It is there in plain sight for all who have eyes to see and ears to hear
and once you see it and hear it, then it gets inside of you like a
siren's song and you cannot look away from it, ever, ever again. In the
wake of the worst economy since the Great Depression this government,
your government proposes job cuts. Over 400,000 government workers have
lost their jobs from last November to this current November.
From the outset of this crisis the government response has been reactive
and not proactive. Look for example at the response to the banking
crisis versus the American crisis. During the banking crisis there was
no debate, there was only a dark urgency and somber necessity, we must,
we must! Or else the whole world will melt away into oblivion. During
the American crisis, tens of millions of families, men women and
children have been forced from their homes. As many as ten percent of
the population of the United States have been evicted or foreclosed upon
by predators made fat with government loans.
An economic stimulus package was proposed, a stimulus which was 35
percent tax cuts and corporate giveaways. Wheedled and shot full of pork
the final package amounted to one road project for every million
Americans. Let's do the math, actual unemployment (U-6) is running
around 16.5 percent or 165 per thousand with one road construction
project per million could each road project be expected to provide
16,500 jobs? The slack economy especially in the construction industry meant almost
zero new hiring. This was an infrastructure program disguised as a jobs
program. The President's proposed cutting employment taxes which
undercuts social security and unemployment insurance. I wonder
sometimes, if the White House were to catch fire if Obama would run
wildly down the halls shouting, "Fire, Fire someone cut taxes!"
Let's look at the ugly and unadulterated truth here, the average weekly
wage for a Chinese industrial worker is twenty dollars per week. For the
price of one American worker at minimum wage you can hire fourteen
Chinese. Not only hire them but have no Social Security payments, no
unemployment insurance, no unions and no environmental concerns, through
free trade American workers have been made expendable. Chinese air and
water quality have paid the price as coastal fishing has been decimated
or poisoned by industrial run off.
It has created a Capitalist fairyland and a Capitalist wasteland; in
this country, companies such as Wal-Mart earn billions importing
products made by sweatshop labor. Low prices only cushion the blow as
American workers are economically stripped of purchasing power. It
doesn't matter how cheap the toaster or flat screen TV is if you don't
have a job.
The corporation's and manufacturers profit off of low labor costs but
that is offset by high trade deficits. Corporations don't worry about
trade deficits, that is for the government to worry about. But now
equilibrium is setting in, as high wage jobs disappear purchasing power
erodes until people such as myself and many of you can't afford to
Corporate taxes have been cut and the President and Congress debate
cutting more taxes and even work towards creating a tax holiday to allow
the manufacturers and outsourcers a tax cut on their profits earned
overseas. The Democratic Party as a party of the people or a party of
the working man has ceased to exist. There isn't a dimes worth of
difference between Barack Obama and George W. Bush, the only difference
is in perception.
Barrack Obama went to Nellis Air force Base to dedicate the largest
solar power facility on a US military base. He used this photo op to
show his dedication to green energy to the rubes and weed benders. The
solar plant was built with Chinese made solar cells and was funded by
the Energy Department just as the stimulus also had funding for military
construction. Meanwhile, American solar panel companies are going belly
up. Meanwhile, Americans are losing their homes in record numbers;
meanwhile American wages are falling as prices are rising.
In response to the foreclosure crisis Barrack Obama has come up with
another great corporate idea. He has proposed taking 250,000 empty homes
and allowing the government to purchase them and resell them to Real
Estate Investment Trusts. Obama has proposed buying up these bad debts
of the banks, then having them professionally remodeled at government
expense and then selling them back to the banks as investment
properties. Let's call it Pottersville! Take a quarter of a million
private homes and turn them into rental properties!
The government of the United States no longer works in the interest of
the people in fact; it is diametrically opposed to the best interest of
its people. That by definition is a tyranny. The love of money and the
need to own everything does not end at the waters edge and must include
owning the people themselves.
Some of us sell ourselves into this servitude and I include myself in
those ranks. I had a good job and thought myself immune from the crises
of "those people." Though I still questioned from time to time and
feared if it couldn't happen to me, that fear was a motivating tool, it
made me show up early and stay late. It made me accept the things which I
should not have accepted quietly. Man is a herd animal, he seeks the
comfort of the herd for protection so while the banks and government
warn, we must we must or else the whole world will melt into oblivion,
we have no problem allowing millions to melt away into oblivion one by
I walk the streets of this cold city past trendy shops which sell
foreign made goods for high prices. They carry designer labels and
worthy of their cost just because, just because they've paid a
professional athlete to say they are wonderful or hired an aging actress
to say they are stylish. It is all about image and about style over
substance and if you aren't with it then you are to be culled from the
The off shoring and outsourcing of the American economy has changed the
very dynamics of the economy. The US is expected to post a $44 billion
dollar monthly trade deficit. Forty four billion dollars that have left
our shores, left our economy and entered someone else's economy. Wall
Street cheers at a rise in US consumer spending, except that it is what
is fueling the growth in the trade deficit. Our economy is
unsustainable, in an economy seventy percent based on consumer spending
each unemployed worker becomes a non-consumer. Each underemployed or low
paid Wal-Mart workers become non-consumers as well.
It is no different than hitting yourself in the head with a hammer to
cure a headache, the cure causes the disease. Instead of solving the
problem the government merely changes the numbers, makes excuses and
pats itself on the back. This month the Bureau of Labor Statistics cooed
that unemployment numbers had dropped four tenths of one percent. Last
month the economy created ninety thousand jobs and that was considered a
poor performance. This month the economy created one hundred and twenty
thousand jobs but more than half of those jobs were holiday hires and
this is cheered as good news.
The economy only created sixty thousand actual jobs this month while
456,000 Americans dropped out of the employment market. This has caused a
drop in the participation rate and how do the Wall Street economists
explain this? They are calling it a demographic shift, as baby boomers
are opting for early retirement, I'll say it again, baby boomers are
opting for early retirement. They explain that the economy doesn't need
to create as many jobs anymore as more workers opt for early retirement.
The economist point with pride of a five percent unemployment rate among
those with advanced degrees, yet even here there is trouble. Those
unemployed with advanced degrees have specialized careers. A biomedical
engineer can't just walk across the street and get hired by a competitor
because they are up against the same pay wall. Such research can be
done in India or China just as well. So the big lie, that education is
the answer is just that, a big lie.
Our economy has become toxic; it can no longer support the aspirations
of the American people. Those in charge of the economy are predators,
bleeding and scraping the economy of every last nickel. This Federal
government is criminal; they are co-conspirators in cahoots with the
Your government is criminal, your elections are suspect, your candidates
are hand picked by moneyed interests. Your economy is toxic and
hemorrhaging and if left, as is, can never repair itself.
A Gestapo security apparatus has been put in place, your rights have
been stripped away and your police force has been militarized. Peaceful
protests are put down with rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray.
Your school budgets have been eviscerated, your social contract shredded
and your future, and the future of your children has been put in
serious doubt. There is no longer a question of if, but when, the only
question left to decide is, which side are you on? Staying silent and
acting as if nothing is going on is nothing more than silent complicity.
You were not born a slave or a peon, how long will you live as one?
Che Guevera by Public domain