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Outsourcing... the killer plague of the American Dream

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The treasonous reality why politicians don't adequately address the problem of Chinese imports

(2nd edition [re-edit] - Feb 2014) by A.O. Kime
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When politicians speak of the need for the creation of more American jobs, rarely mentioned are the massive imports from China. Only in passing might it be treated as a contributing factor to joblessness. Well, 'contributing' is a monstrous understatement. Outsourcing is practically the only reason enough jobs are not being created here at home... but it’s the fact continually swept under the rug.

Politicians of both parties are simply unwilling to emphatically state “Chinese imports are killing us”.

Of course, we know the reason politicians dance around the issue… most are beholden to those who benefit from the current trade policies because they are their campaign contributors. So who are they? They’re the American companies located in China or who outsource to China… or the "Sino-Americans". If they operate worldwide then they are "transnationalists".

It is simple, if a politician dances around this burning bush of treachery - namely 'outsourcing' - they are beholden. Only a few politicians champion the American dream but their voices are muffled by the mainstream media. That’s because the mainstream media is part of the establishment and are beholden too. But in the complex realities of today, we really can’t blame China for all these imports or the trade imbalance because most of these Chinese imports aren’t really ’Chinese’ products, they are just made in China by American companies.

We can't really blame all outsourcers either. It might be they were forced to outsource in order to stay afloat... which usually means the smaller companies. It is primarily the culture of outsourcing to blame and those who would build their factories overseas to increase their profit margin.

This refusal to fully address these Sino-American imports amounts to aiding and abetting a conspiracy. The great tide of patriotism during the 18th and 19th centuries would be quick to consider this type of conspiracy traitorous... likely then to go on to charge the participants with the crime of treason. Disloyalty was a serious matter back then and should be today. But today, it's just considered par for the course… apparently not deserving a backward glance. Like a hot branding iron, having the terms ‘traitor’ and ‘treason’ at the ready would be most useful to discourage disloyalty... except these terms have been banned by political correctness. In cahoots, the press won’t call a spade a spade anymore.

Corporate war against unionized labor

Of several, one underlying reason for these imports is the corporate war against unionized labor which the politicians won’t speak about either. Nor will the 'regulated pundits'. It is clear, outsourcing is the weapon of choice to destroy the notion of decent wages and working conditions. In essence, it is the killing of the American Dream… but because it is purposeful makes it especially egregious (and sad). Moreover, by inflicting this injustice on millions of Americans it is wholesale.

One might as well call it genocide.

Since corporate greed and the middle class cannot coexist, greed demanded its place and went on the offensive. Of course, it is really a battle between corporate greed and the greed of the labor unions. While the labor unions had a hand in starting the war by demanding too much, the Sino-Americans took it to next level by migrating into the land of slave wages (China, etal). As the 'final solution', it was to deliver the coup de grâce.

The treasonous aspects of trade agreements

While both parties are always stretching the truth or masking it altogether in order to paint a prettier picture, they are so different that the old axiom “the truth lies somewhere in-between” becomes a useless tool. The differences are simply too wide… anything from ice cream to sledgehammers could lie in-between.

However, in paying closer attention occasionally one can arrive at a few conclusions. For example, of the vague and almost nonexistent references to outsourcing, one notices the downsides of outsourcing are primarily verbalized by the Democrats (however seldom and meekly). Republicans, on the other hand, won’t mention outsourcing at all (or hardly ever). This should be an indication that outsourcing is supported more by the Republican base than by Democrats. Yet, because Democrats demonstrate a noticeable amount of hesitation - certainly not passionately giving outsourcing its deserving attention - those politicians must be guilty to some degree as well.

Of course, some Democrats do outwardly support outsourcing - if not in speeches then in deeds - notable Democrats such as President Bill Clinton as evidenced by the trade agreements he signed.

Certainly the 1700s - the inventors of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - would therefore label Bill Clinton and company as traitors. So too George W. Bush and his associates for the NAFTA agreements (but also for war mongering, torture - ad infinitum). In fact, nearly the whole of Congress.

Chinese imports by American design

The snowballing of Chinese imports began in 1980 when China’s trade status was reinstated to “Most Favored Nation” (MFN) which effectively eliminated all tariffs previously placed on Chinese imports which once made American-made goods more competitive. While having no tariffs placed on traded goods is called “free trade” (but only by the media and politicians), it rarely means “fair trade”. Unless we're talking about roughly the same wages and production standards fair trade isn't possible. It's a good case for the establishment of "equalized trading blocs" (a proposed label for a group of such countries). In lieu of such a bloc, isolationism is the only other alternative for America.

As it stands, of the larger economies only Canada, Australia, England and the European Union would likely qualify as "equalized" (parity in economic matters whereby fair trade would be the reality). If they're not already on a par, perhaps Japan and South Africa would also be willing to close the gap... a handful of other countries. But in fear of losing access to slave wages we can count on the Sino-Americans to fight this idea of 'fair' every inch of the way. It then becomes a matter of evil.

There are traitors and then there are evil traitors.

But as if to also chisel this trade agreement with China into stone, its MFN status was then made ‘permanent’ in 2001. This is curious because legalese doesn't normally cite ‘permanent‘ as a condition. It would seem a bad precedent… implying a legal document without a ‘permanent’ stamp is “less binding“. Of course, permanence was something the Sino-Americans wanted. It was an insurance policy of sorts for those who wanted to build their factories overseas.

The abominable case of the underwater Asian currencies and the errant solutions afloat

While reportedly American negotiators are always at the bargaining table with the Chinese endlessly trying to get them to free-float the undervalued Renminbi (China's currency) - which is giving China a huge unfair trade advantage - but because the Chinese position is supported by the Sino-Americans - the Chinese can rely on them to do the arm-twisting. To get their way, the Chinese don’t have to mumble a word.

To try offsetting this, no amount of tax cuts (the Republican solution) or government work programs (the Democrat’s solution) will make much of a dent in the unemployment figures either. These are band-aid approaches. Nor can one believe these unemployment figures are accurate... being much larger than what is reported. The only ones that should be dropped from the roles are those "no longer able to work" because "active or not actively looking". is ripe for tinkering.

The Fed's solutions won't work either and will, in the end, just fuel inflation. Have you ever noticed the Feds never say "I'm going to print more money"?

And, raising the minimum wage is a mixed bag... except for the service industries sure to drive even more jobs overseas. Such only symbolizes a positive step forward. It's all about appearances... although the extra 10 cents an hour ($10.10) is an insult.

The only way to recapture these lost jobs and save the American dream is to re-impose tariffs.

The 'un-signing' precedent and tariffs

If George W. Bush had the authority to “un-sign” America’s commitment to be a party to the International Criminal Court - which he did - then any president ought to be able to “un-sign” trade agreements. In the China case, our national security could be cited as justification. Better yet... "to preserve the American dream".

While the Sino-Americans would be the biggest losers from the reintroduction of tariffs - or a trade war if it came to that - China itself would also lose. Losing this trade - which would Include their own proprietary exports - would devastate their economy. Except for cutting off campaign contributions, China and the Sino-Americans could only bluff retaliatory actions. It’s time to get tough with China… of course that means getting tough with their Sino-American mouthpieces.

Americans, on the other hand, would benefit greatly... millions of jobs would be created practically overnight. As another benefit... tariffs would be a significant source of income to reduce the deficit. And, not to be overlooked, it would be a blessing if China refused to lend us any more money.

Since our negotiators (aka: ‘lackeys‘) will probably continue to be beholden to special interests, continue to be just plain stupid or continue to lack any backbone… they should be fired. Of course, being a party to treachery is reason enough.

While some American industries are benefiting from the current arrangement, it is horrendously bad for America as a whole. Since many would agree and still others disagree... it's the very reason why it should be settled out in the open. Let everyone hear the arguments and have their say. That's the point of this article - it should and must be openly addressed. We can’t keep sweeping Chinese imports under the rug!!

If there are any strategic reasons for being in China (in the opinion of the State Department) the forfeiture of the American dream in order to reach their goals would be suicide. It's the very essence of America... what made her great. Without the American dream we'd soon become a third-world country. But losing the American dream is exactly what is happening.

The ugly and heartless soul of outsourcing

Still, lying even deeper in this ugly and heartless soul of outsourcing - being the greater reason - is something that will likely never be officially addressed. Leastwise not openly by the average American politician or bureaucrat. The Chinese and Russian insiders or the EU politicians likely wouldn‘t touch it with a ten foot pole either. This taboo subject is all about the quest to dominate the world. It's nothing new however, it's been the pastime for over 2,000 years. It's just that the powers-that-be never want to admit it. While running roughshod is the tell-tell sign such a quest is underway - as Caesar's legions, Napoleon's army and England's navy can testify - today it is the transnationalists further up the trail... further even than the U.S., Russian or Chinese governments. In this, it's important to keep an eye on the ball.

While the scheming contenders are many - residing in practically every nation on earth - one prerequisite is control of the markets. And that, in large part, is achievable by having the lowest cost of production. As a consequence slave wages are purposely allowed or structured wherever possible.

Required too is the neutering of the American antitrust laws (which were intended to prevent the establishment of monopolies). Well, that mission has already been accomplished. Enforcement is now a joke.

Allegorically speaking and in the context of a 'country'… cheap labor is the poison poor countries administer to the rich. In the context of the Sino-Americans and transnationalists, their overly-cheap products are like poisoned candy. Who can resist? However, these overly-cheap products are poisoning every society in the world. One could say these products are Trojan horses.

Still keeping an eye on the ball?

Lest have a country beset by every social ill imaginable, it is imperative to have a middle class... and the middle class only has a chance to thrive through decent wages. Manufacturing the cheapest products via the cheapest labor possible only perpetuates hand-to-mouth survival worldwide. In short, affordable products "made by the poor for the poor" is not a blessing... it won't elevate either one. The ability of the poor to buy a wider array of gadgets only makes them 'gadget possessors' which won't ever solve their "one paycheck away from being homeless" situation.

Getting a better education doesn't change this reality - it might only change the reality for those who get one. The issue remains.

Isolationism or the establishment of "equalized trading blocs" are the only viable solutions. There are too many problems with the process of 'globalization'... the concept having proven itself premature. The world just isn't ready and probably won't be for two more centuries. As if a beta computer program, there's a countless number of bugs creating injustices and inequities from one country to the next. The hacking undertaken to keep it working fairly continues to fail which goes a long way towards proving it is indeed premature.

Globalization wasn't the brainchild of any government however... it was the transnationalists who forced the issue. And, because it was premature served their interests perfectly. With all the different currencies and pricing structures, the exploitable opportunities are practically endless. So then, 'exploitation' is what we're really talking about.

How dare they call globalization progress! If it is then genocide is progress. Whether you ruin people by the trainload or kill them, what's the difference? Well, maybe there is... killing is kinder.

Boiled down in another pot, the American dream is the price we’re paying for globalization. Soon it will only be experienced by those already well-heeled. All the signposts say so. If that isn’t true then the politicians should speak up… publicly citing, of course, the reasons. Their continued silence would only confirm they're party to this treachery.

It is treason... isn't it? While all that described isn't in the law books as criminal activity, it should be. But however the law wants to distort the reality - treason is still treason. And, it should be a safe characterization because it's far worse than what Benedict Arnold did (during the American Revolution). Labeled a traitor by all, that turncoat didn't do nearly the damage to his own countrymen.

A.O. Kime

Last modified: 03/07/16