tax) high labor cost and over-regulation. So to hear them tell it, all we need to do is to eliminate all
taxes, OSHA, the NLRB and the minimum wage and then re-legalize slave labor. Oh yeah, we also have to eliminate the EPA, make it perfectly legal for
corporations to pollute at will and open our national parks, wilderness areas and shorelines to energy exploitation. (Seems like I remember us once
forming a national super-fund for the clean up of environmental contamination left behind by unregulated corporations in the past. ie: Love Canal
So, I guess that the short answer is that, as soon as we award corporations with free and open access to our nation's natural resources, allow them
to pollute at will, pay zero taxes, employ slave labor and ignore any and all worker safety regulations, then jobs will return to America and
everything will return to "Normal." Did I mention that these god-like corporations also what complete control over our elected officials via
unlimited lobbying and campaign donations?
At this point, I fully expect to hear them voice their support for a constitutional amendment to remove the word "People" from any and all language
contained therein. So it looks like the sooner we adopt the mentality that we are a nation "Of, By & For" corporations, the sooner we can settle
back and enjoy our newfound enslavement.