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With Our Economy Failing, Will America Become the World's Next Cheap Labor Source?: Left of Center View

Good economy, bad economy, it doesn’t really matter. America has a long history of exploiting her workforce. America was once the greatest production force the planet had ever seen, but today the Chinese have that mantle, but let’s be honest here; it wasn’t the labor costs alone that moved the factories overseas. Besides manufacturing, although a big part of our past, is no longer the cornerstone of our economy, so sure there are plenty of ways for the world to benefit from our faltering economy, but they probably will come in ways that we least expect.

Just for the sake of argument let’s take a look at America’s most enduring and successful export and the industry behind it – Entertainment. American movies and music have dominated the world over. Ever since we came to prominence in the late 40’s and 50’s our music has been played on every radio on every corner of the globe. Sure every now and then the British get an invasion, but can you name a single French artist? As for movies, sure there are a couple of Hong Kong pictures that gross as much as a failed SNL spin-off but the movies that the whole world sees are all American.

The exploitations of the music and movie industries are legendary. Everything from the Casting Couch to signing away the rights to your own creations the “industry” as they call it is known for sticking it to the new guy. Stars are made and then owned by the corporations that created them. People are so desperate for that “big break” that they work for free, or in some cases even “pay to play”. There are so many hopefuls out there that entire cottage industries have sprung up around them. Acting classes, rehearsal studios, etc., there are thousands of ways to spend hundreds while dreaming of making millions. In the end you’ve spent thousands and made little or nothing. Your big moment of glory as fan number six who gets a half second screen debut in the middle of the pan across the bleachers during the filler footage for the big game scene is also your acting swan song as no casting directors have any use for graduates of the prestigious “Joe’s 59th Street School of Drama”.

But it’s not just entertainment industry, everyone uses interns, people that will literally kill themselves for nothing, or next to nothing, on the off chance that they may, someday, get an entry level position. Publishing houses, law firms, hospitals, even Congress, the people that make the labor laws, all use unpaid interns. The worse the economy gets, the deeper the pool of interns. The deeper the pool gets the more selective the employers get and suddenly you need a graduate degree to type memos and file reports for a middle manager in a third rate firm that has no possibility of upward mobility as it will likely be a casualty of the economy before long.

So where does that leave Joe Shmoe who has worked his fingers to the bone for twenty or thirty years only to find out that his pension has been paid to some exec as a golden parachute when his job gets sent overseas? It pretty much leaves him as a door greeter at Wal-Mart making minimum wage and being lectured on his friendliness by Buffy the twenty year old floor manager who has a grand total of three years of work experience. This hard working person who believed in the American dream that promised a reward of a few years comfort at the end of his life for doing things the “right way” has been flushed down the toilet of corporate greed and left at the mercy of the “free market” where if he’s lucky he might be able to retire at 85 and spend the last few years of his life enjoying the good cat food.


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With Our Economy Failing, Will America Become the World's Next Cheap Labor Source?: Right of Center View

If you think about it, in some ways we already have become a cheap labor pool for Japan. There are already Japanese auto plants in the U.S. because it is cheaper for them to produce cars here that it is for them to do it in Japan. This could end up expanding to high tech as well. We already have Silicon Valley companies entering into agreements with foreign companies to produce their chips and design new ones for them.

The question that comes to my mind is whether or not we will lower our labor standards to accommodate the demands of foreign markets. Congress has shown of late a willingness to cater to the needs of the fat cats at the expense of working Americans. We are now looking at being saddled with billions in debt for the Wall Street bailout for decades to come. It is not a far stretch to think that in the name of corporate profits that Congress would find ways around the things that protect working folks to make sure that big business makes its profits without facing too much risk.

Sadly this perversion of the free market by liberal and so-called conservative politicians alike is breaking down the fabric of the American workplace and destroying the very things that once made America strong. Small business is being broken down by corporations that get the deck stacked in their favor by Washington beltway politicians and greedy special interest lobbyists. Small business that employs millions of Americans is being put out of business by government subsidized giants like Starbucks and Wal-Mart leaving the people on Main Street out in the cold or forcing them to go work for companies like Starbucks and Wal-Mart. These bottom-feeder corporations are taking over everything they can with cheap foreign junk and eventually, if left unchecked, they will sell out every American worker to the highest bidder. We will all end up working in sweat shops just to put food on the table while a few Americans get rich and the international conglomerates count their piles of money.

This move into the “global economy” has not been terribly good to working folks and with our economy weakened will likely make it worse for people who actually work for a living every day. When we are the ones looking for handouts we don’t have the footing to demand any kind of concessions from the ones giving us the money. So what happens is that the Chinese and other international trading partners can get concessions from Washington that screw the little guy time and time again. The bailouts that Congress have approved in the last few months amount to over a trillion dollars in new debt for the taxpayers with all of the money basically coming from abroad. We the taxpayers are stuck with the bill, which not counting interest works out to over three thousand dollars for every man woman and child living in America today. That’s just for this round of bailouts. In addition to that we will be the people working the crappy jobs available after the corporate rats have abandoned the sinking ship of the U.S. economy for greener pastures where the labor is cheaper.

As demand for labor shrinks so will wages and then we will more than likely end up being a cheap labor source for other countries. Regardless of who happens to be at fault for it whether Republican or Democrat, we are the ones stuck with the check and likely to be busting our butts to pay the bill. Will we become the next cheap labor pool for the world? The better question is; “How long before we become the next cheap labor pool for the world?” Congress is selling our futures up the river on a daily basis. It’s only logical to assume they won’t stop until they can’t do any more damage.

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Could Open Borders Ever Be A Viable Option For America?
How Should American Immigration Policy Be Reformed?
What Would The American Economy Look Like Without Undocumented Workers?
Can International Trade Save American Jobs?
How Much Impact Will Our Faltering Economy Have on Illegal Immigration?
Would Harsher Sentences for Undocumented Criminals Lower Crime?
Will There Ever Be Comprehensive Immigration Reform in America?
Do Undocumented Immigrants Pose a Health Risk for Americans?
How Will the Oil Crisis Impact Foreign Policy?
What is a Fair Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Workers?
Which of the Presidential Candidates Will Bring the Best Immigration Policy Into Office?
Outsourcing, Bad Trade Policy and Recessions
Is America Capable of Breaking Free from Foreign Oil Dependency?
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
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A Legal Immigrant’s 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 “The Race” 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 isn’t 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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