We were born a nation of immigrants. Is our future to be one of emigrants?
Yes, once many flocked from around the globe to the nation with streets paved with gold…opportunity. Now, in the global economy with many new, successful, and competitive nations that is changing, and changing fast. We are all too aware of our loss of manufacturing, a shrinking base of consumers with less disposable incomes, and the off shoring of too much of our signature labels, of which Apple is only one. We are equally aware of the corrupt actions of Wall Street and the most recent great recession.
There was a time when corporations watched their performance beyond the next quarter and stock options. There was a time long ago when market share could have a small circle drawn around it, and growth was decided not only by understanding but being sure of when and where to move. Then market share became regional, and hopefully national…with dreams of global. There was a time when “what’s good for GM is good for the nation.” That has all changed and most probably will never be seen again.
Today, few if any corporations are fully concerned with the American market. Growth is in the emerging global markets,…markets that have intelligent, educated, and being educated populations that are happy to work for wages that in America would be starvation wages. The development of a growing consumer market here in America is sacrificed for the profits to be made from not only manufacturing overseas but also the explosion of the overseas consumer markets. Here in America corporations are stifling the growth of the American consumer market, with non living wages. They see America as only a small part of their future.
NAFTA cost America almost 700,000 jobs and now corporate America wants TPP; regardless of the cost to Americas citizens, as long as it promises and delivers more profits to the 1%.
Unless we wake up to the need for a growing, well paid, healthy and well educated populace…a modern and productive infrastructure, a nation that understands the complexity of global weather change and pollution…a nation that is ready to give up on fossil fuels for electric energy and leave the carbon buried…our grandchildren and most certainly our great grand children will be moving somewhere else for opportunity.
I certainly hope that the Republican desire to cripple our first black President for the last six years will not have given us this sad future. I hope that the far right will realize that taxes are required for a civilized and well structured nation from sea to shining sea, For that to happen corporations must pay their fair share of taxes for being housed and protected here…no more G.E. tax evaders, no off shoring of private wealth to avoid supporting the Nation that flies their flag.