WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2015 – To a Washington sellout, no lives matter. “According to brand new numbers that were just released by the Social Security Administration, 51 percent of all workers in the United States make less than $30,000 a year,” begins a recent article by Michael Snyder entitled “Goodbye Middle Class: 51 Percent Of All American Workers Make Less Than 30,000 Dollars A Year.”
A June 2010 article entitled “Obama Letter to G20 Makes Simple Economic Logic,” I warned that these trade deals will in the long have the effect that “a permanent underclass will be created in the USA, Europe, and Canada. That is not what we want, we want the world to move ahead not at somebodies’ expense, but at everybody’s gain.”
Clearly, these last three decades have taken their toll on the Western middle class, especially the American middle class. Yet everywhere we hear of how the top 0.1 percent are getting enormously wealthier, how money is supposed to trickle down. The preponderance of evidence points against this fallacy.
These observations should not be construed as an attack on the 1 percent, or even the 0.1 percent. At the end of the day, who really should care if Bill Gates has a net worth of $60 billion or $150 billion?
On the other hand, it is perfectly legitimate to attack those corporations and members of the 1 percent club who by wealth, influence or both have obtained unfair access to key government agencies, political appointees and elected officials. These close and questionable relationships are subverting a nation that was once close to achieving genuine liberty for all its citizens and turning it instead into just another elitist oligarchy.
The Powers That Be − no matter how much evidence and economic logic is trotted out to prove to them that their policies, by their very nature, are pro-oligarchy − simply do not care. Yet at the same time, they shout the loudest about what they regard as their selflessness and patriotism. They sincerely believe they have done everyone in this country a favor by their actions, which, in turn, they point to as clear evidence of their support for personal and economic freedom.
But all this is an obvious lie. The word “freedom” itself has been quietly dropped from official Republican and Democratic language.
To justify the ongoing collapse of the American middle class, the elite-controlled news media − which just so happens to be controlled by the largest media conglomerates − somehow justifies this collapse by trotting out the usual suspects to opine on the issue. The individuals they select are the same dreary economists and social commentators the media regularly promote as award-winning experts but whose incomes are considerably enhanced by their affiliations with the social and media elite.
The usual party line of these pundits, when it comes to the vanishing middle class, is that North America has outgrown its need for good paying manufacturing jobs. This, they further explain, is why these jobs have been shipped to less developed countries led by dictatorships and tyrannical regimes.
This action alone − sending American jobs to countries led by dictators − sends a clear signal that political Washington and its wealthy, elitist funding machine have never cared or believed in global freedom, even though they claim to support it whenever they’re in front of the cameras. But it’s all just a show for the peons, a game they use to call “pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes.”
The elite have always put money above life itself, particularly when it comes to their own money. Whatever virtues they claim, it’s all a sham, as they could care less about anyone else. This is part and parcel of the big-money, old-money elites. They talk the good talk when it comes to liberty. But they secretly detest it as an impediment to their ability to further increase their own wealth. Liberty will always be in the way of their ability to maximize their own profits. But doing so is a sure thing when cutting deals with a dictatorship.
This moneyed elite always talks of the rule of law as paramount exceeding in importance even liberty itself. It’s as if corporations have more rights than individuals in a truly civilized society Those believing in liberty of course have always understood that justice is beyond the concept of rule of law, that unjust laws must be fought, and that those creating those unjust laws be themselves brought to justice.
The concept of the rule of law must be spoken in the same sentence as the word “freedom.” As George H. W. Bush aptly put it in 1991, “a new world order, where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind − peace and security, freedom, and the rule of law. Such is a world worthy of our struggle and worthy of our children’s future.”
But individual freedom is not supported when a manufacturing company leaves its base in North America and exports those jobs to another country where the laws allow that company to appropriate land from the poorest of the poor to build its new factory, which then employs those people at substandard wages.
Those who are confused by all of this must ask themselves why Donald Trump’s presidential motto “make America great again,” like Ronald Reagan’s “morning in America,” is resonating with so many Americans. But the answer isn’t really hard to discern. It is because 51 percent of the working population in America makes less than $30,000 a year. That’s a comfortable living indeed. In Zimbabwe. But in the U.S., food, homes, and the cost of living in general is far higher.
The fact that Ford can move an auto plant to Mexico and sell cars manufactured there back to American consumers is not free trade. It’s called selling out. Better that Mexico launch its own car manufacturing industry, as genuinely free trade will require that their export cars enter the American market at zero tariffs.
There is a clear precedent for industry self-creation. South Korea created the conditions that allowed the funding and creation of the Hyundai auto manufacturing industry, now one of the world’s most dominant manufacturing businesses.
Unfortunately, America’s wealthy elites are sellouts–individuals who will ignore their own people as they seek further profit and prestige. How can such sellouts trumpet their virtues, claiming to be a global force for good, as through their effort, more and more honest people are either thrown out of work or forced to work at what amount to slave wages? To a Washington sellout, no lives matter.
America was meant to become a beacon of freedom, of liberty. Sadly, now it might never reach those high ideals.