According to a recent WBTV.2 article, Atlanta is losing white collar jobs from Home Depot and others to overseas employers. In fact, the article states that we’ve lost 2.9 million jobs over the last 10 years to overseas employers. It really goes back further than that. This goes back at least to NAFTA and Bill Clinton in 1993 so the process has been overseen by both political parties equally. What can Americans do to stop the bleeding? Apparently nothing – at least not yet.
What is needed is representation in the White House and on Capitol Hill that truly represents the interests of the American people. What we are seeing is that big money doesn’t really care about our unemployment, all they care about is their bottom line. And since big money ultimately provides us with our presidents and other political leaders, our representatives care only about who can truly get them elected: big money!
Occupy Washington DC – not Wall Street
While the protesters are occupying whatever city they are currently occupying, their message, as feeble as it is, does express at some level, the frustration of the American people at this time with our entire system. However, the focus of the protest needs to be turned to Washington DC and our representatives. The protesteers need a message that tells the political leaders they need to start promoting legislation that will give America an equal shot in the free world trade that has developed over the last 20+ years. It’s time we stop worrying about how to take care of the rest of the world, and start worrying about our own people.
While I do not advocate violence, I do advocate strong resistance to what is going on in the business and political world. Our representatives have become fat and lazy and they need to get the message that the same old business as usual approach can not work in the future. Let’s vote them all out. Give consideration to Ron Paul and others that are not mainstream. If nothing else, vote out every incumbent. It doesn’t matter who replaces them – it can’t be any worse.
Right now the power brokers in Washington are working a well-greased machine that is making money for themselves and their business associates. They speak as though businesses are hurting but the truth is that they have laid off millions of American workers and now have their business models operating profitably again – without the need to re-employ those workers that they fired. And, as the article stated, many of the businesses – like Home Depot – have opted to send those jobs overseas instead of using American labor.
The gap between the rich and the poor is widening at an ever-increasing rate in this country but the answer is not to Robin Hood the whole mechanism. I don’t want to take money from the poor and rich and give it to the poor, but I do want the wealthy citizens of this country to hire workers from this country and support the people who buy their products and keep them in business. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.