The USA is the “New India”

December 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM 1 comment

The only thing the USA! USA! USA! is #1 in is the number of people incarcerated and the number of people with adult-onset diabetes:

Union made

I’m so old I remember when “union made” labels were everywhere — from clothes and tools to pamphlets.

America has become a RINO: rich in name only. By every measure, we look like a broken banana republic. Not a single U.S. city is included in the world’s top 10 most livable cities. Only one U.S. airport makes the list of the top 100 in the world. Our roads, schools and bridges are falling apart, and our trains—none of them high-speed—are running off their tracks. Our high school students are rated 30th in math, and some 30 countries have longer life expectancy and lower rates of infant mortality. The only things America is number one in these days are the number of incarcerated citizens per capita and adult onset diabetes.

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he destruction of labor has been so comprehensive that first-world nations now offshore their jobs to the U.S. In other words, we’ve become the new India. Foreign companies now see us as the world’s cheap labor force, and we have the non-unionized South to thank for that. Chuck Thompson, author of Better off Without Em, writes, “Like Mexico, the South has spent the past four decades systematically siphoning auto jobs from Michigan and the Midwest by keeping worker’s salaries low and inhibiting their right to organize by rendering their unions toothless.” Average wages for autoworkers in the South are up to 30 percent lower than in Michigan.

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In Sweden, the minimum wage is $19 per hour and workers enjoy a minimum of five weeks paid vacation every year. In the U.S. the minimum wage is a tick above $7 per hour and workers can expect no more than 12 days of annual vacation. So guess what? IKEA has set up a factory in Virginia. Volkswagen has set up in Tennessee, and the likes of Hyundai, KIA, BMW, Honda, and Toyota have all set up in the South to take advantage of the world’s latest cheap labor source. Moreover, the profits of these foreign companies goes toward stimulating their economies instead of ours.

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The Republican effort to turn non-union workers against union workers — and to thus let the destruction of unions go essentially unchallenged — has been just fab-u-l-ous for the corporataocracy.  For workers?  Not so much.

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  • 1. JC for pennies  |  December 11, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    We may be the new India, but without the charms, the long history (at least written), the Cobra snakes, and the Himalayas!

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