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Another Decapitator-in-Chief of
America's Working Class
By Ben Tanosborn
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, May 25, 2015
It is not Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders who don’t get
it. It is our near-sighted Globalist-in-Chief who really doesn’t get
it, following in the footsteps of that other Republican-lite president,
William Jefferson Clinton. But what can one expect, given the advice
he’s getting from a cadre of Wall-Streeters working with, or influencing,
the White House? Or, from a president who has confessed to being a
“great admirer” of celebrated JP Morgan Chase chief, Jamie Dimon?
A few days ago President Obama honored our Portland (Oregon) area
with a visit to promote the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership (TPP) agreement;
which for all intents and purposes is but another addition to the gallery of
NAFTA, CAFTA, and PNTR ugly siblings. Perhaps an even uglier sibling
in this period of expanding economic inequality!
It seems comical, yet ill-omened, how Barack Obama is herding the
already decimated middle class along a path sure to reach economic oblivion,
while maintaining support from much of the old guard of
school-government-trade unionists which has kept the Democratic Party afloat
during the last five decades in a conservative sea dominated by currents of
old-time religion and misguided patriotism.
Common sense and humanity, and not just blind acceptance of global
economics, tell us that eventually most barriers to competition should be
coming down; and that there will be a significant trend towards greater
homogenization in both productivity and personal income throughout much of
world. But we might still be two or three generations away from such
happening, assuming changes take place in an orderly and least painful
fashion… without allowing our politicians, Democrats or Republicans alike,
to follow the will of the elite that place them in power… and,
correspondingly, expect a payback.
And that’s where we are today in Congress, ominously on the eve of
passing this terrible TPP legislation sure to reach a smiling Obama, pen in
hand ready to sign, instead of rejecting it with a forceful and merited
Could it be that Obama is suffering from the same illusionary
political disease as Bill Clinton, after the latter’s receipt of unmerited
kudos for all the low-paying jobs created during his two terms in office?
Is it so difficult to understand that job numbers can have a profoundly
different significance in economic, social and political terms than labor
Regardless of the POTUS’ misleading sermonizing on “what’s good for
the United States,” the reality is acrimoniously different. The
anticipated net outsource of labor income sure to come from the TPP
agreement is likely to be similar in results as past global renditions
initiated with NAFTA. The economic capillary effect of this agreement
(TPP) will affect labor significantly, not just in the manufacturing sector
(possibly losing half as many jobs as the number lost to China and the
American hemisphere in the past two decades), but also in the service sector
– and here, we are not referring to jobs in low remuneration call centers,
but jobs with high technical skills in both medicine and engineering, which
could result in the loss of half of the now existing – and anticipated
increases – programmer jobs; and a reduction in overall pay of the remaining
half by a third or more.
Other areas in Americans’ lives will also be affected or threatened,
from food safety standards, to the environment, to increases in the already
stratospheric cost of drugs, to the protection of rights and sovereignty
that we’ve inherited from the sacrifice of past generations.
So who’s to gain from this TPP agreement that Barack Obama is pushing
with greater fervor than that exhibited in critical domestic issues such as
immigration reform and the (dirty secret) racial divide? As it’s
always the case in our predatory society, Corporate America and its circle
of influential friends are the culprit… and it’s beginning to look as if the
villains will get their way: Wall Street, Big Pharma, and a long list of
multinationals displaying their corporate flags at the top of the pole,
knowing that their safety is in the good hands of the Pentagon; all
international policing costs defrayed by the American taxpayer… in its
incredible masochistic docility.
ISIS’ literal style of decapitation is
repugnant and shocking. US’ self-imposed economic decapitation may not
appear at first as shocking, but the end result will be as gruesome to
America’s working class: not the proletariat of old, but most everyone
holding both blue and white collar jobs.
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