Class Warfare Blog

August 26, 2016

The Jobs Scam

Isn’t it amazing that U.S. Corporations are now for lower tariffs? I can remember a time when U.S. corporations were all for tariffs. Why allow cheaper foreign goods to come into the U.S. to compete with ‘Merican made goods. Keep ‘em out or make ‘em pay! That was the attitude when I was a sprite.

But things are changed. How so, I wonder?

Ah, here it is. By having almost no tariffs, U.S. corporations can ship their goods production facilities overseas (and our jobs with them) to countries that have much lower labor costs, often very weak environmental legislation, and weak government oversight of their business. Oh, and lower taxes, too.

Then these goods, identical in most ways to the goods that were made here, are brought back into this country as “imports” to be sold at the same comfortable prices that we were used to. Certainly they shouldn’t be expected to lower their prices just because their cost of production just went way, way down, do you? Those are the same items we were willing to pay that high price for before, aren’t they? So, no U.S. jobs are supported with those dollars, but so what?

So now, boys and girls, you know why the Captains of Industry in this country went from being very pro-tariff to being anti-tariff in my lifetime.

And, they are all big supporters of the TPP “trade pact” (which is not a trade pact, it is a corporate rights doctrine) which we can count on as being the same kind of support they had for firing so many U.S. workers to be able to make the same stuff overseas, bring them back into the country, and sell them to us at the same prices. We can trust them … to … be … who … they … are!

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  1. I always found it interesting that there’s a certain number of Democrats who argue that we should raise the minimum wage and dismiss the business owners’ objections because business owners only care about profits and not their workers. At the same time, these Democrats think that trade agreements are always a good idea, even though the reason business owners tend to support these trade agreements for the same exact reason they oppose higher minimum wage.

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    Comment by List of X — August 26, 2016 @ 9:23 pm | Reply

    • Neoliberals are just as bad as neoconservatives. And when was consistency anything that could be expected from humans?

      On Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 9:23 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 26, 2016 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

  2. I say it’s high time to bring back the tarrif! Hoist them by their own petards! Hoist them high…

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    Comment by shelldigger — August 27, 2016 @ 7:43 am | Reply

    • Historically, all of the preeminent economies of today started as protectionist economies. Advocating for free trade is a tool that mature economies can use to encourage new economies to “stick to their knitting” and not to try to compete with the mature economies. Consider the arc of Asian cars in this country. First of all they were laughable things with high mileage, but that high mileage and their low cost cam at the price of being small and “cute” and lacking in luxuries and, well, chrome! But over time, those cars have come to a sizable share of the US car market and many have a reputation for quality and luxury exceeding American marques. If we had had free trade with Japan and Korea, those industries would never had gotten off of the ground and would still be small and inconsequential. There is a role for tariffs if they are well thought out.

      I suggest we should have a tariff on goods produced overseas by companies that used to produce them domestically, because the rest of us are picking up the slack that the wages they no longer are paying to Americans causes. It would have the benefit of reducing the job exportation currently going on and would affect none of our trading partners because we would be taxing our own companies and their subsidiaries and not those belonging to foreigners. The possible negative consequence ios that the companies might move lock, stock, and barrel out of the country, but then we would know who are true friends are, would we not. (Plus we would still tax them on goods sold in the U.S. … if we were smart.)

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — August 27, 2016 @ 8:52 am | Reply

      • re: second paragraph.

        I think that is what I said! Only you are much more eloquent 🙂 IOW make the cheap bastards pay for taking our economy elsewhere to make a buck.

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        Comment by shelldigger — August 27, 2016 @ 9:44 am | Reply

        • Sorry, sometimes I reply before I have fully digested a comment. Not that anything you or I say makes a damned bit of different to the oligarchs running (and ruining) this country. ;o)

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — August 27, 2016 @ 10:04 am | Reply

          • No apology necessary, we are on the same page 🙂 And in the same boat 🙂

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            Comment by shelldigger — August 27, 2016 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

            • Yeah, and the bastard has a big leak in it!

              ;o)

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              Comment by Steve Ruis — August 27, 2016 @ 8:33 pm | Reply

  3. Reblogged this on The Paleo Revolt and commented:
    This guy seems like a left-winger but his post right here plays into my right-wing protectionist nationalism just fine. Very awesome.

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    Comment by Patrick Cider — October 1, 2016 @ 2:25 pm | Reply


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