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Outsourcing, Bad Trade Policy and Recessions: Left of Center View

George W. Bush really blew it when he lied to America and the world about his reasons for wanting to invade Iraq. It is now painfully obvious to just about everyone that there never were any weapons of mass destruction, and that he knew there werenít any there when he ordered the invasion. The war in Iraq is supposed to be a war on terror, yet actual terrorists didnít start showing up until after he announced the ďmission accomplished.Ē So now, our President, our leader, the figurehead for Democracy is either A) a power mad, evangelical, dictator, B) an easily manipulated puppet of corporate America, C) a complete and udder idiot, or D) all of the above. No wonder the American economy is falling apart. Who in the world would want to be in business with a power mad idiot who canít think for himself.

The only reason other countries will still do business with the U.S. is itís either greatly to their advantage or because weíve threatened to invade them. So we can force our way into weaker countries and force them to trade with us. Unfortunately these countries tend to have very little money to spend so we can force them to buy stuff from us. We just canít sell it to them for very much because they canít pay for it. You need a solvent population to buy your products. So how does corporate America solve the problem? Outsourcing.

Outsourcing is a win-win for everyone except the poor guy whose job just got sent overseas. Corporations can have goods produced for a lot less than it would cost to have the work done in a country that has labor laws and new markets open up as the new employees spend the money they made. Sure eventually this strategy will come back to bite Corporate America in the ass. (Not a lot of new cars being sold in Flint now that GE has left and everyone is unemployed.) But usually by the time there are consequences to be answered for the guy who made the decision has golden parachuted to safety.

With most of our factory jobs outsourced overseas and to the Southern hemisphere America finds herself in a weakened trading position. We need the stuff the world makes, the world doesnít really need us to do anything but buy it. About the only industry we have left is entertainment, and most of that is now free on in the internet. All the while the dollar is falling and we find ourselves heading towards, the ďRĒ word. I say heading towards because no politician will ever actually admit that the country is in a recession, even when itís pretty obvious that we are.

So when he says that America is stronger, safer and better than ever, GWB is lying to us again. Take a look at where heís led us. We are in a war that has already dragged on longer than the second world war with no end in sight. The housing market has collapsed and the strongest money around is the Euro. (Europeans are treating the Dollar like we did the Peso a few years back.) Donít think weíre in trouble yet? The freaking Canadian Dollar is worth as much, if not more than ours.

Lies beget lies. The more you tell, the messier it is when you finally have to come clean. We have sent our bravest and brightest overseas under false pretenses. The least we can do is clean the place up a little before they come home.


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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
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Outsourcing, Bad Trade Policy and Recessions: Right of Center View

Sometimes countries have to swallow bitter pills to allow for progress. In America we have been swallowing hard for a few years now. In order for American business to adapt to the changing world economy we have had to endure the hardships of outsourcing and the adjustment of our economy away from the manufacturing base of yesteryear. This has undoubtedly hit some segments of American workers harder than others. What we need to remember is that change is not always easy and progress is not always painless.

While some would like to point the finger at free trade as the culprit, it is not the problem but rather the solution to our economic woes. The problem with the policies of the recent past was not that we opened our markets and made trade agreements with other nations. The problem was that some within the halls of power gave away the farm to get them. There are no balanced trade provisions that require the opening of markets like China to our goods at, or even approaching, the level of our purchases of their goods. This creates an imbalance of trade which leaves Americans economically disadvantaged in the process.

America needs to have free and open trade with other nations but we need to find a balance to avoid spending more than we are earning. The agreements need to include minimum purchasing level guarantees from our trading partners for each unit purchased from their nation. This might seem impossible to some but America is still one of the richest consumer markets in the world and other nations will agree to near balanced if not completely balanced levels of trade in the interests of stimulating their economies. What this may mean in the long run is a shift in trade from nations like China to other nations more willing to accept balanced trade agreements. But chances are even nations like China will come around to see that for long term economic growth worldwide there needs to be some level of balance in trade agreements.

The opponents of free trade often point to recessions and economic downturns as proof that free trade is bad for America. The truth of the matter is that the economy operates in cycles. There will always be periods of growth followed by periods of contraction. Thatís how economics work. That has been the same for about as long as there has been money. Much like drought cycles these periods of positive and negative growth are perfectly normal and will occur no matter which party is in the White House and no matter what trade agreements we sign. If it makes you feel better to try to pin it all on free trade you can but that is an uninformed position that fails to recognize the history of economics in this nation.

Many things impact the economic cycles worldwide. Everything from weather to war will impact our economy. When a farm canít be harvested because of a tornado ripping through an area of Nebraska, people from California to Uruguay are impacted because the cost of whatever that farm produced and anything made with whatever that farm produced will go up. The impact can be major or minor but it does impact anyone that uses anything related to that farmís produce. The same goes for a war in an oil producing nation and the worldwide price of oil. Free trade is not raising the price of oil, supply and demand is. We need to accept the reality that free trade is the future of American prosperity. We just need to make sure we do it the right way.

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What Does the Globalization of Big Business Mean for America?
Are American Car Makers Ready for the Oil Crisis or Will Japan Reign Supreme Once Again?
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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