An attempt in September by the Senate to encourage keeping American jobs here failed. Senate bill S-3816 ‘Creating Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act’ failed in a cloture vote of mostly Republican and a few Democrats. Jobs will continue to flow to foreign countries until there are none left in the USA or America creates its own cheap labor class from just across the border. Corporations are adamant about their right to look everywhere on the planet for the cheapest worker. Americans can’t find jobs? That’s not their problem. But small business will still hire Americans, right?
Not if they can find cheap labor here. By here I mean Mexico. One hundred and five million Mexicans will soon (within a few years) be able to live and work in the United States and Canada after the next amnesty bill is passed. That doesn’t include the 100 million more immigrants and their children born here before 2040 (US Census Bureau 2008). Most of them will be Latinos, primarily Mexicans.
The fact is that a large percentage of Americans are unemployed and we could have up to two hundred million more people looking for work over the next thirty years-and the jobs won’t be there. Think about all of the welfare agencies that will be without funding and the guaranteed significant shortage of food, water and energy predicted by governments and agencies around the world by 2030.
The United States will be hit hard because our population growth is third highest globally, behind China and India. The U.S. Joint Task Force is in agreement with the chief scientist of England and others that the facts are all there. It will happen. And we Americans, dispossessed from our jobs and our homes by a corporate/government partnership, will have to confront the mass hatred that exists and grows among the Mexican population. They would be more than happy to kick us out of “their” new country.
With a vast surplus of workers, many on welfare (the systems should be insolvent by then), corporations can pick workers on a temporary basis at any wage they choose. This cheap labor for George Bush’s “New America” will take care of many job openings for small business and multinational corporations. We can now compete with the rest of the world since Mexicans will line up to take our jobs, and companies will prefer compliant Latinos to Americans (for a while). Offshoring will be utilized whenever needed. The American worker is not part of the process, only as a last resort. We are a nonentity.
Remember one of the myths that George Bush, John McCain and Barack Obama passed along to the unemployed, that a good “career-oriented education” will get you a good job in America. Not true. The reason is that an “unorganized high-tech workforce” has no political power in Congress compared to the deep pockets of corporations. And corporations want skilled workers that work cheap.
Consider that Mexicans are assembling General Motors, Ford and Chrysler autos for just over $7.00 per hour, which includes benefits. That’s on a par with Chinese auto workers. Can you live on that? Minimum wage pays more. If the comprehensive immigration legislation currently in Congress is passed and signed by Obama, North America will proceed toward integration and everyone inside the continental security zone will be free to “live and work” anywhere they please.
“More education isn’t going to protect your career from other highly educated people willing to work for one-third to one-tenth the comparable U.S. wage. When manufacturing jobs began to leave the U.S. shores 25 years ago, an unholy nexus of corporate apologists, their political allies and university educators began to preach the same gospel:
1. The low-skill, low-wage, low-status jobs are going to ‘undeveloped’ economies. With our technological edge, we’ll keep the higher-paid, high-tech jobs.
2. Let’s spend more money on education. The younger generation and the smarter, motivated older folks must be trained or retrained for high-tech jobs.
3. Those without a higher education will continue to languish in sub-living-wage service jobs or become blue-collar dinosaurs slated for extinction in our highbrow, high-tech economy.”
“At the dawn of the new century, it’s obvious that our economy is being hollowed out by the exit of not just manufacturing jobs, but design and research jobs as well. (The list is much longer today.) However, the ‘more education’ mantra is still being chanted as loud as before. No surprise there. Corporate executives don’t want to tell the middle/professional classes that their future is disappearing because of cost-cutting decisions. Their political servants don’t want to admit that they’re doing nothing to stop it. And college deans definitely don’t want young people to ask why they must fall into tens of thousands of dollars in educational debt to qualify for jobs that might not be there when they graduate.” For more see ‘A High-Tech Workers Guide to Globalization’s Myths.’
The fact is that no job is safe in America if it can be done cheaper somewhere else. There is no such thing as loyalty to America or your fellow citizens.
However, those manufacturing jobs will come back as wages drop. Germany (BMW), for example, is hiring American workers and opening factories in the U.S., mostly in the south, because America now has a cheap labor force compared to the developed countries in the auto industry. More jobs will return to ‘North America’ as soon as Mexicans help us out by moving here. According to the plan promoted by the U.S. State Department, “Building a North American Community” will make that happen:
“To make companies based in North America as competitive as possible in the global economy, Canada and the United States should consider eliminating all barriers to the ability of their citizens to live and work in the other country. This free flow of people would offer an important advantage to employers in both countries by giving them rapid access to a larger pool of skilled (cheap) labor, and would enhance the well-being of individuals in both countries by enabling them to move quickly to where their skills are needed. In the long term, the two countries should work to extend this policy to Mexico as well, though doing so will not be practical until wage differentials between Mexico and its two North American neighbors have diminished considerably.” (NAC, pp. 27,28)
Our government, under President Obama, is doing that by continuing the task of integrating Canada, Mexico and the United States into a North American Community. Mexico will be the country that will transform our nation and make it look more like the rest of the world. With a New (North) America and a huge new labor force that works cheap, the American middle class will become history.
The Chinese have a curse for situations like this: “May you live in interesting times.” We are, indeed.