Mexico calls no Backsies

Our current presidential campaign is once again throwing muck around about hot button issues for many Americans.  One that almost always gets extra news cycle time is the loss of American jobs to countries like Mexico and China.  A few decades ago it was Japan.  The headlines always read “Mexicans” or “Chinese” are stealing American jobs through cheap labor and fewer regulations, or some such.

In my opinion, no Mexican or Chinese person has stolen one American job, not one.  Whoa you say.  What about this plant that closed down here and moved production to China, or Mexico, or some other country with low labor costs?  Nope.  The sad truth is that we gave all those jobs away.  Through greed, anger, ignorance, and choice, we sold away our country bit by bit.

Many politicians cry that our taxes are too high and we have too many regulations, which forced companies to seek foreign countries to remain profitable.  Baloney.  The truth is that our ancestors saw the wrongs done to our citizens by greedy business owners who treated their workers bad, polluted our environment, and harmed our children’s futures to make a profit.  They fought long and hard, some even sacrificed their lives so that we would have it better.  They fought to make sure our drinking water was safe from manufacturing waste.  Others fought to clean up the fumes from factories that were choking our neighborhoods.  I live near a city that was once a big steel producer where toxic air was a way of life.  Still more fought so you wouldn’t have to work more than 40 hours a week without getting better compensation.  You know, all that stuff you now take for granted like it was there all the time and think is an inalienable right that can’t be taken away even after Republicans dismantle the last union that fought for these rights.

We then turned around and let our government slowly wind the clock back on all these gains by voting in politicians who wrote laws and tax codes to support companies that sent jobs overseas where companies could circumvent the morally correct laws our ancestors fought and died for.  These politicians said we could have things cheaper by doing this and we ate it up.  The companies that tried to stay and compete within our country were fed to the wolves.  With our money we said to companies that, while we like all these great rules that make our lives better, if you can go to another country and treat them like you used to treat us, we won’t penalize you.  We won’t place tariffs to bring your unregulated retails into line with those of companies in our country that have to charge more because of regulations.  Every single time you upgrade your Iphone, you are feeding the system that takes away your job.  Whenever we don’t place tariffs on products from other countries that don’t have to follow our laws, we are giving away a job.

When we allow businesses that use cheap inhumane labor or environmentally destructive practices (to save money) to compete unhindered with companies that must follow moral policies, we are crippling the companies that follow the rules.  So is it really any surprise that they eventually raised a white flag and joined them?   Is it any surprise that they seek to hire illegal immigrants or build plants in China and Mexico?  The longer we let this happen, the more pressure was put on our government to reduce the laws protecting us.  In the end we began to insist our leaders take away the rights and wages our forefathers fought for.  Today, instead of bringing the rest of the world around to our point of view, we have allowed the world to bring America around to their point of view.  All so we could fill our homes with out dated cell phones and cheap lead painted toys that we have to rent storage to hold.  Think about what I am saying when you think of voting for Trump or grab that must have electronic gift for Christmas, which would actually sadden Christ anyhow.  Think about how much your spending casts your vote long before you even enter the ballot box.

Finally, one last thought to bed you down with.  What must these impoverished workers think of our country when they see that we are unwilling to put up with such treatment at home, but don’t bat an eye when our companies go abroad and treat them horribly to give us cheap stuff?  Makes you wonder at the hostility directed at America.


New old print added to my Devianart Gallery


This is an old watercolor painting I did that I recently scanned in and cleaned up in gimp, I used the wrong paper that wrinkled.  Please see my devianart page for prints.  I fixed this picture up as part of my plan for the up coming reveal.

National Anthem

Given the current state of our country on all levels, I vote that we change our national anthem to “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne.  The movie “Idiocracy” is coming true.  I used to wonder how the German’s could so easily given Hitler the power to do what he did, now I know.  They were as much to blame for the Holocaust.  What blood will be on our hands?

Suing Saudi Arabia for 9/11

Well, now that the Senate and Congress have shown their collective wisdom in overriding President Obama’s veto of the bill that allows families of those killed on 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia, I wonder how long it will be before other countries sue us?   Will Iraq and Iran join forces to sue our country for supporting Sadaam Husien while he murdered his own people and used chemical weapons against Iran.  Oh, you mean they probably forgot about our financial support of the insane dictator from Iraq during the Reagan Years.  Huh!  Well, how about Iran suing us for putting the Shah of Iran back in power and supporting his regime, which murdered and tortured many Iranians, all for cheap oil.  Forgot that too.  Well shoot!  Do they remember backing the Contras in Nicaragua, the ones Reagan supported by selling arms to Iran?  They were thugs in a lot of cases, committing atrocities with weapons purchased with American money.  Wonder if Nicaragua has a case?  Hey, do you think the American Indians should sue America for taking away their country, ruining their lands, and killing their people?

Just goes to show what happens when you put stupid greedy people into power.  I hope the world sues us for breech of contract since we promised to stay on the gold standard if they would all tie their monetary values to our dollar and the billions of dollars they lost in the Banking Crisis of 2008.  Yes they can sue the individual companies, but now that we opened the door for suing entire countries for the acts of the few, anything is fair game.  I actually support this since I believe the American people have become too self righteous for their own good.  The same kind of people that back this kind of legislation are the ones that would back Donald Trump.

We are innocent, we are the victims, and we have never done anything to deserve the violence done to us on 9/11.  Wake up.  When you look at our history in world affairs, we are nowhere near angelic.  Yes, we have done good things, but so has every other culture.  We have also done some very bad things, like every other culture.  For God’s sake, the entire Bush Presidency could lead to thousands of lawsuits.  For all the feel good, pulpit thumping politics of this legislation, the negatives are legion and could cost this country dearly without solving anything in the world.  The bill will only serve to highlight our ever growing hypocrisy and the fact that if we consider Saudi Arabia accountable, as a country, for Bin Laden’s crimes then we are all accountable for the crimes I have mentioned here.   If we are the Godly country so many like to rant about, then it is long past time we man up and take our lumps.

Work in Progress



Time for something less depressing.  This is an image I am currently working on.  The planet in the foreground is meant to be Venus and is part of a pivotal scene at the end of Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Correy.  The ending was so powerful that I could easily visualize it in my mind and the challenge is to bring it to life in this image.  If you have not read the book yet, I highly recommend it.