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Basic and Simple Story of the Economy

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posted on Sep, 26 2011 @ 08:28 PM
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This op-ed is clear, basic, and easy to understand; explaining the reasons why the economy is in the sad state it is in:

www.counterpunch.org...

Saving the Rich, Losing the Economy

by PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS


Economic policy in the United States and Europe has failed, and people are suffering.



Economic policy failed for three reasons: (1) policymakers focused on enabling offshoring corporations to move middle class jobs, and the consumer demand, tax base, GDP, and careers associated with the jobs, to foreign countries, such as China and India, where labor is inexpensive; (2) policymakers permitted financial deregulation that unleashed fraud and debt leverage on a scale previously unimaginable; (3) policymakers responded to the resulting financial crisis by imposing austerity on the population and running the printing press in order to bail out banks and prevent any losses to the banks regardless of the cost to national economies and innocent parties.



Jobs offshoring was made possible because the collapse of the Soviet Union resulted in China and India opening their vast excess supplies of labor to Western exploitation. Pressed by Wall Street for higher profits, US corporations relocated their factories abroad.



Over the decade, the number of larger factories (those employing 1,000 or more employees) declined by 40 percent. US factories employing 500-1,000 workers declined by 44 percent; those employing between 250-500 workers declined by 37 percent, and those employing between 100-250 workers shrunk by 30 percent. www.manufacturingnews.com...



US politicians, such as Buddy Roemer, blame the collapse of US manufacturing on Chinese competition and “unfair trade practices.” However, it is US corporations that move their factories abroad, thus replacing domestic production with imports. Half of US imports from China consist of the offshored production of US corporations.



The wage differential is substantial. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2009 average hourly take-home pay for US workers was $23.03. Social insurance expenditures add $7.90 to hourly compensation and benefits paid by employers add $2.60 per hour for a total labor compensation cost of $33.53.



In China, as of 2008 total hourly labor cost was $1.36, and India’s is within a few cents of this amount. Thus, a corporation that moves 1,000 jobs to China saves $32,000 every hour in labor cost. These savings translate into higher stock prices and executive compensation, not in lower prices for consumers who are left unemployed by the labor arbitrage.



Republican economists blame “high” US wages for the current high rate of unemployment. However, US wages are about the lowest in the developed world. They are far below hourly labor cost in Norway ($53.89), Denmark ($49.56), Belgium ($49.40), Austria ($48.04), and Germany ($46.52). The US might have the world’s largest economy, but its hourly workers rank 14th on the list of the best paid. Americans also have a higher unemployment rate. The “headline” rate that the media hypes is 9.1 percent, but this rate does not include any discouraged workers or workers forced into part-time jobs because no full-time jobs are available


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The rest of this article explains in simple terms the world-wide economic issues and the European aspect of it.

Check it out it is very informative
edit on 26-9-2011 by inforeal because: (no reason given)




posted on Sep, 26 2011 @ 08:49 PM
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You didn't mention that Dr Roberts was the co-founder of Reaganomics (Asst Sec of Treasury), so his current opinion on the economy is very insightful and important.
You might like Elizabeth Warren as well. They are both true crusaders for the middle class.



posted on Sep, 27 2011 @ 02:27 AM
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We should really just lower the corporate tax rate. Trickle down works...damn it.




posted on Sep, 28 2011 @ 02:25 AM
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What middle class? You mean those gullible idiots who borrowed their way for the last 70 years buying 300K houses made of wood, RVs, boats, vacations to France and paying for school taking up useless crap like liberal arts, English literature or worse, Jewish Studies?




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