Sunday, September 11, 2011

Gone but not forgotten

Greetings good citizen,

It is disturbing to me that ten years after we were attacked by our alleged allies that we are still at war with people who had nothing to do with attack and the corporate owned media continues to, er, ‘rub our noses’ in the ‘circus of mismanagement’ the event and the aftermath have become monuments to.

It is perhaps more disturbing that 10 years after and we still aren’t asking why?

The ‘pat’ answer is that Bin Laden was a psycho that did what he did because he could.

Ironically, this is the, er, ‘determination’ of those foolish enough to believe that history is a series of accidents that occur for no particular reason.

Worse, these are the same people who go around calling themselves the ‘reality based community’.

“Stuff happens, get over it…” but, curiously, they don’t.

[grind mental gears] In a world where there is too much going on for your average mortal to keep track of, here’s a story that gets almost zero press.

Here’s the tail end of it:

That sally into industrial policy, some economists say, is like closing the barn door after the horse has escaped — the horse in this case being America’s possession of the world’s biggest mass market. That ended in the late 20th century with the rise of millions of consumers in Asia and Europe with ample disposable income or access to credit.

The upshot is that governments in these markets pile on subsidies to gain or keep as much production as possible. Whirlpool, for example, makes most of its microwave ovens in southeastern China, with help from local subsidies.

When companies engaged in this kind of strategy in the 1980s, there was often much more criticism than today.

“The reason you no longer get much of an outcry over this exodus has to do mainly with jobs,” says Heather Boushey, a senior economist at the Center for American Progress. “Less than 12 percent of the American work force is in manufacturing today, down from 30 percent in the 1970s. So there isn’t the same level of public concern.”

Is the problem really that of ‘vanishing dead-end jobs’?

Because once again we would be demonstrating how myopic we are. These jobs that ‘Mericans’ refuse to do (actually no sane person would surrender their labor for wages that don’t crack their nut.) didn’t vanish, they moved off-shore seeking the lowest possible labor pool.

And guess what? The price DIDN’T drop, it just didn’t go up as fast as others did!

And why do prices continue to rise when the inputs for EVERY PRODUCT are FREE from Mother Nature?

But that’s another of those questions you aren’t supposed to ask because the real answer isn’t, er, ‘rational’.

Now we return to the value of the dollar/zlotny/peso issue, they’re worth whatever Puddin’ Head says they are on any given day.

So our collective mission, good citizen is to get Puddin’ Head!

Although once compromised, Puddin’ Head’s authority to set global currency values would be over ridden by the people he/she works for.

But guess what would happen until a new chain of command was established?

Prices would remain ‘static’.

But I digress, back to the ‘vanishing jobs’ crisis.

Yes good citizen, it is not just manufacturing jobs that are ‘bleeding’ out of our economy, creating an ever larger ‘economic desert’, our decimated tax base is causing lay-offs through our infrastructure base!

Which is to ask, how stupid are you?

Bad enough your employer thinks you’re dumber than a box of hammers but are you really?

Is it too hard to imagine (or too harsh an indictment) to say that the lower 50% of the payroll distribution couldn’t even spell ‘economic theory’ much less grasp the basics?

Let’s shift our aim a little higher, shall we?

The upper 50%, due to the level of ‘because I said so’ involved in actual economic practices, has no clue either!
Which leaves us where, good citizen?

It leaves us at the beginning of the economics puzzle with that mind blowing question ‘what is the purpose of commerce?’

Does it exist to enrich the (lucky) owners or does it exist to provide goods and services to ‘society’ at large (something it has always failed miserably at…in case you hadn‘t noticed.)

Yes, even as we sink below other ‘third world’ economies we stand here befuddled because our government doesn’t work (because it was overrun by criminals and no one knows how to clean it out.)

Is there hope for our species or should we merely hope that we like our new boss better?

Thanks for letting me inside your head,


PS, don’t buy the ‘propaganda’, 9/11 was an ‘inside job’ designed to tear down our government…and it worked like a charm!

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