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What Does the Globalization of Big Business Mean for America?: Left of Center View

Big business has been globalized since before humans even realized there was a globe. The Greeks and Romans both built Empires based on expansion as did the Egyptians and Europeans. Corporate monarchies are simply following the pattern set by the thousands of years of ďprogressĒ. For the most part corporate expansion has been good for America, but the question is will that trend continue.

Industrialization is a good thing for a country, usually. It brings progress, and for the most part makes life better for everyone in the surrounding communities. Just ask the folks flooding the industrialized nations from places that have no civil services. There are of course examples of gross negligence where corporations have poisoned the communities they were built in with their toxic waste. And of course there are examples of worker exploitation and other general nastiness that comes with greed. So there should be laws in place that govern how corporations conduct themselves.

America has done a fairly decent job of protecting itself from its corporations, until now. Laws are only effective when they can be enforced. Now that the world is open for business, corporations have begun the practice of taking the advantages offered to them by various host countries, but skipping out on the tab to a different location when it comes time to pay the bill. So while it is important for American business to have continued growth and remain strong, it is equally important to ensure that they do not grow more powerful than the entities entrusted to regulate them. We should grow weary when a companyís standing army grows bigger than itís host countryís. And when the same guy is in charge of both armies, well letís just say it sucks to be the little guy.

So here we are. On the one hand to continue to enjoy the level of prosperity we have been for the past 60 years we need to allow our providers, corporate America, to continue to grow and prosper. Yet on the other hand, if allowed to operate with no restrictions and strip-mine our national resources we face the danger of finding ourselves is a desolate wasteland 20 years from now and if that happens immigration into America wonít be the issue, immigration out of here will be.


Kyle Pesonen - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article

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Does Dependency on Foreign Oil Endanger America?
What is a "Real" American?
Racial Profiling - Is It Ever OK?
Who Wins When Undocumented Workers Come to America?
NAFTA and the Election
How Can We Curb Illegal Immigration?
Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration
Border Security and the War on Drugs
Outsourcing or Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?
Sierra Club vs. Border Fence
Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
What Does a New Leader for Cuba Mean for America?
High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?
How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?
National ID Cards for American Citizens
American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
Human Rights and Immigration Policy
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What Does the Globalization of Big Business Mean for America?: Right of Center View

Globalization seems like a good idea on paper but you have to wonder about the wisdom of putting the well-being of millions of Americans in the hands of others that might not like us so much. When you look at the fact that well over 90% of the clothing we wear on a daily basis is not made in the US it becomes clear that America can no longer feasibly clothe itself. When you look at the majority of electronic devices being designed, manufactured and assembled outside of our borders it is clear that we cannot secure ourselves in the modern world without outside assistance.

The same computers that we get from China are the ones that many of our government employees use on a daily basis to determine the courses of our lives. HP computers with that wonderful American brand name on them are made in China. We hear news stories about literally millions of hacks coming each day into the U.S. from China yet we trust them to build our computers. I wonder if they might not have some people in the factories hard-wiring remote information access points into the machines that cannot be overcome by programming. I bet you think that canít be done huh? You never knowÖ

So what happens one day if the people in China decide that they will remind us of how much we depend on them and cut us off for a few months with a little trade embargo? What if a few of their neighbors decide to join in on the embargo? Where are we then? I can tell you itís not a happy joyous place to be. There is something to be said for self-sufficiency when you think about it. We donít need to isolate ourselves but it may not be the wisest course of action to depend so heavily on nations that donít even share our politics or ideals. Never forget that China is a communist country. (That would be the anti-democracy.) We might not want to think that they would never turn on us because that would be a pretty stupid thought given our respective national political views.

Good business is good for America overall but we also need to remember that profits that come at the expense of overall future interests is not actually good business.

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Are American Car Makers Ready for the Oil Crisis or Will Japan Reign Supreme Once Again?

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Does Dependency on Foreign Oil Endanger America?
What is a "Real" American?
Racial Profiling - Is It Ever OK?
Who Wins When Undocumented Workers Come to America?
NAFTA and the Election
How Can We Curb Illegal Immigration?
Fear Mongering and Illegal Immigration
Border Security and the War on Drugs
Outsourcing or Undocumented Workers: Which Hurts American Workers More?
Sierra Club vs. Border Fence
Who Owns America?
Redefining Immigration
Racism and the Immigration Debate
Free Trade vs. Fair Trade
Migrant Farm Workers and the Cost of Groceries
What Does a New Leader for Cuba Mean for America?
High Tech Worker Visas and American Unemployment
What's Wrong With Our Current Immigration System?
How Will The Upcoming Election Impact Immigration Policy?
National ID Cards for American Citizens
American Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Globalization and Immigration
Human Rights and Immigration Policy
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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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