Mass-Immigration Meme Spreads

Nearly a year ago, I posted: “Immigration Armageddon” and described the modern level of legal immigration as “mass immigration.” Since then, legal immigration has not become a political issue; illegal immigration is a big issue of course, but hardly anybody even mentions legal immigration.

Just recently, I was surprised to come across a couple of mentions of “mass immigration.” So, the meme is spreading. And my eyes almost popped out of my head when I saw the commercial below from Progressives for Immigration Reform on MSNBC. Their slogan:

“Tell our leaders to reduce mass-immigration until all Americans are back to work.”

That sounds like something Pat Buchanan would say, right? But this commercial is from a left-wing group. I am amazed by this outbreak of common sense because I’ve had a lot of conversations that go like this:

Green: “We must protect the environment from the sprawl.”
Me: “Yes, reducing immigration would be a great way to do that.”
Green: “Oh my god! We can’t do that! We’re a nation of immigrants!”

I once knew an artist who was photographing a rural county as it was being paved over. He was outraged at the housing developments being built. Yet he lived in one of those houses, and he was an immigrant. And many of the people moving into the new houses were also immigrants. When I pointed this out to him, he just stared at me. In his circle, mass-immigration was never questioned.

Of course, environmental impact isn’t the only consideration when trying to calibrate immigration levels. Mass-immigration has delivered a crushing blow to working-class Americans. In one of the conference videos on their website, Leah Durant, Executive Director of PFIR said that some of the wards of Washington D.C. have 40% unemployment rates. Do those areas need more people? I don’t think so.

As we speak, large numbers of middle-class Americans are being turned out of their jobs at IBM in favor of low-paid immigrant workers. The truth is that mass-immigration only benefits the oligarchs by reducing their payroll costs.

President Obama brought in 1 million legal immigrants per year during the Great Recession when unemployment was our biggest problem. That alone may cause him to be turned out of the White House.

Larry Kudlow is a Declinist

For some reason, at Monday night’s presidential debate, CNBC’s Larry Kudlow was carrying on about President Obama being a “declinist” – meaning somebody who accepts the USA’s declining power in the world.

At 4:25 into the video below, Kudlow says:

“There’s the Group of 20, and there’s the United States. Does Obama want us to be one of the Group of 20, or does he want us the be the #1 world leader in economy, military, foreign policy, democracy?”

However, Kudlow is a hard-core globalist and approves of the USA’s membership in the World Trade Organization. And guess what? We only get one vote in the WTO, and we don’t have veto-power like we do on the United Nations Security Council.

In Kudlow’s pet WTO, we are only 1 of 157.

And it is our membership in the WTO that is stripping us of our superpower status.

Note to Kudlow: We most certainly are in decline, and you and your globalist pals are responsible.

What is Colob?

I heard people talking about what sounded like “colob.” But when I googled it, a bunch of weird stuff came up. Turns out that the proper spelling is “Kolob” and Kolob is a Mormon star or planet; they don’t seem to be agreed upon which.

Since there is a Mormon running for president, Mitt Romney, I’m guessing that there will be quite a few people typing “What is Colob?” into Google. And if you just did that, try it again with a “K” or just go straight to the Wikipedia Kolob page.

Mitt Romney is a Redistributionist

After Romney’s infamous “47%” video came out, the Republicans responded with the Obama “redistributionist” video. However, there are more ways to redistribute income than just the tax code. And one of those ways is globalization.

Think of a plant before Romney sends it to China. The American workers there are receiving income. After the plant is moved to China, a small sliver of that income is redistributed to the Chinese workers. And the bulk of it is redistributed straight into Romney’s Cayman Islands account.

This form of “inverse redistribution” is what globalization is all about.

Note to democrats: if you support globalization, you are helping to build the oligarchy.

IBM – A Threat to American Sovereignty?

In a post discussing IBM’s cavalier attitude toward US immigration law, Robert X. Cringely wrote:

“IBM has no fear of the U.S. legal system.”

To that, I would add that multinationals also do not respect the laws of mere nation-states like the USA. They look at our laws as the result of hayseed provincials who just don’t understand the global economy, and how “god’s work” is really done.

Consider this quote from “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power” by Steve Coll:

“Exxon’s far-flung interests were at times distinct from Washington’s. Lee Raymond would manage Exxon’s global position after 1989 as a confident sovereign, a peer of the White House’s rotating occupants. Raymond aligned Exxon with America, but he was not always in sync; he was more akin to the president of France or the chancellor of Germany. He did not manage the corporation as a subordinate instrument of American foreign policy; his was a private empire.”

Questions to ponder:

1) If IBM is a sovereign power, and it is stripping the USA of middle-class jobs, do you consider it to be a friendly power, or an enemy power?

2) Do you think it is wise to allow multinationals to grow more powerful than the federal government? To the point where they no longer feel the need to obey US law?

Nailed It: No Sweatshops in Steve Jobs Biography

Back here, I castigated Walter Isaacson for writing an entire book about Steve Jobs without even mentioning the giant gulag of brutal Asian sweatshops that make Apple’s products.

That was in December 2011. What happened next?

KABOOM!

That’s what.

A month later, performance artist Mike Daisey’s “embellished” account of Foxconn caused a huge wave of sweatshop stories in the reluctant corporate media.

At a stroke, a decade of carefully crafted multinational propaganda was swept away. Today, everybody knows about the sweatshops. In fact, it is so mainstream now that even Saturday Night Live did a bit on it:

But don’t expect any multinationals to voluntarily give up their sweatshops. The gulag is very tightly integrated with our economy. It is part of our flesh and blood now – sort of like slave plantations were in the Old South.

It took the Civil War to exercise slavery from the South, and I don’t expect it will be much easier to exorcise the sweatshop demon. Rather, I believe we will see the system expand. This year, we signed a “free trade” deal with Colombia. In China, unions are illegal. In Colombia, union organizers are assassinated. They practically hunt them for sport down there. And that makes Colombia an ideal site for sweatshops from the perspective of the multinationals because they can have their prized “clarity” on labor costs.

So, not only is it a “race to the bottom” on labor costs and working conditions. It is also a race to the bottom on brutality and murder. If the Chinese don’t massacre some Foxconn workers soon, and restore orderly production, they may lose business to Colombia.

Yes, it is that evil.

Debate Traffic Spike

During last night’s presidential debate, Mitt Romney briefly mentioned food stamps. At that moment, there were five people on my blog. Sixty seconds later, there were hundreds. Here is a snapshot of Google Real-Time Analytics (click to enlarge):

That spike was an order of magnitude larger than any spike I have ever noticed on my site. Imagine if Romney and Obama had actually discussed food stamps. Sixty seconds of that, and I would have had thousands of people.

However, this is very low-value traffic. People were just doing a quick fact check, and I only got a couple of ad-clicks. So, the whole giant spike only generated a couple of dollars in revenue. But it was fun to watch.

How to Dethrone Pope Norquist

As Savage Austerity approaches, news networks are calling in the leading expert for consultation: Grover Norquist. He popped-up on CNBC this morning, and you will likely see a lot of him in the coming weeks as the knives are sharpened.

But what I want to know is why do Republicans “bend the knee” to Grover Norquist? The man isn’t even a conservative, or a republican. Norquist is raging psycho libertarian anarchist. Here is what Norquist’s college buddy, and ex-con, Jack Abramoff wrote about him in his book “Capitol Punishment” (pages 10-11):

“…Grover was dedicated to politics. A libertarian who worked within the Republican Party to effect change…”

and

“We agreed on most things political, but I was a bit uneasy at first with his desire to reduce the federal government to a size where he could “drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.” Grover was so hostile to the federal state that he did not trust it even with the national defense, which he felt should be outsourced to private companies.”

That’s right; Norquist even made The Most Corrupt Man on Earth, Jack Abramoff, “uneasy.”

And not even Ayn Rand believed in privatizing the Department of Defense. Can you imagine our national defense in the hands of Enron? And we are already moving in that direction. While US troops have withdrawn from Iraq, we still operate a large Norquist-style mercenary force there.

Norquist has hypnotized the Republican rank-and-file into permitting the creation of an all-powerful oligarchy, which does indeed create jobs – sweatshop jobs in China.

So, these are talking points for Democrats to attack Norquist. But they can also be used by Republican activists who want to usurp Norquist. For example, such an activist could replace Norquist’s pledge with a new one: “I pledge not to raise the taxes of people making x dollars or less.” Where x is perhaps the top income level of the middle class.

OWS is kaput, but those people who rushed into the streets were awfully mad about something, right? Deposing Norquist is the best thing the Republican Party could do to get out in front of that something. I mean, running an oligarch for president is hardly a strategy to win hearts and minds, now is it? So, excommunicating Norquist would be a nice, compensatory gesture at this point.

How to Smash Public-Sector Unions

Back here, Rachel Maddow complained:

“Killing the unions is the strategy for turning Wisconsin red, not just for now, but for generations to come in an irreparable way. This is about partisan politics. It is about destroying Democrats’ chances of competing with Republicans.”

But is it really only the Republicans who are responsible?

How to smash public-sector unions:

Step 1 – Adopt “free trade” and allow global labor arbitrage to smash the larger private-sector unions.

Step 2 – As blue-collar workers are escorted from their position in the middle class, state & local tax revenue sags.

Step 3 – What remains of the middle class must now decide to accept higher taxes to compensate, or slash the public-sector unions to cut costs.

Step 4 – The ground is now prepared to bring in the Scott Walker and Chris Christie types to save the day by heroically breaking the unions that are draining the public treasuries.

Of course, we would not have globalization without bi-partisan support. Bill Clinton got the ball rolling with NAFTA and President Obama just did three more “free trade” deals with South Korea, Columbia, and Panama.

So, I say to you Democrats: enjoy Walker and Christie because they are your creations.

Bain’s Sensata End-Zone Dance

With Mitt Romney in a horse race with President Obama, you might think that Bain would throttle back the offshoring a bit. The last thing you would expect is for them to literally be sending American jobs to China at the same time that Romney is promising to get tough with China.

But that is exactly what they are doing to Illinois auto-parts maker, Sensata.

Keep in mind that these globalists are waging a scorched-earth campaign against American workers and unions. And Bain is sending a message to them: “Nothing will save you. We don’t even need Romney to be president to finish exterminating you.”

They are flexing. Doing an end-zone dance. Trash talking. Taunting. Flipping America the bird.

They read all the angry blog posts with a glass of champagne in hand, and have a good laugh. They call the butler over and say: “Look it these puny Americans, Jeeves! They are made of marshmallows! When we herd them into the sweatshops, they will DESERVE it!”