Thursday, November 02, 2006

The New Face of Class War: As jobs leave America's shores...

nov 3rd, 2006

americans worrying about their future.

i listened to buchanan also on kqed forum. although he does have a point about cultural continuity and civilization, which are under threat by uncontrolled immigration and multiculturalism, especially as regards mohammedans, he does not have the intellectual depth to pull it off. he comes across more as a brawler rather than a savant.

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From: Anupam

Weekend Edition
September 30 / October 1, 2006
CounterPunch Special Report

As Jobs Leave America's Shores...

The New Face of Class War ( http://www.counterpunch.com/roberts09302006.html )

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

The attacks on middle-class jobs are lending new meaning to the phrase "class war". The ladders of upward mobility are being dismantled. America, the land of opportunity, is giving way to ever deepening polarization between rich and poor.

The assault on jobs predates the Bush regime. However, the loss of middle-class jobs has become particularly intense in the 21st century, and, like other pressing problems, has been ignored by President Bush, who is focused on waging war in the Middle East and building a police state at home. The lives and careers that are being lost to the carnage of a gratuitous war in Iraq are paralleled by the economic destruction of careers, families, and communities in the U.S.A. Since the days of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s, the U.S. government has sought to protect employment of its citizens. Bush has turned his back on this responsibility. He has given his support to the offshoring of American jobs that is eroding the living standards of Americans. It is another example of his betrayal of the public trust.

"Free trade" and "globalization" are the guises behind which class war is being conducted against the middle class by both political parties. Patrick J. Buchanan, a three-time contender for the presidential nomination, put it well when he wrote that NAFTA and the various so-called trade agreements were never trade deals. The agreements were enabling acts that enabled U.S. corporations to dump their American workers, avoid Social Security taxes, health care and pensions, and move their factories offshore to locations where labor is cheap.

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