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RRR: A Unique Plan for Economic Recovery and Job Creation
During his speech announcing a run for the US Senate against incumbent Robert P. Casey Jr. at Fisher’s Barney in on October 21, 2011 in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania, in response to a question, Brian Kelly introduced the first three prongs of his now infamous RRR plan for economic recovery and job creation. Each prong of course is represented by a solitary letter, “R.”.
Kelly hails from Wilkes-Barre and both his campaign announcement and his RRR plan were greeted by the Democrats and Republicans with abundant applause. Earlier in the week, Kelly had similar outings in Philadelphia and Harrisburg where he received the endorsement of the Independence Hall TEA Party and the Independence Hall TEA Party PAC.
Upon his return from the week of announcements, Kelly immediately began to write the RRR book, which is subtitled, A Unique Plan for Economic Recovery and Job Creation. Take the link to read it.
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A Unique Plan for Economic Recovery and
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To My Wonderful Big Brother Ed
We lost Ed last year at Thanksgiving time.
Ed was an inspiration for me in many ways in my life. He was very handsome and he was very bright. He was the number one student at St. Boniface School.
In fact, he was at the top of the class for eight years, and
he graduated valedictorian.
Ed was very bright at Meyers High School also but, at the time, it was tough financially to gain a college education. He did very well in High School despite from my observations, never picking up a book. Bobby Stanton and Jimmy Malacarne, his lifelong best friends, could vouch for that.
I was thrilled that he agreed to be my sponsor at Confirmation while he was married and living in New Jersey with his new family. And, a few years later, I was just as thrilled that he asked me to be the Godfather to his first child,
Edward J. Kelly III.
Over time, life removes the age differences with siblings and Ed became something for me that he always had been in my life—a best friend. I miss him immensely.
He was a fine man and a fine brother.
His counsel on my writing and political activities was the best and greatly appreciated. He never lost his gifts and his perspective on life.
I was a fortunate man to have a brother like
Edward J. Kelly Jr.
Thank you Lord for giving him to me and my whole family until you called him back. I bet heaven never found a better combo dart and shuffleboard shooter! But, I also bet for fairness, he has to play on a different team than Dad!
I would like to thank many, many people for helping me in this effort. Most are listed in the hard copy of the book.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Campaigning @ Fish’s Barney Inn.......................... 1
Chapter 2 Reduce Taxes.......................................................... 19
Chapter 3 Reduce Immigration............................................... 37
Chapter 4 Reduce Regulations............................................... 63
Chapter 5 The RRR Jobs Plan Summary.............................. 87
Chapter 6 Reduce Spending.................................................... 93
Chapter 7 Repeal Obamacare...............................................101
Chapter 8 Reindustrialize America....................................... 109
Chapter 9 Reduce Offshoring................................................. 127
Chapter 10 A History of the Industrialization of America.....147
Chapter 11 Insourcing Our Way Back to Prosperity.......... 159
Chapter 12 Raise Tariffs......................................................... 167
Chapter 13 Revitalizing Energy............................................. 195
Chapter 14 Reduce Redistribution....................................... 219
Chapter 15 Reduce Lying....................................................... 253
Chapter 16 Reduce Government.......................................... 269
Chapter 17 Remember Mistakes.......................................... 287
I liked the ring of former Presidential candidate Herman Cain’s presentation of his plan so much that when I developed my top three bullets for my US Senate campaign against Robert P. Casey Jr. in Pennsylvania, and all three began with the word reduce, the RRR plan was conceived. The full title of this book of course is RRR: A Unique Plan for Economic Recovery and Job Creation. Along the way to a full set of issues that my campaign addresses, there are an additional three sets of 3 R’s that are also fleshed out in this book.
Unlike the Herman Cain plan, the RRR focuses on many more areas that need to be addressed for us to turn around our economy and stimulate job creation. Cain’s plan addresses a major change in the tax structure. The RRR plan, on the other hand includes taxes but it reaches into critical areas that are impeding economic growth today such as regulations, immigration, and spending. Additionally, the RRR plan suggests that we alter our pure capitalism system into one that is more mercantilist.
Jobs are hard to come by anywhere in the world today including the United States. Even some liberals are starting to say that “you can blame the government for that.” In this day and age, you can blame the government for lots more than that, and nobody would think you were kidding.
Despite no jobs for anybody else, the US government is growing in terms of employees at a record pace. This is not part of the solution. This is part of the problem. While government grows, there is less and less real work even for government workers. And, so many agencies, even those that originally did good work in their functionary role as well as their advisory role to the President, have branched into areas that now hurt the economy rather than help it. The more of them there are unfortunately, the greater the drag on private sector jobs and the economy as a whole.
I wrote a book recently about eliminating the EPA as it is the poster child for government agencies gone wild. It really was not too long after its inception that The EPA became a monster in size and in its intrusive tactics. The typical victims of the EPA have been small businesses that do not have the legal staff to withstand the continual onslaught. Everyday people have also been affected indirectly through increased costs, but now with the Light Bulb act, the EPA even terrorizes US households.
This is a serious book. I take leave of a serious tone very rarely because if the serious issues we face are not addressed, and the major changes in philosophies that are necessary to bring our problems under control are not considered, we have little reason to expect improvement.
Why did I write this book?
The quick answer is because it reflects my campaign platform.
Our economy has stopped working. Our financial institutions have been forced to lessen their standards while the taxpayer has become the prop between any of government’s favorite businesses and failure. The United States once represented rugged individualism in all we did and only the strong survived. America became the strongest of nations because of that “manly” philosophy. Our government today seems like it is against strength as it attempts, through socialistic, progressive, and Marxist principles to create a society of wimps, in which the American dream can be little more than a handout.
Businesses have obviously decided that the US is not worth it anymore. For PR reasons of course, they are not telling anyone that. They simply don’t want to deal with high taxation, oppressive regulations, and a government that is more pro-union than pro-people or pro-industry. Despite government’s official stance, it has been more than complicit in helping business execute its destructive plans to rid the US of major industry and suffer no consequences.
The RRR plan addresses all of the sticky areas where corruption reins and corporations have been able to undermine what is good for America and Americans. The RRR plan is good for the economy. It is good for the people. It is good for jobs. And, for those corporations that want to sign up to be American-centric, it is good for corporations. It is the solution balm that offers a gutsy, unique, real, and workable path to get America back on its feet. There is nothing like it anywhere else. All we need is the resolve for the RRR plan to make us successful.
America is under attack from within and from without. Government has one objective and that is to grow so that it can control everything and everybody. Corporations are protecting their assets and their viability from a government that would seize whatever it can get from anybody and that includes corporations and their executives. Government has great ambitions. Dollars are the fuel that permits government to grow and prosper. Our government wants more and more and more from people who make less and less and less. On the outside, we have free trade agreements nipping like piranha at all things American, while our own government accepts trade imbalance without a whimper.
Unions help a small percentage of the population and elevate their life style above all others. If 100% of the population were unionized, we all know that unions would become completely ineffective. The people, who do not work for the government or who do not belong to unions are the ones being squeezed most by this economic malaise with dollars being printed on the presses of the US Mint as fast as the paper can be shipped in. The inflationary effects on the poor are worse than any flat tax system you can imagine.
It is time to say STOP. All of us together must say STOP to save our country. We must say STOP to save our lives. No matter whom we are, it is time to STOP. What good will it be even if our side wins, if there is nothing left. We need to come together, adopt the RRR plan and fight for America and not our own special interests. It is time.
I hope you enjoy this book and I hope that it inspires you to take action to help change the way you think about corporations, unions, government, taxes, spending, immigration, mercantilism and whole host of other items that can help America survive this major recession. I hope you digest the entire RRR plan, be willing to adopt it, and add to it your own positive notions.
You can help make the US a far better country.
I wish you the best
Brian Kelly (For US Senate)
About the Author
Brian W. Kellyis a retired Assistant Professor in the Business Information Technology (BIT) program at Marywood University, where he also served as the IBM i and midrange systems technical advisor to the IT faculty. Kelly developed and taught many college and professional courses in the IT and business areas. He is also a contributing technical editor to IT Jungle's "The Four Hundred" and "Four Hundred Guru" Newsletters.
A former IBM Senior Systems Engineer, he has an active consultancy in the information technology field, (www.kellyconsulting.com). He is the author of dozens of books and numerous articles about current IT topics. Kelly is a frequent speaker at COMMON, IBM conferences, and other technical conferences and user group meetings across the United States.
This is the seventh political book Kelly has written and it joins his other great informers: Taxation without Representation, Obama’s Seven Deadly Sins, Healthcare Accountability, Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! and Americans Need Not Apply!, Kill the EPA! This is Mr. Kelly's 46th published book.
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If you no got it, you should no spend it!
With all the fuss put up in the Summer 2011 battle over raising the debt limit, if Congress and the President were not lying, one would have believed that something good would have come out of it. Conservatives, Democrats and Republicans alike, were watching the Republicans in Congress since they had established themselves as the only group of people who believed as I do that we cannot continue spending like drunken sailors, no matter how good the rum tastes.
As predicted in the debt ceiling battle, the Republicans who were supposedly representing conservatives caved under pressure. They forgot their roots. It is much easier to do easy things than difficult things. So, under that set of rules, with weak Republicans representing conservative interests, the conservatives were destined to lose.
The master wins all battles against an inferior team. Obama is a master of all things that can be shaped like a campaign. He is really impressive when nothing important is on the table. Obama is the master of all things political, though he fails miserably on substance. The debt ceiling was a political battle with an aroma just like a campaign battle. Obama does not lose campaign battles because he is the master of deceit.
In fact, in the sordid world of Obama, the President was concerned more about the photo ops as the savior of America, which can be used for his campaign, rather than the actual substance of the debt ceiling battle.
The campaigner in chief is always just one teleprompter away from his next victory. In August 2011, He needed to show just how presidential he was in scaring the elderly into submission during the debt crisis. At sixty-three I was not affected but there were some in my age group who felt like they were affected and they were intimidated by Obama. Most of my cohorts, however, Democrat though they may be, blamed Obama for the scare tactics and they blamed Democrats for the spending that is crippling the country.
Unfortunately, there were also many who believed the spender in chief was being truthful. When he cannot spend, Obama creates one scenario uglier than the next threatening whoever he can in whatever way he can. All the while he does this, his split tongue blames Bush, the Republicans, or the Congress. Obama is never to blame as he is faultless to a fault. He’d be blaming Herman Cain if it would help him; even now that Herman Cain has been pushed out by the Obamaguard. Obama never said a bad word about Cain because he knew that type of spin would come back to bite him. Yet, Obama sent his “best men” out to destroy Cain, who would have beaten him in a clean race, and they did exactly that. The master attempts to victimize anybody who he thinks needs his magic; but he first assures himself that they won’t bite back. Cain’s teeth are gone.
The elderly, who are convinced they need government to assure their rights to collect their due, did not know they were being used but nonetheless they acted as if trained according to Obama’s plan. They became part of the Obama stage and when he mentioned the fly in the ointment, as predicted, they immediately went for the swatter. Obama then called out the flies one by one and they all had Republican sounding names. Telling the truth is really tough when your name is Obama.
On the debt crisis, the President, the liberals in Congress, and the main stream media scared the heck out of the elderly—at least those whose relatives could not help them sort it out. Shame on Obama et al!.
You may recall that the new Rambo in chief, after his big military wins actually tried to scare the military. He said it would be the military and the elderly that would not be paid if the debt ceiling were not increased. Shame on Obama again!
The military recognized that he was not Rambo. Instead, he was the ole prevaricator in chief and he was unsuccessful on that count as hard as Obama tried to intimidate the US military. No matter what he does, he will not get the votes of our patriots in the military, because they are smarter than a president who has decided to be a liar in chief.
When trying to create a solution to the debt ceiling. there were the usual Democrat threats of no social security or military checks and other assorted Obama campaign notions from his all-purpose campaign grab-bag. In the panic, Republicans, who need a lot more training in defending their allies from Democratic psychological warfare inflicted on them by the Obama minions, gave into a deal that does not even begin to address the government spending problem at all.
Yet, the American public, guided by a corrupt media, thought the Republicans had won a victory. That is how good Obama is at campaigning. People who know he lies get convinced that he is telling the truth. When will we ever learn?
The point as I view it is that Americans lost again as Obama won the debt ceiling victory and he is prepared to win all battles with the very weak Republicans. Obama will be taking bows for a long time as if he saved the day when the debt clock almost ran out. But, if you are a judge of character, you already know he is a phony. If you can’t judge character, go to somebody you really trust and gain their perspective. It will help in the long haul as Obama tries to undermine all Americans to suit his progressive / socialist / Marxist agenda.
Obama is the best at hiding the truth. When it was all over, it appeared with the help of the corrupt press that Obama had rescued the American people and he had extracted another compromise from the Republicans, apparently to benefit America. Yet, the opposite occurs each time Obama dons the winners cap. . When looking at the details of this deal, four large concerns rise to the top. None benefit regular Americans. Here is the deal:
1. The debt limit rises by as much as $2.4 trillion. It permits the debt to grow by $7 trillion over the next decade. One must ask, which brainiac Republican signed up for that deal?
2. A new, 12-member “super-committee” with the power to force major tax increases through Congress came into being. The risk for conservatives is that dangerous national security cuts may be unavoidable. For Democrats, they will probably just hand over the Bush Tax cuts again. They like keeping the tax cuts in limbo so they can use them again and again and again to win the day from the not-too-astute Republican “fighters.” Before this book went to press, the Super Committee took its bows and claimed victory. Meanwhile the country lost an opportunity.
For Democrats the one-year extensions of the Bush Tax cuts, have been the gift that keeps on giving. Republicans appear first as dumb, and then when we see the movie, they appear “dummer.” The continual prize is the retention of the Bush Tax cuts. Now, is that not a good reason for nothing to ever be labeled as temporary?
Newsline Dec. 2011: The committee could not come up with one law or one recommendation because they think they have Americans by the wallakers. Congress failed miserably again.
3. Supposedly if Republicans signed onto the Obama deal, the AAA bond rating would continue and the Republicans bought that argument or at least could not defend themselves. Don’t forget they came to meetings unarmed and they were dueling with the guiltless prevaricator in chief. In just days after the debt deal, Republicans learned that they were buffaloed again. S & P downgraded the AAA rating anyway. Maybe Obama was only kidding! Surely, it was not a lie!
4. As hard as they tried (not hard enough) the conservatives also lost on the promise to balance the budget. I almost don’t want to explain it since it is so childish. The best I can say is that it was mentioned in the negotiations. However, the staunch Republican negotiators representing the conservative faction forgot that it was important enough to make part of the agreement.
The best explanation I heard of how dumb the Republicans are when supposedly fighting for America is that they insisted on a dollar of spending cuts for each dollar of debt ceiling increase.
This really sounded like a good deal but when the Democrats signed up so quickly, the play could not be reviewed in the booth. Since the spending cuts are over ten years and the debt increases are immediate, in essence for each dollar on the national debt clock, Republicans settled for ten cents. Is it possible that American Citizens can field a new team of conservatives for the next negotiations?
OK, so big deal, the conservatives looking to keep America solvent lost a battle against the elderly, the media, the Congress, and Obama. Now what? Unless, Republicans can begin to think while on duty, or at least listen to bright conservatives, many lost battles loom in the future.
Monty Pellerin, writing for American Thinker offers exactly the words I would have used if I had not seen this first hand and then seen his words before I offered my own thoughts. Please listen to Monty:
“There will soon be a crisis affecting US citizens beyond any experienced since the Great Depression. And it may happen within the year…Unlike the Great Depression, however, we will enter such a shock in a weakened state, with few producers among us and record mountains of debt. More cataclysmic is the specter of inadequate food, as less than 4% of us farm ...”
The best I can say is that even though I do farm with 40 beautiful tomato plants, at this time of year, I only have my seventy-five bottles of homemade V-6 juice to keep me going. This Congress and the last Congress sold us out to the lobbyists but Obama claims he is not for sale. He already sold his soul to the progressive / Marxist store years and years and years ago. Try to get an audience with anybody who is not progressive / Marxist!
The sixteen tons of Obama would be regulated by his rules as all farm by-products are regulated. Since it would be the regulations put forth by the EPA, and / or the FDA, Obama knows he would be the winner in charge. Unlike in the tradition in which Alfred E. Neuman ran for President; Obama actually got elected. He sure is the president. The similarities, unfortunately for America, are alarming.
Maybe, for Americans, no government agency at all should regulate what is the best for America! But, people, ordinary citizens of the Republic must also have to decide to be honest.
The bottom line is that Obama and the Congress must stop spending. The raw truth is that neither wants to stop spending. They can’t even agree to slow the growth in spending from one year to another. The Senate has decided that it knows that Obama is right. The House knows Obama is wrong. And, Obama knows Obama is right.
Since Obama is so wrong about the damage that his excess spending is doing to America, there is no other way to solve the problem than for the United States to become a country whose main leader is not Obama. While we are at it, we can also flush out the
toilet,whoops! Senate—but that is the right verb. Don’t you think?
Make a flush sound as often as you can.
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Illegal and legal aliens are a jobs problem
I wrote a book in 2011 titled, Americans Need Not Apply. It is 45 chapters worth of facts about the difficult times Americans are facing while trying to be employed at the same time that illegal foreign nationals are holding jobs in the US. This book also touches on the notion of legal foreign nationals taking American jobs. The statistics on foreigners working in America are really amazing and account for a big reason as to why Americans are unemployed. Illegal foreign nationals have impacted those in lower skilled jobs and manual labor while the influx of legal aliens has taken the best jobs from Americans, especially recent University graduates.
Can you believe that over 2 million legal immigrants begin working each year in the US from green cards and worker visas? Numbers USA statistics suggest that my numbers are high as theirs come in at just 1.5 million. I think I am right but in either case, these represent the people who enter legally each year, and no matter which number is correct, it is a very large number. There are not enough jobs to support such a large number. Another large number comes from those already in the country or relatives, who gain green card status, thereby making them permanent residents.
The huge number of students who come in via student visas are not counted in these statistics, nor are those whose visas have expired long ago, but who are now trying to gain a green card status (permanent resident of the US while an alien). So, if we add the annual green card total each year, the number is more like 2.5 million or better. How are Americans expected to compete in the jobs marketplace when the US government provides such preferential treatment to foreigners?
What if the American government liked Americans?
Let's pretend we were living in a country that actually liked its citizens and its leaders worked for the benefit of its citizens instead of its corporations and special interests. Let’s also pretend that this country would tolerate no intrusion that violated that sacred precept. In other words, let’s pretend that America was set up for Americans first.
Now, suppose a class of people came into this country with or without invitation and began to take jobs and take sustenance from the citizens for things they should pay for themselves. Citizens in such a country would rightfully believe that their government would deal with the issue immediately upon discovery.
In fact, without the citizens even being aware that such a perpetration was taking place, a government, caring first about its own people, would solve the problem. If you and I were lucky enough to be citizens of such a country, would we not expect that our country would address the problem appropriately and immediately? Since the United States has chosen to purchase the largest sweeper known to mankind so it can sweep this all under the rug undetected, what does that say about our country?
At a minimum, we would expect that no matter what notions our government had about how to make life better for its citizens, it would permit none of us to suffer any pain from a temporary intrusion or infusion of a class of people into our country who were not invited. Unfortunately, we are only pretending that our government would care enough to protect us from such an invasion of uninvited people into our country.
Instead of protecting its citizens, our Congress and our President has instead, through its policies and permissions and demands, invited and incented foreign nationals to take whatever they can get from American citizens, legally and illegally. In so doing, the leaders in America have ended the American dream for many Americans.
With well over two million non-Americans legally taking jobs each year, would it not be prudent, if we were not ready to completely shut off legal immigration, that we would at least reduce it substantially until our economy recovers. I would propose that we shut down the level of foreign nationals who have guaranteed American jobs to about 20% of today's level or perhaps even less.
Can our institutions of higher learning not produce competent replacements for the foreigners deemed necessary in the US business sphere? Or perhaps is the demand based more on the price of labor than on the competency and abundance of labor. Either way, Americans ought to vote for Americans first.
The goal of our national government, elected by the people and for the people, must be to assure that American high tech jobs in America are first filled by American skilled workers. If there are not enough skilled workers available then the next group to gain opportunity should be American fresh college graduates.
If the Universities in America who have benefitted financially from the influx of foreign students want to tell Americans that our children are incompetent compared to the foreign nationals who take our children’s jobs, let them go ahead and defend that to the inquirers and the applicants. Let them produce a document notifying American students that are accepted in their Universities that their preference is for foreign born students who can easily gain positions in American companies.
If American Universities want only foreign students, let them tell us all so we can create American Universities that are for Americans only. Only the real dumb Americans think that Americans are dumb and need foreigners to make our country great. The rest of us know that the government and the universities have no problem selling us out so they can gain from placing Americans in an inferior position.
Can an American apply?
Once upon a time, corporations reserved a number of their new hires for American born nationals who were about to graduate from college. Then, those companies started to move operations overseas so hiring a cheap worker with a visa, who was a foreign national in America, no longer is a foreign idea. The fact that the foreign national demands less in wages does not hurt the scenario either.
Illegal aliens take a lot of American jobs
Statistics from various sources including the government agree that illegal aliens are the fastest growing population segment, followed by their anchor babies. In addition, the number of Mexican illegal aliens apprehended is about ten times the combined numbers of all other illegal aliens. So, we do know the source of the problem. The second statistic is not as important for jobs but it shows that there is a large population of OTM, which is code for “Other than Mexican.” This group includes aliens who do not necessarily like America.
These statistics are more than likely correct but don’t expect most estimates by the government of the number of illegal immigrants to be anything close to the truth. One statistic that is out there in almost all surveys is that the number of foreign born people in the US is 40 to 50 million. I think the number is actually much higher as the illegal population alone is at 50,000,000 and growing, though few statisticians will admit it. Think about the jobs that 50,000,000 illegal foreign nationals take from Americans.
For the last ten years or more the government has been telling us there were less than ten million illegal aliens in the country while they admitted the arrival rate was something like 1 million to two million per year. Does that mean that those who have been here for awhile are taking up stakes to make room and are leaving or is it that the numbers are, and have been growing at one to two million per year. Who knows whether the rate is really three million per year? Ask yourself; are there any new people in your neighborhood?
The reason for all the institutional lying is that it is not good for the illegal alien apologists to tell the truth and so they simply do not. For example, the number of illegal aliens is downplayed by the immigration lobby, which we know is a coalition of liberal-radical academics, liberal politicians, federal and state bureaucrats, labor unions, La Raza (The Race, the leading immigrant activist group), other immigrant activists, and even some religious organizations that ought to know how to tell the truth. They do not want you to be concerned that the reason you are not employed in America is because the US government permits others to take jobs that would otherwise be for Americans.
Biased news media is anti-American
Then of course there is the biased news media, which stopped telling the truth years ago about things they do not espouse. These folks do their best to help the immigrant coalition in as many ways as they can. Most of the media live in gated communities so they do not see firsthand the impact of illegal immigration. Yet, many Americans believe the media is reporting facts, instead of the drivel they provide.
A few lies here and there can go a long way in helping Americans believe there is no issue with immigration. Even while putting the bones back in the soup to get a second batch is becoming a retro means of survival, good Americans do not want to blame those suffering even as they think know the illegal population is partly responsible for their problems.
Nobody wants to think the disenfranchised illegal Hispanics, for example, who are looking for more from a less-than-good situation, should be foodless or homeless. But, maybe so out-of work Americans can eat, as hard as it may be to digest, those from other countries who are here illegally should just go home. Americans who stay home twenty-four / seven and have nothing to provide their families know they cannot honestly buy the flummery that non-Americans have nothing to do with taking their jobs.
Illegal foreign nationals are not all on the government dole. Therefore, they must work to survive. Because illegals are working, the jobs they have would in normal times be held by Americans. Therefore, they are taking jobs from Americans. Illegal foreign nationals get the jobs simply because they will work for pennies on the dollar and they permit their employers to mistreat them without fear of being reported to the authorities. Americans will not put up with abuse.
Still, the media is not interested in anybody getting the true idea of the impact of illegal immigration on Americans. The media in America is a disgrace. Americans should consider turning off all the channels to put these pariahs out of work. The corrupt media simply chooses not to identify anybody as an illegal alien, especially if they have committed crimes. The media agenda is anti-American and pro-progressive and so they have no time to help regular Americans.
When forced to discuss illegal foreign nationals, the media most often chooses to call them out as undocumented persons or unauthorized migrants so that we the people are not as angry as we would be if we were told the real truth.
Despite the falsehoods perpetrated by biased and outright corrupt media outlets, the people are getting smarter. Taxpayers are getting quite annoyed at the sheer numbers of illegal aliens in their states, cities, and communities. More and more we see these uninvited visitors from other countries impacting Americans in many ways—from overcrowded housing, to lowering the prevailing wage, to taking American jobs. Only a fool would believe the government’s accounting of the extent of the issue. The actual numbers far exceed the official estimates.
Apologists for illegals have a huge dog in the hunt about downplaying the numbers because the actual costs to federal and state taxpayers are huge and rising each year.
Meanwhile, though America is going bankrupt, progressive legislators keep taking more taxpayer dollars to give to illegal aliens for education, medical and other reasons. Democrats hope one day these people will be permitted to vote so the Democratic Party can be vested in perpetuity. Democrats may not share in the squalor of these people who work for starvation wages. Yet, they cause it.
While we all scourge ourselves that we cannot do something for them, the big money people in the Republican Party also like the status quo. For them, it is not votes; it is profits. They want the illegal foreign nationals to stick around at their own peril to drive the wages even lower, and the profits even higher.
All of us have to be better people to have a better country.
It is smart for biased agencies, including our own government to undercount illegal aliens because that way the increased costs for larger and larger enrollments in schools as well as hospital treatment and other expenses do not have to be explained. It appears a mystery to the general population.
In Rick Perry’s Texas, school officials assure that illegal aliens are well taken care of with college in-state tuition paid for by Texans. In K-12 schools, Texas officials are actually recruiting teachers in Mexico so they can have effective bilingual educators teaching the many students who do not know English. Texas school data from six years ago showed over 700,000 students with limited English-speaking skills. If Texas were the United Way that would be a proper way to spend donor money but it is no way to spend dollars confiscated from American taxpayers.
It is not just Texas, unfortunately. Other U.S. school districts are recruiting foreign nationals to come to teach in U.S. schools to accommodate illegal aliens. Besides what we are doing for illegals, these teachers take jobs that could be given to Americans, but nobody in official circles at all levels of government seem to care about that. Why are Americans unemployed? Would a better idea for America not be to teach recent college graduates how to teach in Spanish? Would it not be an even better idea to make sure that all students can be taught in English? Who do we serve teaching somebody in the language of another country? Who are we kidding?
From my vantage point, since I have not given up one part of my Americanism to reap a profit from a foreign country, I still think like an American. From that perspective, think about this: “As long as one American is unemployed, no foreign national, legal or illegal should hold a job desirable to that American.” That is my perspective.
The original three R’s
When we hear about the three R’s, we think of reading, writing and arithmetic. Despite all the dollars we spend on education, the US is not even OK on the traditional three R's, and it has been this way for a long time. The more we spend on education at the federal level, the worse the results. The US wastes over $150 billion per year just on the Department of Education. Since the Education Department began to call the shots, literacy in America has gone down. Logic suggests it is cause and effect. In recent testing, for example, the U.S. has just a 32 percent proficiency rate in math. This places us 32nd out of the 65 tested countries. This is nowhere close to good, and it is expected to have a huge effect on GDP over the next twenty-years.
We need a lot of work but as bad as our education proficiency is, we have the ability to improve that mark far more easily than we can turn the economy around. In my business classes at Marywood University (mostly juniors and seniors), there were few students who had not mastered the traditional three R's. However, thirty-seven percent of the freshmen, on average in the country, never even reach their junior year of college. Clearly the traditional “RRR” problem for most of the students in America begins in K-12.
Just this morning I heard Ben Stein on “Fox and Friends” saying we needed more H-1B visas in the US. This is plain bosh. Stein said that Americans are majoring in music and poetry and not in the hard sciences. In other words, Americans are the reason that Americans are faring so poorly in the workplace. As much as I like Ben Stein, you can do better than that Ben.
Policymakers and consultants and economists like Ben Stein apparently think American high school students, as a group, are not choosing science in college and this is why four years later we need foreigners to take the best jobs we have to offer. If these experts really think this way, why are they not suggesting we solve that problem? How about instead of $535 million for Solyndra-like national rip-offs, we offer substantially more tuition assistance and perhaps work-study internships for American college and graduate students who engage in the hard sciences?
Boone Pickens has no problem telling Congress that we need to provide every rig-operator in the country $67,000 to convert their rigs to natural gas so he can make his next billion off the American taxpayer. How about instead, we give $67,000 to some bright college students and help them know that we won’t let corporations stiff them four years later by giving the Ben Stein best-jobs in America to foreigners and we won’t let corporations outsource the jobs for which our American students have trained.
Who are we kidding? If left to their own devices, US corporations would in fact outsource every IT or engineering job they could, even if countless of hard science, A-student graduates were available. If we produced all A-students, Bill Gates and other un-American phonies would be moaning that America needs more B-students to justify his predisposition that American college graduates are worthless. Bill Gates cares about Bill Gates, not Americans. Ben Stein says we have a problem to solve in not having enough qualified graduates to meet the work demands. If we have a problem we need to solve, let’s go ahead and solve it. If Bill Gates is the problem, let’s solve that one too.
Do you believe that a country that put the first man on the moon needs engineers from Pooh Bear, simply because we have grown incompetent and we don’t know how to train good engineers anymore?. Come on! Isn’t that really just a lot of baloney that permits the progressives to keep putting America and Americans down?
Why not look around and say it like it is. We are giving our country away to foreign nationals, whether here illegally or legally by invitation. Sorry Ben Stein, I do not think the answer is to invite more in. In fact, it is just the opposite.
I recommend eliminating the Department of Education as it is a local matter anyway and the funding from the federal government has in fact taken results and moved them in the opposite direction. Before we were wasting $150 billion a year on this useless agency, America produced enough engineers to be the top tech country in the world. We can use whatever dollars are saved to prop up the unemployment fund or to give small businesses that choose to expand the loans they need to do so.
College graduates move home
One of the bleakest statistics about the college graduate class of 2011 is the low percentage of new alumni who can afford their own housing. In 2011, I had a number of seniors in my classes. As a professor, I helped prepare students for their future in business. It is hard to believe the statistics on college graduates finding it tough in the marketplace through no fault of their own.
In 2011, in the US, over 85% of the college graduates were forced to go back home to live with Mom and Dad shortly after graduation. They did this mostly for financial reasons. For the 2011 class, there are different income studies about different college groupings from elite schools to below average schools and in no case are the statistics good; and worse than that, they are not improving.
These different studies show some different results based on the type of graduates. For example, some studies show that the average salary for a college graduate was $37,000 in 2011. Just two years earlier in 2009, this same group had an average salary at $47,000. Another study shows the median salary for 2011 at $27,000 and that too is down from the low thirties with the same group in 2009. The point is that no matter which schools are in the sampling, things are bad for college graduates and they are getting worse.
Is it worth going to college?
Salaries of recent college graduates are now so low and the cost of education is so high that some analysts are looking at the economic value of a college education. Is it really worth going to college anymore? Just like listening to government statistics, don’t expect to get the truth by reading material produced by the college and university sector as they have a lot to gain by students continuing to attend college even if it is no longer worthwhile.
The huge loans that students need must be paid back, and this puts them at a lifetime disadvantage when they cannot get a job after graduation. Consequently, parents and students need to evaluate the cost / benefit of a college education that prepares students for the unemployment line. If colleges and universities believe they are serving America, then let them put a guarantee on their product. How about if the university pays for half of the loan if after ten years the student is unemployed or underemployed? Watch the statistics get better overnight if our eminent academicians have some skin in the game.
The Occupy Wall Street crowd, the national protest movement that began as anti Wall Street in late 2011, consisted of a lot of college graduates who may very well typify the results we just discussed. They should not be blaming Wall Street, however. They should not be blaming their huge student loans, which they cannot pay back. Besides themselves, they should be blaming the universities that placed them in the workforce ill prepared for what they needed to know. Maybe they should be blaming Bill Gates for taking all his jobs overseas.
Additionally, and the main thrust of this chapter, is that students should be very upset with our government for bringing in so many top students from other countries and then permitting them to work in the US after graduation thereby taking the jobs of American graduates at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
The raw facts are beginning to show that the economic value of graduating in the middle of the class may just not be there anymore. What does that say to students who have a great time and simply squeak by with a degree? It says borrow less money and have fun for those years but do not add a college loan to the cost of your fun. Those at the bottom of the class will be paying their loans off forever, never having gained what they needed to be successful.
They do have a beef with the educational system but again, not Wall Street per se. Manual laborers such as plumbers, electricians and other skilled laborers, for example, in many cases are doing lots better than today’s college graduates. Most skilled plumbers for example are making well over $50,000 per year.
Analysts are suggesting that the average citizen may be better off entering the workforce if they can get a reasonably ok job and forego the four or five year break on earnings and the huge student debt burden. A four or five year college education is now a very expensive proposition without a major return.
The American dream is slipping away from American college graduates and all young people are suffering. Among other factors, the evidence suggests that a big part of this problem is because foreign students / workers take the jobs that Americans would have had. Just as their illegal counterparts, legal foreign nationals also accept substantially lower salaries. Over time, and perhaps sooner than later as the statistics indicate, the average wage declines as the foreign nationals drive wages down and down and down. Corporations are happy, and government is unperturbed, while graduates, who once armed with a degree would have had bright futures, now are finding lights-out on opportunity.
When students graduate from college today, despite what they know, and despite how smart they are, and despite how well they did in all their classes, there are forces in the US that work against their opportunity to gain employment. From the statistics, when they do get a job, it is on the average, not a great job. And so it is very common today to have engineering majors tending bar; social studies majors working in daycares; and IT majors delivering beer and soda. They may be really smart, but these employers do not really care about that.
These jobs are jobs for sure; but, they are not great jobs. Moreover, in addition to not getting good jobs, and having to live at home, the class of 2011 has the highest level of debt than any graduating class ever. More debt and less salary while living at home—what a legacy for our young people? And we wonder why there is a housing crisis. In the past, there was a whole class of graduates to buy these homes. Now, without jobs, the new entrant to the business world often does not have enough to get a beer on Friday night. A home purchase is out of the question.
Go to graduate school?
Ironically, since a college degree and respectable college performance is no longer enough to get a good job, recent undergraduates have been flooding graduate schools in a despairing attempt to avoid the reality of the labor market in its current state. Some look for MBA degrees; others look for the next degree in their field; while still others are prompted to go to Law School to improve their lot. Having two young sons as lawyers who took on that debt and the rigors of the BAR exam, I can say that it is not a picnic route and the competition is very tough for law positions. MBA’s and others fare no better.
All graduate students are having trouble getting employed as more and more students try to get more credentials to help assure getting a job. But, unfortunately, there are no real assurances. And, to make matters worse, there are the foreign graduate students who come out with a graduate degree and steal jobs from Americans when our government chooses to give them a six-year visa or a green card.
In 2011, about 700,000 graduate degrees were awarded. If all degree holders were able to go out and gain employment in their field at acceptable salaries, then such a large number of master’s degree graduates would not be a problem. But it is a problem in these times, nonetheless. The problem is that over the last thirty years, the number of advanced degree graduates has doubled. Moreover, the rate of increase has accelerated substantially in just the last couple of years, and that too is not a good sign. Rather than give up when they cannot get a job, college graduates often try to redeem their mediocre college experiences by excelling in masters’ programs. It does not always work.
Eight percent of the people who are 25 and over now have a master’s degree. If all were doing well, we would be bragging about that statistic. Unfortunately, that is just about the same percentage that received a bachelor’s degree or higher in 1960. Times have changed and just like the price of gold would go down if it were discovered that the whole state of Pennsylvania was a huge gold mine, unfortunately the value of a graduate degree is diminishing each year.
Universities are not doing their part
The only people today who are really benefitting big-time from the rush for advanced degrees are the officials in America’s universities. Ironically, despite universities doing so well in these times of dismal economic conditions, from teaching in graduate schools for many years, I know first-hand that more and more institutions of higher learning are adding legal foreign nationals to their employment numbers rather than Americans. And some fire existing professors to take advantage of the excessive numbers of foreign professors who will work for less than American-born professors.
Recent college students see it in the classrooms. Colleges and universities often hire foreign nationals to fill faculty positions. Most foreign nationals who enter the United States for this purpose enter as non-immigrants in temporary status. There are many different types of nonimmigrant visas, each having its own specific rules about length of stay and permissible activities. The most commonly used legal path is a visa called the H-1B and for some reason Congress has decided that the number of H-1B visas permitted for colleges and universities is unlimited. There is no cap on the number who can come in and take American jobs.
I have seen first-hand that Americans are being fired and being replaced by foreign nationals. Nobody wants to talk about it but in order to eventually get a permanent alien status in the US (green card), those wishing never to return to their home countries are happy to work for a lot less money than Americans. Of course this lowers the wage for all Americans as it becomes much more difficult to gain a job as an American, without accepting far less in wages than the degree warrants.
It is tough to be an American today
While more and more young Americans attempt to find jobs, as noted in the beginning of this chapter, our Congress continues to import over 1.5 million new legal foreign workers into the United States each year, while another million or more are granted green card permanent resident alien status after using up their time on their other visas. We really cannot keep this up!
Non-immigrant visas are now turned by trickery into immigrant visas because the lobbyists for foreign students have the ear of our Congress, while there are no lobbyists for the parents of bright American children or displaced faculty.
Therefore those with student visas are most often immediately granted six year worker visas and then when their time is up, they look for green cards so they can stay permanently in the US. Perhaps if Americans were not out of work this would be OK, but while Americans are not working, neither illegal nor legal foreign nationals should be taking jobs and lowering the average wage at the same time. Thank your friendly Congressman and Senator and even good people like Ben Stein for not seeing the whole picture. My pledge is to reduce both types of immigration if elected so that Americans can go back to work.
The verdict on Congress: GUILTY!
This is very unfair to Americans of all ages and all skill levels. If your children, who are college graduates, are finding the workforce unreceptive to their need for a job, I would recommend that you call your Congressman and see why he or she is not taking action on this matter. If you get the wrong answer, make sure you vote next spring and again in November, and let your unresponsive Congressman know that next year, they will be looking for a job. Maybe a less expensive foreign national has the same skills as your congressperson once in industry, and they will work for less.
I have said this before but this is the essence of the issue. Unfortunately, there are no lobbyists for parents and so there is no countervailing power to push Congress into working for Americans. There are many lobbyists for corporations and there are many lobbyists for educational institutions, and there are many lobbyists for foreign students and foreign visa holders. All of these lobbyists make well more than the average wage of a Congressman, and their expense accounts make life much more pleasant for our esteemed representatives.
Since there are no lobbyists for American students or American parents, how should Americans fight the insidious effects of lobbyists brought on by our legislators? It actually would be simple to wage an all-out fight. After you complain and bring the matter to your representative’s attention, you can expect them to send you a propaganda sheet via the United States Post Office (USPS). When you get this, make a note that lobbyists don’t vote for your representatives; you do. Send it back to them and let them know that you can and you will vote against them. The citizen’s vote is always the final word.
Right now we all are outmanned because most of us did not blame Congress originally for the jobs problem caused by foreign nationals. Now, we all know better. Americans can gain back the big edge only by doing the right thing in the voting booth—but first we must believe we can. It is our best source of national strength. Lobbyists may buy a lot of dinners for our representatives, but they cannot add one vote to the victory margin needed by any representative or senator to trek back to Washington. Remember that you and I have the edge. Let’s use it.
Is it OK for legal aliens to take your job?
I keep hearing in the media that legal aliens are OK. “Come here legally and all will be well!” But, for whom will it be OK? There has been a lot of attention about the illegal alien community coming in and taking the low and medium skilled jobs, especially in occupations such as meat packing and construction. I estimate there are 50 million illegal aliens in the country and that substantially more than about 10 million of these have jobs that American high school graduates and even those who have not graduated could easily fill.
In 1980, meatpackers, who were organized at the time, enjoyed an average wage of $19.00 an hour. Today in many cases, the wage is less than $9.00 per hour. What has changed? You know the answer. Corporate moguls can now join even finer country clubs.
Though George Bush said there are jobs Americans won’t do, the fact is that illegal aliens work so cheaply that it is tough for Americans to compete and still feed a family. In America’s farms it is estimated that well over 1 million illegal foreign nationals are employed. Americans need not apply on the farms because the farmers have figured out how to pay dirt cheap wages to illegals and they do not have to worry about government interference because the illegals are happy to be quietly employed in this country. Do you really think illegal aliens are paid well compared to the US minimum wage?
Americans for all the years we have been a country harvested crops and picked berries and American stores were filled with produce. Then, the farmers realized others in the underground community would get the job done for less. Sorry George (Bush) Americans are not only willing to do the work; nobody but Americans has been doing the work for many, many, years. The corporate farmers decided to play wage games with illegals and that changed the whole game. Americans will not do hard work for less than the proper wage.
It is an economic problem, not a philosophical issue. To repeat; it is not caused by Americans not willing to work; it is caused by the willingness of illegal foreign nationals to work for substandard wages with no benefits and no protection that is afforded by US industry laws.
NLRB is not for Americans either
Obama’s National Labor Relations Boardshould be busy making sure the minimum wage law is defended on all farms rather than engaging in unconstitutional acts such as prohibiting Boeing from building and operating a non-union plant in South Carolina. What is that all about?
Then, let the farmers hire cheap labor but at no less than the minimum wage. What illegal foreign national would complain about a pay raise? So, let’s say we permit these one million plus people to work in the US with impunity with a six month temporary guest worker status and they must agree to go home at the end of the season. Well, if we choose to do this, we still must be concerned about the other 49 million who have no growing season to end.
By the way, regarding all forms of immigration, George Bush was not pro-American at all. He was pro Bush and pro-business-barbecue attendee; he was anything but pro-American. Most Republicans like legal and illegal immigration because it helps keep wages way down. Has anybody considered that houses cannot be afforded and purchases cannot be made as in the American past in this country because the wage scale is now so low nobody can afford anything nice?
Conservatives, who may be members of any political party, are for Americans first. Democratic leaders of my Party, choose to ignore the atrocities of the grist mills that hire illegals. They pretend to be beneficent and munificent and then the notion of quid pro quo is expected to compel the lowly poor illegal immigrant to vote Democratic if ever elevated to citizenship. It is all very dirty.
Foreign nationals receive most of the publicity because they are mostly illegal. Yet, it is well documented that for many years our U.S. Congress has also been importing high-skilled workers. As noted, these people compete directly with graduates from our colleges and universities. I think it is simply because the media and our politicians choose not to pay attention.
Of course they may get payoffs; but I would rather not go there now—at least today. The downward pressure on high skilled wages comes about because corporations know they can get a skilled legal worker for 45 % to 65% less wages than an American would demand. And, Congress does not take the time to assure that Americans come first. As hard as it is to believe it is not politically correct to suggest that anybody should be for America first!
Americans have been forgotten by our own government. The progressives love to take taxpayer money to use it against the taxpayers. These leaders keep giving more and more to non-citizens while they put a masquerade on what is wrong with the economy. These percentage wage losses are harmful and the fact that corporations are permitted to do this hurts not only the prospects of the return of the American dream; it is a harbinger of a continual American nightmare. Can American parents handle this nightmare as an ongoing reality as their children consume more and more of the family pie and government does not permit them to have a good job? I sure hope not.
When elected, I will Reduce immigration and assure that Americans come first.
- Written by EugeneEa
- Category: Free Book: RRR
Protection and more revenue
Why are we talking about free trade and jobs and tariffs and things that normal Americans do not typically care about? You would not be reading this book if you were not interested in what happens to America. Our leaders have mishandled our country and they continue to do so. It is time this stops and America comes back in a way that restores our former greatness as an industrial power. The more we all know about the options to handle the devastating economic effects of offshoring, the better our chances are to get the right solution in place. One of the best solutions is to relax free trade and raise tariffs. It worked before and it will work again.
Many economists, who are interested more in how businesses can succeed, than in how the people can succeed, do not like the idea of protectionism and an America-first policy. They think free trade is the best approach for American corporations and surely they are right. I have stopped caring about what is good for American corporations as they care nothing about what is good for we the people. This chapter is about what is good for Americans, not what is good for corporations. How about leaving the jobs in America for starters! Corporations already have it too good and that is what I hope to help change.
The Reason for the RRR plan in the first place is because American corporations, who are fictional citizens by law, are very poor American citizens. For their greed and profit, they have turned their fictional backs on the reason for their success—the American people. They fictionally spit on Americans every day but it sure feels real. They have chosen to forget about America and Americans and so in our America-first platform, we suggest that all Americans do the same for corporations that were once American.
The notion of reduced redistribution and reduced progressivism is explored in the next chapter. In Chapter 14, we go through the dangers of progressivism and all the other isms that can change our America into something we want nothing to do with. Why the leaders of both parties are pro-corporate free-trade and pro illegal and pro massive legal immigration is a position that does not help the American people and does not help jobs. So, before you vote for anybody in 2012, make sure they are for America-first and if they are incumbents, make sure their voting record reflects it.
An America-first platform on redistribution demands that we applaud all charitable acts but it also demands that the government should not be a charity. Americans are out of work and becoming more broke as the government encourages people not to work. This government strategy is out of synch with a real recovery strategy. Only those who really need help should receive it.
Those out of work should receive unemployment compensation to keep them going. Their employers paid into it on their behalf. Those who have reached the proper age should be able to collect Medicare and Social Security since they paid for it. Everybody else who is not helpless should work to toughen themselves up for the many jobs that will be coming back to America by our adoption of the RRR plan.
I know you care about America or you would not be reading this book. You know that if you and I do not care what happens to America; America is done? It is through! We are the only ones who can and must stop the continual demise of our country at our government leaders’ hands, at corporate leaders’ hands, and at union leaders’ hands. The solution, is in our hands. It is imperative that our hands are lifted to form the universal hand stop sign so that nobody and nothing can continue to work against America.
Who can stop the bad guys? It is you. It is me. It is your kids. It is my kids. It is our neighbors. It is our fellow bus riders. It is the person in line with us at the Post Office and anybody else who loves America. Whatever we do, we should not let progressives talk us into giving up our freedoms and our God to worship the state, corporations, or unions.
That is our first concern. Once we get past that, then we can all take on corporations without taking on capitalism as we move back to a mercantilist approach for the next twenty or more years. For this chapter, corporations are the entities in play. However, the state, and unions also will play a big role in the overall solution to the jobs problem. We cannot afford a situation in which we know what to do and our politicians are too worried about themselves to move forward. Additionally, we cannot afford a jobs package in which unions become an obstacle for a real solution.
Corporations are tough to fight and we are well aware that through their lobbyists, they have bought off our representatives. Yet, for some strange reason, we continue to elect these traitors. Let’s say “no more to that,” for when we do not pay attention, we always get the government we deserve.
There is hope as long as you can spend some time for America. There is always hope if we think of America as a good place and from our motley backgrounds, we can do exceptional things. There will always be bad people but it is time that we learn to identify who they are and no longer place them in positions of trust.
Tariffs have many purposes
You may recall as we discussed the Wilson years, in Chapter 11, that the nefarious United States Income Tax and the IRS were not here just 100 years ago. In fact, the income tax would never have been passed if it were not that there was pressure by the Democrats to stop protecting American businesses. In the pre-roaring twenty-years, businesses were mostly run by Republicans so there was a political connotation to the passage of the 16th amendment.
Would you have ever thought that the Democrats, my party, would want an income tax to plague all the people—even those who make just a few bucks? Woodrow Wilson was a big-time progressive in the nature of Barack H. Obama. He brought in the income tax and ever since that day, the government has been in the handout and redistribution business. In these tough economic times, most Americans are hoping that the new American Dream is something a lot more substantive than just a “handout.”
Progressives were defamed back after the turn of the 20th century but they recently have begun feeling safe to come out in public again. The leaders of the Democratic Party, like communist leaders, do not necessarily reflect the views of the people in the Party. So, again the leaders are talking about “progressive ideas.”
These are not “advanced ideas.” They are the same socialist / communist ideas that carry the barebones label, “progressive.” When you heard Barack Obama tell Joe the plumber that as President he would like to redistribute income, you probably thought you heard it wrong. Obama now admits, he is a progressive and he loves the notion of taking from those who earn it and giving it to those who have sat on their duffs and not earned a dime.
In this earlier era, Wilson and the Democrats were progressives and they loved the notion of the income tax so that they could give the bucks to the people who did not have a buck because even if it was because they chose not to work? Is this really a great and noble notion?
For Catholics and Protestants, it is not. You may recall that stealing is against the seventh commandment. Even government is not permitted by God to confiscate the property of the people. People may give willingly as in church and charity but confiscation and the Constitution are not synonyms.
As sure as corporations have no soul, governments also have no soul and thus in both of these fictional entities, evil spreads rapidly when there is money involved. Taking more and more bucks from the people became easy once the income tax was permitted. Even before the US entered World War I, the income tax, just several years old, was bringing in more revenue to the government than any other source—including the tariffs.
Parkinson’s rule, which describes the notion of humanness in the workplace, is as follows: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” Kelly’s spending rule is a corollary to Parkinson’s as follows: “Spending expands so as to fill the difference between no spending and the maximum amount in the treasury.” Obama’s rule is not at all similar. It is as follows: “Spend other people’s money as long as nobody is telling you not to spend it and when they do tell you not to spend, simply ignore them.”
The 16th Amendment came first
The irony of the income tax is that our government in 1909 came to the people and asked us to permit our trustworthy government to be able to levy a tax on income. The Democratic Party had been begging for this for many years and in many ways. They felt tariffs, which had made the US a formidable power after less than 100 years of existence, were regressive. Since they were consumption taxes, they were believed by the Democrats to impose a heavier burden on the poor who consume a higher proportion of their income than do the rich. As a point of note, I think this is claptrap.
So, the progressives defamed tariffs as a regressive tax, and they clearly do not like regressive because it is backward and theoretically just the opposite of progressive. The worst part of the term “regressive tax,” is the word regressive itself which is simply an ugly sounding word meaning the opposite of progressive. Yet, a regressive tax is a tax that is imposed equally and that means fairly, on every taxpayer. Regression means that every proponent of the tax will pay the same percentage as the next guy. It keeps voters a bit more honest.
Americans do not need free-trade
Once a trader, a manufacturer, or a seller of any kind is inside the United States, not on the outside looking in, they have access to the richest free trade zone on the planet with well over a quarter of the world’s purchases being made here each year. Though China and Russia may be larger geographically, they are smaller economically. One could readily conclude as fact that Americans would prosper more than any other people in a tariff-only tax system. And, in fact, until Wilson and the Federal Income Tax, we were doing just that and we were doing just fine. Everybody wants to do business in America, including faux American corporations who build their products elsewhere.
Everybody, rich and poor, benefited from the tariffs that kept America prosperous until the 1920’s. Tariffs incent American industry to expand. Additionally, more workers are needed when industry expands, and so there are more jobs available and the people earn real incomes. All of the work is done in America so there are lots of jobs for Americans.
By voting for the 16th amendment, the people actually asked our honest and truthful government to take more and more of our daily toil. Yet, it is fascinating at how trusting Americans are of Americans if it is for the apparent common good. So, the 16th Amendment was placed in front of the people. The patriotic and trusting people of this country voted for as it appeared like a good idea, since their representatives at the time advised them to do so.
The irony at the time is that Republicans were always looking for barriers against free trade. As the producers of goods, the Republicans wanted protection so that their products from the mills, the farms and the factories—those made by Americans, were priced better than those coming in from foreign lands. High tariffs on imported goods assured this. Because of the tariff protections, by 1910, America had become the most industrialized nation on the face of the earth.
Protectionism is anathema to the notion of free trade and of course free trade is in vogue with all of the globalists, a number of whom have been and one who continues to be president(s) of the United States. For countries that need help like the US right now, the infant-industry argument is a valid economic justification for trade protectionism. The basic argument is that budding industries most often do not enjoy the economies of scale that their more established competitors from other countries may have. Thus, they need to be nurtured and protected until they can attain similar cost advantages that a business obtains due to expansion.
The US again needs to be protected but this time it is from its own industries. Today the corporations that run the industries no longer choose to stay and build their products in the home country. In many ways domestic corporations who build their products overseas have given up on America and when they ship products back to America, companies that build in America need protection from them.
The argument to protect new businesses was brought forth as far back as 1790 by Alexander Hamilton, the 1st US Secretary of the Treasury. Obviously, protectionism worked for the United States until the Income Tax assured politicians of revenue without taxing neighbor countries.
England, the major US competitor of old, the mother ship that had, by its successful trading practices convinced American Presidents to employ mercantilism to build US industry, eventually got lost in the grand notion of free trade. After all, at the time, in the days leading up to the revolution, England literally ruled the world and America was looking for a way to become large and successful as England had always been.
Unfortunately for England, by the time the US had determined that the mercantilist strategy as deployed by England, was the best approach to expand the infant industries in America, the British had chosen a different course. Since they were so powerful, the British decided to be fairer. One of England’s swings like a pendulum found it so consumed in the notion of free trade, rather than the mercantilism that had kept it strong for hundreds of years, resulted in its losing its zip as a country. In the process, of espousing free trade, England denigrated to less than half of its former GDP. The moral of the story is that free trade is not good for the country that owns the game. Free trade is not good for the country that is giving up the business. It does help all the other countries
At the end of what I would like to call unintentional “downsizing by dumbness,” Germany was in the process of picking apart England in World War I. England would have been a German isle if a former colony (the United States) had not emulated the great Brits in the practice of mercantilism. Nobody on earth had the industrial might of the US at the beginning of World War I, and to the best of my knowledge nobody has yet to eclipse us, though the piranha are circling.
The US was not involved in the war until 1917 but England was almost finished when President Wilson answered the call for help. If it were not for the resources of the US, England would have fallen to Bismarck and become a German nation. Ironically, Germany had gained its power using the same style of mercantilism which had enabled England to rule the world. England had forgotten what had made it successful just as the US has today. The US at the time of World War I had been a practitioner of the creed of mercantilism from the late 1700’s. During WWI, the US was even better at it than the Germans. The free trading British would have been goners had they not been such great teachers.
In the 1980—2012 era, the free-traders are now a mix of Republicans and Democrats going back from Ronald Reagan forwards. So we have Bush / Clinton Bush / Bush / almost Clinton – whoops, that last one is for sure Obama. During the Reagan years, but growing rapidly afterwards, American businesses for profit reasons, decided it was OK to separate from America and Americans. Reagan was convinced that the US was so powerful that free trade could not hurt us. He also thought globalization was a good idea because it brought in small countries that would always be left out in the past.
Reagan did not foresee the issues that came with knocking down the trade barriers and tariffs leaving America unprotected from within. Reagan certainly knew the evils in government but he had yet to meet the real face of evil until he embraced corporatism as if it would remain loyal to America in a global trade environment.
Obama, just as those presidents from the mid 1970’s on, loves globalism. However, Obama pretends to hate all corporations while he aligns himself with specific corporations. For example, some Obama friends include: GE, Honeywell International, Intel, Dow Chemical, Boeing, Coca Cola, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, and of course GM and Chrysler. These allegiances help Obama in getting reelected and they have helped him grow the government to an unprecedented size.
I am convinced that this President does not wish to know what will succeed in moving the economy forward and creating real private sector jobs. Rather than being prepared to succeed, Obama has his team ready for mop up operations. As soon as his regulations, policies, edicts, and executive orders overwhelm American business and the public at large, and all of this triggers a market response that says, “We’re done;” we probably will be done. Obama has enough patience to get us all through just one more election cycle, after which he will figure out how to own the whole game by executive fiat.
If I wake up three decades from now still alive, I will recall hearing of this globalist ideology in this way: “It seemed to be everywhere. No matter who you were, you could not escape it. If you were a national politician, you were either destroyed by it or it is why you prospered. The idea had certainly captured the attention of both national parties. These progressives were products of the same universities that had elected Roosevelt and the New Dealers.” No matter how prevalent globalist thinking may be today, it is the wrong approach for the sovereign nation of the United States of America.
Democrats claimed not to be progressives or socialists or Marxists at the time of Roosevelt, because they had received a big haircut after the Wilson days. But, in their hearts, they all knew that the ideology at the top of the Party had not changed. The regular people, like my dad, did not know about their big plans. He was a regular guy as were most Democrats. He was a pretty tough guy as were most Democrats. Perhaps because of guys like my dad and your dad and a lot of other pretty tough dads, it took progressives to the turn of the millennium to actually begin to show themselves brazenly in public again.
Many Americans grew up as nothing and then learned how to be something. We were assisted by the great principles of this country. Whether our parents were Democrat, Republican, Green or Libertarian, we continue to be eternally grateful to an America that not only permits us to dream but helps us achieve the dream. Americans are not accustomed to being slammed back to the pavement earth as a proletariat or a peasant but unless we change direction, the end of the middle class is on the horizon and it will be a precursor to the end of the United States.
I never had a thought growing up that I was poor because I grew up in America. While I was poor, there was never a handout that came our way as my dad worked for a living. I think that is why I felt American and not like a person who was helped by Americans. Either way, like many baby boomers, I am most grateful.
Poor leadership can be replaced
Let us go back to why we are here in this book about recovery using the RRR plan, and why we are in this chapter. The potential for the American dream is being limited by our poor leadership. America has been neutered by our representatives and a President who cannot seem to grasp the full meaning of our great heritage.
Our economy is in the toilet and our industry captains caused it by deciding to be the captains of ships sailing towards distant waters. I am here to tell you all today that it is OK to complain and if any of our industry captains decide to turn their vessels on us and punish us by the curse of “deprivation of product,” we will punish them by a major deprivation of market.
Let’s deprive faux American corporations of our market
If the great “American” corporations whose products are built overseas by non-Americans in the Otherlands or other well known places, will not ship iPods or iPads or Blackberry’s or BMW’s, or Wolverine pull-on flat bottom boots, or Barbie Dolls, or Xbox 360’s, or Dell PC’s to the USA, then the people of the USA can invite their competition into the US to build these items and any other item for us. We can all say good-by to faux American corporations.
Isn’t it time we all got a pair? They tell me women ask this of other women today and perhaps it is a perfectly valid and no longer inappropriate question. Should the United States be the little guy in the world or should we regain our domination through obvious strength, not Obama diplomacy. Ask the Soviet Union how they came to the decision to break-up if you think Reagan-level strength is not necessary to solve real problems. That was the last time the US was strong in deed and in perception.
Does it not make you wonder why Apple, as wonderful as the late Steve Jobs was, and IBM, a company that would never turn its back on America unless it was necessary, and Microsoft, whose Bill Gates would give you a billion as long as he got two back, and of course HP, who learned that being the biggest in revenue no matter who gets hurts is worth giving up the company credo, “The HP Way!”—one and all—they have abandoned America.
None of these companies give a rat’s mcduff about America. They all moved out and our government promised not to tell us! Our government promised not to defend us in any way. Our government, not another government, permitted the fruits of American ingenuity to be manufactured overseas by non-Americans.
Moreover, many other of our other “finest” corporations packed their bags and on departure provided a muted middle finger solute to America and Americans as they chose to gain profits overseas.
They believed in American exceptionalism. They just chose to end it in their day.
So, we ask ourselves, why in the days in which they could have lobbied the Congress and the President for protectionism, did corporations not do so? Could it be that corporations felt they had opportunities elsewhere and were better off pretending that they were forced to leave the United States, the country in which they had been originally chartered?
Corporate deceit with government help
Why did corporate America, with its privileged access to the greatest market on earth, our United States, go along with sharing that market with its manufacturing rivals from all over the world? One who studies psychology would suggest corporations, thriving in America at the time would have been insane to upset the market. So, they did not. It was like they had a deal with the devil and the devil would not tell. Was the devil of the day, the US government?
Why did they agree to take their share overseas? Why did they choose to strip America of the royalty on the corporations’ very existences, which Americans had nourished and assured from inception? Why would American corporations go ahead and turn the profit on that hard-fought innovation that had occurred in America from our sweat labor, over to foreigners who had contributed nothing?
Surely, the corporations, in their wake, left nothing for America but their paltry unemployment compensation insurance. In fact, I have such little regard for these faux American entities that I would bet that more than likely the nasty corporations contested unemployment for their laid-off workers. I would not be surprised if they forced their former loyal workers through a nasty appeal process from a reluctant government that appeared to believe the blessed corporation and not the newly impoverished employee.
If I were a lawyer, and I thank God often that I am not, I would conclude with just a sense of reasonable logic that the government and corporations were in cahoots, and everybody else had gained. Only the American people lost!
The key point here is that even if the government renounced the notion of protectionism, which is a country’s means of becoming a mercantilist nation, rather than a fully capitalistic organism, the answer lies in the trade-off corporate America got for giving up American workers. Tough as it is to accept; that is what they did.
How about a profit motive? The U.S. corporate market was already well established in America. It was not going away any anytime soon. Corporate America could very easily risk sharing that market if, in return, it could shift its own production out of the United States to countries where the wages were low and regulations were light. Bingo! The world was at the beck and call of those American corporations that had consciously decided to not stay American at heart.
IBM became a champion for offshoring
I worked for IBM for 23 years of a promised 30-year career. The beauty of IBM was that though it chose an inglorious way to rid itself of people, who in any other system would have simply been laid off with nothing, once an employee accepted the deal, the deal itself was a good deal. Hard as it is to believe I was not on the first list of those who were deemed expendable. You see, I had this thing about speaking my mind to management and so I was surprised that after round one, I was still with the company.
In 1993, IBM was looking for body counts to reduce its expenditures and they tapped the lowest ranked employees for discharge. Others were offered the opportunity to get the package even if not selected by management. Eventually I agreed to a sweeter deal than the first offer that I had seen. As a Senior Systems Engineer, I was able to sneak out with the best package IBM had ever offered to the “field force.” I thank God and I thank IBM to this day. Those who were more unaware than I—who chose not to leave with the package offered to us all, did not fare as well as I as time went by.
Management actually honored me by telling me, at 43 years old that the company had many uses for me and would prefer that I not take the optional package. They did not force me to stay with IBM, however, and I credit them with that. I got out and I love IBM to this day because the company was as good as it could have been under the economic circumstances of the times. Many companies today are not as nice, Perhaps IBM today, though I cannot offer commentary either way is not that way anymore. I hope IBM is still OK! Yet, I do not delude myself. The only real driver for corporations is corporate profits, even within IBM. I do still own my IBM stock.
I believe IBM would have liked to have remained as good a company as it could possibly be. Many global corporations over the years, including IBM have been very successful being US based with major foreign operating units. IBM did what it did to its “leftover” employees because it had to, not because it ever wanted to be Mr. Bad. I knew I had to get out. I would suspect that companies that were not IBM that actually would bring out a “Mr. Bad” image at the drop of a hat had no problem taking every single job that was possible overseas!
Many of us who know what a gracious company IBM was even when it was almost decimated in the early 1990’s by chairman John Akers’ gross incompetence recoil just thinking how bad it would have been working for a man with a ruthless creed like Jack Welch.
Welch was GE’s CEO from 1981 to 2001. Whereas IBM’s both Thomas Watsons’ (Senior and Junior) pined for employee loyalty, GE’s Welch showed his disregard for employee loyalty when he opined: "Ideally you'd have every plant you own on a barge" By that, he meant a readiness to seek out at a moment's notice the lowest possible wages and most pliable governments (weak regulations, low taxes, hostile to unions, etc.) anywhere on the globe.
Trump says 25% tariff
I am writing this book in the USA and I surely do not think that it would be better if I wrote this in China. Most Chinese I know or have met are fine people and are almost all exceptionally bright. But, China, the country is not a place for me. It is at odds with the USA in many ways, including trade, and our government should do something about it. Trade tariffs are appropriate as long as they are not excessive.
Donald Trump says 25% on china and OPEC nations is a good tariff rate. Maybe he is right. Trump in his own way is for the reindustrialization of America and a return to mercantilism. He also advocates a 20 percent tax on all domestic companies that outsource their jobs overseas. I think it should be higher but I think Donald Trump and I are on the same page.
There are a lot of issues for American corporations to deal with in relations with the Chinese. The US government with its wimpy Congress must think that Chinese trade is OK the way it is, even though Chinese products dominate the landscape in America.
American corporations might not be as pleased with the Chinese government as they once were as the Chinese now demand that our corporations give it all up to make a buck in China. American corporations are concerned about themselves—not about China or America. The Chinese demand they give up their secrets to gain China’s business. But, American companies are not suicidal. They are profit oriented.
In the US intellectual property is protected, and corporations would be willing to bet that they would still be able to sell to China's growing markets. If not, just like Google, they need to be ready to pack it up and let the Chinese wonder what their next move will be.
Is capitalism or mercantilism right for the USA?
There is this notion today that capitalism is not doing it for Americans. This deal suggests that those Americans who should be top tier employees, who have either been fired or laid off and are nonetheless unemployed right now, are simply victims of capitalism. Maybe that is true but that says that capitalism, when it hurts the home country, such as when the corporations choose to offshore, needs to be reevaluated.
Let’s take a look at the proof that pure capitalism as a market philosophy, including the elitist notion of free trade, has not helped average Americans at all.
If we could hire “The COUNT” from Sesame Street, he would be able to quickly add it up. Eight million jobs have been lost in manufacturing over the last 30 years while 5 million white collar jobs have been lost at the same time. While capitalism became more pure and government continued to think that the notion of global capitalism was more important than American capitalism, the result was ordinary Americans were not COUNTED by the COUNT.
Somehow, American legislators and in many cases regular Americans who felt they would be employed forever, no matter what the circumstances might be, thought the “pig” would never stop producing pork. Well that is until they too began to lose their jobs; then from their eyes, they finally recognized that the “pig” had died. Then, many more American jobs also died. Many had already bit the offshore dust but the government had never complained because the tax revenue sources were still producing. With a 1.65 trillion dollar deficit and climbing, it is time to complain. It was actually time twenty years ago.
Government always appears to be more concerned about the effects of its policies on jobs than it actually is. Nobody expects a government lament, and unfortunately, there is none. But, there could have been some action before it got this bad. Where were they?
Government offshores jobs
Back to the future! Government is so immune to how the people feel about offshoring that agencies in 40 states as well as Washington, DC today are using foreign workers instead of American workers. One of our governments’ favorite positions to offshore is the help desk to handle customer service for food stamp inquiries. How ironic that they take away American jobs in the public sector to help people on welfare.
Surely we should penalize companies that forget they are America-based and we should deny them government contracts. What should we do about governments that choose to use foreign workers in foreign countries rather than Americans?
A 2003 NetworkWorldFusion article quotes industry consultant Jack Heacock, who wonders whether the U.S. should impose tariffs on overseas call centers, "to better balance the playing field and the U.S. economy and information privacy." Stop thinking about it! Of course we should!
Free trade—a worldwide wealth distribution scheme
It began in the Wilson days but the notion of free trade was always a worldwide wealth distribution scheme. The English gave up world domination for free trade. Was that really fair? Was it worth it? The dissolution of tariff protection has forced US workers to compete against employees in other countries, who will work for a small percentage of what Americans need to survive. American businesses that offshore jobs love the fact that the overseas societies have little or no regulations and there are no unions with which to grapple.
When I first thought of this large body of information available for the topic of the reindustrializing America, just as with the other sets of 3-R’s, I was looking more at a solution methodology, rather than the solution. On the way to the solution involving the reindustrialization of America, we must do at least one other thing that starts with R. There is no choice. We must Raise tariffs on American corporations and if that is not enough, then all foreign corporations must pay a tariff. I like to call this: “tariff induced re-industrialization.” You can bet American companies will be back if they are put in a position in which to sell their goods in America, they will pay a nice sized tariff.
Essential and non-essential industries
Offshoring of jobs did not happen overnight. Essential industries, along with their jobs, have been off-shored, while the non-essential industries have stayed home. By not producing the essentials of course, America is made vulnerable.
After World War II, the English began its own watch-making industry. Prior to the war, the English and other European countries were happy letting the skilled Swiss watchmakers provide their time pieces. During the war, they learned that the skills of the watchmaker were needed for perfecting armaments. England paid more attention to assure vital industries were supported in the country after the war. America needs to do the same thing now. Can you see a bunker buster bomb being assembled in Iran? I know it sounds silly so use another country and it is just as silly. Now, if the US were building the bombs, surely we would put a GPS in them and assure the bombs would not detonate anywhere within the 50 states. Do you see how non-silly it is to suppose that any country might add a little more technology to the mix?
So if a diverse industrial base is necessary for defense, why has the President and Congress permitted so much of America's industrial base to be exported overseas? Should the US not take an inventory of its vital industries and its craft skills to assure that like the English, we are never left short of what is needed to survive and conquer. Then when we know what industries must be built, let’s get the job done.
We all know why corporations offshore. They see it as helping their bottom line. Even though finished goods as well as raw materials must be shipped at considerable expense across vast oceans to find their way to America's store shelves, corporations believe that it beats paying the high price of American labor to make products here. The biggest expense for many businesses is labor. They find cheap labor overseas and they can make what they want with no red tape. When they have to pay a nice tariff to sell their products, the game will be tilted more in America’s favor.
Do American corporations have a beef?
Scott Hodges, president of the Tax Foundation, a think tank in Washington D.C. thinks corporations have more than labor as a beef: "By keeping our corporate tax rate so high, we're creating an economic Berlin Wall around the United States."
Hodges also suggests readjusting American attitudes towards work. Though not as popular as blaming the government, Hodge thinks that unions add a drag on productivity since the corporations must go through the unions to motivate the employees. They don’t have to do this overseas.
He also cites all the government mandates and regulations that have made America an unattractive place to do business. But even if government did all the right things to bring industry home, there would still be another formidable roadblock from Hodges’ perspective. That roadblock according to Hodge, even if the union issue were settled, another problem for business is the individual potential employee.
Hodges suggests that that the American laborer more and more resembles his European brother; he expects high pay and generous benefits for very little work. And now America has entered a new stage of European-style unemployment. So the American worker must ask himself what he is willing to give up so that he can have the dignity and security of a job. It is tough to want to give up nice unemployment benefits for example to take a job when the job does not pay as much. In fact, if an American would do that, he or she would be thought of as a fool by his peers. Yet, we all know that everybody cannot be on unemployment indefinitely.
Nobody is really working on the problem
Even if the American worker were willing to give up higher wages for a job, the current administration in Washington is unwilling to give up its plans for the perfect workplace. There are no real plans to end federal mandates or relax regulations or slash corporate tax rates. There is a lot of lip service.
Here we are with real problems and we have nobody but politicians working on them. It is no wonder that things are still not right! The thinking from the White House indicates just the opposite. Though things are not right, rather than making them right, this President wants to talk people into believing all is well. He is the master spin artist.
Moreover, for the President of the United States, and the Congress, ideology comes before practicality and as long as we are stuck with such leaders, America will be the poor house. Look how stubbornly the ideologues cling to Obamacare as a solution when they know it has already exacerbated the problem for businesses that still have an option to leave America. It is yet another reason to pack up the jobs and leave. When faced with that reality, our President digs in on the idea of repealing Obamacare. Obama recently said: "We're not going back. I refuse to go back."
So the reindustrialization of America, the shift to mercantilism and tariffs, along with regaining the jobs, remains on the distant horizon. It is not even a flicker on the teleprompter of this Administration’s agenda. Vice President Biden recently said: "there's no possibility to restore 8 million jobs lost in the Great Recession." What a goof! Why not VP Biden? Have you given your brain the year off?
Biden is probably correct but only if the government, which he influences, refuses to do what it must to attract business and make it profitable for US corporations to create their products in the United States rather than someplace else. Even still there is hope if Americans show Mr. Biden and Mr. Obama the way home at the end of their first term. What's acceptable for government isn't necessarily good for the individual.
The only way America can be great while being post-industrial is if we can again become the brains of the world's economy and a major production force. To do this, our industry must first be successful in our own economy. We have a lot of smart people in this country and when we bring our educational institutions up to the level they should be—America will again be a fountain of ideas and inventions. But we have no monopoly on brains.
Indeed, due to our lousy K-12 public education industry, we now have experts telling us that American workers are not knowledgeable enough and we must import brains from other countries. Add to that our long-idled workforce, which is losing its skills. Once we regain the will to be the best, we will again be the best in the world in all we do.
It's appalling to discover the things that we find often by accident. For example, the berets for one of our elite military units were contracted to be manufactured abroad.
John N. Hall, a programmer/analyst from Kansas City with a nice American sized brain; writing for American Thinker in July 2010 sums this all up perfectly: “When China contracts to build our Nimitz-class aircraft carriers for us, it'll be a good time to learn Mandarin. The longer America postpones her reindustrialization, the weaker she'll become. A nation of burger flippers cannot stand.”
The bottom line is to bring on the tariffs so that American corporations find it far less expensive to produce in America than to import from their plants overseas. Prosperity is within reach.
- Written by EugeneEa
- Category: Free Book: RRR
A History of the Industrialization of America
Early US gained from protectionism
Without protecting the fledgling poorly capitalized firms in America against the British and others, the US would never have become the industrial power that it was by the 1920’s when our government decided free trade was more important than a successful America. Let’s retrace some history so we can learn again how we built up our industrial complex the first time. We surely can do it again.
History – The first Industrial Revolution
The period in US history known as the First Industrial Revolution came about between 1820 and 1870. This was a time when the country changed from “hand and home” production to machine and factory. This industrial revolution was important as inventions permitted massive outputs to be produced in factories.
For example, one of the most important industrial inventions that predate the revolution was Eli Whitney’s cotton gin. He built the first one in 1794 to split out the cotton seeds from the cotton crop. Additionally, during the same time, huge spinning and weaving machines were developed that could be operated by water power even before electricity was readily available. Later the water powered units were often replaced by steam, and then finally electricity. These inventions and the risks taken by American entrepreneurs helped spur on America’s growth, making the country a modern and more urban industrial state. Protective tariffs were used by government to assure the American companies were successful.
The Second Industrial Revolution occurred approximately from 1867–1914 though some see a combination of the first and second industrial revolution occurring in the 1850 time period and beyond. Some may have slightly different dates for this period, but they are all in the same vicinity.
The ability to produce clean steel is often given as the first of several new areas for industrial mass-production, which are said to have brought on the second industrial revolution even though the major method for mass producing steel was not invented until the 1860s, when Sir Henry Bessemer developed what was known as the Bessemer Process.
Most of the great American innovations were brought forth during this time. Instead of using vision, trial and error, and tinkering, the inventions and innovations of the Second Industrial Revolution were science based. During this period, there was the development of steam-powered ships, railways, and later in the 19th century came the internal combustion engine and of course electrical power generation. Again, protective tariffs were used by government to assure the American companies were successful.
From the 1890’s to the 1920’s, the time period is given the name the Progressive Age. By this time, a middle class had formed in the US and this group was not trusting of the business elite or the radical political movements of farmers and laborers in the Midwest and West. These people took on the label of “progressives.” Like the progressives of today, these people favored government regulation of business practices. Their pet peeve back then was monopolies as opposed to the environment, but their zeal for regulations matched the zeal of today for environmental regulations.
The progressives were not quite as socialist back then though the socialist and communist movements were well underway in other countries at the time so they were much influenced shall we say.
Some good came during this period such as laws regulating railroads in 1887 (the Interstate Commerce Act), and laws preventing large firms from controlling a single industry in 1890 (the Sherman Antitrust Act). Though they looked good on paper, it took Teddy Roosevelt to begin enforcing the laws for them to become effective for America. Roosevelt was the bane of the robber barons and he characterized them as "malefactors of great wealth."
When President Woodrow Wilson (1913–1921) came into office, the progressives gained in popularity for awhile as he was very sympathetic to their views. Many of today's U.S. regulatory agencies were created during these years, including the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Federal Trade Commission. With the US suffering under excessive paperwork and paper forms and regulatory burdens today, it is easy to understand that again the progressives are responsible.
From the progressive era, the country moved through the roaring twenties and through the great depression. Of course there were substantial contrasts with the periods. The twenties were full of mirth and prosperity as the auto industry brought along the oil and gas and road construction industries. Good jobs were plentiful. Telephones and electricity spread even to the countryside. Then in 1929 the Stock Market crashed and the great depression took hold of the country.
Many credit World War II (1941 to 1945) with getting the US out of the depression. When the war was over, the US enjoyed a long period of prosperity from 1945 to 1973. It was the golden era of US capitalism. The US could to nothing wrong with major companies like IBM leading the way with technology innovation after innovation.
The US was doing so well that Congress kept playing with the tax code and had upped the top tax rate to 90% before JFK said, “enough!” There was so much money in the Social Security fund that after Kennedy, President Johnson stole it to finance the Vietnam War in the late 1960’s.
In addition to the war spending, President Johnson was the first president that spent all he could waiting until the hogs came home to stop spending. Most hogs never, never, came home and the few that did got barbecued at the LBJ Ranch. Johnson began one social program after another truly believing the pot had no bottom. For example, Johnson began both Medicaid and Medicare and his administration financed some of private industry's research and development throughout these decades. A number of the projects were visionary and successful while others were merely redistribution efforts. One of the greatest achievements from all of this was the ARPANET, which would eventually become the Internet in the late 1980’s.
From the mid-1970’s to the early 1990’s was a period that some call deregulation and Reaganomics. Because of poor productivity growth and increasing operation and capital costs in several key sectors, presidents in this period turned back the spigot on regulations.
Many conservatives see Barack Obama as the worst president of all time. However, there is one president who many recall that in the pre-Obama era had carried the title well. Like Obama, President Jimmy Carter put forth a huge fiscal stimulus package in 1977 in order to boost the economy but like the Stimulus I of 2008, and the little stimulus of 2010, and the projected jobs bill stimulus of 2011, the Carter stimulus failed miserably. In fact, inflation was never so bad in the country. It began a steep rise beginning in late 1978, and it jumped into double digits and hit 20% with the 1979 energy crisis.
In the Reaganomics era, there were no stimulus packages as they had proven not to work. Dr. Arthur Laffer became a major economic adviser to Reagan for Supply Side Economics which was Reagan’s Answer to the failed Keynesian theory practiced by Carter and now Obama. Reaganomics brought a, fiscally-expansive economic set of policies. Like Kennedy, Reagan cut taxes to promote economic growth. In fact, he cut marginal federal income tax rates by 25%. Inflation then dropped dramatically from 13.5% annually in 1980 to just 3% annually.
Unfortunately, at the same time that mostly positive massive deregulation began under Reagan, so also did the offshoring of manufacturing jobs. Reagan did not do everything right. At the time, there were many that did not really think that offshoring would work while some pioneers chose to give it a try?
Long before Reagan, almost right after World War II, the US was doing so well that it stopped protecting its own industry base with tariffs. The removal of tariffs began in the Wilson years but like a slippery slope, the US gave up more and more of this revenue and the associated protection it gave American industries.
The country began to embrace the notion of free trade but an analysis of the work our negotiators did in these agreements has proven that Alfred E. Neuman as president would have done a better job. There was no trade deal from which the US benefitted.
The US trade negotiators were outflanked and out-tricked and outsmarted and every deal was bad for the US. In addition to the fiscal deficits that came with one president after another adding to the pile, the U.S. started to have large trade deficits. Nobody seemed to connect the dots that the two were related. Free trade policies were undermining the US economy and we all just stood by and watched as other countries became successful at our expense. At one point, you may recall Americans thought that Japan was about to buy all the real estate in the US.
Too big to fail
The problems with the too big to fail rescues of the banks in 2008, when the banks began to fail, began during the Clinton years as this liberal President undid some regulations that even Reagan would not touch. Some say Clinton’s action did more to repeal FDR's New Deal than Reagan ever did. Clinton dismantled the Glass Steagall Act. This action permitted the creation of mega banks like the rescued Citibank and now after the bailout, banks like J.P. Morgan Chase, an amalgam of some of a number of Wall Street's formerly famous institutions, Bank of America, taken back by its own acquisition of Merrill Lynch, and Wells Fargo, the biggest West Coast bank. Together, these banks now issue one of every two mortgages and about two of every three credit cards. On November 29, 2011, it was announced that these banks were given unsecured loans over $7 trillion by the Fed in 2008 to avoid their potential failures.
In addition to Glass Steagall, Clinton removed oversight on derivatives and he got on the free-trade bandwagon just like Reagan and continued gutting American jobs through NAFTA and his permissive attitude towards offshoring.
Bush / Clinton – free traders!
Bill Clinton was a romantic regarding free trade and offshoring, both of which were killing the country during his presidency. In his 1992 presidential debate with George Bush and Ross Perot, it was not Bush or Perot who made the big statement of offshoring and its effects on jobs. It was Bill Clinton, himself. Regarding offshoring Clinton said it “will, on the whole, do more good than bad… if [the US] has a genuine commitment to educate and retrain American workers who lose their jobs.” That is how either naïve our leaders were / are or how much they simply had sold out to corporate America.
In March, 2006, buoyed by his reelection after a very aggressive first term regarding free trade and offshoring, George Bush took his message to India, a fine country, but one which consistently defeats the US in any trade negotiations. The Indian people are the sharpest in the world in putting together offshoring deals and the US is India’s # 1 victim. Yet, despite how miserably the US performs in trade deals compared to India, Bush II did not see it that way any time throughout his eight years in office.
When he went to India in March 2006, President George W. Bush addressed offshore outsourcing (offshoring) to India. He surprised me at how little he cared for Americans jobs.
Bush stated that outsourcing offshore needs to be accepted as a natural part of the global world. He said it should not be feared but embraced. Bush noted that he felt that offshore outsourcing will assist the U.S. in the long run in many ways. According to him, globalization facilitates great opportunities and offers new ways to any country for future growth.
Bush admitted that “several people” do lose their jobs as a result of the full globalization procedure, and he acknowledged it was painful for those losing their jobs (the losing side). Despite the loss of jobs and the personal tragedy it brings, Bush concluded that the offshore development process is really a very fruitful process and would definitely help both India and the United States in the near future.
If we fast forward to the end of the Bush era and into the Obama years, if this were a Burger King ad, somebody would be asking, “Where is the beef?” Since we not only export jobs to India, the US gives lots of hi-tech visas to Indian people so they can come to America to take American jobs. Bush was right. It is a great deal. Unfortunately, it is only a great deal if you are Indian, or Chinese, or Indonesian. If you are American, it is a personal tragedy. Obama, who seemingly hated everything Bush did, continued these policies.
George Bush also said that the US sells lots of air conditioners to India from GE and Whirlpool. He felt that made up for all the jobs they took from US. As of 2008, though it so far has been unsuccessful as GE has been trying to unload its appliance division completely and Whirlpool has been in so many joint ventures with the Chinese that you know it is just a matter of time before Whirlpool can ship those fine air conditioners from their plant of origin in China to India and save a few miles on freight.
No matter how you look at it, the point is that offshoring does not help US jobs one bit. Whether George Bush was lying about that is something that the history books will have to sort out.
So, now in this historical trip, we enter the Obama Administration and its response or shall we say non-response to offshoring. In November 2010 after he had two years to think about it, the President reshaped the notion of offshoring simply as a part of international trade. As a globalist with a number of free trade agreements to his recent credit, the new Obama position on offshoring is to ignore the impact on American jobs. Instead of complaining about American jobs moving to Bangalore, just like George Bush before him, the President soothed India's leaders bysuggesting that trade works both ways.
In his own words: "I want to be able to say to the American people when they ask me, 'Well, why are you spending time with India? Aren't they taking our jobs?' I want to be able to say, 'Actually, you know what? They just created 50,000 jobs.' And that's why we shouldn't be resorting to protectionist measures; we shouldn't be thinking that it's just a one-way street. I want both the citizens in the United States and citizens in India to understand the benefits of commercial ties between the two countries." Thanks for the pep talk Mr. President but it is not trade deals that are needed. It is protection from trade deals. One year later, in 2011, and there have been no results—but it was a good speech! There are no 50,000 jobs. There are none.
Under Republican Administrations and the Clinton Administration, the US has been going global. When Democrats took over in 2007, they said no more trade deals. They were right. Yet, in October 2011 Congress passed three long-awaited free trade agreements. South Korea, Colombia, and Panama are the beneficiaries of these agreements. I see it as US, 0—trade partners, 3.
Despite protectionist sentiment, which is the appropriate medicine and long overdue, President Obama, the new globalist on the US team, claimed victory by getting the three agreements passed. For Obama, it makes him appear politically strong while he is in campaign mode, though the benefits to Americans at best will be minimal and if it comes down like every other trade agreement, the US will lose more jobs.
As a sweetener, to show confidence in a plan that should need no sweeteners, House Republicans agreed to approve an expansion of benefits for displaced workers. So, who is to benefit? Word is that banks and law firms should gain but manufacturers, and the ailing textile industry, which likes to operate in America, in particular, are expected to get another whack right on the chin.
The US is becoming a banana republic
Our esteemed corporations and their incessant outsourcing of what were once American jobs from the 1980’s on have created major economic woes in America. This great recession, which continues into 2012, is replete with runaway spending and corruption galore. It is so bad that some predict that we are becoming a banana republic, if we have not already arrived.
O. Henry created the term "banana republic" in his 1904 book Cabbages and Kings. It is about the fictional Republic of Anchuria—a servile dictatorship engaging in the large-scale production of bananas. Today, the definition has expanded to mean the collusion and even the melding of government and private enterprise. When government and private enterprise collude, who wins and who loses?
One can see many similarities of O. Henry’s vision with a modern government that encourages its corporations to offshore jobs. In this scenario, the taxpayers incur the expenses, (unemployment compensation etc.), while the profits are taken in by the corporations. I’d say that about explains how the United States got to where we are today.
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The RRR Jobs Plan Summary
It All Started at Fish’s Barney
As you know, the saga of the three R’s began as I was telling you all about my speech at the Barney Inn on October 21, 2011. I did not share all of the information with the Barney Inn crowd in the speech. As we continue to explore the positions that I had already painted, new notions are sure to pop up. Perhaps this is quite obvious.
I have a great number of friends and I love them all. Many of them chose to come to the Barney Inn, run by Joe Fisher, and Joe Predo for my October 21, speech. My friends and family came simply because they love me and that is what keeps me going in life. I can tell you this. Whether they came to the Barney or not; whether they ever choose to hear a speech of mine ever, I am so lucky to have these wonderful people in my life. I love them all immensely.
The secretive side of me says my cohorts and even some Wilkes-Barre strangers wanted to see if I could give a speech and remember all my lines. The audience members were all old enough to remember the immortal words of Jackie Gleason. Have you ever heard these three words right in a row? You would remember these if you had: Humma! Humma Humma! Every time I recall these words and Ralph Cramdon stumbling to get out a coherent sentence, I smile. If it ever does happen to me, I know exactly what I will say.
I surprised these potential constituents, who came on my behalf, with not one Humma—not even one. But, my message was still confusing until the crowd tuned in to the fact that this first RRR speech was not a speech about academic achievement or Jackie Gleason. It was a speech about the economy and jobs, and how jobs could be made available to ordinary American citizens in this country. A few good R’s can make America a much better place.
Let me say it here before you begin to think I am promoting job creation by government. I do not think government can create one job on its best day. Government thinks its job is to aggregate confiscated wealth in something called the National Treasury so that it can pillage it from the treasury for its own purposes. It also thinks it can provide it for those who choose not to work or take care of themselves. The type of plan, where nobody is expected to work, creates zero jobs. That is not my plan.
If the "solution bird" landed on the doorstep of our government, a minister with a big US label on his or her lapel, would quickly stomp on the solution bird, as if it were simply a rat. Governments are not trained to recognize solutions as solutions. So, there is little hope that any solution will ever come from our government, as they choose not to recognize anything that can help America.
The reason this seems like a recent phenomenon is that for more than seventy years, things have not been so tough. Few remember the great depression. Over the last seventy years, things overall have gotten pretty good. There was so much wealth to be confiscated by the government that even those giving it up did not care as much as today and those that received it stopped appreciating it until finally those on the receiving end of pure welfare believed they were entitled to it.
Today, many Americans are simply broke and America is so broke if it could not print money, it would be bankrupt. So, maybe we would all feel better if we were to shout at the top of our lungs: “We’re broke!” Say it again if need be: “We’re broke. We’re stinking broke. There is no more left for government to take.” Dear Congress: stop spending! Please stop spending and please stop giving our contributions away to those who have not contributed.
This government is failing because with so little coming out of the economy, everybody wants to keep what they have and what they earn. Americans begrudge anything today that is taken from their wallets or purses because most of us are running on “E.” Americans especially hate having to satisfy a government that is greedy, and whose appetite for other people's meager possessions and limited wealth cannot be satisfied.
The economy is in bad shape, and no business savvy people are being called on to offer advice to a very “suggestion-needy” government. Therefore, unless the RRR plan and other R’s coming up are followed, it is apparent that the economy will stay sick for a long time to come. Robert Reich, as noted previously thinks the economy will take about ten years to recover, and his estimate is not based on any cause and effect policies. “Sick” is a good way to explain where we are today, and the people know it is from gross government incompetence.
Americans have learned from experience to balance their own checkbooks and so we can offer fine solutions to a government that could work if it were directed to do the right thing. Unfortunately, this government does not accept solutions. One could easily conclude, based on the behavior of this government that it intentionally wants to fail.
Now that we have worked our way through learning about the first set of R’s in the RRR plan, if we adopt them all—in other words, if the three R’s are heeded, soon, more and more Americans will be working and the economy will make a big positive turn.
So, let’s make sure we get the first set of R’s done while we are learning about the second set and a third set of R’s and a few stray R’s after that. In fact, let’s go ahead and pretend we have already solved the problems outlined by the first three R’s. What would we do next?
Thank you for asking. There is a lot to do and it all begins with the first R of the second set of R’s. The good news for all of us is that there is a three by three set of R’s that if implemented, would do wonders for the economy and the character of our country, the land that we love. No, this is not the Cain 999 Plan, even though Cain is a good man. Overall, there are 9 R’s and maybe more in three sets of three followed by some stragglers. The RRR Jobs Plan gets a lot of help when the other sets and the separate “R” pieces are implemented.
Let’s go fishing for some more R’s.
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Campaigning @ Fish’s Barney Inn
Not Exactly Readn, 'Ritn and 'Rithmatic.
RRRis the Kelly jobs plan for American prosperity. This book’s subtitle also describes it well: A Unique Plan for Economic Recovery and Job Creation!
On October 18, 2011, I participated in two of the most important events of my public “political” life. At 11:00 AM, after spending the evening with my sister Ann (Nancy) Flannery, and my life-long best friend Dennis Grimes at the historic Thomas Bond House (Bed & Breakfast extraordinaire) across the street from the historic Philadelphia City Tavern and right outside of Independence Park, all of which are in Pennsylvania, my home state, dual events transpired.
I had been the TEA Party endorsed Democratic candidate for Congressional Representative in District 11 in a five county area in Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) in 2010 against a 13-term incumbent and a very young Country Commissioner from Lackawanna County. I had never run for elected office before. Hoping to gain office with no encumbrances, I took no campaign donations. I surprised everybody, including my wife, by grabbing about seventeen percent of the vote in a three-candidate race. The incumbent received less than 50% and this showed many of us that it was not just us, but a lot of other Democrats that had gotten tired of the incumbent’s lack of representation.
I have been a Democrat all my life other than two years as an Independent. I challenged the incumbent because he had become part of bad government in Washington DC and had been way too generous with taxpayer dollars being directed to his family members.
With most Democrats having voted for a change in representation in the primary, I knew the right thing for me to do was to help the Republican challenger to defeat the incumbent in the general election. Lou Barletta was a feisty pro-American Mayor in the small NEPA City of Hazleton. He is a fine man with conservative values like my father and I. He was clearly the best choice for the people of Northeastern PA.
In an area of Pennsylvania that was mostly Democratic, Lou Barletta won the election handily. My father would say, “Brian, always vote for the best man.” A ton of Democrats joined me in assuring that Northeastern PA is now represented by the best man after the 2010 general election. That man is Congressman Lou Barletta.
By the way, none of my family, some of whom are actually Republicans, and none of my friends were asked by Congressman Barletta to accept any government positions anywhere as a result of my assistance. There was no quid pro quo. Barletta was simply the best man and we voted him in. No paybacks were expected nor received. That is how America needs to operate. Our collective job is to help the best people get elected as our representatives and then we can smile when they are in a position to help all the people, not just a select few.
I trust that Lou Barletta will continue to bring honesty and integrity to the office in the 11th District.
TEA Party Endorsement
On October 18, 2011, long after the elections of 2010, and right about 11:00 AM, I met with the President of the Independence Hall TEA Party, Terri Adams, and the President of the TEA Party PAC, Don Adams. We were positioned directly in front of Independence Hall. I was about to announce my candidacy for the position of United States Senator from Pennsylvania. The position is currently held by Robert. P. Casey, Jr., the son of the famous former Governor of Pennsylvania, Robert P. Casey Sr.
Terri Adams and Don Adams, and their respective organizations had sponsored the event so that, on behalf of the TEA Party, they could personally endorse my candidacy for Senator. They had invited the press and others in the tri-state TEA party organization, which were able to make it at 11:00 AM. Since most TEA Party members hold jobs, none of us expected a phenomenal turnout in the middle of the day in the middle of the week, but it was very nice, nonetheless. So, the two-prongs of the event were the announcement of my candidacy along with the endorsement by the TEA Party of my candidacy. As my sister Nancy summed it up: “And a great day it was!”
Following the Philadelphia event, we journeyed to the State Capitol in Harrisburg for another TEA Party rally announcing my candidacy and a repeat of the TEA Party endorsement. Following the rally, the party of three from Northeastern PA took off again for the Northeast.
My speeches for Philadelphia and Harrisburg were very similar. Knowing that the people in NEPA often come to the Barney Inn in Wilkes-Barre on Fridays, the campaign decided to hold the event outside under their fine pavilion an hour before happy hour so there would be time for a lot of discussion with a lot of Pennsylvanians. The Barney Inn announcement was also covered by the press. The full text of the Barney Inn speech is on my web site, and it is also included as an appendix to this chapter. The web site is:
Look on the left side of the site for press kits, and then pick the Barney Inn Speech.
I must admit that in the weeks before the speech, I was enamored by the 999 taxation plan of Herman Cain, and I admired Herman’s tenacity even more as the scum of the earth tried to bring him down (the main stream media). The media showed extreme urgency in attempting to deal Cain a death blow as Obama, who never had a real job, obviously feared the prospects of running against a self-made businessman. The objective of Obama and his media surrogates was to defame Cain so a more beatable Republican candidate would be left to face the American Destroyer in Chief. Unfortunately, the incessant, tormenting pressure of the media, which was far different from that which President Clinton received from the same press for far more credible accusations, ultimately caused Herman Cain to go back to his family, rather than continue with the campaign. I think this is America’s loss.
In the spirit of 999, which is purely a taxation bill but with major positive jobs consequences, I developed a comprehensive Jobs and economic recovery plan that I call RRR. This book is about that plan, which I announced at the Barney Inn on October 21, 2011.
Before we get into the details of the RRR plan let me say that the speeches of October 18 were very similar to the October 21 speech at the Barney. However, at the Barney, my delivery was more relaxed in front of the home town crowd.
I checked out the speeches from Harrisburg and Philadelphia to determine which mix would be best. Though much of the substance was the same, I did reach back to realize that I was in Wilkes-Barre and in Pennsylvania and I had a lot more to say at the Barney about the local venue. The folks related well to the local references in this speech.
I look forward to being out there again in the near future to make my message, the RRR plan, well known in Pennsylvania. Soon, I will be challenging Senator Casey to a debate and that ought to be fun.
By the way, one of my best high school friends, Eugene Aloysius Michael Burke, attended the Barney Event. He had seen the plan for the press conference at the Barney Inn in the Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, and he decided to show up. When he pranced in, I did not immediately recognize Gene. But, he is unmistakably a Burke, and once I got past the new beard, this guy was a dead ringer for my good friend Gene Burke, and to my delight, he is a conservative.
The first time I mentioned the RRR Jobs Plan for America, was that afternoon at the Barney Inn, Wilkes-Barre on October 21, 2011.
The RRR plan is a way of bringing all of my thinking together in a way that can be remembered easily by all Pennsylvanians. After I had concluded my Barney Inn Speech with the Pledge of Allegiance, including that 60+ year old phrase, “under God,” and I waited patiently for the applause of my friends and relatives (they had no choice) to cease, there was a round of questions from the press.
The three R"s traditionally have been about education and how important it is to learn Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic when you are young. But, my three R's are not about education. The three R’s are a unique economic and jobs plan for America.
RRR is a simple to understand yet comprehensive solution that can very quickly change the economic and jobs picture into results that include Americans of all ages having the opportunity to go to work again. The three main Rs in this plan are
- Reduce taxes
- Reduce immigration
- Reduce regulations.
There are three other sets of 3 Rs that round out the RRR plan and make it very comprehensive compared to anything else that is circulating. Besides, with all these R’s, you can bet this plan will work:
- Reduce Spending
- Repeal Obamacare
- Reindustrialize America
- Reduce Offshoring
- Raise Tariffs
- Revitalize Energy
- Reduce Redistribution
- Reduce Lying
- Reduce Government & Remember Mistakes
The plan is easy to remember, and it will be easy to implement if Congress has the political will to abandon lobbyist and other special interest demands and it chooses to address the needs of American citizens. The RRR plan is all we need to make America successful again.
There are those who suggest that an approach such as the RRR plan will take a long while to be effective as the impetus for tariffs and taxes to cause a change in corporate behavior will not come overnight. These are the same people, and Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey Jr. is among them, who thirty years ago said it is no use drilling more in the US to solve the short-term energy problem because it would take more than ten years to begin seeing results.
We had three times ten years to do the right thing on energy and we did not because it would take too long. Yet, if we had addressed the problem thirty years ago, we would not have it today.
The RRR plan is structured to show positive results immediately and continue to get better until it is all implemented. That ten year figure seems to be back however, by the naysayers.
It is a pretty safe bet for politicians and former politicians to project negative certainty for any good to happen over the next ten years, no matter what the issue. For example, former Secretary of Labor for President Bill Clinton, Robert Reich offered recently that unemployment in the U.S. will most likely remain high for the next 10 years.
He backed it with some statistics saying that if the current rate of job growth (averaging 90,000 new jobs per month over the last six months), is sustained, then unemployment will remain constant with 14 million Americans permanently unemployed. In this case the high unemployment would continue well past ten years.
Reich then used his Economist hat to opine that if we are to get back to a normal rate of 200,000 new jobs per month, unemployment will stay high for at least 10 years before it eventually corrects itself. Reich ought to know. He is a smart man. He is a one-time labor secretary and an economist and now, he is a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley.
Does that mean we should take action now—implement the RRR plan—so that we affect the number of jobs added per month and shorten the recovery? Or, does it mean that we should sit back like with oil so that ten years from now we can say again that it will take at least ten years for any action to create a positive change? Obviously, my recommendation is that the more prudent approach is to adopt RRR immediately if not sooner; and watch things get better sooner than we would ever think.
Before we move on to the chapters that fully explain the components of the RRR plan, and we flesh out a few more sets of Rs that will also help jobs, let’s take a time out so you can see the speech I delivered at 3:00 PM on October 21, 2011,at Fish’s Barney Inn in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Feel free to read any of the other speeches under the title Press Kit on the main page of www.kellyforussenate.com. I will keep the page open for awhile after the election even if I win.
Chapter 1 Appendix I
Fisher’s Barney Inn Speech Oct 21, 2011
Good afternoon—my name is Brian Kelly.
On Tuesday Morning, I was at Independence Hall in Philadelphia where I received the endorsement of the Independence Hall Tea Party. I am a TEA Party member and I love what the TEA Party does for regular Americans like you and I.
There is little doubt that these are tough times.
Nobody really knows how many dips there will be in this recession
But we do know that without controls on spending, our wild deficit and debt will keep us in recession for years to come.
America needs to become like we were before the progressives—Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and of course Pennsylvania’s own Bob Casey Jr. took power from the people.
In this light, I have outlined eight major principles that I will use as a guide in helping our country recover and prosper: These are.
1. Americans First,
2. Fiscal Conservative
3. Pro Life
4. Restructure Tax system
5. Smaller Government
7. Pro Israel,
8. Strong Defense
Today, in 2011, JFK, my favorite Democrat, would be considered a conservative!
My views on taxation are very similar to JFK’s
His were modeled after those of Andrew Mellon from the 1920’s recession.
Both Mellon and JFK knew how to end a recession and so do I.
You all know how Bob Casey and his best friend Barack Obama want to raise everybody’s taxes. Kennedy would not approve.
Here’s what Kennedy had to say. He offered similar thoughts many times:
"In short, it is a paradoxical truth that ... the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now… And the reason is that only full employment can balance the budget, and tax reduction can pave the way to that employment. The purpose of cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus."
--- JFK, Nov. 20, 1962, news conference. BTW, that was right after the Cuban Missile Crisis. Kennedy was already on to domestic issues.
If we Democrats had listened to Kennedy, our current recession would be over
By cutting taxes up and down the line and reducing spending, JFK was looking for a big revenue surplus – not a deficit.
By increasing spending and increasing taxes Obama has been creating huge deficits and increasing debt and preparing America for bankruptcy.
Obama is far trickier than even Tricky Dicky Nixon. He's got a new name for this trick now that he is trying to get reelected again. He calls it a Jobs bill. I call it tax and spend.
What does the so called jobs bill have in it?
It’s the same porkulus / stimulus stuff with lipstick
--increased spending, increased taxes, larger deficits and crippling debt.
Even the Beatles would call out Obama and Casey on this. Remember this tune?-à“No, No, No, Not a Second Time…”
Obama and Casey used a trillion dollars of stimulus for crony capitalism for their big campaign donors. Americans have smartened up. No more taxpayer money for reelection campaigns.
Senator Bob Casey has been with Obama 98% of the time. That means he has been with Pennsylvanians only 2% of the time. By the way, that Beatles song applies to Casey also—No, No, No, Not a Second Time—
I love the United States of America just as it was founded in 1776.
In those days, Independence Hall, where I was on Tuesday, meant independence for all---
Much revolutionary blood was spilled for our freedom and liberty, and yet, freedom and liberty are at stake again today.
Nobody wanted then or now to be tethered to a corrupt, cowardly, and oppressive federal government in Washington D.C. So let us all tell the Federal Government:
Get off our backs!
It’s time to bring all the power we gave away to the feds back to the states – back to the people!
Yes, I love America and I have no problem with citizens of any other country loving their countries more than they love America.
But if you can’t come legally, we don’t want you here! Stay home!
As an American, I am interested in what is good for Americans first, not foreigners first
If I go to your country, I expect your citizens to be #1 priority. I won’t take any of your precious jobs, and I will bring a passport.
I want you to treat me and my country the same.
Americans have nobody to apologize to. Nothing to apologize for. And we are not going to apologize for being Americans.
We are proud to be Americans.
Not all TEA Party members are Republicans. Like me, not all Democrats are hard core progressives.
How would you like to be us?
We woke up one day and found that our Party had been hijacked by a group of people who hate America. You know who they are.
Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, and yes, Bob Casey Jr. Now, there’s a crew who show every day; they don’t care at all for Americans.
What about my primary opponent, the Unknown Senator Bob Casey? I have watched him closely during the Obama presidency.
If you like Barack Obama and his progressive policies, you are “gonna” love Bob Casey.
Here we are in Wilkes-Barre at the Barney Inn, a wonderful place run by Joe Fisher and Joe Predo, where more blarney has surely been spilled than Youngling Lager.
Don’t you just love it in America! And! How about that Yuengling Lager; brewed in Pottsville Pennsylvania. My dad worked for Stegmaier Brewery for 31 years, and we know the Lion Brewery carries on the tradition of good brew right here in Wilkes-Barre. But we all have to earn our brew.
There are a lot of problems that need to be solved
Like you, I am fed up with the bloated, unresponsive bureaucracy in Washington.
When, with your grace I take a seat in the Senate of the United States, the Washington progressives will get the message.
The days of big government, big regulations, big giveaways, big healthcare takeovers, big healthcare redistribution and big wealth redistribution are over.
Yes, I sure am for helpless people but I am not for making people helpless.
By the way, progressives are the guys that don’t like any of us and they probably don’t even like Yuengling Lager or Stegmaier Gold Medal Beer.
Don’t you think that in America, Americans should come first?
As most Pennsylvanians I too believe in the American Dream.
Quite frankly, I think Pennsylvanians are sick of the progressive’s notion that the new American Dream is … a handout.
With America in the shape that it is, I feel sometimes like I want to scream at the top of my lungs. But because you are all my friends, I won’t scream. Nonetheless,
- It is OK to love liberty and freedom.
- It is OK to love God.
- It is OK to love America.”
To help restore a limited government and put the people back in charge, today, I offer my candidacy as United States Senator from my state, the great state of Pennsylvania.
I promise to speak out of one side of my mouth and I pledge to represent the people of Pennsylvania honestly and truthfully. My word is my bond.
It is time to heal America and again make her strong.
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.
I wish you all the best. God bless America.
*** End of Barney Inn Speech ***
Chapter 1 Appendix II
Eight Guiding Principles – the Detail
The detailed raw ideas for the eight guiding principles are included as a second chapter appendix. When I delivered the speech I did not expand the principles.
- Americans First– American Jobs, border security, fence, states’ rights, shut down excessive legal and all illegal immigration, BTW, over 2.2 million legal aliens get jobs each year in the US? Let’s reduce it to .2 (point 2) Reward businesses that hire Americans. No tax breaks for companies that choose to offshore jobs. Huge unemployment tax on companies found using illegal labor. Import tax on Chinese goods and goods produced overseas by any American corporation. Just watch the jobs come back. Since Americans corporations take American jobs overseas, invite overseas businesses to set up plants in America, and give Americans those jobs in America. Oh, and it is OK when if foreign companies manufacturing in America take the business from so-called American corporations. Let’s support corporations that love America and who give Americans Jobs. Let the others sell their stuff overseas.
- Fiscal Conservative--- no bailouts, no takeovers, no porkulus, no government takeover of business. Need balanced budget amendment, reinstitute Glass Steagall, repeal CRA, repeal Dodd / Frank, repeal Obamacare.
- Pro-Life– Human life begins at conception
- Restructure tax system– Reduce taxes to stimulate the economy and spending. Us the John Kennedy style and migrate to the FAIR Tax. The 9, 9, 9 is also a good plan. Reduce or eliminate corporate tax. Introduce tariffs to reindustrialize the US. Offshoring companies get no corporate breaks. Companies that hire illegals get no tax breaks
- Smaller Government– Ron Paul says government agencies are unconstitutional. He’s right. Eliminate harmful, costly agencies such as the EPA, FDA, USDA, Interior, Energy, Education, etc. Repeal Obamacare.
- Transparency / accountability – openness, No closed doors. Fire all czars.
- Pro Israel– Israel is our only friend in the Middle East.
- Strong Defense—“Speak softly and carry a big stick,” Don’t go starting wars. Win all wars in which we engage. Use big drones and micro-drones and few foot soldiers. We have 8000 drones & $5 Billion in budget – use ‘em. not American blood. Exit strategy -- get out quickly with a win. Send in the drone dragonflies. It will seem like one of the 10 plagues.
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Insourcing Our Way Back to Prosperity
By-by Banana Republic
So, as we become more of a banana republic and we begin to behave in many ways as a dictatorship of bananas, perhaps the correct solution for America to get back on its feet is the solution the United States, when we were at the top of our game, would recommend to smaller nations that were suffering through banana republic regimes.
One such solution is called Import substitution industrialization. It is also known as Import-substituting Industrialization." (ISI).
Businessdictionary.com defines import substituting industrialization as a theory of economics which is utilized by developing market nations that are looking to increase their self-sufficiency and decrease their dependency on goods from developed countries. To implement the theory, there must be a focus on protecting the domestic infant industries so they can compete with imported goods thereby making their economy more self-sustaining. Investopedia.com has a similar definition.
The term primarily refers to 20th century development economics policies, though it has been around since the 18th century. As we discuss the reindustrialization of America, we must examine a modified version of ISI as a fitting solution, as the unholy alliance of our government and our corporations have in effect de-industrialized the people’s America.
Sometimes you need a slap in the face to wake up. This intentional and uncomplimentary slap in the face goes to my country’s leadership that has permitted us to be in a position that it would be good for us to begin again to industrialize.
Is there a difference in the countries for which the United States in prior years would have recommended ISI and the condition of the US today? The only difference I see is that America is not yet fully denuded of its industry but then again, the offshoring process is not finished yet. So far, politics has prevented any response to the destruction of American industry. Instead, we see the US giving more and more of our white collar jobs to overseas concerns.
So, I recommend an approach that pretends that we have nothing at all. This can be very effective in bringing us back as right now, we are on the road to economic perdition for sure.
The basic tenet of ISI therefore is to replace imports with domestic production. If we treat all American industries (those that build products or conduct business in the US using American employees) as infant industries and we incubate those industries from the outside world that is unfriendly to America, we can again succeed as we did in the two industrial revolutions which ended in the 1920’s. It is time for the US to enter the third industrial age, just ninety years after we ended our second and adopted free trade principles instead of advocating America first.
In addition to protecting the interests of the American people by protecting American home country firms, government must also embark on a public relations campaign that positions our interests above those of the faux American interests.
The false prophets in this case are the corporations who have abandoned us. Regardless of whether Apple or IBM or Microsoft or HP wants us to believe they make American products, they do not. They import products from other countries where they pay workers from those countries to produce the products. So, when we talk about avoiding imports, it is a larger term than some might initially conclude.
The ISI idea is simple. By making products themselves, small countries create jobs and rely less on other nations. The ISI thus is based primarily on the internal market. The product is sold to the home market. The USA is a huge market. In fact, it is the largest market in the world. It represents 25% of the total world market. Therefore, products built in the US through efficient means should be able to sell in the US, unless, of course there is unfair competition from other countries as there is now.
In truly developing countries, ISI is a total package. It works by having the state lead economic development through nationalization, subsidization of vital industries (including agriculture, power generation, etc.), increased taxation to fund the above, and highly protectionist trade policy. I would look towards a modified ISI approach for our reindustrialization.
For example, nationalization of American home based industries is very important. However, it is not the kind of nationalization in which private industry becomes controlled by the government. Instead it is the second definition of nationalization, “To make national in character, scope, or notoriety.” For our rebuilding it would be an exaggerated form of “buy American.” Yet, the producers of goods and services do not have to be American companies. Any company with an American-first attitude regarding site locations and employment would benefit from the new notion of nationalization. Products made in America would be known as American products no matter who made them. Products made in other countries would be imports regardless of whether they were made by corporations chartered in the US or in other countries.
Government-induced industrialization through governmental spending was the formula for ISI and it was the way the concept was practiced in developing countries such as Latin America and Asia in the mid 1900’s. The model was largely influenced by Keynesian thinking, and that is why the ISI notion was not as successful as it could have been. The American people are fed up with big government and big bailouts and Keynesian economic theory such as that practiced by Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. So the Keynesian part of ISI would be a no-go and that would give ISI a better opportunity to succeed in America.
We already have enough evidence with GM and other government ventures such as Solyndra that government does not belong in any US industry. Government is the worst entity to operate a profit oriented organization. However, government can certainly choose sides so that it clearly favors all domestic-based companies over those that engage in profit by offshoring.
As you are digesting that last sentence, you probably noticed that there is one word that needs to be changed. The US government with its free trade policy and its anti-American trade agreements with 17 different countries and its being a proponent of offshore outsourcing to this day, does not have to choose sides. It has already chosen the other side. It is time for American leaders to change sides. Choose America first. It’s about time.
Additionally, the ISI notion of subsidization of vital industries (including agriculture, power generation, etc.), is not needed in the US. US farmers are already the best in the world, and they cannot offshore the productivity of the breadbasket of America to foreign lands. Additionally, the US is already number one in power generation though government can help in this regard. Government can get out of the way and permit power companies to produce enough energy to support a reindustrialization effort. Moreover, government can help expedite approvals for new energy sources and stop the nonsense of backing only energy ideas that are unproven.
From my perspective, a good start in this regard would be the disbanding of the Department of Energy. Nixon created the Department when the Arabs cut off our oil supply because we sided with Israel in 1973. It sobjective was American oil independence. Instead, we import 50% more foreign oil than we did in 1973. The DOE has failed and they should be run out of town.
In my new book, Kill the EPA, I recommend removing the EPA as an economic obstacle. Capitalism works when capital can be applied to the markets in which it is needed. Government regulations have destroyed the true market balance necessary for capitalism to thrive in America. It is time to change that.
So in our modified ISI, the United States would again be fostering infant industries, such as a steel industry perhaps, and a semiconductor industry, a rail industry, a shipbuilding industry, an electronics industry, and a reinvigorated energy industry, and others. Government would not be the prime mover nor would it provide subsidies. It would permit any country to build in the United States and all takers, American and foreign would be given most favored status and lots of positive press on government websites and on any government sponsored medium simply by operating in America with a preponderance of American employees.
Until the Wilson presidency (2013-2021), our protectionist systems (systems that those who hate America also hate) had brought in up to 50% or more US revenue in tariffs and kept all other taxes relatively low. One of the first events of Wilson's presidency was the passage of the Underwood Tariff as part of the Revenue Act of 1913. This reduced tariff rates from 41 to 25%. It also created the first federal income tax after the passage of the 16th Amendment. The income tax was a means to compensate for anticipated lost revenue because of the reduction of tariff duties. Tariffs had been the largest source of federal revenue from the 1790s to the eve of World War I, until it was surpassed by income taxes.
During the industrial heyday, America prospered and the best industrial complex of any country in the history of the world was formed right here. It is time to return to those days of prosperity and this time the people, not the corporations are # 1.
The profit motive, along with protectionism through large tariffs built the backbone of America. Likewise, the profit motive and corporations protecting their profits while giving the full hand to nose salute to the American people dismantled the most successful industrial complex of all time.
It is the purpose of the reindustrialization to reestablish America first and foremost as a self sustaining and highly successful country.
As a plus for the environmentalists, while we are building back our country, we can design all of the necessary clean industry equipment into the blueprints for new plants and to existing plants as they are being refurbished.
We can do it if we choose to do it!