"The poor of the world cannot be made rich by redistribution of wealth. Poverty can't be eliminated by punishing people who've escaped poverty, taking their money and giving it as a reward to people who have failed to escape."
- P.J. O'Rourke
David Sirota has written a new op-ed in the Denver Post today entitled “The Marriage of Hypocrisy and Corruption” and to anyone following the professional middle class tech job ride to hell, Daddy Warbucks (Bill Gates) is not looking to let anyone naysay this disastrous shotgun wedding between the buxom bride (Corporate America) and the ageing, lecherous groom (Congress) that has all the makings of a failed, third world arranged marriage.
Why is Big Money no longer even compelled to be publicly consistent? Because they don’t have to be. They’re frat boys and above the fray, or self described ‘elites’ and wannabees. What drives Washington to make deals with advocacy organizations like TechNet that work to eliminate an estimated 30-40 million white collar professional jobs from America’s upwardly mobile middle class? Because then the ruling class elite will no longer have to be challenged by their educated American peers, for even more important than driving down wages is this lust for eliminating competition from another smarter and better looking peer that is necessary to the Colonial, New Third World American Ruling Class Order that loves the subservience of the third world caste system that they are importing here to work for a fraction of the American wage. Sirota writes “Yes, Corporate America wants Congress to believe that it is worried about workers' democratic rights at the very same time it is telling shareholders (the owners of the companies) that they should have no democratic rights at all.” This op-ed comes on the heels of this week’s Wall Street Journal article entitled “Pain From Free Trade Spurs Second Thoughts” that includes an updated report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics based on former Federal reserve Board Vice Chairman and Princeton Professor Alan Blinder’s research that identifies how likely each professional American job is projected to go overseas. From that, Blinder derives his latest estimate that between 30 million and 40 million jobs are vulnerable and yet, Congress and the Corporate America are in the advanced stages of French kissing each other in this wreckless embrace to eliminate jobs by outsourcing and importing cheap foreign labor. The ruse that outsourcing would lift all boats too, is transparent and has long since been dashed on the rocks, as global unfair labor practices have hurt the lives of many in the very same third world countries it was sold to help.
The article suggests that outsourcing and H1B recruitment are counterproductive to demands for advances in fair labor practices saying “On international trade, it's the same thing. With a new Wall Street Journal poll showing that Americans are more skeptical of America's job-destroying trade policy than ever, the Financial Times recently reported that CEOs are pressuring Congress to drop any and all efforts to place basic labor standards in new trade pacts. "Top business leaders warned that placing strict rules on working conditions in bilateral trade agreements would threaten the U.S.'s ability to make pacts with emerging economies," the Times story said, quoting one CEO "saying that emerging economies could not be expected to have the same labor standards as developed and fully industrialized nations."
With this race to the bottom spearheaded by the tech lobby that is now turning to alternative energy investments along with Big Pharma and Wall Street, the transparent knowledge that our elected officials are in collusion with the robber baron or plantation society who are carving out large pieces of profit-pie on the backs of our educated middle class is dirty laundry on the corporatist agenda close line for all the world to see. Sirota needs to look no further than to the cultural elites who shape the prevailing attitudes and set the tone for increased educated middle class marginalization, because in this race to the bottom, the corrupt and greedy anti-labor polices and backroom deals between Washington and Corporate America that know no lines of distinction are now in the hands of mass media. The outcomes are ultimately defined by the character and decency that the cultural elites lend to it. But where is the collective voice of America when the invitation-only deals go down to sell out our infrastructure and labor rights?
There is no doubt that our Congress, corporate and cultural elites COULD make a real difference in positively advancing much needed alternative energy legislations and technologies should they choose amongst solutions that will not erode topsoil (ethanol) and work to reverse the eradication of 30-40 million educated American professionals. It is also obvious that an often uninformed popular culture shapes mass media and is representative of the very place where individuality goes to die… where groupthink is forced down the tubes to anyone with a computer, internet access and a television set. For it is when the greedy plantation society mentality and the sycophants who promote them own the farm that the rest of the principled country gets to read all about the exclusive, invitation-only arranged shotgun wedding the day after, once it’s all over.
And that says it all about the new third world order of the Plantation States of America: Always the bridesmaid, but never the bride.