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.