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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:00 AM

 

Consider this when you're going on about how change is not really possible/pragmatic/desirable.

From: America the Third-World Nation in Just 4 Easy Steps by Thom Hartmann and Sam Sacks

Step 1: Destroy Manufacturing
Before Reagan won the White House, the United States was the world's largest importer of raw goods and exporter of manufactured goods as well as the world's largest creditor. But today, we're the world's largest exporter of raw materials and importer of manufactured good. No surprise, we're also the world's largest debtor.

Step 2: Harvest the Middle Class
Before NAFTA, the average American taxpayer earned an inflation-adjusted income of $33,400 a year. By 2008, that number dropped to just $33,000. Working Americans maxed out their credit cards and took out a second mortgage on their homes just to make ends meet. Eventually, even that wasn't enough to make ends meet.

Step 3: Export American Wealth
In 2011, the United States had a trade deficit of over a half-trillion dollars with the rest of the world. Essentially, $558 billion U.S. dollars is being pocketed every single year by developing nations that are now manufacturing the goods that used to be manufactured right here in the United States.

Step 4: Recolonize
The reason why this fourth stage is terminal is because there are few treatment options available anymore. If the United States were to suddenly rethink its trade policies and enact tariffs again, they would have little impact since these foreign corporations have already implanted their manufacturing centers here in the United States. The profits would continue to go overseas rather than being circulated in the local economy.


Because of the 4 paragraph limit it is not possible to really do this article justice, but I have tried to grab the most relevant part of each step and strongly encourage everyone that has any interest in our future and curiosity about our nation's economics to read the whole thing. It isn't very long and everything in it is easily verified. I know it isn't as interesting as which General is screwing who's wife, or why so many Duers are so mean to the President. But if you're under 60, this is going to effect you and everyone you know if we don't make a real change in the direction we are headed very soon.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:24 AM

1. Du rec. Nt

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:08 AM

2. Kick and rec!

Recolonization. I never really thought about it that way before, but it nails it.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:02 AM

4. Read the entire article.

Read it and weep.

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Response to Flying Squirrel (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:34 PM

7. Step 4. That's where we run out of alternatives, and it's already started. n/t

 

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:04 PM

5. recycle kick n/t

 

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:08 PM

6. K&R!

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 04:05 PM

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Coming home on the east coast.

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:08 PM

9. k

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