Monday, September 05, 2011

This Labor Day, GET MAD!

How about some Economic Patriotism for a change?? This week, call your nearest Beltway Bubble Person and ask them "why they hate America." Because if they loved this country as much as they pretend to for public consumption, you'd think they'd be willing to invest in it, and in our citizens here. But it's all about profits for the multi-nationals, the real bosses of Congress and apparently the White House. It's gotten so bad that for the first time in decades, the U.S. labor market in August added ZERO jobs.

Today, headlines are announcing that the U.S. Postal Service may shut down permanently this winter, unless congress acts to provide funding. The postal service is like the highway system, the park system, and other commons - this is why we pay taxes! This is how we want tax money to be spent! Not on tax breaks for billionaires and huge corporations! Not for waging wars that are completely unnecessary, yet profitable to certain industries!

China's Making Everything in the U.S. From Bridges to War Memorials: That's a Huge Problem..
By David Sirota

"...The Chinese invasion tells us the true problem is that America is no longer willing or able to invest in its own future.

This problem is most obvious — and shocking — in our government.

As opposed to multinational corporations, which care only about maximizing shareholder profit, our public-policy arena is supposed to be focused on building America. But in this golden age of big-money politics, with multinational corporations buying off our lawmakers, we get the opposite — even during an unemployment crisis.

Today, municipalities outsource public works projects, congresses water down "Buy America" laws, and presidents champion trade deals that encourage companies to send jobs overseas. That trickles down to give us American iconography made in Chinese factories, American real estate owned by Chinese companies, and American civil rights memorials constructed with Chinese slave labor.

The public excuse from our corrupt politicians is that Americans don't really want the jobs that could be created if lawmakers prioritized domestic investment. Last week, for instance, the White House's U.S. trade representative, Ron Kirk, said we shouldn't be concerned with jobs that are about "making things that, frankly, we don't want to make in America — you know, cheaper products, low-skill jobs." It was a reprise of 2006, when Sen. John McCain told union members the same thing.

The truth, of course, is the opposite — millions of jobless Americans are desperate for some shred of economic patriotism that would put them back to work. But our political system isn't about patriotism anymore. It's about the deception embodied in Kirk's talking points..."


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