America In Free-Fall
By TLB Contributor: Ken LaRive
In the fray of heated debates prior to the next election, few of the candidates mention the need to bring manufacturing back to our shores, and there are several very powerful reasons why. To understand this we must comprehend the definitions of two thought processes, globalization and outsourcing. Globalization is the increase of services, labor, technology, and central banking capital all around the world. Outsourcing is a company who sees both production and profit potential offshore, like Japan, China, South Vietnam, South Korea, and Mexico. This production is taken from our shores, and exported to another, primarily because it is more lucrative to do so.
Note that almost all of these countries were conquests of war, some economically and some by violence, and saying it is all just an accident seems naive in the extreme. As these countries are initially occupied, there is opportunism there not allowed in the US, like child labor laws, unions, safety, with a populous of what can only be considered slave labor, willing to work for a fraction of an American worker.
At the very beginning of this process, just after WW2, trade barriers were lifted to gain access to these market potentials, and as factories closed down here in America, new and shiny manufacturing facilities were created there, to sell its wears back to the biggest middle-class market on earth, us. This trend is escalating at the very peril of our American economic strength, and the following will explain why.
With an unaccountable Federal Reserve printing money out of thin air, we have gone from about 6 trillion in the last four months of Bush’s term in 2007, to 19 trillion as of today, January 2016, It is time, and way overdue, to take note and stock of this formidable situation that can end America. If we cannot curb this spending, it will be the death of us as a nation. First, let us consider that Fort Knox has not been audited in fifty years. The gold stockpiled there should belong to we the people, but that is no longer the case. Even the gold in the Twin towers has never been found, and this should be on the minds of every America, as it is the difference between a viable and sovereign nation, and one being dismantled in debt slavery. By law, the Federal Reserve is forbidden to own assets, so why are they holding gold in their vaults?
Try for a moment, to put this into perspective. In 2007, that 6 trillion was the accumulation of all national debt since 1776. And now, in just a few short years, we owe an international banking cartel 19 trillion. Ignorance is bliss, here in America, and we live our lives without regard for tomorrow, so trusting because we have been collectively breed to trust, and not ask questions. This is America, home of the free and land of the brave, after all, and besides, we have Constitutional Law. What we have, instead, is an Oligarchy, and yet most everyone has never heard of that word before.
” With the birth of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, Mexico became a major recipient of outsourced U.S. manufacturing jobs. Mexico is now a global leader in auto parts manufacturing and one of the world’s largest tv set producers. Now, with the startup of the Central American Free Trade Area (cafta) this January, analysts are anticipating another exodus of U.S. jobs to south of the border. U.S. household names such as Dell, ibm, Sara Lee/Hanes and Maytag have already been moving business into the Central American region.” -Robert Morley, Feburary 2006, Trumpet, The death of Manufacturing. Ford is going too…
The auto industry is just one example of the downfall of American manufacturing in the last two decades. Though the numbers are staggering, they are also not readily available, or seemingly accurate. It is estimated that we have lost between three and four million jobs just since 1998. What are the effects on an economy like Pittsburgh, once vibrant and productive, when an industrial giant like Bethlehem steel, with thousands of employees lost their pensions, and life savings? Between 1950 and 2000, we have lost almost a half million jobs just to the metals industry alone. From 2000 to 2003, 149,000 more jobs vaporized, but the metals industry is just one of many. Levi Strass closed the last of its more than 60 manufacturing facilities, as reported by Times, London, January 10, 2004.
The Daily Reckoning, “Historically, manufacturing, exporting and direct investment produced prosperity through income creation” (April 4, 2003). America’s wealth grew when profits from domestic manufacturing were reinvested into buildings, machinery and technological change. But now outsourcing is diverting that income to foreigners.
“America may gain access to cheaper products through outsourcing, but it also comes with attendant problems, including a downward pressure on wages. Laid-off manufacturing laborers are largely switching into lower-paying jobs in the service industry. Where they once made an average of $51,000 annually, they now make $16,000 in leisure and hospitality, $33,000 in health care, or $39,000 in construction (Seattle Times, op. cit). In 2004, average employee compensation in the U.S. fell for the first time in 14 years.”
Without a manufacturing base here in America, money only goes one way, out.
Author’s note: In an essay I wrote at university on Dr. Edward Demming, now long lost, I first started to understand his influence and the repercussions on both our American Industry and that of Japan after WW2. In just eight days, his seminar of quality control, the philosophy of free trade and capitalism as opposed to Nationalism, Japanese industrialists, sometimes reluctantly, transformed their business mindset fundamentally. With the use of International Banks, they financed the rebuilding of Japan’s industry base and a viable economy. One has to ask the question why? Why, after fighting, and coming close to losing a war, where millions of innocent lives were lost on both sides, are they given not only a hand up, but the ability to influence our economy? Well, the answer to this is simple, it is about making money, and it has nothing to do with Love of Country. International Banks make money on destruction and reconstruction, but nowhere is it more lucrative then picking up the pieces of an economy after war, where they buy up resources for pennies on the dollar. You may remember the word carpetbagger, after our own civil war, as banks descended on our south in default.
The last nail
Those old enough will remember well the Oilpatch crash that happened in the middle ’80s. Reagan broke the back of Communist USSR, by doing several things at once, very similar to what is happening today, but there are profound differences that can now pave the way to our last breath as a viable nation. In a nutshell, here is what happened: Russia was trying to bypass the oil cartel called OPEC, and the domination of central banks, by building their own pipeline through Afghanistan. Mossad and CIA would not have this, as it had the potential to undermined power, control, and money in the Middle East. They solicited the help of Osama Ben Laden, and his mercenaries, and they were trained and armed to kill Russian boys, to stop that pipeline with bombs, and to protect the heroin trade that supplied Europe.
That intelligence fed Russia false information, at the same time Saudi opened the valves sending the price of oil to a destructive low, simultaneously bringing our domestic oil infrastructure to its knees. Overextended to its own Central Banks, Russia went bankrupt, and government imploded from debt. Everything stopped, just like the ghost town that Lafayette, Louisiana had become, for six long years. In actuality, it has never fully recovered, and the golden years of the ’90 are only told by old-timers now. Our oil based economy is being attacked the same way, but this time is different….
Iran, at the time, was under the yoke of a a puppet dictator, and the nameless British oil company that stole the resources of the third largest oil producer in the Middle East, grew into the leviathan, British Petroleum, BP. Since that time, Russia has tried to embrace capitalism, to bring back Christianity, and arrested and dismantled the predominately Jewish Oligarchs who controlled and dominated their government’s decision-making since the Bolshevik Revolution. Communism morphed into Totalitarianism as it always does, the same basic ideologue trying to take over our country today, from the Progressive movement to the Neoconservative movement, both owned by banking and corporate lobbyists. That ongoing process are displacing our civil liberties and our Republic based on Constitutional law, with an oligarchy, that is, a few men outside of our rule of law and unaccountable. .
Now, today in 2016, all of our most profound enemies just so happens, to not want to participate in the Petro-dollar, or the dominion of an international bank, who are seen for the last hundred years, to call in unsecured loans by forecloses, on the back of war. The spoils of war… North Korea, North Vietnam, Russia, several in the Middle East, and North Africa, and as far back as Germany and Italy, just prior to WW2. have tried to break away. What stopped them? War, both cold and with fire.
But unlike the year 1983, when our National Debt was less than six trillion, we are now at 19 trillion, and for a reason. OPEC has again opened the valves, destroying all hope for possibly another decade of being oil independent, even as a viable exporter of oil. Only Natural Gas looks promising, and we will be exporting our first shipment from Sabine at the end of February. Yes, a bright spot, and surely, these cartels are doing powerful harm to both Russia and Iran, who were trying to bypass these powers by trading oil for gold, and this couldn’t be tolerated. One might justify this, somewhat immorally, that if our economy was viable in this process, that what was being done was for the good of America, little would be recognized for what it is…but it is evident that it is not. In fact, just the opposite is true. These international banks and corporations, some of which are included in the term, the military industrial complex, have no allegiance to America, nor or they working for the good of our economy. We are now printing money out of thin air just to pay the interest on this debt, and it is debt we are not allowed to understand. We are not allowed to even look at where this money has gone, both then and now.
Just one day prior to 9-11 Rumsfeld went before congress to say that there was 2.3 trillion missing from the Pentagon. Why hasn’t the media made a point of finding out where this money went, or what records were obliterated by that singular and will placed stinger missile, or what offices and information was destroyed in the twin towers and building 7 on that fateful day? Who had their offices in building 7? A building built to withstand a nuclear explosion, the very command center of New York City, with food and provisions to house key leaders in time of an emergency. A place where no one showed up… a place that fell in less than 8 seconds, in free fall. Free-fall…America is Free falling into our own footprint, just like the towers and building 7. Yes, we were both built to last…
Someday history will explain it all to us. They will tell of the greatest country in the world, with a potential inspired by dreams, responsibility, honor, and love of country given to us by our fathers to preserve. protect and defend from all enemies both domestic and foreign. A country called a Republic, that people thought was a democracy, who, in its final hour, thought it most important to make drugs legal… even considering a Socialist Nationalist on one side, and a dictator egotist tyrant on the other, to usher in a new age of oligarchy. But this history will not be told, and truth will be well hidden, in a world owned by Big Brother.
It’s a simple but beautiful metaphor. Our soul is likened to an uncut diamond, pure, perfect, and unrealized. Each learned experience cleaves a facet on its face, and leaves it changed forever. Through this facet, this clear window, new light, new questions and ideas take shape and form. This process is our reason for being…