Are you a Potato Head still waiting for you ears, eyes and mouth? Are you “unnetted?” Do you have no voice in the process of Glboalization and Free Trade in the Flat World? Tune in ABC, CNN, MSNBC or FOX and they will plug in your eyes, ears and mouth for you. Liberals turn to the left and chant all the political correct nonsensical phrases they give you. Conservatives turn to the right and follow the man who says Jesus is his favorite philosopher as he charges up a hill in bloody pre-emptive wars from his safe place in Washington DC.
All should read The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman from the New York Times. It is really about President Clinton and President Bush walking hand in hand, down the global economic path together.
Stay away from The Confessions of an Economic Hit Man book by John Perkins, Amy Goodman from Democracy Now Org and Seymour Hersh from the New Yorker. They will just confuse you. Do not read any of the many books about Globalization by Manuel Castell or The Trap by Sir James Goldsmith.
It may be time to curse the darkness rather than just light one little candle. Token charitable causes where only one in thousands get help hide deep economic wounds. The Free Enterprise system is supposed to make it easier for all to be good. It obviously has failed its mission. We live off the suffering of the wage slaves of the world.
As the saying in the old movie Cool Hand Luke goes – what we got here it the failure to communicate even in our global instant connected world with text messages and all. It seems we talk and write more than ever but something is missing. Could it be the pursuit of perfection has been flushed down the toilet? Have we compromised because we say perfection is only a word in the dictionary with a definition that can not apply to human beings. Yet, the word is there and it haunts us as we live and breathe in the confines of bodies that are decaying with each tick of the clock. All we want is to feel all together in one place at the same time but find these can be only rare moments in time as we fade away into eternity.
In the work world, we are told it is a good thing trying to match our ultimate end of what is right and what is wrong, but we also told we have to be realistic how we do it in the real world. Pragmatism becomes the rule. Utility is its tool. In the Globalist Free Traders world, the Bible phrase reverses itself. It says, do unto others before they do it to you. We see power politics marry economics consummating greed. The homeless lay on downtown streets and are ignored. The sun burns down on them in the summer and the cold winds of winter, freezes them, but it does not matter for their souls have been burned out or frozen solid already by a society that scurries by being too busy with the real world of things. Quote the statistics they give you to tell yourself the homeless and underclass do not exist in our good economy. However, things like Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans exposes a Silent Depression residing in our land. Many say it is their fault they ended up the way they did.
It is not only workers on wages or without any wages who are suffering. Reportedly, 47 percent of all small business persons have maxed out their credit cards to keep their business afloat. They fall into a trap of usury interest rates over 18 percent and as high as 34 percent like everyone who uses their credit lines to back up their lost of jobs etc., there is no come back after this happens.
They should have been plugged into ABC, NBC, CNN and Fox News. After all there are good men like Cavuto on Fox who shows us things like the stock market being the soul of a good society where everyone can transform paper into profit by using the least among us to do the “dirty” work. People like Thomas Friedman of the New York Times writes a book called the Flat World and speaks at Harvard. People like a President of a Jesuit University say Amen and more workers are handcuffed in the world with the key thrown away. Bishops in Central and South America are martyred because they speak and act for the underclass. One of the first saints canonized by Pope Benedict was Father Alberto Hurtado who acted and spoke for the underclass in the 1940s and 1950s. Today Populism is rapidly coming our way from South America.
People like John Perkins do come forward and write a different kind of book called The Confessions of an Economic Hit Man that tells all about the bad things really going on in the global economic arena and but he is silenced by the main media channels. The academic community ignores him too.
President Bush says there are jobs in the USA that Americans will not do. This has happened after the U.S. sent more than 4000 factories to Mexico. It is obvious there are jobs in Mexico that Mexican workers will not take. Many of these factories are now moving to China where are willing to work for less. It is an endless stream of movement because millions are competing for the same jobs. Free Trade is about moving production from place to place based on the cheapest labor markets of the world. The main commodities are human beings put on a world trading block to compete with one another down to the levels of wage slave and even child labor.
The facts of life include the following:
In 1774, 1 percent owned 15 percent of the wealth. By 1973, 1 percent owned 32.6 percent of the wealth and by 1989, 1 percent owned 40 percent of the wealth. What is it today? ( Search on Silent Depression Economic Inequality for more data )
At age 65: 45 percent are dependent on relatives. 30 percent are dependent on charity. 23 percent are still working and only 2 percent are self sustaining. A note in our church bulletin reads – Success is reaching Social Security age without having to declare bankruptcy. We know now that about 38 percent over the age of 45 did file for bankruptcy from 1992 to 2002.
85 percent over 65 do not even have $250.00
About 28 percent of all workers make less that $7.90 per hour
The lowest 20 percent bracket are paying state and local taxes at about twice the rate of the top 1 percent. 70 percent of all workers pay more in payroll taxes than in income taxes. A person making only about $10,000 a years pays about 12 percent of their total gross income in payroll, state and local taxes. That is more than a $1,000 a year on just $10,000 in income.
About 70% of all workers make less money in real dollars than comparable workers did 20 years ago.
The poor are getting poorer and the Middle Class is fading away.
For more information See If this is a good economy, I would hate to see a bad one at Tapsearch Com Tapart News. The facts were updated from 1998 and most of the data remains the same today.
There was a time in Rome when it was better to be a slave than a Free-Man. The slaves had a roof over their heads and were allowed to get married in order to raise more slaves. The Free-Man had to hide and had very few opportunities make a living. History seems to be repeating itself now with a working poor class growing in the USA and impoverished and wage slave class growing outside the USA. The World Bank and other lenders capture victims with usury interest rates.
A statistical prosperity is still being proclaimed even though 39 percent of all over 45 have declared bankruptcy from 1992 to 2002. Finally only about 38 percent of all workers in the USA, qualify for unemployment insurance which indicates there is a vast pool of workers missing in action from any kind of real reporting. It also proves the unemployment rate is fabricated and it certainly can not be compared with any unemployment rate reported in the past.
Who says we have to compete like this in a global economic arena?