Tuesday, May 19, 2015

1960 Democratic Platform v. Trans-Pacific Partnership

The TPP is being pushed by President Obama, the democratic leader and is backed by the Republican Congress. Why is that? We know that since Obama has been in office, the Republicans only use a two letter word for any of his ideas - No!
I'll tell you why and it enforces another reason to abandon the two leading political parties because they are corrupt and only administer to the wealthy. They do nothing for ordinary citizens. In addition, my research has uncovered the 1960 Democratic Platform. Compare it with the present actions by the president and his party. Keep in mind that the Republicans opposed those concepts and I 'll give them consistency because they are still against them. Also, in your comparison, you will soon realize that today, neither party has a platform. They just use vague wording to express thoughts with the only objective to capture your vote. As they shake hands, they declare, "I'm for jobs, lower taxes and economic growth." They never offer a plan to obtain those ersatz issues. This point is so bad that there is even a website addressed to every minute that presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton has not answered a question by a reporter.
Here now is the issues that the democrats stood for back in 1960. Please, remember the first four on the agenda. I will show how the lack of conviction and character by the Democrats is reason to drop them like a bad habit. As for the Republicans, it is the same old same old: we got it and we're gonna keep it and screw you. They are the party that stands for guardian of privilege.
1960 Platform
1) The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation.
2) The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation.
3) The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living.
4) The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home and aboard.(italic mine.)
5) The right of every family to a decent home.
6) The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.
7) The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accidents and unemployment.
8) The right to a good education.
There they are. Now, there is a valid question about these rights. They do not grow in nature. They are man-made values. So, who provides them? If one takes someone's product and gives it to another the first person is a slave. Our Founding Fathers said, "The right to the pursuit of happiness from his unalienable rights - freedom to think and act."
However, the translation to reality needs clarification. You start an enterprise. You find your product is needed and it is priced right to capture the market. You seek financial help to produce on a larger scale. A richer man takes a gamble on you. Together, you form a partnership. You open a plant and your neighbors help you to succeed. This is the pursuit of happiness. Time passes. Foreign enterprises use your idea and do the same thing in their nation. No patent protection and court costs are too expensive with little restitution. They're there and our plant is here until another rich man makes a deal with the foreign producer to bring his stolen crap here. They call it free trade.
Free Trade
is a lie. There is no such thing. Every nation uses laws and regulations, tariffs and currency manipulation to gain market share. The US uses subsidies. This is Ground Zero. This trading concept dates back to 1700 and the Industrial Revolution. The English aristocracy used it to fight the guilds of Europe. The working man has been under the whip ever since with only a slight rebirth during the union movement in the 1850s. Free trade is anti-worker and the only jobs it creates is from the established to the disadvantaged.
Back to our example, foreign nations use currency manipulation to underprice you and eventually, you are out of business. This is CAFTA, NAFTA in reality. We know that 60,000 plants have closed and millions of middle-class jobs were lost. Now, because wages rose in China, Mexico, Japan, Korea and elsewhere, the greedy rich man is seeking new grounds like Burma, Malaysia and the far corners of the earth to build plants and exploit cheap labor. This agreement will only make us poorer or do I need to remind you that 46 million are on food stamps and although we are at our highest population, at the same time we are at historic lows in our workforce. Free trade is the root to the decline in our standard of living and at last check, the US was not even in the top twenty nations in the world, not to mention our poor education and infrastructure. If it weren't for our subsidies, we would be a low tier third world nation.
There are few people in power speaking against the TPP. Senators Sanders and Warren are our limited hope. We know what past trade deals do to our nation and the economist, Joseph Schumpeter proved to us that the creative aspects in a free capitalistic society develop the actual destruction of products for newer versions. Out with the old 8-track and in with cassettes. Out with the rotary phone and in with the cell. In addition, do you recall presidential candidate, Ross Perot who predicted that millions of jobs would be sucked south of the border and beyond. He was correct!
Today, they say this deal will be different. I will show you how this is B.S.!
Back to the Future
When the last deal was made, they said the same answers. At the time a new US car went for $6K, gas a buck and the medium price for a home was $64,000. What happened?
Two trade deals later, the Fed printing and government waging stupid, useless wars just like Vietnam. There is not one person in Congress from the middle-class or working class. It is only a debate between the rich of both parties and people wonder why there is a wealth gap?
This deal has been "negotiated" which is a euphemism, by 85% executives or their lobbyists with the remaining percentages being lawyers, interpreters and bureaucrats. No one represents you or me. One other aspect that I found out about this deal is that it is secret and there will be no mention of currency manipulation which is the standard practice by foreign nations. Our political parties are despicable and are border line traitors to our citizens. The first four "rights" of 1960 have long been 86th. I say, " TPP? Hell no!" After all, I know that TP stands for toilet paper which is one level below fiat paper.