Corporate America: The New Slave Masters

I just spent the better part of an hour reading an article calling attention to the jobless state of millions of my fellow countrymen. The author made observations regarding the fact that so many major American corporations have taken jobs overseas, rather than continuing to operate in the United States. She felt these companies raced overseas to take advantage of the near slave labor workforce available in underdeveloped countries. She questioned whether they truly left because of greed driven forces or if it was the threat of closing corporate tax loopholes. She made a very valid point in stating that the issue is not one of a either a Republican or Democratic nature, but rather, one which needed to be resolved quickly if the US was to resolve its economic woes.

While the content, to me, was simply more of the same type of musings being written about for the last two years or so, the number and nature of comments following the article, made me realize that even though the subject has been discussed, argued, and regurgitated a million times over, people just don't get it. The comments following the article contained absolutely nothing new or original.

There were two “star” commentators who insisted on using the space to press the same opinions as so many before them in other mediums. It was very easy to discern who was a Republican and who was a Democrat, even though the author specifically stated that she didn't feel the issue could be handled or answered by taking one political stand over another. I found myself very tempted to make a few comments of my own which would have certainly both agreed and disagreed with the two of them.

One view of the reason for high unemployment is that corporations have been driven away by the American government who imposes some of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. Then of course, there was the dissertation on the American individual's greed regarding the expected pay rates for the work being done, in comparison to those who are willing to do the work overseas for a far, far lower rate of pay. In the same vein, there were comments regarding the absolute need for profits to ensure survival of the corporations. If they should fail, then jobs would be lost anyway, etc, etc... I believe the statement which brought me the most outrage was the one that alluded to the idea that CEO's and other top executives deserve to be paid exorbitant amounts because they are the ones whose expertise has enabled the corporations to rake in the astronomical profits, to begin with. It is those same profits which under this logic, shouldn't be subjected to taxation.

The other view being presented was that there was a need for closing corporate tax loopholes, for holding corporations accountable for their share of the tax burden, for limiting excessive pay packages to executives who write off so many of their luxuries as work expenses, in order to avoid their own personal taxes. He spoke about the impoverished state of countries such as India, China, and Mexico, and how the lack of corporate and government regulations and taxation for the good of all has not alleviated the miserable conditions of their lives, but has simply made corporations even wealthier at the expense of their workers.

And as is usually the case, when the second commentator spoke of the argument being “against the inhumane profits of the few over the majority...”, the first guy resorted to blowing off his reasoning as a remark “straight out of the Marxist handbook.”

Writing this commentary was prompted by the statements regarding the need to create profits and the right for the few to reap the rewards of others' hard work. I am in total agreement with the notion that those taking the financial risk should be the ones who receive the greatest financial reward. I also do NOT view corporate profits as something evil. Common sense would certainly dictate their necessity. However, the idea that Americans should be reduced to the same state of poverty as those in, say, India, in order to be grateful for the penny wages corporate America wants to pay, is ludicrous.

Take Hanes and Levi Strausse, for example. Two years ago, the minimum wage in Haiti was raised from a lowly 24 cents per hour to a whopping 62 cents. Apparently, both Hanes and Levi Strauss were infuriated by the increase. It was just too much! They were only willing to hand over an additional 7 cents per hour, so they boo-hoo'ed to the US State Department. The US ambassador pressured the Haitian president who worked out the wage increase for textile companies.

At 31 cents, the daily minimum wage is only $3.00. Paying the disputed amount would translate to an additional $12.5 million per year in wages paid to the 25,000 Haitian garment workers who currently sew for American companies. Hanes, who employs about 3200 of those workers, would be forced to shell out an extra $1.6 million. I fail to see how the additional cost would be likely to break the bank. Last year, Hanesbrands Incorporated profited $211 million on $4.3 billion in sales.

If it's high corporate taxes in the US that truly is being blamed for jobs being moved out of the country, and it's not the lure of becoming slave holders, then why would anyone want to do business in Haiti? Their corporate tax rate is 30%, not so very much lower than that of the United States of 35%. Interesting enough, the US has enough loopholes and tax liability reductions, that most corporations are able to reduce tax liability to zero. A weak argument is that it is the threat of losing the loopholes which are driving companies overseas.

It's difficult to see how anything other than greed is the driving factor in American corporations moving operations to foreign soil, when faced with these types of activities. The daily minimum wage in the US computes to about $58 a day. That's only about $250 per week after taxes. I don't know a single person who can afford the very basics of necessities on that kind of income. So, no matter how much we lower corporate tax rates, the availability of slave labor in underdeveloped countries will continue to lure these corporations.

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Fifteen years ago, Levi Strauss was earning in excess of $700 million a year, yet only two years ago they demanded a reduction in the proposed minimum wage increase in a desperately poor country. Their stated mission is an outright joke, which states, “...We will conduct our business ethically and demonstrate leadership in satisfying our responsibilities to our communities and to society. Our work environment will be ...and characterized by fair treatment, teamwork, open communications, personal accountability and opportunities for growth and development.”

Just how ethical is decrying a wage increase (that wouldn't even buy one of the executives a bottle of water) for workers who live in abject poverty, and can't afford housing or nutritious food for their children based on the wages being paid? To what kind of leadership are they referring? How do their actions and manipulations demonstrate any responsibility whatsoever to community or society? How is their behavior indicative of fair treatment? Where is the personal accountability? What growth and opportunity are they offering their slaves in Haiti? As for open communications...I don't believe any of the executives or shareholders were the ones to communicate their Haitian minimum wage manipulations to the world at large via the latest financial report or by any other means. We would remain in the dark if it hadn't been leaked through an embassy cable.

When the wage increase debacle first appeared in an article published by The Nation, Levi Strauss vehemently denied having taken any kind of action to block the proposed increase. Pardon me if I find their protest unconvincing, considering their history of bribing international foreign officials, as well as price fixing and restraint of trade.

And then there is China. In 2009, US multinationals had a total investment figure of $49 billion in China. While we are assured that such investments don't take jobs away from Americans, unemployment continues to climb, and our middle class continues to shrink into a poverty stricken mass. GM claims that their investment in China did nothing to divert jobs from Americans since their Chinese plants are for the purpose of directly supplying the growing Chinese middle class, and not for exporting any product back to the US. Last year GM closed 13 plants in the US. Imagine how many jobs would be in existence if GM made the cars here instead of there.

We can also consider this very simple fact: For every dollar spent investing in a foreign environment, it is one less dollar being invested in an American community.

The lip service being afforded these issues isn't worth the time or energy our politicians waste in delivering their predictable diatribes. The simple truth is that we have allowed, even encouraged, greed and corruption in the name of personal wealth, to the detriment of the entire American citizenry. Our culture is collapsing in on itself and will continue to do so unless Americans turn off their televisions and make a point of being heard.

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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I danced on buttons and shared on reddit. I'll be back to read in a minute - already knowing that I'm bound to agree with all.


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

A good rundown of the disembowelment of the American economy. There is more every day with no end or alternatives. This is where all the jobs went and why,

Peter


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winaningsih 5 years ago from indonesia

It is my pleasure to read this page,I look forward to reading more.


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Terri Meredith 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Ahhh, Wesman! Thanks for the dance! Can't wait to hear your take on this.

Peter: Thank you. This is so frustrating for me. I can't believe how few Americans understand what is happening. When I read comments insisting that corporations are going overseas because of taxes, I want to get violent. It has nothing at all to do with taxes, but rather with wages. Corporations have found willing slaves in poverty stricken countries where they are just grateful to have any pay vs. no pay.

Winaningsih: I see you're very new to Hubpages! Only 2 hours as a member. Welcome to our small slice of the web. Thank you for reading this article. Can't wait to read some of yours. Hope you enjoy our company!


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Robwrite 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

Excellent hub. Good, valid points. I agree with you. voted up.


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Terri Meredith 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

THANK YOU!!!! ROBWRITE!!! Glad you could drop by for a read. Love that you agree. Now if we can only get more people to be aware of all that's going on...


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Terri! I really love reading what you have to say. I admire your courage to bring the truth to others. Thank you for continuing to share the truth - with those who truly seek it. Outstanding hub! Voted up, up and away!


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Terri Meredith 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thanks Dex! I so appreciate your dedication to commenting on my hubs. I often wonder if I'm "preaching to an empty room", but then the comments assure me I'm not. Appreciate your vote up!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I think I just decided to never buy Levis or Haynes again.

Corporate person hood - an ingenious way to deny any personal responsibility for anything.


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Terri Meredith 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Simply freaking amazing, isn't it? I'm so disappointed because I love Hanes, and now I'm done with them too.


PWalker281 5 years ago

This is one of, if not, the best explanations for the state of the American economy that I have read to date. Thanks especially for bringing to light the practices of Hanes and Levi Strauss. I will not be buying from them in the future. I'm definitely going to be sharing this article with my network. Perhaps it will inspire people to start supporting companies that actually practice what their mission statements preach instead of being bamboozled by corporate/political propaganda (sigh ... missing the '60s). Rated up and awesome!


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Cheeky Girl 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

This is just excellent! A terrific description of the gradual erosion of the Middle Group of workers in the USA, at the end of wealthy Corporations where reward for increasing of profits is bonuses by any means necessary.

The plight of Haiti, right on the shores of America as a third world country, caught in a never-ending wretched cycle of poverty - just shows how far things have gone.

If an airplane overflew Haiti, and dropped leaflets that had that magazine article in it, describing the profits of Hanes and Levi, you can imagine the effect on the poor people of that country. We live in truly hard times.


RobSchneider 5 years ago

It must be very frustrating to live in America right now for those who have opened their eyes and seen what's going on. Thanks for another great Hub and keep up the good work.


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Terri Meredith 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

@PWalker281: Thank you, thank you for the re-post. This is information that simply must be understood by the public if we are to ever exert any pressure for the practice to cease.

@Cheeky Girl: Mark my words...if something isn't done quickly to stem the bleeding of our jobs, we are going to see another 2 - 4 million jobs leaving the US by 2015. Americans are reaching the point where we can't afford to even think about buying those "cheaper" products now being made overseas.

@RobSchneider: Frustrating may be the term for the present, but scary is quickly taking its place. I can't tell you how many people I know who've gone from working decently paid mid-level jobs, to working for minimum, if they can find a job. So many are now living in what's becoming "family communes" simply because they can not afford their own apartment or house.


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Tim Giangiobbe 5 years ago from San Francisco, California

Dismantling American manufacturing and sending it anywhere they can exploit world citizens.I am a Baby boomer struggling and worked for over thirty years.The middle class has been systematically eliminated the last forty years since Nixon a Skull and Crossbones member.Yale has control that must end before our way of life (Whatever that is)is ended forever,


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road2hell 5 years ago from Linden, AB

We need more people like you to uncover the deception imposed upon the American public. Bravo! Keep the good work! By the way you may find the book by John Perkins, an economic hit man, "Hoodwinked" most interesting. It would be right "up your alley". It tells it like it is.


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Terri Meredith 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

@Tim Giangiobbe: Right you are! However, it's not just Yale. There have been secret societies just like Skull & Crossbones throughout this countries history. Many of them are off-shoots of others. Very powerful men, in positions of authority have been members of them for better than 200 years. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were Masons, for example. The middle class has been being assaulted since before Nixon's regime. It's just that the game was played a little differently, using more subversive tactics. The 50's changed the tactics due to what appeared to be a growth in the middle class. Scary stuff for those who want to have only two classes...American aristocracy and the serfs who serve them. Start looking at the social climate around the turn of the century, and some of the major activities that affected every area of American culture in the 30's. You'll find your answers there. Everything that came after was simply more of the same at an escalated pace.

@road2hell: Thank you for your kind words! I'll have to check out John Perkins. As for telling it like it is...what choice do we really have at this stage of the game? We are beyond tact and quiet cooperation.


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JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

Terri Meredith

Check this out!

President Obama appointed Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric, to be the chairman of his ‘’ JOB COUNCIL’’ not too long ago. General Electric just signed a joint venture agreement with the Chinese government to construct jet aircraft, a $2 billion deal for GE. The deal makes China a direct competitor of Boeing , a US manufacturer. GE recently closed their world headquarters of a medical x-ray company and moved it all to China (lost jobs and manufacturing ). GE recently closed a company in upper New York and moved the jobs to China. GE received $ billions of stimulus money, made record profits, yet paid $ 0 taxes. No doubt about it, that the mainstream media reported the news.

President Obama helps his friends and other big contributors to his campaign.

Keep hubbing, I enjoyed your hub.


RobSchneider 5 years ago

Yes, and he appointed Michael Taylor, VP and chief lobbyist of Monsanto, as the chief advisor to the commissioner of the FDA. It makes me want to weep for all my friends who voted for Obama. It makes me angry that they are still in denial about what he's really all about.


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Terri Meredith 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

John and Rob: Unfortunately, I've seen too many examples of this kind of back scratching for too many years from both parties, and most candidates..not that that excuses them. However, I'm undecided if Obama is just that cocky, just that smug, just that certain that he is untouchable that he would flaunt his corrupt sense of power in the face of all Americans...or...if he's dumb like a fox and keeping his enemies close. I'm leaning toward the first choice, but there are certain things he does, certain sides of issues on which he speaks that sometimes gives me pause...

Thanks for coming on by again!!!


RobSchneider 5 years ago

That's a fascinating theory, "dumb like a fox" and shows that you remain open-minded enough to consider such possibilities. What is your take on Ron Paul?


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Terri Meredith 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

At first I was quite taken with his straightforward way of communicating. I got no sense of a man who beat around the bush. I think for the most part he's got just good old down to earth common sense...EXCEPT...being a woman, I will not vote for him given his stand on women's reproductive rights.

I personally can not ever imagine having an abortion for any reason. Just can't imagine it. However, there is much more to be considered. Banning it, even in the first trimester, will put undue strain on hundreds of thousands of women. Consider this: there is no form of birth control, other than abstinence, that is 100% full proof. That would mean that a married couple would have to choose between risking the birth of a child they can not afford, or refraining from a natural act which solidifies a relationship, and nurtures a sense of connectedness. How many marriages do you think would last? Or the 47 year old woman who's thought she was safe for the last five years, only to discover she is now pregnant with a child who will probably be impaired, or even possibly be a risk to her health. And what about retirement funds? Will the reduced income from the time off to give birth and pay sitters affect her final "nest egg" to the point that she is unable to live with any comfort. I could go on and on. Then there's the fact that women in desperate straits will go back to doing what was done 50 years ago. They will be risk their lives in back alley clinics with "Doctors" who have no medical background.

Cutting funding to Planned Parenthood is ridiculous. It's strong arm tactics to force an institution to take a supporting stand of one's political views. Federal monies are not presently used to provide abortions, nor have they ever been. Financial aid is simply used for counseling and women's medical health. Taking away funding just removes another low or no cost way for impoverished women to get care.

That answer your question? :)


RobSchneider 5 years ago

Could you elaborate? :) - I'm leaning in his direction because I see no viable alternatives, but I get your point and it's a good one. Thanks.


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Terri Meredith 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thanks...see...I can be short and sweet....wait I AM short...only 5'3!.. :D


PWalker281 5 years ago

Thanks for the "411" on Ron Paul. I was leaning in his direction as well. But now, that stance on abortion rights is a deal breaker.


Vince 5 years ago

Very well put. Please write more.


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OntariFamilyLawCa 5 years ago from No America

We paid more taxes under Reagan but we kept jobs. This blood letting has to stop.


jon ewall 5 years ago

OntariFamilyLawCa

''We paid more taxes '' Was that because the people had jobs? There are some 14 million out of work, anyone of them would be happy to pay taxes if they had a job.

In Sept. President Obama will be presenting his job plan again. Hopefully it will be different than the others that he talked about in 2008,2009,2010, and 2011.


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Terri Meredith 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

@PWalker281: Glad to have helped. I was very disappointed when I discovered his mindset on women's topics. There are a couple of issues that are alarming. People really need to check out their chosen candidates carefully before endorsing them. They could end up regretting their actions!

@Vince: Will do, and Thank you!

@OntariFamily & Jon: Certain people DIDN'T keep their jobs. Reagan's Block Grants were supposedly to allow states to use their Federal monies in the areas most needed rather than have the Federal gov't dictate to them. Problem was in the Blocks themselves. For instance...one block was made up of monies to be used for school budgets and included these areas: libraries, special education, sports,arts programs, tutoring programs, remedial programs. In my neck of the woods, that was bad news. Special Education teachers started getting pink slips. Music programs were left up to the students and parents to fund or they'd be cut. The library budget was cut almost to 1/3 of its budget. All things academic were slashed and sports received the bulk of it. It was horrible.

And taxes were still out of control for the bottom 80%. It was under Reagan that interest from savings accounts became taxable. Middle class families would put money into individual accounts for their children's college fund. The interest wasn't taxable because it was a minor's and most minor children didn't have enough income to be taxable. Under the new laws, the parent's paid taxes on the interest. It really hurt the economy because people stopped saving. They hoarded their money in piggy banks at home or just spent it.


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

I really like how logically presented, how well laid out and backed up this is. I have to wonder how the people can pressure officials into holding these huge corporations accountable when those same corporations can and do throw so much money out to campaign contributions and lobbyist. It has to change.


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Terri Meredith 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Poetvix: Thank you. The only real pressure anyone can put on officials is through their vote. However, I know from my own experience, that letter writing campaigns and telephone calls can have a tremendous effect on which way an elected official will vote. As one politician told me, they rarely get anything written from constituants, so when they do receive something, they count it as though it represents about 25,000 voices! The American people have become so complacent about actively participating in the running of their own country, that politicians just do whatever they feel needs done based on their own measure of rule. This is exactly why our politicians have run amok. We allow it! Corporations can give as much or as little money as they prefer, but it wouldn't really matter if even half of the voters sent a letter to their officials stating their wishes. Those letters not only inform the official of voters' wishes, but they are a silent threat of what may happen in the next election if they fail to follow the wishes of those doing the voting. Imagine what receiving 25,000 letters would do!


PWalker281 5 years ago

I know the times I've written letters to my elected reps in the recent past, I've always gotten a reply. I may not have always liked the answer but at least it was responded to. I know Congressional reps and the President can't read and answer all the letters they get (that's what their staffers are for), but perhaps so few are coming in at the Congressional level, as you state Terri, that they might just be reading them. Definitely a reason to write more (especially since I am ... well ... a writer and especially now that I'm living in a state where members of Congress can vote - I'm originally from Washington DC). Thanks for the encouragement.


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Terri Meredith 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Hey P,

I can attest to it, letters get their attention. The more letters written, the more attention. For anyone who may be engaged in organizing a letter writing campaign, make sure the writers give a copy of their letter to you. That way you have a count of how many have been sent and it's great leverage in front of the media when you can hold up stacks of copies as support for your issue!


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AngelTrader 5 years ago from New Zealand

All so called Western Democracies are controlled in the same manner. Corporations rule the globe and politicians kowtow to their new masters. Oh and the CEO's of these corporations in turn kowtow to the elite banking families who ultimately control the lives of billions of people.

When the billions wake up, then we can take back control of the planet...there need never be poverty, hunger or persecution. All these emotions are triggered by the fear induced by the evil banksters. When we realise we don't need the new phone, plasma tv or whatever materialistic crap peddled at us we can be physically and ultimately spiritually free.


JON EWALL 5 years ago

Terri Meredith

You said ‘’US multinationals had a total investment figure of $49 billion in China While we are assured that such investments don't take jobs away from Americans, unemployment continues to climb, and our middle class continues to shrink into a poverty stricken mass’’

The jobs will go offshore only because of government taxes and regulations in addition to higher labor cost here in the US. THAT TOO IS AN OLD STORY.”

Check out this Series of articles tracking the stimulus money. By Russ Choma

Blown Away: Tracking stimulus grants for renewable energy

http://investigativereportingworkshop.org/investig

Have a good day, enjoyed the discussion.

Ps Check the TV schedule for Sept. 7, 2011 and Sept. 8, 2011

MAYBE 2 DAYS OF ENLIGHTMENT?


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road2hell 5 years ago from Linden, AB

Agree with you AngelTrader. Unfortunately, it is the corporations that control the government. Big Business wants the governement to "butt out". Basically, government is no longer the evil one that Republicans and other right-wing thinkers say. The evil is in the hands of the transnationals and multicorporations. The corporations have exploited the government to the point that they are damned if they do and damned if they don't. The government is now the scapegoat


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

"The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism -- ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt


jon ewall 5 years ago

AngelTrader

Check it out

Tracking Obama stimulus money for renewable energy to China

Blown Away: Tracking stimulus grants for renewable energy

By Russ Choma

http://investigativereportingworkshop.org/investig


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AngelTrader 5 years ago from New Zealand

Sorry Jon, the link appears to be dead!


jon ewall 5 years ago

AngelTrader

For some reason it goes on and off. it's a good link

CHECK THIS HUB OUT. Solar Power, The Future Is Here ?

http://jon-ewall.hubpages.com/t/28f658

WED 9/7/11 THE DEBATE by presidential candidates

Thurs 9/8/11 President Obama jobs speech to Congress.

Have a great day


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Terri Meredith 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

To All:

First let me apologize for taking so long to respond. I live in Central Pennsylvania and as you may be aware, we're dealing with some major flooding issues these last few days. My home town is a mess so I'm staying with my daughter & family. The internet has been going off and on, making regular posts difficult!

There isn't much I can add to what all of you have posted here. They're great comments, all! However, on the point of regulations and taxes...I'm not a proponent of over regulation nor of over taxation. I AM in agreement with the necessity of absolute fairness in both. I am NOT in agreement of taking from the rich to give to the poor. We don't need any modern day Robin Hoods. I have no problem with people who work hard and find a way to make it to the top. That's what the United States is all about...the opportunity to do so. But we have allowed the wealthy "elite" to rule just who gets to move forward, by giving in to their demands which are designed to keep them in control and the rest of the population "serving" them. Americans will either figure out that sitting around and crying is not the answer, that taking action is necessary..or we won't. The outcome is solely dependent on how quickly and how forcefully Americans make the move to action, if that is the decision made. And those of us who are so busy writing articles and outcries...need to be leading the way with forming protest groups!


jon ewall 5 years ago

Terri Meredith

Can you explain further what you mean when you said ''But we have allowed the wealthy "elite" to RULE just who gets to move forward, by giving in to their DEMANDS which are designed to keep them in CONTROL and the rest of the population ''

Sorry to hear of the problems back home, wish you all the best in your time of need. God Bless


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road2hell 5 years ago from Linden, AB

Just to add to Peter Lumetta's comment:

Democracy and thus civilization begins to break down when the people no longer believes in its rules and regulations. This is what keeps a society together and functioning effectively. As long as the rules and regulations are fair for all.

A citizan is one who obeys the rules and makes a genuine contribution to society (working, volunteering, etc.). While I see mainly consumers in a society whose only goal in life is to spend, spend, spend on useless items. The message they are conveying, I am the only important one in this society, so I will do anything I can to get what I want, regardless of rules or opinions by others.

Also, I agree with Peter's observation that we may be heading in a fascism state. Watch out for the Tea Party. It is amazing how much they control the outcome of the debt crisis.


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Terri Meredith 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

@JonEwall:

Thank you for your well wishes. They are much appreciated. As to your request for me to elaborate: your request is simple but the answer is not. Since others will be reading this too, I'll make it as simple as I can. Any workable union forged between two or more factions will only survive as long as all concerned are satisfied with the distribution of workload/responsibilities and reward for efforts. It doesn't matter if it's a union between two people, a union between employees and business owners, or a union between the people and their government.

We, the people of this nation, have lost our integrity and honor. We've bargained away our freedoms and our dreams by allowing ourselves to be convinced that we are ENTITLED to an easy life without the work required. For decades, we've justified anything and everything that would provide us with an easy road, no matter the sacrifice, failing to see the long term effects. We have behaved like spoiled children, expecting "Daddy" (our government) to take care of us every time a small crisis arises.

Now, we're faced with the very severe repercussions of our collective decision to allow someone else to carry our loads, to make our decisions, to determine our paths. And instead of coming together to right our course, Americans are busy slinging mud at each other, pointing fingers at the other guy, and crying about the unfairness of it all.

Any time there is a question regarding a situation and its root cause, the key to finding the answer is to go back to the beginning, and retrace our footsteps.

It wasn't my intention to become involved in any type of political commentary when I first began writing for HP, but every time I started researching even the most mundane topic, I discovered some unsettling piece of information. I began to pay close attention to what has quickly become a "map" of our course to self-destruction.

Almost everything I've done intensive research for has led me back to the turn of the 19th/20th century. The amassing of wealth and power that took place in the last few decades of the 1800's led to some very unscrupulous people taking advantage of their positions in society, to the detriment of the average working class. Look at what happened with our public school system, and then look at just who funded those responsible for creating the changes. JP Morgan was not super wealthy by the day's standards, but he had managed to gain control of the railroads, which in turn gave him complete control of all goods being shipped. That's just one example of the monopolies and trusts that were formed during that time. I don't intend to provide a history lesson, but those who really want to know how we've evolved to this place need to do their homework. In so doing, they will discover the same family names connected to the economy today. They will also discover that these families have their roots in banking, as well as being active participants in forming those trusts.

What is going on today is no different than what was taking place a century ago. Political offices were bought and paid for by those few wealthy movers and shakers determined to protect their own interests. Government contracts were given to the highest bidders...no different than today. Associates riding on the coat tails of yesterday's elite were catapoulted to power by favoritism and nepotism. No different than today.

The anxiety and turmoil caused back then led to even more bad decisions. We Americans are extremists. We always overdo everything when attempting to correct oversights. Take a look at the political and economic atmosphere of the 1930's. Fear and disaster paved the way for the users and exploiters to gain a foothold in our government, once again. Do some research into those historical events taking place in the 1930's, on a worldwide scale.

The most significant event during that time was the rise to power of one Adolf Hitler. Take a close look at the financial and industrial involvement of the American elitists with German technology and warfare. Pay close attention to the American names and Europeans associated with the German efforts.

The 1930's gave us the technology and know-how for biogenetics, upon which companies such as Monsanto, have built monopolies designed to control the world's food supply. The 1930's introduced the first steps toward dumbing down the population through the use of public schools to effect "social change." The 1930's saw the joining of such companies as Ford and Standard Oil to IG Farben (the German company responsible for the manufacture of "final solution" Zyklon B), along with hundreds of other American companies signing cartel agreements.

When the events of these prior decades are examined in chronological order, the same key players are named as active participants. One very noticeable effect is the ever widening financial gap between the wealthy and the working class. The very same thing was noted in the 1890's and early 1900's as immigrants were welcomed into our country by industrialists intent on building empires that could take control of industry worldwide. The only difference today, is that we are now taking the industry to the rest of the world, while leaving those at home to starve and live in poverty. We keep being told that we must give more in order to "create jobs" etc, when giving more is the very reason we have found ourselves in our current circumstance.

Manipulation of the American economy has been going on since JP Morgan made the scene at Wall Street. His tactics are alive and well in the 21st century.


jon ewall 5 years ago

Terri Meredith

THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE

In my time, I was brought up to respect law and order. To give my employer a days work for a days pay, if I didn’t like either I had the freedom of leaving for better pastures.

Society has changed so much today that young generations are taught a different way of life. The family, the foundation of society has eroded, anything goes today. Our elected officials are not representing the people’s wishes but that of the political party. The political parties have been bought on both sides by special interest groups.

There is a bill proposed by Senator De Mint ( R) in the Senate to restrict the TERM LIMITS of those serving in Congress. We the people should support term limits. Senator Reid and the Democrat majority will not allow the bill to get to the Senate floor to be debated on.


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Terri Meredith 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Jon:

That is a simple answer, and it's true. But we also need to address why and how it happened in order to correct it. I was brought up the very same way as you. I've been called a workaholic by many, and to some degree, those people are correct, but that's because of my personality and need to see a job completed well. However, I've had both the fortune and misfortune to work for good and bad employers. I'm old enough now, to see how trends have changed all around. There are so many employers today who are taking unscrupulous advantage of the slim job market. They are hiring people at ridiculously low salaries, and then expecting them to work 90 hour work weeks. Those kinds of hours make people sick. But when an employee gets sick, they lose their job. I've seen it happen several times in the last 3 to 4 years.

I was raised to view police as my "friends", to serve and protect me. That is now a joke. When I was a teenager, I knew every police officer in my hometown. We could hold conversations with them, talk about school, current events, etc. Our police had personal connections to the town they served. When they needed to act on an issue, they were able to maintain peace and lawfulness without destroying lives. Make no mistake, there were arrests made when necessary.

I recently moved back to my hometown. My employment put me in a position where I dealt with the community, and so had dealings with the police force. While they were on "my side", I often was appalled by their tactics. When I asked them why and for what reason, I was told that everyone was a suspect, that no one was above suspicion for anything. In other words, they viewed people as criminals, guilty of something until proven otherwise. My hometown has turned into a police state. It is no wonder the residents, especially the youth, have no respect for them. Their premise is in direct opposition to our "innocent until proven guilty" standard.

I don't know if our youth is being taught a different way of life, so much as they are forming their own opinions based on what they see going on around them. I believe it's a combination of both. For instance, I raised my children the same way I was raised, but they grew up during the time when rapid changes were already underway. Those things I taught them didn't hold up in their own experiences. They, in turn, use those experiences now, while raising their own children. How do we teach our children to respect and honor the Constitution, when our government and public officials engage in behaviors that defy and negate it? And let's face it...there isn't much being taught to the average student in relation to constitutionally guaranteed rights, nor is much being taught about the history of our country. My ten year old granddaughter still hasn't learned why we celebrate the 4th of July. I had to be the one to teach her. I discovered her ignorance when I attempted to go through the family tree with her. She has ancestors on both sides of the family that fought with Washington, as well as other ancestors who helped to found this country. I had to teach her what and who about everything. The schools no longer teach these things.

I believe we should definitely support term limits. I don't see the bill passing, though, because those who must make the proposition a reality are going to protect their own interests. That has become the nature of our lifestyles...serve and protect self at all costs to others. I will say it again...Americans need to get off their butts and take real action, not simply complain and comment.


jon ewall 5 years ago

Terri Meredith

The progressives are in control of the schools, media and the government. The people have trusted the education of our children to them , sad to say. I recently wrote that the foundation of our society is the FAMILY.

Pray for our country and the world to find peace , law and order.


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road2hell 5 years ago from Linden, AB

If you really want to why things happened the way they did, and possible suggestions of how to fix it, read the book by John Perkins, "Hoodwinked".

This is the most honest book I have ever read and I understand better than most what is going on.

Please read it. Highly recommended for anyone who is concern of what is happening to our society and the present economic crisis.


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JON EWALL 4 years ago from usa

Terri Meredith

May I add these links to the subject.

Who owns big oil? Obama and the Democrats want to tax them?

http://whoownsbigoil.org/

5/09/12

Obamacare, Taxing jobs out of existence

WHY are companies not hiring?

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=51364

The government has a large part in the problems!

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