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In retrospect, the most noticeable distinction between 2016 and 2019 was the number of new cars occupying the highways.
Maybe the most notable comparison between 2016 and 2019 was the increased number of black faces that greeted you when you drove through a Mcdonald’s, walked through Kroger or entered your bank.
In essence, people who were looking in from the outside in 2016, were in the middle of things. Working! Better yet, they were working for companies that provided benefits and longevity.
True, there are the cynics who find disfavor in everything. Yet, the fact that in 2019 more Americans were working than at any time in history, can never be slighted. The naysayers called it “trickle-down economics.” As in, the rich got richer, and the poor got the “crumbs.” That was how Nancy Pelosi saw it.
Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, the two leading “progressive” voices who sought the right to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency in 2020, conveniently deleted this fact. They talked about the rich getting richer. Yet, they were vague on how the rich became richer.
Here is a tip: Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda is about “charity beginning at home.” In short, take care of Americans first! This translates to utilizing every conceivable means to encourage American companies to keep their plants and factories within our shores.
Neo-Cons such as Mitt Romney, Carly Fiorina and the late Sen. John McCain described themselves as “free traders.” Which translated to “the best jobs are jobs that can be outsourced.”
The border crisis was in the process of being solved in 2019. Sadly, under Joe Biden’s stewardship, it has not only regressed but been exacerbated. Fortunately, it is still fixable. It’s about “having the will” to fix it. Neither Progressives nor Neo-Cons have shown much interest in a solution. Why should they? For Progressives it’s about new voters, even those entering the country illegally. The mail-in and drop-off ballots of 2020 were tailor-made for them!
For Neo-Cons, it is all about cheap labor. Never mind “who” in America gets hurt by this posture. The bottom line is when an illegal alien knows that deportation looms as the alternative, working for less than minimum wage with no benefits looks surprisingly attractive!
Open borders hurt Americans at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder more than any others. Traditionally, these Americans are black and brown. Open borders always result in depressed wages. When you have people slipping into the country, living in the shadows, and accepting less for their labors, it is the natural progression. Double the applicants for jobs not requiring a skill, and the wage will remain stagnant.
We’re not talking exclusively about eight-dollar-per-hour jobs! I recall my wife’s friend’s husband sharing a poignant story that exemplified “why” corporate CEOs tend to be so wealthy.
“Roger,” a $46,000 per year technician working in Hewlett Packard’s Sacramento office, was called in one Friday.
His boss related, “I have some good news and some bad news, Roger. The bad news is that your job is being outsourced to India. The good news is that you’ll be able to stay on six months to train your Indian replacement.”
Bad news! But it could have been worse!
In the following weeks, Roger learned that his Indian counterpart would be paid $9,800 per year. This represented significant savings for the company. As then-CEO Carly Fiorina phrased, “it’s about acknowledging that ours is a global economy, and we must make the necessary adjustments.”
Donald Trump came on the scene and immediately saw the fallacies in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. For Fortune 500 companies, it brought easier access to the East Asian sweatshop labor force. That it would compromise the American worker was a “necessary adjustment.”
I recall a friend from J.P. Morgan Chase who whispered, “you see all the empty cubicles. They used to house $35,000 per year Universal Bankers. But why pay someone here $35,000 when someone in the Philippines will do the same job for $7,000 per year?
I can’t slight Warren or Sanders too much for their slip-up. Neither are businesspeople. They talk about the increasing disparity of incomes. But neither came out with proposed legislation that would include, but not be limited to a “prodigious outsourcing tax” for those American companies that chose to take American jobs offshore.
The China “trade war” was not really a trade war. It was about punishing American companies which elected to move their plants to mainland China. Here, they were able to take advantage of the totalitarian Chinese government, the docile Chinese population, and slave labor conditions. It does make for a better bottom line!
What mystifies me is why our corporate media has not brought all of this to the nation’s attention. Maybe it’s because they are simply part of it; essentially globalists caring little for their countrymen.
Even more baffling is why especially more black Americans have not seen through it! You look at long-term Congressional members such as Maxine Waters and the late Elijah Cummings, then look at how people live in their districts. Then you ask, “how” can their constituents keep electing them? Stokely Carmichael once posed this question.
In short, they might have hated Donald Trump with every ounce of vigor in their soul. He never promised that he was going to be their buddy! What he did was to stand up for them against Democrats promoting open borders and depressed wages and Neo-Cons seeking to siphon off their prosperity to a foreign country.
It thoroughly pissed me off! And I am not even black!
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