Thursday, January 3, 2008

Iowa Caucus 2008: The Class Ceiling, Elites and Wannabes

Iowa Caucus 2008: Economy and Health Care Top Issues

Great Education Myth? Great Labor Shortage Myth? Have/Have-Not America?

DES MOINES — Adam Nagourney reports today in the New York Times that Democratic and Republican presidential candidates “are navigating a far different set of issues as they approach the Iowa caucuses on Thursday than when they first started campaigning here a year ago, and that is likely to change even more as the campaigns move to New Hampshire and across the country.” As 2Truthy has been reporting, disappearing jobs and healthcare are the number one issues facing Americans today as corrupt corporate and political elites and their media enablers flock the cornfields in a last ditch effort to convince innocent Iowans about the “merits” of the corporate welfare candidates vying for the Big House. Nagourney adds that all the candidates are hearing questions about immigration and trade deals at virtually every stop.

David Sirota has written extensively on what he has coined “The Great Education Myth” and “The Great Labor Shortage Myth” and reports today that U.S. News and World Report is the latest to “debunk” the Great Education Myth.

Sirota, author of the bible on this Hostile Takeover, concludes that although education is “certainly a good thing”, American citizens with college degrees and advanced degrees are victims in an economy “rigged by free trade policies that create an economic race to the bottom.” He couldn’t get that more right. So WHO IS RIGGING this great education myth and how does it tie into “legal” immigration, lowered wages, and disappearing jobs?

Answer: In her excellent post Help Wanted: High Tech Workers at the Kool-Aid Factory, Citizen Carrie of one of my favorite blogs, has researched the "formula behind the corporate and political fear-mongering"

Bad schools = bad workers = more American jobs being given away

And provides a partial list of what she refers to as a “Rogue’s Gallery” of organizations and foundations run by an inner circle of elites determined to kick America’s educated middle class to the curb:

Eli Broad, from the Broad Foundations, one of the organizations that keep producing flawed Skills Commission reports.

-Allan Golston from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations U.S. Program, yet another entity involved with those Skills Commission reports. Golston also represents a man who is hell-bent on producing a nation of ubermenschen who are not only willing, but eager, to work at slave wages to keep producing flawed software that nobody needs.

-John Engler, President of the National Association of Manufacturers and former Governor of Michigan, a man who suffers from the "Everyone's an idiot except me" syndrome, and who firmly believes that if we could cut unnecessary government regulations (you know, like the ones that gave us covered sewers, clean air and safe working conditions), we wouldn't need to continue offshoring our factories.

-Lou Gerstner, former CEO of IBM, notorious for bringing in boatloads of H-1B workers while slashing thousands from the payroll.

There are others.

Visit this website ( STRONG AMERICAN SCHOOLS (SAS). Now that we have taken a peek at the Rogue’s Gallery above, pay close attention to an organization that no one has heard of called Strong American Schools (SAS) and note the insulated cast of characters who tell us on their website

“America’s students are losing out. The world is changing, jobs are evolving, and far too many students are simply not being prepared to be successful adults.”

Guess what? These corporate fear mongers are in Iowa today as we speak influencing the candidates and the caucus goers. Carrie notes that Strong American Schools (SAS)

“will get their wish granted and make education a huge issue in the 2008 election. It might just be the opening we need in order to get the issues of corporate greed, phony skills shortages and depressed wages out in the forefront of the national news.”

Tech Lobby Ditches America’s Students and Computer Scientists. In a previous post, I point out just how much "we don’t need no education" to flip burgers… and yet, the collective zeitgeist of Tom Friedman inspired elites tells us that we don’t matter in this race to the bottom.

Come on, all you tractor pulling motherfuckers in Iowa! Play the game right and caucus your asses off tonight and vote for the candidate who gets it, John Edwards! (Who else does?)


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