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I'm a liberal looking to make a difference in politics.
Offshoring of jobs is meant for one purpose: to reduce wages without reducing prices.
It is why Germany outsources some of its car production to anti-union zones in the United States, and why the United States outsources... well... everywhere.
Globalism exists for no other reason but to use one nation's poor as a spear to pierce the heart of another nation's job security and livable wages. It is the primary weapon of mass destruction against unions - why bother negotiating against unionized factory workers when you can close it down and move it to China? Globalization was designed as a superweapon - a nuclear bomb, a Death Star - against the working class. It is nothing else, it serves no other purpose, it achieves no other effect, but to fatten the corporate bottom line by reducing workers' wages.
For America, globalization does NOTHING but reduce standards of living. NOTHING.
Why? Because nobody ever pursues offshoring to pursue places with better working conditions. Nobody ever pursues offshoring to pursue places with better wages. Nobody ever pursues offshoring to pursue eco-friendliness. In fact, globalism exists to eliminate all three of the above, to do exactly one thing: to make the captains of industry rich.
If you are for free trade you are missing this basic and ever-present reality that lives and breathes at the very expense of America's working class.
Globalization is that which robs Peter to pay Paul. America's working class is Peter. You will never, ever get the allegiance of Peter to such a system. Not ever.
When you tell Peter that he must sacrifice to help Paul you will only make Peter angrier. Especially when the third guy in the equation, Mitt, the guy who's doing the foreign outsourcing, is getting obscenely rich at the cost of Peter.
Write that down. Globalism is making Mitt fabulously rich and is bleeding Peter dry. Peter is America's working class.
When you tell Peter that he is being a xenophobe because he's tired of being bled dry, think about that for a second. You're telling American workers that they should be happy that blue-collar factories and white-collar offices are closing and they're going unemployed with precious little hope of finding an equally good-paying job. You are telling them that they are xenophobes if they have a problem with that.
You might as well ask someone to attach a thousand mosquitoes to their arm and let them suck away at them, and if they say no, then they're xenophobes. That's the logic of your xenophobe argument in a nutshell. In short, you are swimming upstream against basic survival instinct. Nothing ever wins against survival instinct. Anything that does try to win, loses because predators take it out of the game. That predator's name? You guessed it... Mitt, the only guy in the equation who is getting rich off of globalism.
There is no argument you can ever make that will convince America's working class to agree to continue to be the prey of Globalism. Protectionism is a natural survival instinct expressed in political context. You cannot justify opposing protectionism any more than you can justify white blood cells ignoring a disease. A disease injected into our economic bloodstream not by poor people in Mexico, but by people like Mitt. Ever wonder why support for protectionism has grown so explosively? It's because it is a natural immunological response to a deadly pathogen. A pathogen introduced into the environment by the Plutocrats.
When you argue that globalism is not a zero sum game, you are correct on that point: globalization is not a zero-sum game for America's workers, because it is a negative-sum game for America's working class. There is no amount of stretching your imagination, not even in your wildest dreams, that gets you to showing a plus-sum game for America's workers. There is none. Globalism is a negative-sum game for America's workers. They know that. You know that. To deny it is to engage in sheer delusion.
You even bring up the specter of a trade war if America resorts to protectionism. What the rest of America understands, however, is that America has been the target of a relentless GLOBAL trade war for several decades now. A trade war which can easily be seen in the form of our monstrous trade deficit - half of which is NOT oil imports. Without the oil imports it is the largest trade deficit in the history of nations, in absolute if not relative terms. That is a trade war already in progress. Telling America's workers that tariffs amount to a trade war is like telling a kid it's wrong to hit back at a bully. Ever wonder why that doesn't work? Like I said... you're up against survival instinct, and survival instinct only ever loses with an organism that is best suited as prey. America's working class is not best suited as prey.
And the worst joke of it all? While you are trying to sell benefits of globalism that do not exist by any stretch of one's imagination, the globalists you are defending, are brazenly fighting wage increases in the very poor nations you say depend on stealing American jobs. You have nothing to say about that. You can't say anything about it. It's as important a part of globalism as the brain is to the human body. If other nations aren't fighting wage increases, then globalism cannot exist; if wages go up, then jobs can't move overseas. It becomes too expensive to do so. Globalism dies, production becomes more local. Please, free traders, get familiar with the term Ouroboros. Globalism is that. You support a system that either sustains itself by ruining entire nations, or which will devour itself into nonexistence. How is that logical?
Globalism will ruin America. It has destroyed America's working class, it is why we've lost all concept of job stability, it is why a record number of Americans are on welfare, and most of all, it is part of why people like Mitt Romney are getting filthy rich. It is a major contributor to our national debt, a millstone around the value of our currency, and it has done absolutely nothing for America's working class except drive it into ruin.
If you are for Globalism then you really do not care about America's working class. You really don't care if the ranks of America's poor continue to swell. You don't care about the Plutocracy capturing 90% of all economic gains while American workers sleep in forests in 22 degree weather because their wages have been driven into the dirt. You don't care because you defend the very system that enables all of this to happen.
You only have yourself to blame for how hostile America is now to free trade. If you were to scream loudly about how Globalists suppress wage increases in other nations, then perhaps your argument would have some credibility. But free traders worldwide, have scarcely ever done such a thing. If you would come out and protest the environmental pollution and poor working conditions where jobs are outsourced to, then you might have some credibility. If you would speak out against the captains of industry who get ultra rich while Americans go unemployed and Chinese workers commit suicide to escape their jobs, you might give protectionists pause. If you were to protest when Plutocrats complain about workers not wanting to work for $2 a day, and if you were to admit that there simply aren't enough "new industry" jobs to support America's swelling ranks of the unemployed, you might have some common ground. You can't do these things because to do these things is to question the need for globalism to exist. It can't exist without cheap labor, exploitation or environmental ruin.
Finally, one thing is true down to the last person when it comes to people who support free trade: they never, ever express any feelings of regret or sympathy for America's working class as they pay the ultimate price for globalization: joblessness and increasing poverty, and living in the woods in 22 degree temperatures, even as absolutely everyone in the third world and especially the Plutocracy, enjoy growth and increased prosperity. One thing that is common to all free traders is that they don't even TRY to feel sorry for American workers. Globalism has told America's working class to find a spot under an overpass and go fuck themselves or die trying. How can you be surprised, then, that American workers are now saying the same thing to globalism?
Listen to America's working class. They don't want globalism. The harder you push it, the worse things will get.
Posted by Zalatix | Sat Oct 20, 2012, 09:30 PM (54 replies)
if I had posted this shit among a bunch of feminists.
Feminism isn't a dirty word yet around here, is it? We still understand what 'insulting women' and 'fetishizing women' and 'objectifying women' means, right? Or have we moved so far to the right that blatant disrespect of women is not so blatant anymore?
I shudder to think just how bad this makes us all look. We look like hypocrites. Seriously.
Posted by Zalatix | Sat Oct 20, 2012, 06:35 PM (215 replies)
Clint Eastwood may be Mitt Romney's most famous supporter, but his daughter isn't following in her father's footsteps.
TMZ caught up with the actress and model and asked her if she shared Clint's political views. "I happen to be voting for a different man," she said. "But I love that he stands up for what he believes in."
Barack Obama also recently mentioned the elder Eastwood, jokingly telling guests at last night's Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner to take their seats, "or else Clint Eastwood will yell at them."
The quip was a reference to Eastwood's speech at the Republican National Convention, where the actor berated an empty chair that he pretended was occupied by Obama. The moment was widely mocked and even taken as a sign of a derailed Romney campaign, though Obama would go on to say he is a big fan of the actor and didn't take it personally.
Posted by Zalatix | Sat Oct 20, 2012, 10:03 AM (10 replies)
WASHINGTON -- The nation's largest federation of labor unions says it plans to knock on more than 5 million doors, make 5 million phone calls and blanket battleground states with 12 million pieces of mail in the final four days leading up to the Nov. 6 election.
Billing the undertaking as the group's “final four” get-out-the-vote plan, the AFL-CIO will be pouring its resources into 25 states that hold key congressional races, with a concentration in presidential swing states like Ohio and Nevada.
“It’s a culmination in that we have steadfastly tried to make the case to working people that this election is about their economic future, that there are two very different paths that the two parties want to take them down,” Michael Podhorzer, the AFL-CIO’s political director, said on a call with reporters Friday. “If we continue to bring these points home to people, we’ll see unprecedented turnout.”
In the run up to the election, the AFL-CIO has registered more than 450,000 new voters and gotten 200,000 voters to cast their ballots early. Podhorzer said those numbers are the largest he’s seen since coming to the organization in 1997, and he attributed much of that enthusiasm to the attacks on public bargaining rights in places like Wisconsin and Ohio over the previous two years.
Posted by Zalatix | Sat Oct 20, 2012, 09:57 AM (5 replies)
and said "we'll get rid of the poor, disabled, unemployed and minority problem".
How many independent voters do you REALLY think he would lose if he said that today?
What do you think the mainstream media would do?
I'm not really sure anymore that he would be ruined for such a move.
I have been getting out the vote for a month now and I was mainly doing it for California. In retrospect I was poorly uninformed about the rest of the country. We Dems have it good in California. The rest of the nation? Let's just say I've been getting educated on the fact that many other parts of America is not doing as well. I mean, we're winning, yeah, but nothing remotely close to the margins that you would expect from a rational populace.
For the first time in many years I'm actually scared. The 47% remark should have meant the collapse of all independent support for Romney. The media did get that meme out. The political atmosphere was full of flammable gas and the spark was struck. There was just no Earth shattering kaboom.
Now I'm not going to despair and freeze up. I just don't know what the fuck to do. People around ME are horrified at Romney. People I talk to at a distance in Middle America... not so much. I don't know what could reach these people. They're not die hard Republicans, those people I have already written off. It's the people who remain confused even after being informed of the absolute madness of the GOP that's taking the starch out of my legs. There's got to be some way we can reach them.
We're not going to get the media to clean up its act until the people themselves regain a moral compass and a solid concept of right, wrong and downright atrocious.
What do we do? Any ideas? I'm stumped.
Posted by Zalatix | Fri Oct 19, 2012, 11:01 PM (20 replies)
Between GOTV phone calls I overheard someone saying Obama coined a phrase "Romnesia". Is this true? Apparently it had something to do with all his flip-flopping.
Damn, if our media wasn't such a sack of shit entity, consumed by sociopath-enabling citizens who wouldn't turn off from Romney even if he came out wearing a SWAZTIKA. "Romnesia" should be an instant hit with lasting historical implications. Moreso if Obama came up with that in public.
Obama, the hardest-hitting President in history, when it comes to wit.
Posted by Zalatix | Fri Oct 19, 2012, 10:24 PM (17 replies)
when we've got this going on in America, supposedly the world's richest country.
Walmart Warehouse Workers Forced To Sleep In Foreclosed Houses, Tents In The Woods
New details emerged Thursday about the living conditions endured by workers at a Walmart support warehouse in Elwood, Ill. who went on strike last month to protest their poor working conditions and alleged retaliation by management.
In a new piece by The Guardian, warehouse worker Phillip Bailey explains how he sleeps in a Catholic hostel in Joliet, Ill., after a long day of loading and unloading hundreds of boxes bound for Walmart stores.
Another worker, Mike Compton, says he regularly sleeps in foreclosed homes, explaining, "I found one abandoned house that had working electricity still. And a fridge."
A third warehouse worker, Bailey said, was forced to live in the woods. "He just set up a tent in there for a few weeks." Temperatures in Northern Illinois during the winter average 22 degrees Farenheidt, making situations like these potentially deadly.
Posted by Zalatix | Fri Oct 19, 2012, 09:27 PM (2 replies)
I would most certainly hope so. The thought of using embryos for that just makes me nauseous. Personally I'd rather die than have that treatment. Adult stem cells would be perfect if it works.
UK, Japan scientists win Nobel for adult stem cell discovery
(Reuters) - Scientists from Britain and Japan shared a Nobel Prize on Monday for the discovery that adult cells can be transformed back into embryo-like stem cells that may one day regrow tissue in damaged brains, hearts or other organs.
John Gurdon, 79, of the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, Britain and Shinya Yamanaka, 50, of Kyoto University in Japan, discovered ways to create tissue that would act like embryonic cells, without the need to collect the cells from embryos.
They share the $1.2 million Nobel Prize for Medicine, for work Gurdon began 50 years ago and Yamanaka capped with a 2006 experiment that transformed the field of "regenerative medicine" - the search for ways to cure disease by growing healthy tissue.
Posted by Zalatix | Fri Oct 19, 2012, 11:31 AM (2 replies)
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The developer of video games including "Alvin and the Chipmunks" and "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005" is serving a yearlong jail sentence in Utah for failing to pay more than 100 employees.
David M. Rushton, 57, owes $1.2 million in a rare criminal case for nonpayment of wages, Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said Thursday.
Rushton did business in a Salt Lake City suburb as Sensory Sweep Studio, which focused on selling games adapted from movies for Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox game consoles and hand-held devices.
"We had occasional paychecks that trickled in. Some people were favored more than others," said Adam Hunter, a 29-year-old game designer now working for another Utah studio. Hunter said he was owed $12,000 after quitting in 2009.
Posted by Zalatix | Thu Oct 18, 2012, 07:38 PM (0 replies)
Mitt Romney says single mothers are the cause of mass shootings.
Mitt Romney says 47% of Americans are parasites not worthy of his time.
A billionaire in Australia says workers should work for $2 a day if they're to be competitive.
Some other idiot says children born out of wedlock should be taken away and their parents killed.
Todd Akin says a "legitimate rape" can't lead to pregnancy.
Charlie Fuqua (another Republican) talks about the Biblical Book of Leviticus justifying killing rebellious kids.
This got plenty of air time on the underground media - the left-of-center blogs, DU, what have you.
But none of that shit got as much air time as even the shitfest I watched on TV about Obama's response to the embassy attack in Benghazi, which the media thought was weak.
Even the war on women BARELY took longer than the Benghazi incident to jump the shark on prime time TV. No wonder Todd Akin is so close to winning... I haven't heard about him AT ALL on TV. AT ALL!!! There seems to be no way to get people pissed off at this shit in a big way. You talk about raising taxes on the rich, though, and the firestorm is on.
Obama's going to win this. But we've got bigger problems than the increasingly unlikely scenario of an Obama loss. Yes, bigger problems than even that. Romney should be in a position that makes even Bob Dole (see: his campaign against Clinton) laugh at him. He should end this campaign in November with 0 electoral votes. At the very least, Romney should have zero support among women and independent voters. ZERO. But he is still hanging onto Obama's leg like a bulldog with no teeth. This goes beyond our GOTV performance, beyond voter suppression, and even beyond the media.
The real problem is that we have a culture of sheer evil that dominates this country. In this country way too many people yawned when Republicans threw around rape like it's a joke, attacked women for using birth control, talked about killing unwed parents, and yapped about how useless 47% of the country is. We have politicians who utter this shit knowing full well that the damage will be limited among the general populace at worst, and in the most likely case won't even bother their Republican base.
Despite all this madness, Obama still stands one big slip-up away from defeat. One.
A culture that stands one bullshit gaffe away from electing a monster who associates with monsters such as those listed above, is one that is as close to beyond rehabilitation as one can get without taking us back to Germany in 1939.
You live next to these people who couldn't be bothered to give a shit about calling 47% of Americans parasites. These people will linger long after Romney is beaten. You should be terrified of them: there is something broken in their souls that will come to allow worse sentiments than this to fester.
Posted by Zalatix | Wed Oct 17, 2012, 08:59 PM (8 replies)