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Category: Big Business

The Money Seekers

There’s a certain class of people that think in terms of money. They don’t simply want money: they actually measure the world in money terms.

This is why there are people that:

  • Measure military power by military spending;
  • Measure people by how much they make.

This is one reason why there’s a class of people in America that want to continue free trade policies as a matter of basic philosophy: they measure America’s stature by how much money it has.

Never mind that money without production power can make a nation both rich and weak at the same time. Money, in essence, is the power to get others to do things. If you go to war with those others, for instance, then you have no power at all. You’ll be conquered because your money was worthless.

This is something Trump understands but many in politics don’t: a nation that can’t produce can’t remain independent. This is because money, though it gets people to do things, can’t force them to do things. You can buy them off if they want to be bought off. But you can’t make anyone do anything: you have no real power. It depends on the willingness of others.

In most cases in private life this works. We rarely have to force people to do things. But in the life of nations it’s different. China’s trade war with us, for instance, couldn’t be bought off even if we did have money to give them. They would choose the long game: destroy our manufacturing now, to make us utterly dependent later.

This is one reason why they’re continuing their race to the bottom. China is not in good economic condition. Much of their economy is based on government infrastructure projects. They are doing what the Amazon company is doing: running at a loss now, to hurt the competition. Once the competition is crippled, they can raise prices. China’s goal is to destroy the manufacturing competition on a national scale. Once they’ve done so, they can raise prices at will.

If this sounds strange, it has happened in the past. In the 1970s the oil-producing Arab nations raised oil prices enormously in order to dictate our foreign policy. To an extent they succeeded. That’s partly why they’re trying to ruin our domestic oil production now: if we are independent energy-wise, they lose an enormous amount of power in the world.

Let me come back to the money-thinekrs: their thinking isn’t acquired but natural. It’s an extension of who they are. This is one reason that there is such a financial aspect to American politics: there is a class of people that only measure the world in terms of money. As such, they measure national achievement by how much money the country has.

I have little doubt that protectionist policies would make America less wealthy overall. But that doesn’t concern me. Protectionism would mean we’re producing again. As such, we’d have more real power than we’ve had in decades. What’s the point of money, nationally speaking, other than to give us the power to live our lives and be safe and healthy? If it fails to do so, it has no purpose.

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Theodore Roosevelt: A Brief Post

If you’ve read between the lines in my previous posts, you’ve seem that I have high regard for Theodore Roosevelt.

To most people these days, T.R. is either just a face on Mount Rushmore, a progressive, or a bit of a nut.

But there is more to him than that. He was a vigorous champion of the working man, for one. This in an era when the GOP, much like today, was dominated by big business. In fact, T.R. was not liked at all by the party bosses. The reason for this was that he was not a business minded politician like most other high level republicans. He had a genuine love and affection for every day Americans. That was something many high level republicans could not boast.

That sounds a lot like today, doesn’t it?

Anyhow, had the GOP leaders had their way, he would never have been president.

He was governor of New York at the time of the 1900 presidential election. He was very popular, and several high level republicans wanted to get him out of New York because they thought he was a threat. So they sought to jam him into the essentially powerless job of vice president.

This they managed to do, but only after a lot of wrangling. Roosevelt himself suspected what they were doing. But he was unsure about taking the job. After all, he’d have to run for reelection in two years. Maybe he’d lose the race, and would be dumped out of politics for good. Perhaps, he thought, it would be better to be VP for four years, than risk being a governor for only two. In any wise, he was  eventually  put on the ticket. He was a great asset on the campaign trail, since he was such a strenuous man. He willingly worked multiple campaign stops per day for weeks. This at a time when many presidential candidates didn’t actually campaign for their own election since it was considered beneath the office.

The McKinley-Roosevelt ticket won the election handily, and T.R. settled in for a long political slumber. Aside from breaking tie votes in the senate, and a few ceremonial roles, the vice president had almost nothing to do.

It was the hope of the GOP elite to neutralize Roosevelt by putting him into a useless job. They didn’t know, of course, that an anarchist would kill McKinley a few months after his reelection. This is how T.R. became president.

He was the first real populist president since Lincoln. He made his share of mistakes. But one of his great triumphs was to ease the tensions between labor and capital. Capital, frankly, had been abusing labor for years, especially in the mining industry. A coal strike early in his presidency threatened to chill the nation, for winter was coming on and we relied greatly on coal for heat.

After much wrangling with the mine owners and labor leaders, negotiations were made between the two sides and work commenced. There were future battles between the two sides. But these also were resolved in time.

One of the developing threats in those days was from communism. Marx’s ideas were spreading like wildfire. And they found a number of willing ears, since labor was so often abused in those days. One man that helped to make America less hospitable to communism was Theodore Roosevelt. By his practical leadership, he helped guide the nation to safer waters, both economically and socially.

Outsourcing

Outsourcing is a particularly bad example of globalism. Sending our jobs to other countries to get things made cheaper is little more than a betrayal of our own citizens. How can they support themselves without jobs? How can the country be strong if it produces less and less each year? Yet business by and large doesn’t seem to mind, except some small businesses. To the bigger ones, it’s just about getting the bigger buck.

And why is this so? Did companies in the past sell out their own country’s workers for a better bottom line? Didn’t they feel any loyalty to their fellow citizens? To a greater extent they did. Of course there were globalists, even far in the past. But local business ties were stronger, say, a century ago. But nowadays, business is focused, again aside from smaller ones, on bigger bucks. They aren’t loyal to their own countrymen. This is a disgrace and a good reason why workers don’t tend to trust their employers as much as, say, the GOP does. The conduct of the Chamber of Commerce, which is basically a union for businesses, is telling.

The Chamber of Commerce is focused on more workers and less regulation. That’s why for several years now they’ve been considered an asset to a number of people on the right: some on the right are simply anti-government, and the Chamber’s anti-regulation goals line up pretty well. And since not a few on the right are mere anti-government ideologues, the fact that the Chamber also supports increased immigration and amnesty isn’t a deal breaker. This is because some on the right don’t recognize that the nation exists. They don’t see a country, they see an economy. Because of that, they have no loyalty to it.

But with the rise of Trump and what might be called the American Worker’s Revolution, the Chamber has been under increased attacks, as have big businesses that put profits ahead of their workers and countrymen. American workers are natively patriotic, and this is driving a wave of nationalism as they get reengaged in politics. The Democrats should beware: these are the same blue-collars that gave Reagan a landslide victory in ’80 and ’84. They’re setting up to do so again. This is also a warning and a call to action for GOP members of congress and of state governments. If they want to win at the ballot box, they’ve got to support pro-worker policies.

These policies include:

• No amnesty for illegals

• Decreasing legal immigration

• Cutting guest worker programs

Additionally, they should support commonsense worker education at the state level to get young workers and people who have lost their jobs ready for work. They should also actively encourage business to help with worker training for our native stock of citizens.

If the GOP were to become the worker’s party in America, they would have incredible success. As it is now, they squeeze by as the “Not Democrat” party. That’s why there’s no enthusiasm for the GOP. To be successful, they must embrace workers.