|The fear mongering in the highest circles of American government continues apace, as was demonstrated in all of the hoopla surrounding the State of the Union speech delivered by President Obama last week and criticized by Republicans of every stripe.|
Obama’s code word for spending is “investment,” according to the GOP leadership and the Tea Partiers on their far right flank. And, what we have to be very concerned about is
What is especially disconcerting for those who control the
While it is true that China’s economy is growing at a pace three or four times that of the U.S., there are other elements of a successful society that must be considered and, when those things are considered, it becomes clear that China is not the monster in the dark it is being made out to be.
It’s just that we need someone or something to concentrate on and someone to blame when things fall apart. Both government leaders and those in charge of Corporate America have made
Although a small country with limited natural resources,
Politicians and Corporate America today are not leveling with the people in the case of
The downturn in the world’s economy has affected the Chinese workers. As Americans and others stopped buying as much consumer goods, factories in
Add to that the environmental degradation that
The disparity between the rich and poor in
Neither apparently is forthcoming from leaders in the
While Obama spoke in his State of the Union address about pure or basic research, education, and improving the nation’s “infrastructure,” he neglected to mention his predecessors who emptied the land of manufacturing and heavy industry. We know those jobs are not going to return, because workers in other countries are willing to produce those things at one-quarter or one-fifth of the labor cost needed by American workers to survive in the modern economy.
High wages and good benefits and the unions it took to get them were the bedrock that made
There are too many of us not eating so well these days and the prospect for more of the same is unfortunately pretty good, if we’re to believe non-profit anti-hunger organizations, religious institutions, and even the U.S.
Department of Agriculture and their predictions for the near future. And that’s just the eating part of living our lives. There are other things like health care (non-existent for 50 million), housing (substandard, with millions whose homes have been lost to foreclosure), and lack of public transportation (much more efficient than cars in a time of high oil prices).
But the high official unemployment rate of nearly 10 percent and a real rate approaching 20 percent (those who can’t find a job after years of looking) is not something that either major party wants to address. Even the skeletal structure of manufacturing and heavy industry of
If we wait for the development of “green” jobs and whole new industries, it is likely to be many years in the making, because the GOP and its right wing, along with Corporate America are not interested in such things and they are downright hostile to any suggestion that America help the people who are left without jobs or any means of support. Their mantra: no welfare, no extended unemployment benefits, no health care, no pensions, no Social Security, no Medicare or Medicaid, and no government work. With leadership like that, it’s no wonder that American workers and workers around the globe are closely watching what has happened, and is happening, in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and other places where the few rule the vast multitude.
Workers everywhere are beginning to see that workers in other countries are not the enemy, nor even the adversary. Rather, it is the people who run those countries and their economies. At the very least,
BlackCommentator.com Columnist, John Funiciello, is a labor organizer and former union organizer. His union work started when he became a local president of The Newspaper Guild in the early 1970s. He was a reporter for 14 years for newspapers in