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Posted on 05/03/2013 12:00:05 PM PDT by Sheapdog
When economic patriotism died Pat Buchanan agrees with the pope about ' the dark side of globalism'
This is called slave labor, said Pope Francis.
The Holy Father was referring to the $40 a month paid to apparel workers at that eight-story garment factory in Bangladesh that collapsed on top of them, killing more than 400.
Not paying a just wage focusing exclusively on the balance books, on financial statements, only looking at personal profit. That goes against God!
The pope is describing the dark side of globalism.
Why is Bangladesh, after China, the second-largest producer of apparel in the world? Why are there 4,000 garment factories in that impoverished country which, a few decades ago, had almost none?
Because the Asian subcontinent is where Western brands from Disney to Gap to Benetton can produce cheapest. They can do so because women and children will work for $1.50 a day crammed into factories that are rickety firetraps, where health and safety regulations are nonexistent.
This is what capitalism, devoid of a conscience, will produce.
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Priorities indeed.....enjoy, I’ll check back later.
I’m smoking chicken and ribs at the moment, it’ll have to wait.
Welfare causes terrorism.
The husband worked for a maquiladora and wasn't home when we visited. They had two toddlers and were in their twenties. The wife welcomed us in.
They lived in a stone-built 15’ x 6’ oval with a thatched roof. It was one room and they slept hammocks hung from the walls. During the day the hammocks were put up. The floor was dirt. The back door opened onto a small yard with a couple of chickens walking around. The husband had suspended a tarp from the house into the yard and extended their living area. Under the tarp was a jerry-rigged stove pipe leading to a little barbeque-type stove.
They were really poor. My friend's beaming and asks the wife about their life here. The woman replies that it is miserable, but then the maquiladora came. Now her husband has work, before he had none and they were at the mercy of either the local church or government.
She then showed off her newly electrified home with a real outlet. They had a little tv and she was thrilled with the tarp, chickens and barbecue. She didn't have chickens before and they provided eggs and meat. The tarp area was a dream come true for her. She used to have to cook inside the house and it would be hot and smokey. At night, it was so hard to sleep. Now, she can cook outside and there isn't any smoke.
She loved the maquiladora and thanked God for it. My friend, her deeply held notions of US capitalistic imperialism dashed by an honest Mayan housewife, didn't talk the whole drive back. True story.
Then bounce the rubble.
Reminds me of my liberal sister complaining how I "made" my employee work on Saturdays & paid him just a little over 1$/hr. The thing is the guy enjoys a 5min. commute from his 3 bedroom home on a 3,000 sf lot, (no property taxes and fone, elect. water, sewage are < $20/mo.). His job benefits include medical, retirement, school thru univ. for the 3 kids.
Liberal min. wage laws make his lifestyle illegal in the US. The leftists may actually think they care about others but they're so out of touch that they end up doing so much harm.
And whatever this MNC was producing was no doubt being made a lot more affordable for millions of American consumers.....it’s called commerce done in freedom in each party’s best interest. WHAT A CONCEPT.
You get it!
You betcha. Help America first, not the new world order.
So with all your “liberty” that you promote where do you see American job growth in the future. I see free trade as killing millions of American jobs in the last 30 years. Since you promote economic liberty as a cure all how will it cure the present unemployment rate. What new jobs will be opening up for men in particular. Women like those feudal office hierarchies of paper shufflers but men like to produce more tangible items. Like real estate in a Federal Reserve ginned up bubble
What I see is computerization, automation and robots destroying guy type jobs with no decent replacement jobs down the pike. My take is guys like you promote liberty and free trade in the abstract. But in the real world those great concepts solve nothing for the great American middle class and what well paying jobs they will have in the future. By promoting globalization you have only hastened this decline
I am an economic nationalist same as the Chinese, Japanese, Koreans are today. I want what is good for American workers and consumers. If free trade is bad for the American worker then I am against it. Americas strong heritage was and is as a producer nation meaning the worker and producer comes first. The consumer comes second. Today we have a reversal where consumerism (much of it idiotic) is promoted as the greater good and what better way to “consume” more more more than to allow in cheap Chinese/Asian goods which has funded their rise to technological supremacy in many areas. These days a lot of this consumption is Gov’t funded by Obama type welfare and disability payments and the Federal Reserve creating money from nothing to buy up USG debt
Generally speaking production is what guys do and consumption and comfort is what women do and are more interested in.
Who said I was a central planner? Straw dog by the way. Look at American history where we were very libertarian within our borders yet the Federal Gov’t was mostly funded via tariffs. I am talking before 1913 prior to the Income Tax and prior to creation of the Federal Reserve. Banks ran kind of wild issuing their own bank notes and currencies. How libertarian is that!!!Kinda cool, eh? We were uber libertarian within our borders
How do you “liberty” promoters explain all that. BTW the USG other sources of funding was alcohol and tobacco taxes collected by the Treasury Dept by the predecessor to the ATF
You stand against human nature because human nature is hard wired to be tribal and clannish. The Muslims and Chinese know this. The tribes and nations that stick together will defeat the free floating atomization you find in free trade/open borders libertarian nations and America is one of them
I live in a country that has the high tariffs that Patsy dreams of. If you can tolerate $70-$80 for a pair of Levis (that's how much they cost down here), be my guest, Amurka...
With due respect, your historical anologies are absurd (there’s a lot of things in 1913 that were totally different moron) and your understanding of human nature is psychotic. I’ll stand with Reagan, Sowell, and Milton F - you can stand by your self and your union buddies.
You can “stand” with whomever you chose to glom onto by citing them on your ride on the oblivion express. You live in the world of glorious cloud theories. Keep typing over and over again “liberty” because this cloud theory is all you have. Meanwhile back in the real world... You will be taxed more and assets taken by the Obama-bots to support their armies of the unemployed your free trade theories have produced.
I told you to pick your poison and tariffs are the better one. The better form of taxation if we must have one. Not to worry though my friend. You blindly repeat the same conformist economic twaddle taught in our great universities to incoming young skulls full of mush. But at your age, by now you should know better