Re: My politics--what are yours?
- From: old hoodoo <alflags@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2006 00:25:52 -0600
Are we all so far apart on these issues that we can't at least find some common ground for the good of the nation?????
I doubt we will see common ground ever, but that was a very good post. I think posts like these do help close the divide some.
I would like to point out though that globalism / free trade is not a good thing in my opinion. It seems to be killing middle class jobs and lowering the standard of living overall. I believe this is because the jobs are going to countries that have no fair wage laws (like China and India). Some call these countries slavery countries because the people work for so cheap they are practically slaves. Without minimum wage and other fair wage laws, it seems like wages drop drastically and standard of living drops to almost nothing. Poverty in India is about 50%. I believe China is about the same.
No question what you say is true...but some of the reason is that middle class jobs are lost because the upper class in the US is hoarding more and more money and investing outside of the country. What people as globalism is not a plan or conspiracy, it is a flow of economics seeking the lowest common denominator.
It seemed like you hit on globalism and I wanted to get my opinion in on this because I think it's a very serious issue and is primarily what is responsible for the decrease in the U.S. standard of living over the last few years, and also the reason for so many companies closing plants, mills, and factories of late. While unemployment has improved slightly, standard of living has not. I hear and read numerous stories of people taking huge pay cuts in order to keep their jobs or get new ones after they have been laid off from a plant closing.
I did hit on it but not too hard. I see it as inevitable, that nations will find it difficult to swallow that US policy tends to want US citizens to live in relative luxury while other countries struggle. I do
think globalism will the US standard of living, but maybe not the quality. A lot of US prosperity goes to just a few who live Idyllic lives while working people have to struggle. There is a growing rift of
wealth in this country.
By opening the doors to slavery countries, we negate our fair wage laws. I do not believe in the long run China or India will prosper. I believe eventually it will all level out where China and India were before our companies started moving off shore.
You are right again and we ought to resist nations that cheat, but its a two way street. Mutual concessions can work and you always have to deal with the agendas of other nations. Nationalism does not go away and you can't work with everyone, however, if you don't go with the flow to some extent that is when something really bad happens. The Japanese got caught in that web when they tried to exploit China. The US, responding to the obvious rape of China, put the Japanese back to the wall...this was not our fault but Japan's fault for ignoring international rules...and the Japanese got burned by pushing too hard.
Working with the international community is rope-a-dope, you can't just
have it your way all the time. The road is very long...but we are being dragged along rather than leading in a direction that we would like to
go. I think we would be better off leading rather than following. Better to be holding the axe and chopping wood than standing near someelse doing it.
Potentially we are due for a major disaster if we cannot get our oil dependency under control.
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