It Does Not Work

First of all, I am not a Nobel-prize winning economist. I can barely manage my own checkbook most of the time. However, I can still see 20/20, albeit with glasses on.

For instance, I think I know why the economy is in such rough shape: let’s call it karmic backlash at the West for the attempted importation of a slave class. This was done in the name of “globalism,” but for the life of me I could never see “globalism” in the fact that it seemed like at least 1/2 the world wanted to live in the the U.S. No matter. “Globalism is the future and you cannot fight it” became the mantra of business.

From the restaurant industry right through the lofty arena of high tech, voices are always clamoring for more, more, more foreign-born bodies to fill the roughly 600,000 fewer U.S.-based jobs than there were 8 years ago, in spite of the fact that the U.S. population exploded from 200,000,000 in the late 1960’s to more than 300,000,000 today.

In other words, we have seen the future, and it does not work. (Paraphrased from a column in the Chicago Sun-Times.)

This scheme is actually nothing new or novel. For years U.S. business has been fighting against native-born workers who wanted living wages and comfortable working conditions, or at least working conditions that were a bit better than torture. U.S. business always maintained that this was too expensive. And so jobs started being exported in record numbers. (Mysteriously, this was also touted as a benefit of “globalism.”)

If the locals objected, we were simply told that we (1) lacked the qualifications for the higher-paid jobs because of our poor education, never mind the fact that our supposedly lackluster schools and universities are crowded with foreign-born students, and (2) we would rather sit at home and collect welfare than take the low-paying jobs that the vast majority of immigrants were taking, and (3) we were racist. To put it simply, we were fat, lazy and stupid. So they brought on the bread and circuses to shut us up, only they forgot about the state-provided welfare that ancient Romans enjoyed. In the U.S. you have to somehow pay for your bread and circuses yourself — and in the case of the circuses, pay handsomely.

Which brings us to the basic problem: leaving alone the fact that the average U.S. worker is not any more fat, lazy stupid or even racist than the average immigrant worker, the U.S. has become a relatively expensive place to live. It wasn’t always — things were fairly affordable throughout the mid-20th century, until the 1970’s, when labor unions started to collapse, things went out of balance, and immigration exploded — but it is now.

It is less expensive, however, than many other countries where there are no jobs and nowhere to live unless you inherit something. These countries’ people are the ones who are flooding the U.S. to provide slave labor, and have been for years. Yet very little or nothing is being done to correct conditions in the feeder countries, which would solve a lot of problems right there.

Anyway, with the flood of immigrants came the mistaken impression that growth was limitless. We had thought we had outgrown this impression during the 1960’s when the word “overpopulation” was regulary used without religious groups screaming foul, but alas…

And so houses were built where they didn’t need to be, and sprawl and congestion mushroomed, and people ended up living next door to each other whose countries of origin were fighting wars to the death, and in some areas native-borns vanished into the mists, and faded to legend. The U.S. became a little crowd of unrelated worlds rather than a country; I heard one person refer to it as a “human zoo.” A statement like that, folks, is not praise for globalism. And it isn’t racism, either. It’s just human nature. (I should add that the person who who had this gut reaction is what is locally known as a North Shore liberal, meaning she would not be inclined to say anything racist in public.)

Meantime the new houses got bigger and bigger, and the prices for the bigger houses started to average close to 1 million dollars in many areas. With so many people not even earning $30,000 a year, the houses were not affordable. And then the prices on older houses — in many places relative shacks built en masse in the 1950’s to support the baby boom — started to skyrocket.

Meantime, with the influx of cheap labor, wages remained stagnant and working conditions declined. No one seems to have given a thought to the fact that when you have slaves, you have to support them. And human beings make expensive pets. Anyone with kids can tell you that.

Life became unworkable for people who tried to play by the old rules of the American Dream. As an example, during this period a U.S.-born friend of mine — a secretary who earned around $40,000 a year and had been living frugally her entire adult life — was told that she could never get a mortgage because she didn’t earn enough. Meantime, three immigrants who lived in the apartment below me (two self-employed house painters with bad drinking problems and one self-employed maid, who among them owned 3 new minivans and an apartment full of expensive clothes and electronic gadgets), did manage to get a mortgage. Discrimination, anyone? Well, yes…unless you consider the kind of mortgage the immigrants were probably given, that my friend never wanted: an ARM, or adjustable-rate mortgage, likely given without any consideration of the creditworthiness of the applicants — which in the case of my ex-neighbors, could not have been very impressive.

People like this took to living like sardines in houses in municipalities that would turn a blind eye to such things for fear of being labeled “racist,” which is a word that as of now has been hurled around so much that it has lost any kind of meaning. And so the general standard of living, of which we had been so proud, took a nosedive that went officially unnoticed. So much for the usual whine, “but they’re only coming here to build a better life.” No. They’re coming here and continuing the bare existences they had in their home countries, only accented with elaborate toys that they bought with easy credit. In the end, it is a marginally better life for people of the sort who, I’m told, sometimes starve to death in their home countries because they spend all their money on the latest fashions rather than food.

This is also not that American Dream anyone is familiar with.

It’s not about racism. It is the result of business trying to create a slave class with the support of our government. This is happening every day, right in front of our eyes. To paraphrase what one Chicago Sun-times newspaper columnist writes repeatedly in his column: “we have seen the future, and it does not work.”

What did work is the U.S. we had back in the 1960’s. We could adjust and update it so we could live without the (all too real) racisim, sexism, pollution and various other problems we had back then. And we could encourage countries that are neglecting their populations to stop doing so — closing the immigration floodgate almost instantly. Then we could trade with them to get the stuff we don’t have locally. That is globalism, not this mess we have now.

We could also face the fact that the age of oil — the age that ended up fostering mass migration when it was supposed to improve conditions for everyone so much that they would happily stay at home, traveling elsewhere at their leisure only for business or fun — is nearing its close. That is no threat; certainly globalism (a.k.a. the age of oil) has not brought peace to the world. Localism just might bring relative peace, at least on a global scale; there will probably never be complete peace locally — which is, oddly enough, another reason mass immigration does not work in terms of creating a peaceful, cohesive community.

It’s that simple. Yet it seems unfathomable to the same idiots who caused the present crisis, and continue to insist that it will work — kind of like the few builders who keep knocking down perfectly viable older homes and putting up McMansions, insisting that the market will return to its former bloated state sometime soon and they will make millions on their investments.

To which I say, “No, idiots. You have only to read the headlines to know it’s a frickin’ disaster .”

And again, “we have seen the future, and it does not work.”

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