Blame Everyone and Don’t Forget to Look in the Mirror

Everyone is pointing fingers at everyone else: Where did our jobs go?

Hey people, you know perfectly well where our jobs went. They went to the far east, to China, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Burma, Malaysia … wherever child labor laws are loose or non-existent and people work cheap. The exodus of American jobs began long ago, but became a mighty river under Bush senior, went into higher gear under Clinton (who I loved but IS responsible). Bush II pushed the throttle higher, and although Obama hasn’t made it worse, he also hasn’t stopped it. I’m not sure he could if he wanted to. These are largely corporate decisions, not governmental.

English: In January 2009, President of the Uni...

January 2009: President George W. Bush invited President-Elect Barack Obama, former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter for lunch at the White House. (Photo: Wikipedia)

There’s plenty of blame to go around if you’re big on pointing fingers. Rewarding companies for shipping jobs overseas was an idea so awful that most normal people could see the looming disaster without any special economic education, but we had nothing to say about. No one asked US.

This is a “bottom line” driven society. Until and unless something becomes more important to our nation than maximizing profits, if and when such a miracle should occur, then there is some a very small chance we’ll start to re-employ Americans, maybe even rebuild a few of the dusty, closed factories where we used to work.

Until then … IF then ever arrives … jobs will remain scarce no matter who is in the White House. You can’t fix the economy without places to employ people. We’ve sent our manufacturing base overseas where labor is cheap. You can and should blame the entire government for this one, Democrats and Republicans share in the blame … but mostly, the blame fall solidly on Capitalism implemented without the human cost being calculated as part of the equation.

English: Photograph from the records of the Na...

From records of the National Child Labor Committee (U.S.)

As long as the goal of business isn’t merely making a profit, but making the biggest possible profits, as long as employers feel no responsibility to their workers and do not care whether they live or die, we will continue to have massive unemployment.

It’s not Obama. And sadly, if elected, it wouldn’t be Romney’s fault either. It’s the system itself that’s broken.

It does not have to be this way. Capitalism does not require utter ruthlessness. Profits can be made without completely ignoring any semblance of morality or conscience. But that is the way we do it here … and it no longer works for any but those who own the companies making the big profits.

It sort of worked to some degree as long as we only exploited Americans who at least got jobs as part of the deal, but now that we can exploit anyone anywhere, U.S. workers don’t reap any benefit at all.

Two girls protesting child labour (by calling ...

Two girls protesting child labour (by calling it child slavery) in the 1909 New York City Labor Day parade. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can say whatever you like about our socialist European friends: their systems do calculate the human cost of doing business. We don’t. If you like what you have, keep mouthing the same stupid platitudes and you will get the same, stupid poverty, unemployment, and loss of American prestige on the world stage.

It’s payback time, except guess what? YOU are the one paying the bill, not the guys who ran up the tab. Funny how that’s the way it always seems to work out.



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  1. Man, this is good! Wish I could reblog to Awakenings but it is blogspot. Scoop.it will work though! I just scanned through some of your earlier posts and I am way behind. Can’t wait to go back to Lone Ranger and Tonto!

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    • Everyone wants easy answers and someone to blame, but we are where we are because we collectively dug a hole, jumped in, and pulled the dirt over our heads, directly or indirectly. You can’t destroy an economy this thoroughly without cooperation on every level. Americans need to ask themselves a fundamental question: Is pure, unbridled capitalism taking care of working Americans? I think not. Until … IF … we are ever brave enough to accept that it’s not Democrats or Republicans, but a system that encourages corporations to do whatever they like as long as it makes them richer, no matter what the cost to the nation and its citizens, it won’t get better. Nor will it matter who sits in the Oval Office. Corporations are running the country, not the government.

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  2. Also look at the 2 in 5 people who choose not to vote in 2008. It is only when citizens are engaged and passionate about who they choose to represent them, that democracy works for all.

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    • Absolutely true. But … the process by which bills were passed by both parties in both houses that rewarded corporations for shipping our manufacturing base to wherever they could find the cheapest labor — that occurred without our advice or consent. The public … us … never had a say on the issue. These bills we jointly sponsored and enthusiastically passed with virtually no opposition, despite the fact that any fool could see where it would lead. I can only assume that those pushing for passage of these bills were so powerful that no one, Republican or Democrat, was willing to oppose them. Now every says “YOUR fault, no YOUR fault.” It’s everyone’s fault, including our own for electing spineless buffoons to represent our interests in congress!

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      • If everyone voted politicians would have more incentive to pass legislation that benefits the majority. When less than 57% vote, you need only keep about 15% of voters happy, as you will easily get enough swing votes from those who feel they are next on the gravy train.

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      • I can’t argue with that. People always say that their vote doesn’t matter, but the aggregate result of that thinking is that big decisions that affect everyone are made by far fewer people than they should be. A vocal minority has a lot more power when so many people absent themselves from the democratic process.

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