Untying the Gordian Knot
Let me offer a top down assesment of the problem we face. Lassie Faire Capitalism (e.g., totally unregulated capitalism) is something both Karl Marx and Adam Smith wrote much about. In the Wealth of Nations Smith warned that such unregulated capitalism could lead to exploitation by the holders of wealth. Marx was in agreement with the assesment and believed that this exploitation would cause the proletariet to rise and a socialist state would result.
But niether saw the even bigger Malthusian picture where population and resource depletion would eventually propel us towards a situation where we might actually reach the limits of growth. In fact the "Limits to Growth" study (c. 1972) was the first to suggest that we just can't grow forever without considering the indirect economic costs to our actions.
There is actually a very clear relationship between Marx, Smith and the Limits to growth. Lassie Faire capitalism is an exponential growth model which worked just fine as long as there was ample land and labor to exploit and the indirect costs of production could be easily hidden away. But those days are gone and the only way we are going to get ourselves out of this mess is to recognize that we need a new economic model that meets the necessary critieria of "static, sustainable growth."
The "New Agenda for America" pushes in that direction in a number of ways. It insists on a 20 year moritorium on immigration in order to stabalize and reduce our US population while hopefully sending a message to the rest of the world that, if you have any sense, you will once again follow our lead. And this time around it might just make some sense and offer hope.
I recently recieved the following comment on the "New Agenda for America." It came from someone who was most likely here Illegally, or who obviously sympathizes with the plight of those here Illegally:
I agree with you on everything except immigration. There is nothing wrong with immigration. America has always had immigration. Every country in the world has immigration. People have the right to immigrate to any country they want to live in.
Now of course there is nothing wrong with immigration provided it is being endorsed by the soviergn (the people) and not the corporate elite whose main purpose is to drive down wages and shed the labor force of those increasingly costly older workers (e.g., anything over 40). But he is completely wrong when he insists people have a "right" to immigrate at will, without the consent of the soveriegn.
And the problem is that immigration no longer makes any sense. Many immigrants and sympathizers love to call me a xenophobe for pointing that out but is changes nothing. If we are to provide a dignified existance for our grandparents, ourselves and our children that is what must be done, and done immediately.
To better understand the "Immigration Moritorium" plank, of the "New Agenda for America," I would recommend the following:
Why Lou Dobbs Should Demand A Stop To Legal Immigration
Now at this point they see me as heartless and I can empathize with that. But the "New Agenda for America" does attempt to deal with this in two ways. To illustrate this I will confine my example to Mexico, since that IS where most of the Illegal Immigrants are from at this moment in time.
The first way the "NAA" deals with this is by dismantling the Free Trade Agreements. The Multi-Nationals won't like it but it will, in fact, help to raise wages in Mexico. And that is largely a good thing, though it will cause prices to move up a bit in the US.
The second way the "NAA" would help Mexican Illegal Immigrants is by eliminating the Narcocracy that basically controls Mexico (and the United States). To do this little magic trick we make Marijuana as legal as home brewed beer. This would miniamally allow each American to grow up to 100 plants at a time, effectively robbing both drug gangs and Mexican Drug Cartels of much of their profit.
Now it is important to understand how this would occur. Currently an ouce of "high grade" Marijuana sells for between $300 and $500 dollars on the street. But it only costs about $20 dollars to grow. So by legalizing Marijuana we are essentially robbing the black market of thier profits. We are also screwing a lot of attorneys, drug testing labs and the entire prison industrial complex.
And of course let us not loose site that every presidential candidate, for the last 30 years or more, has recieved very significant contributions from these very PACs: and that most definately includes Obama and McCain. So when you scratch your head, trying to figure out "why" they don't ever do what is good for the people, you only need to consider who is "buttering their bread."