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You forgot the ERA and how middle class white males were not allowed promotions they were qualified to perform untill less qualified females made multiple mistakes costing each of the companies 1,000's of dollars - Detroit quit being competitive and now shows how unions can kill industries and towns or cities if they do not play a middle ground. Namely - better wages earned by skills and production in either quality and/or quantity. e.g. Low end cost Datsun & Toyota won market share, established reputation and then moved into more expensive and profitable market segments. Detroit - killed vehicles offering economy for people pleasing looks and power and then ignored the 20% looking for economy until it became 40-60%. They have tried to play catch up ever since but schooling is 20 years behind industrial needs. Where is the solar water car? San Diego State produced one 30 years ago. Only problem - needed cheap replaceable engine which would be replaced at 60-80,000 miles. Japan went to 40,000 miles for engine replacements or car not allowed to operate [that was 30 years ago as well].
My dad died in 1993. Before he died he told me to beware of the "one worlders". He was right.
My husband was a Millwright, a union worker. I am a retired Teacher. While in college, I took U.S. History. I read about the labor movement and I realized the importance of the labor unions. We could not have pulled so many people out of poverty without the unions. People can not stand against power alone. They have to stand together or we would all be in slavery by now. Big business cares nothing for the average person. Nothing, and do would nothing for anyone unless forced to do so. We forget that at our own peril. They will say anything and do anything to gain their own purposes. Right now they are doing what they can to destroy our faith in our government. According to them, our government is useless and causing problems and needs to be reduced in size. They have never given up on wanting to get rid of Social Security. Medicare is a dirty word to them and God forbid, the new Obama Care. They are trying to get us to look at anything except what they are doing. They want no regulations on anything "because it is taking our freedoms away from us" instead of the truth and that is that regulations keep them from doing as they please. Our government has been the envy of the world. It has been the best in the history of the earth. Our government has been a grand experiment in the history of the world, and (if) when it is gone, there will not be another for another thousand years. If you think the powerful ones will do anything for the people, then just look what has happened since the Reagan years. They told us NAFTA would allow us to get things from the rest of the world at a reasonable price. What happened? Our Jobs were sent to countries with lower wages. Do you think they didn't realize that would happen? We are the ones who were distracted by their language and promises. While they were trying to get NAFTA through, do you remember what was happening? Clinton was being dragged through hearings and accused of all kinds of things from murder to adultry. Do you not realize now that he was blackmailed? He, of course, made it easy for them, but they got NAFTA, and they got rid of Spaw-Glass. What a coup! And good ole GW, who let his vice president run the government. Who got us into an illegal war with Iraq. Good ole Cheney, who told us that deficites did not count and retained his ownership in the largest company supplying equipment and building in Iraq. Who allowed the financial sector run amouck and then blamed it on poor people who were greedy and bought homes they couldn't afford. Do you know what they really did? They allowed them to PLAN the downfall, knowing that the government whould have to bail them out. They sold properties to people who did not understand what was done to them. Flexible rate mortgages in which the payments would go up and up until they could not pay them anymore, and then when they failed and lost their homes, did the banks take the loss? No, they were allowed to buy policies that would pay them if the mortgage failed/ So, they bet on the little guy and let him buy, but bet he would lose the home and they got paid either way. In fact they made more if the mortgage failed and the person lost their home. Such a deal! And all the time knowing that the govt would be forced to bail them out if need be. What are they doing now? They run our government down with every breath. They run our President down with every breath. They do everything but call him the "N" word They will do nothing to make us stronger - it might make Obama look good. They are determined to gain control of the entire government. And nothing stands in their way except us. If we let them, they will distract us again while they steal us blind. Do you know what a facist government is? It is a government that is run by corporations. Are we one yet?
Thursday a week ago there was an article in the Austin Statesman about Helium. I did not realize how important it is. It is the only element that can cool down an MRI machine. It is used in the manufacture of semiconductors and fiber optics and many other things. The house gave the United States government the right to collect, store and sell helium to industry in the early 1920s. That 1920's option is to run out in OCTOBER of this year. They say that if the option is not approved, then there will be a severe shortage. And then, guess what?? They want to PRIVATIZE the collection and sale of helium. They say it will add 479 million a year to the (pocketbook of the big business who gains that right) private sector. Do you for one minute believe that they will sign the provision for the government to continue the collection, storage and sale of Helium??? No sir. They WANT THAT MONEY. Do you think they will keep the price down as the government has? No sir. They will hijack that helium and charge what they please for it. Do you think they will compromise or be willing to negoitiate with the Democrats to keep the control with the Government? No sir. They will blackmail the administration. In order for them to keep the government going instead of shutting it down the Dems will have to let them have the Helium. I am dam-ed mad about that! Are you?
. Even the title of this discussion - "Look at 40 years of Federal Policy" What are they saying to us? That our government has screwed us over for the past 40 years? Yes, portions of our government has not done their job well. I would say that starting with the destruction of the unions and the ability to take our jobs out of our country and the ability to take their money offshore and to not pay taxes on it was the beginning of the end of the United States. To my mind, if a company takes its business to another country and takes its jobs away from the American people, then that company should not have the right to sell its product in the United States. Take Levi Blue Jeans for example. We built that company and made it rich buying their jeans. We love them. They aren't even made in the united states any more. They are made by cheap labor. Did we get a lower price because of the lower wages. Most certainly not. They are building our American cars in Mexico. Do we get them cheaper? No sir. Do we get our TV's that are built someplace else cheaper? No sir. I think we need to change our laws. If it is sold here, then it should be built here.
Have you heard of A.L.E.C.??? That is an organization started during the Reagan years in which ALL REPUBLICANS and ALL LOBBIEST belong. It means American Legislators Exchange Council. They write the bills with the lobbiests and give them to the politicians to pass. How do you like that? I want them exposed!! Why is it that I am just learning about this organization? I want every member exposed and I want them OUT of our government. Our government works fine without the influence of big money. It does not bother me that I can buy one stamp from the post office, place it on an envelope and send it to Maine in two days minimum, without its being lost or costing me a fortune. The post office is not broken. It has been ruined by regulations because someone wants to privatize it. Our schools were not ruined until they started privatizing them. I do not want our country taken over by corporations. Do you? If you don't, then stop beliving all the lies they tell us. Think for yourself. Some people are ready to believe anything bad about our country and about sections of our people. Stop that! We are a wonderful country with a fantastic government and our people are the best in the world.
We knew that the only way to pass Obamacare was just the way they did it. We knew at the time that it had flaws and needed to be corrected. We do not need to get rid of it. We need to fix it, but we can only do that if the dems win the house in 2014. I do not want emigration reform. I want the existing laws enforced. We need to prosecute the companies who take advantage of the illegals. Working them for low wages so that they do not have to pay for Social Security or Health Insurance for them. Prosecute the rogue companies and the illegals will not have jobs and they will go home. We need to change the law that makes someone a citizen if they are born here. Both parents must be legal for the child to be legal. That is only fair. I do not agree with everything Obama does, but I believe he tries his best for us. I appreciate the fact that he does not jump up and wave his arms or strut about and beati his chest. He is thoughtful. He gets all the information first. He listens to all opinions and them makes up his own mind. I like that He is not a hawk like McCain. Think where we would be today if McCain had become President. Think where we would be today if Obama had been able to start repairing the infastructure and roads as he wanted. We would have an electric grid that would make us one of the world powers again. He is very capable. Leave the man alone and let him put that wonderful brain to work for us. My cousin asked me what I would do if I didn't have the money to buy what I wanted. I replied that I just would not buy it. She said, See, that is what our country should do. She asked the wrong question. She should have asked. If you were the richest person in the world, what would you do if you didn't have the money to make the purchase. I would have told her that if I were the richest person (country) in the world, with many assets and an excellent credit record, then I would borrow money to get what I needed and pay it back when I was on my feet again. That is what I expect my country to do. We are the richest country in the world with the greatest assets to call upon. We have excellent credit. We need to use it and get back on our feet and quit poor mouthing before the world. I would like the Far Right Conservatives to shut the blank up and quit making us out to be poor as church mice. We are the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Detroit would be fine if the Automobiles were still built there instead of in Mexico. As my dad said, beware of the one worlders! . Please excuse typos and misspelled words. I don't have spell check or a dictionary available.
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