Around 90 years ago with the start of the Depression in the U.S.A., and 25% unemployment, the Government started supporting workers. During the Depression spawned Social Security.
Unions formed, workers demanded and won new benefits. The economy grew with people having more money. In the 1950s it took off. The 1960s other races wanted their fair share of the pie. The 1970s the Oil crisis, destroyed Detroit, another crisis not directly caused by the people, but the Middle East tired of being exploited by big business.
Right to work laws – designed to prevent union formation.
Then the opening of relations with China. Ever since, not just because of China — Globalization. Not that work needed to be performed overseas because of some geographical advantage like local natural resources, but to find a cheaper source of labor and looser health and safety regulations. From the 1970s and onward we have seen; the dismantling of labor unions and moving good jobs overseas, so Corporations could earn more. Not for any inherent good for the U.S.A. or the Corporations workers.
Corporations do not primarily have workers or Country in mind when they are making decisions. It is all about the Managers and Shareholders.
There isn’t anything inherently wrong with multi-national Corporations except their goal of maximizing productivity. It is okay of Apple builds iPhones in China – for China. The issue is when all production is one country and its devices are sold everywhere. We need manufacturing capability AND capacity in the U.S.A. as well. Boeing is a better model to date, building planes here and in China. The Chinese policy was to build it there. That is not a bad model.
Maximizing productivity is a civilization ender
Maximizing employment is a civilization enhancer.
Another effect of globalization that people do not see – directly and a topic for another day. According to The Essential Daily Briefing:
“It has been estimated that just one of these container ships, the length of around six football pitches, can produce the same amount of pollution as 50 million cars. The emissions from 15 of these mega-ships match those from all the cars in the world. And if the shipping industry were a country, it would be ranked between Germany and Japan as the sixth-largest contributor to CO2 emissions.”
About 11,000 ships are bulk carriers out of a total of 53,000 January 2019.(source Count of container ships) Take that climate change.
The hollowing out of the Government. Making in incompetent by removing resources and putting people in charge of Agencies with the intent to damage them. By cutting taxes and then claiming the budget deficit is too high, therefore the Federal budget needs to decrease.
2010’s Citizens United – The lawsuit and Supreme Court ruling are anything but – basically saying Corporations are people too. A massive tax cut for the rich to increase the Federal Budget deficit. Putting the States that try to care for their citizens at a disadvantage, by cutting the State tax deduction on Federal returns and increasing the tax owed by that State’s citizens.
It is time for “Corporation first” to change. For the Pendulum to start swinging back to the workers.
We need a new bold U.S. initiative right now. A program for the People — not the Corporations.
Instead of trickle down we need a lift up
Expecting politicians to hand over their power is naïve – it needs to be taken from them. Twice in a decade they have allowed events to decimate the fortunes of the working class. Yes, the latest covid19 virus is not their fault, but the lack of preparedness and handling of the impact are.
They do not deserve to have unlimited power. We should not wait for them to “solve” things for us. We need to put guardrails in place to get them to
Do the right thing NOT the thing that is right for them
i.e. attempting to increase contributions and ensure their reelection.
The PttP is a mechanism for placing guardrails around our elected leaders.