April 9, 2009
I think you can trace a few of those things you mention back to the Clinton administration, so think real hard about electing Hillary. Certanly a lot of outsoursing of jobs, the HMO medical concepts, and loans taken out in that era that came back to haunt people 10-15 years later came from Clinton. Clinton started the "Go Global" movement and the result has in part led to outsoursing jobs to China and other countries. We allow imports to be bigger than our exports. You are right about the textile industry, once a huge industry in the USA. But so was the steel industry, electonics, and auto industry. Some people just want to blame the unions. I blame the citizen who could give a hoot about "Made in America" if they could save 2 cents. We have Honda cars, Nissans and Toyotas, TVs and computers that are foriegn, and take a look at the labels on you clothing. I buy from the the good ol American Bass Pro Shop and Delueth traking company, and the shirts are from India, Bangledesh. So is half the crap at Walmart but we flock to them to save a buck. Rather hard to understand why so many Mexican come here illegally to work, while many american business are in Mexico.
We are selling America to anyone from the middle east, China, and parts unknown, from office building where our doctor is, to every small store on the corner. Our people can not buy a home and people from the middle east an Asia come in, buy homes to bulldose them and build mansions. NO BODY THAT IS NOT A CITIZEN, OR LIVING IN THE USA, SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO OWN REAL ESTATE.
August 20, 2013
April 9, 2009
I'm not sure that last line is anything of an answer to jobs and employment.
The problem with our imports is very simple, their quality got better while we outsourced and laid off our workforce resulting lowering our domestic quality. Once again decisions made by the Aristocracy were destroying this nation's economy. The President and Congress don't really control those decisions, the Aristocrats & their sycophants in the boardrooms do. Starting in the late 1970s The Aristocrats gained more and more control over the Congress and legislatures to make laws favoring the industries and businesses they controlled. We can't blame Unions for this because while Unions were 33% of the work places in the early 1970s today they've dropped down to 7%to 10% of the workplaces. What we have increasingly faced is the cancer like effects of allowing the Aristocracy to continue to exist as a class. America has long had a problem with Aristocracies, The American Revolution was fought over too much arm twisting by a Government controlled by an Rightwing Aristocracy and its Totalitarian leader, but at the same time many of the citizens were loyal to it and its ideas, we called them Tories, and in the southern states we allowed our worst Aristocracy to continue to flourish until the end of the American Civil War. But then the Corporate Aristocracies had taken most of control of America through the Robber Barons and they had to be broken up through anti-trust laws. Since the late 1970s the modern day American equivalent Tories (compare to today's British Tories)have seized control of the Republican party and its offshoots while promoting an ideology that far too many of the pseudo Leftwing party. The Democrats believe. Thusly, the Aristocratic agenda of owning everything and everyone owing them has taken root, while the American public consented blindly to this methodology convinced that the Aristocrats must know what they are doing because they are Rich and Powerful, meanwhile some 84 PEOPLE actually own most of the nations wealth, and that number of people keeps consolidating into smaller numbers, eventually possibly giving rise to an American Monarchy. So it is structural problem, and like the trust break ups of over century ago, American Must put a leash on the Aristocracy and reclaim their nation & jobs through legitimate means and legal measures.
As for immigration & such. I've realized that we as species must only recognize borders as differences in how government and administrations are run. We don't have immigration laws between towns. We don't have immigration laws between counties. We don't have immigration laws between states. We don't have immigration laws between Regions. And all of these work quite well without such red tape and bigotry as the national immigration issues engender. So to me it is logical and productive that the immigration laws should be abolished and reduced to the same qualifications as being a citizen of state you have to live in the nation a consecutive 90 days before you can vote et cetera and that you have the same laws duties taxes, jury duty et cetera while being a citizen of that national as all its other citizens. That simple.
April 9, 2009
Just to clarify my writing, Non-citizens who are not living in this country, should not be allow to own real estate and/or businesses in this country. Sorry but I disagree but housing has everything to do with jobs and pay scales. Cost of housing and basic costs of living is why we are having the $15 hr. min wage argument. Housing is the main expense we all have to pay for. The housing inflation and interest rates have led to all the forclosures and places that are sitting empty, which brings down the value. People are upside down on home loans due to this glut on housing, available forclosures, driving prices down. Areas overbuilt, and the economy started to decline, so job availabilty suffered. Most people bought in outskirts area, added the time and cost of commuting to and from work, car pooling just to be able to buy a home. People extended themselves beyond their means, something the loans of the Clinton years set people up for. Wages and jobs did not grow at the same rate as housing, when the jobs went away, so did the homes. When home prices are out of reach, apartment living prices are driven up as simple supply and demand. We compound the problem when foriegn investers buy up all the places we get things from the doctors office, and parking lots, to every 711 and donut shop in the country. Undoubtly apartment buildings as well. There is just about no Mom and Pop businesses left in this country.
Wish I knew the solution, but seems to me a lot of people are displaced for whatever reason from Jobs to housing, from taking in so many illegals, allowing our country to be sold off piece by piece, and sending jobs out of the country. Nobody wants those jobs that the illegals are willing to take, and work as hard as they do. Kind of a joke we have those who think they deserve $15 hour to press buttons on the automated McDonalds order counter, vs a day laborer that breaks his back in the hot sun. Over Paying totally unskilled people for totally unskilled work a $6 ( 9 to 15= 65% raise) raise is ludicras, when highly skilled trades are lucky to get a 3% raise.
April 9, 2009
Housing costs and the cost of living are both attributable to decisions made by the Aristocracy. Getting loans to buy houses has to do with rules set forth by Aristocracy controlled banks. Who owns apartment building, people that afford to buy and build them, The Aristocracy for the most part. Who controls the prices of goods, the Aristocracy. Who controls scarcity of goods and money the Aristocracy. Who controls the inflation & deflation rates, the Aristocracy through price manipulation. Who controls the interest rates, The Aristocracy through their banks controlling the Federal Reserve and BIS. When we look at stocks and bonds what do who do find the owners of publically traded companies are, the aristocracy (in point of fact the top 10% of American earners owns 92% of those companies, while the bottom 90% of earners owns 8%). Who controls our wages, the company, who owns the company most likely, the Aristocracy.
Now when I say Aristocracy I am speaking of the group as a whole, individually they may or may not be friendly with each other and may or may not have good intentions but their similar actions and de facto existence issues as wealthy individuals and as a group has an adverse collective effect on our nation. This kind of structural problem does not have to exist, for 96% of the time that Homos Sapiens have walked the earth it did not exist, the hierarchy structural problem was originally the result of the management of Agricultural seed and food distribution management somewhere around 6000 B.C.E. and that management corruption and eventual power grab by various individuals and families. Humanity doesn't require this structure, it is just something we have consented to for a very long time, there are plenty of resources for every person on the planet provided we produce, recycle, distribute, and circulate them with fair regulations and enforcement. To do this fairly means the hierarchy class structure must be replaced global by one of democracy in a resource based economy and defense must be shifted from military defense to non-cooperative Citizen Based Defense.
April 9, 2009
You seem to be stuck on the word Aristocracy and equate all things are the Aristocracy that controls our lives. If the old saying is true, that "shit rolls down hill", to others you or I might be see as the Aristocracy. I have a gardener, does that make me the Aristocracy to him? Where some things may be out of our control to a point, the Aristocracy would have no restrictions as you see it, but in fact they do have. I do not refer to these figures like you do as Aristocracy, and they certainly are not one class of the rich, and the only other class the poor. Yes we do have some sort of class structure from the rich to the poor, and middle class. There is always some buffer in the middle and classes leaning one way or the other.
The system does not oppress you or I do better ourselves by experience, education, or other means. It might not be easy, but that is what we all have to do. Thats part of life. Maybe Bill Gates is the Aristocracy, but he also is a self made man. The richest man on the planet and he does employ thousands, and he doesn't give away billions. He is also not a monopoly, why and how do you think the most powerful man on the planet is not just the supreme dictator of the world? Becasue we do have a government, that keeps tabs, checks and balances, laws and restrictions. We can not control a lot of things, but a lot of things need to price fairly, and competition controls prices. That is why the Aristocracy can not become a monopoly, we have laws against it. We also have laws concerning fair trade and pricing. That in addition to the law of supply and demand rules. You do not need to buy what they are selling, and competition may find something better down the street. Competition for your dollar is in your control. They need you, as powerful as you think they are.
We all complain we can not do a thing about some prices and some things. Death and Taxes are the 2 things we can be sure of. Control the things you can control. In this country you are free to change you own situation, work hard, and improving yourself to rise up is all you can do. You have no excuse if all you do is blame the Aristocracy for your troubles, and cry about it.
April 9, 2009
I use the word Aristocracy because it has historical meaning in this context, the Rich aren't just individuals they are a defined Class, and in historical context the word should have resounding meaning for every individual in America who believes in the founding principles of this nation as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America, it should have meaning to every student of history. We should not be avoiding the word like it was cursed to even mention it. We do have class structure, anyone who says otherwise hasn't been paying attention in history class or to the news and that structure is what impoverishes people and puts them in debt to those that have money, it is a rigged game, if it were monopoly 1 person would own half the board, the lower 90% would own two space and the other top 9% percent would own the rest of the board. S-t may roll down hill but slag floats to the top and we are talking about forging a future not taking a dump. Don't try to make it out as fair and equal, it isn't. But and this so important we can get rid of that adverse structure and replace it with something better, something that give people jobs and security and is far more fair.
You say this structure does not oppress? Just because it is not always use violence does not mean it is not oppressive to a great many people, but maybe oppression is the wrong word, the word CONTROLLED may be more apt. The Average American is over $200K in debt over $6K is credit card debt. Why are they in debt? Because they don't get paid enough to purchase things without taking on their plastic or a loan, most Americans have less than $10K in their lifetime savings. Why don't they get paid enough? Because somebody somewhere decided to adjust their workplace's expenses and thusly wages fell for the bottom 90% of the population at the same rate as it rose for the upper 10%, so what to do, go into debt paying back loans because you lacked the wages to the same people that made it so the wages didn't go up. Sure their are laws but what do laws matter when the people abusing them are the ones rewriting them through groups like ALEC. And yes we are heading towards a dictatorship every year the Aristocracy gobbles up a bigger chunk of wealth and the pool of who has the biggest chunk shrinks. In the last 10 years that pool of uber rich has shrank to 1/4 of what it was and gobbled up more. The anti-trust laws are de-facto extinct, they exist on the books but lack the teeth to do anything about this.
People need employment, the way they need employment is for the USA and the world to go over 95% Co-op and peg the better wages to inflation. The problem becomes where do they find the money and products to keep wages and livability in the 90% without relying on that which is controlled by the 10%, they can try going to the government for loans but the with all the idiotic small government talk grants and loans will dry up and be axed and thusly the 10% win again. Of course with public schools being axed in favor of charters the 10% get more moneny but they also get educate our children into subservience to them, thusly win again. Oppression, Control, it is a structural problem.
Frankly, I'm shouting into a hurricane. This nation has had the technology and know how to get out of this mess since before 1936. We should have been arcologies then, we should have rid ourselves of the class structure when we saw how it was tearing every other nation apart at the seams and promoting war abroad. But we didn't and hear I'm looking at a tropical depression of epic proportions, saying "Hey we can still change thing for the better, we can still build the arcos, we can still go 100% alternative energy, we don't need this adverse structure, we can still build a better tomorrow, We just need to stop being meek we need to be bold and do it, PER AUDACIA AD ASTRA, ET INFINITIUM ET ULTRA!"
Yet I know the truth humanity has been made meek, they have consented to be governed by and indebted to the powerful and the wealthy, they have consented to play by those people's rules, that class' rules. They don't have the will power to say "no." anymore, they don't have the will power to alter the structure they have created, they have become the elephant held in place by a kite string. And still I shout, not because I'll win, but because its the right message, the way to a better tomorrow, PER AUDACIA AD ASTRA, ET INFINITIUM ET ULTRA!
April 9, 2009
Love your comment about the "slag floating to the top" , I am thinging there is some lesson in that statement because the process of slag floating to the top separates the unwanted and unusable.
You talk about average debts, and usuing credit cards, like those on the top have forced people to live out of their means, abuse credit, and now the country is in a mess. As I said you can blame the Clinton era loan concepts for some of that, people getting into home with zero down, adjustable rate loans, ballon payment lurking, and that opened the door to using credit cards for everything from dinner out to wide screen TV's. I can make that payment, if I worked Saturdays, and every bit of overtime I can. Until I get sick, until the cars are worn out commuting, until the OT dries up. Nobody on top forces people to use the equity in thier house for dirt bikes and hauler trailers, motor homes and boats, and toys they do not need. Show me someone who has severe financial problems and 9 times out of 10, it is their own fault. I have watched so many people think they can tell the company "pay me with 10 dependents", when they have 1, and do not withhold enough, and never recover. They got those toys in the garage, and at the end of their working carreer are the ones with nothing saved.
Yes we are a class sturcture, however you want to put it, but the Declaration of Independence starts out "All men are created equal". We all have the same opportunity to strive to make better and improve. Show me any country that does not have some sort of class structure, and it is all related to ones skills, abilty, value in terms of education and/or demand for what you can do. Unless you want to be a Communist country, and they still have some class divisions, what is your solution? Your solution is more aligned with communism where all the skill and knowledge of the individual is required to go the the better good of everyone else. Oppression does not mean violence, however the most oppressive usually includes that. If you end up knowing nothing and unable to do anything, everyone will take care of me anyway, so why even care or try?
In the 60's they use to call it "The Establishment", crying the same things you just said about the Aristocracy.
April 9, 2009
I’m going to try to be clear, since I know I don’t really communicate ideas very well for many people.
Let’s be clear I’m not talking about Stalinism, Communism is also a different issue. I’m talking about a Mixed Economy, think closer to Norway of today but more advanced. I am not talking about Government ownership of everything, I am talking about Government/Public ownership of some things such as the nation’s raw natural resources, its water, its education system, it health system, it’s waste reclamation system, its post office, its fire department, its utilities services, its law enforcement departments, its mass transportation system, Some of its goods distribution and production, its banking system, and its postal system. Most of us recognize those things, even banking was once done by the post office prior to the 1970s. The key difference however is I believe in a long transitional stage between the current economic way of doing things in a monetary economy to one of a resource based economy. Among the first way we rid ourselves of the class structure is to put a cap on wealth, a ceiling that’s says that you can earn this much each year from all sources but no more, any other income from companies and such must be paid to employees or the company must expand and employ more people otherwise a high tax will be imposed. This prevents future Aristocracy from arising, and reins in the current one. The second thing is that we should move from a totalitarian based 95% business system to a 95% co-op one. For readers who don’t understand this concept currently we have a totalitarian based business system, meaning a the owners are either individuals or absentee property owners through stocks and the business is run undemocratically for the benefit of the owners and those at the upper levels of the company’s internal hierarchy, basically you work to make somebody else rich and the rules are made by the people at the top and the wages are decided by those same people. Average pay for executives in such companies usually exceeds 250x or more what the average worker makes. This kind of totalitarian business model has a failure rate of about 35% meaning about 1 out of 3 of these businesses goes under on regular basis within 10 years. The alternative instead of going full government owned is that the business stays in private hands but instead of being owned by stockholders or small groups of individual the Company is owned and operated exclusively by the people who work in it (or by the customers, who may also work in it, with certain benefits), the company is then run democratically with wages that are decided by the people who work there. This concept predates Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto (1848 CE) and can be attributed the “Mill Girls” made up largely by the New England textile workers of the 1830s CE, and to a certain lesser extent further back to group in England called the Diggers in 1649 CE. What happens in Co-ops is the pay is generally equalized among the entire workforce with no one making more than 3x the lowest paid worker in the company. This type of company has about a 4% failure rate over 10 years. Remember folks a Co-op is still a Private Company it is not owned by the Government/Public, and thusly this is not Communism. So this is among the first major changes. The next way to enforce the ceiling is to create a progressive tax that prevents people from exceeding the income ceiling. Different political parties groups and around the world have decided on different amount but generally the ceiling is somewhere at 5x to 20x what the lowest national wage is, if people want more than the ceiling the national minimum wage must be increased. Example if federal tax is 10% at 1x it is 50% at 10x 75% at 15x and 100% at 20x, thusly the excess income is taxed and redistributed by the government through public work programs and social safety nets et cetera and keep the circulation going. The lower the ceiling the more the wealth circulates.
However I for one go further than just promoting such minor changes that can easily be undone by social and political currents. I believe in the concept of Arcology (that is a combination word meaning Architecture and Ecology) and that we Humans can through technology and proper planning actually create self sustaining communities that bring durability, recycling & circular distribution to such a high artform and science that we can actually eliminate poverty, violence and war through resource abundance so that we can instead focus on the arts and sciences. Please note that Arcologies do not have to be single buildings but it does work better for them to have some connection and overall city planning design. To that end I promote the idea that each person hydroponically or aeroponically grow their own food supply for the most part (trees may take public and community efforts). This really is not really much of stretch as one may believe, properly maintained and operated a family of 4 only needs about the SAME space of 10 large ISO Shipping Containers, 3 are for living in the other 7 are for growing. With geothermal energy, wind energy, solar energy, and tidal energy such cities of interconnected habitation, industry, and business could operate sustainably and self sufficient. Movement inside them could be done by WEDWay People Movers, and between the communities of 20000 by Tubular Railways and between major Hubs around the globe through Hyperloop. Isolated Arcologies could receive transportation from hybrid airships such as the Skycat. Airliners, Cars, Trucks, military vehicles, weapons, would become museum pieces as they become increasingly unneeded. If we did this as national project we could fit the entire US population along the continental Interstate Highway Route I-80, hence I call this proposition concept Arco I-80. (Note much of the housing could be made inexpensive by utilizing Compressed Earth Blocks, while large structures such as towers and tunnels could be made using Ferrock which would absorb excess Carbon Dioxide.) With food, housing, energy, jobs, and production issues et cetera solved and the class structure eliminated so we have democracy in government and in business at all levels we create a far better world, and we would change the social structure so instead of having an unstable Pyramid shape of population overlaid by inverted pyramid of wealth and power that leads to totalitarianism we instead a solid brick of people over with a solid brick of wealth and power that supports community and democracy. But we need that boldness, that audacity, as a nation and species to do what we can to create this better tomorrow.
PER AUDACIA AD ASTRA, AD INFINITIUM ET ULTRA!
April 9, 2009
I expect that the 2016 election will rake in over 1.3 Billion Dollars from the Aristocracy and its sycophants to decide who our next president will be from their anointed candidates. What does $1.3B mean to mean it means how much would that buy in alternative energy plants. Well it would buy approximately 10 Enhanced Geothermal Plants providing power for 229600 Homes (approximately 918400 people) or it could start building Arco I-80: If we were to build Arco I-80 modules with Compressed Earth Block housing in it: Five (5) Geothermal plants would cost $632500000 that would power 114800 homes or about 22 Modules (110000 homes with a population of 440000). 22 Compressed Earth Block modules (just basic no thrills structures) costs $10600524 so we get a subtotal of $643100524 with a surplus of $656899476 left over for basic improvements such as construction pay, transportation, tunnels, schools, sewage, wiring et cetera. That’s 22 Arcologies a little bit more than the population of Cleveland, OH (pop. 396815). So That’s what we are losing to the Aristocracy’s Super PACS funding the 2016 Campaign and they are just placing bets and bribes imagine what could really be accomplished if they weren’t so selfish.
The USA as whole needs approximately 15943 Arcology modules for Arco I-80 So basic structures and power plants equals approximately $10.26 Trillion ( accurately speaking: $10252951654132) without thrills (double it for improvements). The defense Budget of the USA was $526.6 Billion dollars if it was cut down to reasonable $200B that would leave $326.6B, thusly the entire US national arcology built on my Arco I-80 concept could get most of its funding & building done in 32 Years. Provided we actually had the audacity and motivated ourselves to do it.
PER AUDACIA AD ASTRA, AD INFINTIUM ET ULTRA.