One Veteran's Voice

02 December 2005

It's the Economy,

The President's address on the economy

Click to watch the Real video file courtesy of CSPAN.

The whole thing has the tenor of a middle-schooler giving a report on the science fair project that his daddy Greenspan really built. But the numbers don't lie, the American economy is growing.

No one is denying that some big businesses are doing very well (it helps if you're in the oil or defense industries). This is good. But what about all the GM and Ford employees whose holidays have been ruined by the recent job cuts? Jobs are being created overall, but what kind of jobs are they? How many of them are being filled by illegal immigrants working for exploitative wages?

I'm not an xenophobe, but I am afraid of wage slavery. In the debate over illegal immigration, the pro-amnesty group's argument is often "American's don't want those jobs anyway, so we'll be doing everyone a favor by letting the central American nationals come and take these jobs legally, without the promise of future citzenship." In the meantime these indentured servants will be working, assimilating, having kids which will be natural citizens. What happens after their amnesty ends? We need immigration reform. Immigration has never hurt this country, but it has to be done in some kind of orderly fashion.

To me the real issue is not immigration, but the corporate mentality that forces people to work for exploitative wages. Why is it that many Americans won't take the corporate farming, construction, and service jobs that the illegals will? The pay is horrible, the benefits are non-existent, and the conditions are bad. For someone used to a few dollars a day, five dollars and change an hour might not be that bad. I am shamed as an American that our federal minimum wage is still below six dollars. We are saying as a society that people can work a full time job and still not have any real safety net for their family in terms of ability to save money or provide medical care. These people are forced to work overtime and often work multiple jobs, just to rise above the poverty line. And some still won't have health care for their kids unless they pay for the insurance. It is unacceptable, and the only way to really fix the problem is for the government to force the corporations to reform. Corporations will continue making as much money as they are allowed (and then some). The shareholders might benefit, but the workers don't. It's true that it doesn't take much skill to flip burgers, pour concrete, or pick strawberries. Perhaps the market does set the minimum wage, but we are not animals. The market is darwinistic, and brutal. Government is created to check mankind's more primitive urges to rape, pillage, and plunder. But what happens when the government becomes the rapist, the thief, and the murderer?

I am not a communist. I am not a facist. I am not really even a radical. I believe in one of the fundamental tenets of capitalism-- that people will work harder, more readily, and to greater effect if they work for themselves. Consumerism has quality of life benefits, and it is true that America's poor are much better off than the average world citizen. The issue of illegal immigration is, however, a very telling one that is indicative of something much larger. The people pressing for solutions like the wall, completely closed immigration policy, no benefits for illegals, and likeminded populist reform are misguided. The people who refuse to reform the current system out of fear of seeming xenophobic are equally wrong. The solution is the economy, stupid. The outsourcing of jobs to Mexico. The people who hire undocumented workers to save a buck. The fact that the standard of living for the great American middle class is getting lower. George Bush, as always, tries to appease the vocal and radical right while really doing what is best for his corporate buddies that footed the bill for his misguided campaign. So he says he is going to crack down on illegals while at the same time offering amnesty. Is this the compassionate conservatism we were promised? I know that I, for one, have had about enough.

6 Other Voices:

Anonymous said...

Why don't you take Hanoi John kerry and move to france...you could burn a few cars and whine about America....a lib's loser's dream come true!!!!!

The troops I've talked to tell a different story than you do....

12/03/2005 07:42:45 AM  
OneVeteran'sVoice said...

I'm not sympathetic with the enemy, you ignorant asshole.

I'm not sympathetic to our great leader either.

Troops have many different opinions on the war. They're people. They can read between the lines.

Check out operation truth's site for proof of this amazing concept.

12/03/2005 02:30:58 PM  
One Salient Oversight said...

I solved unemployment years ago...

(Blogwhore warning)

Zero Unemployment Economic System

12/03/2005 03:38:57 PM  
Fred said...

Anonymous is just pissed that the truth is finally being spoken and that Shrub has turned out to be such a weazel. But we all knew that.

12/04/2005 10:35:26 PM  
wkmaier said...

Yow, the text formatting is wacky in this post.

No other comments though, your content is spot on. Good job!

12/05/2005 09:54:09 AM  
OneVeteran'sVoice said...

Yah, I was feeling a little wacky/Fed up pissed insane. But it is a little hard to read, I guess.

12/06/2005 03:01:43 PM  

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