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Thoughts and words from Roland Hughes


May 29, 2012

America – The Newest Slave State

The pundits on the supposed news channels keep stating that the Democrats need to stop claiming the Republicans are waging war on the middle class. I saw it again just this weekend on CNN. I guess CNN chose to ignore today’s news.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/states-federal-government-reduce-length-jobless-benefits-144413734.html?ugccmtnav=v1%2Fcomments%2Fcontext%2Fa8aa4280-86ad-3ccf-80ab-c9d12c74e25d%2Fcomments%3Fcount%3D20%26sortBy%3DhighestRated%26isNext%3Dtrue%26offset%3D20%26pageNumber%3D1

That’s right. Not only does Mr. Romney like to fire people. He likes to make them work for minimum wage once he has eliminated their high paying job. Republicans have even started rolling out the Great Slavery Movement at the state level. As the article linked above states, Florida has changed its application process and is now routinely denying more than 50% of all legitimate claims.

I will agree this far with CNN reporting. Democrats have the name wrong. It’s not a war on the middle class, it is a war on anyone not born into the upper One Percent. The One Percenters have been patient in their multi-decade war aimed at turning us into a city state of China.

  1. They created tax breaks for American companies to send American jobs overseas.
  2. They pushed for a massive expansion of the H1-B visa program not because there was an actual shortage of technology workers, but because there weren’t technology workers in the U.S. willing to work for $10/day.
  3. They expanded and abused the L1 visa program to create a near limitless labor force which could be paid dramatically below prevailing wage and in many cases below the national poverty level.
  4. Now they are cutting off unemployment benefits for those hardest hit by the financial meltdown created by their Wall Street campaign contributors.

 Even Joe the Plumber has to realize when you buy something at Wal-Mart you contribute to the U.S. Trade Deficit and help eliminate yet another American job. Now Mr. Romney and the Republican party wants to ensure that every American citizen not born into the upper One Percent is forced to take a minimum wage job.

These people weren’t lazy or gaming the system. They had advanced degrees with high college debt and were trying to get another job in their field to avoid taking bankruptcy. Thanks to the wide spread use of Vendor Management Systems which do not allow submission of candidates above a posted pay rate, all of those jobs are going to visa workers. The Department of Labor hasn’t dramatically reduced the prevailing wage of these high tech jobs. Mr. Romney and friends have simply found a way to ensure they never again pay more than minimum wage for any service.

America, the newest country to adopt a policy of slavery.

May 26, 2012

Does Anyone Else Remember When the Ghetto Was Universally Hated?

The title kind of says it all. I remember those times. Perhaps I’m part of the last generation which will remember such times. I know prior generations held firmly to the belief. No matter where they came from, any able bodied person who found themselves in the ghetto hated being there and worked any job they could find to get out of the ghetto. Today this isn’t the case. Sadly many people think being a person who games the welfare system, a gang banger, and/or a drug dealer is something to which they should aspire.

During the 1980s there was a TV mini series (or movie broadcast over several nights) whose name I cannot remember. It featured some well known actors of the day, but, the brain cells containing those names have long since expired in my mind. I still remember the most influential scenes. A lady of the rather wealthy class was walking around the docks of New York (not considered a lady like thing then or now) looking for people out of work. She belonged to an organization of women who believed the way to end crime in the city was to put everybody to work. (An organization we truly need today!) These women didn’t just spout campaign rhetoric, they walked the docks, found able bodied people who were out of work and marched them over to dock bosses. They got them hired through sheer force of will and their connections in society. There were scenes throughout the film which let you know that this particular dock boss owed this particular lady big time for his position and even though he had no work for the workers he hired them anyway.

These men, the dock boss included, all had one thing in common. They hated the ghetto and were willing to work unbelievably hard to get out of it. One pivotal scene in the movie came when the Statue of Liberty arrived in crates only to have one crate dropped and a section of the statue damaged. The creator of the statue starts into an oratory about how he could never find the skills needed to repair it in this country only to see those same two men and several others that same lady had forced on the dock boss set down their bundles and begin forming a plaster mold, the same type of mold we had seen the creator of the statue using earlier in the film. The dock boss slid in next to the statue’s creator/care taker (whose jaw was hanging wide open) to inform him that those men had been copper and silver smiths in the old country and they did not often get a chance to ply those skills here.

Of course, the story ends with the dock bosses dressed up for Independence Day, smoking cigars, and talking about their children. They even comment on all of the good work they had gotten from those men and how one day those men would be running the docks. The movie was a simple tale of the American Dream. It spoke of a time when people would work any job they could find to chase that dream and would dress up on the holidays of the country out of respect for those holidays.

What happened?

I believe we can blame it on the greed of MBAs who run hedge funds and corporations. Here’s why.

I remember a time in my youth when many cities around the country were like Aurora, IL. A high school graduate could wake up at 5 a.m. the Monday morning after graduation and head down to the nearest factory to apply for a job. In most cases they could start on first shift that very day. After a few hours they could decide that place wasn’t for them and move on to the next factory starting on second shift that very same day, then repeat that for a third shift. They could repeat this process for several days until they were down to places which only had day time work. If they were neither physically or mentally challenged, there was no reason for them not to have a job which would better their life and make one of the many products considered necessary for a civilized life. During this same time frame, people traveling abroad would pack an extra suit case filled with American made blue jeans because they were better than Travelers Checks.

Some time during the 1980s there was a shift brought on by lobbyists. Instead of being the country which made everything and fed the world, we would be a country of thinkers and engineers. Instead of building quality, we would move the making of blue jeans, microwaves, hot water heaters, etc. off shore to bang them out fast and cheap, focusing only on the high margin stuff. More kids started going to college while the older middle class got moved into the ghetto.

Lobbyists and MBAs screwed the country again by opening the doors for vast quantities of low paid technology workers to increase the margins made by a few rather than the tax base of the country. Not satisfied with their own take, they moved into the banking and mortgage sectors. Here they proceeded to falsify loan applications so the laborer class could build more homes than the economy could afford. Of course, when the housing bubble burst, none of these lobbyists or MBAs went to prison. Instead they convinced the government to screw over a laborer population which had been getting screwed over for decades. This forced many otherwise upstanding citizens to resort to gaming the welfare system, become a drug dealer, and/or join a criminal gang. Today when you travel abroad, you need to bring cash. Those blue jeans are worthless low quality trinkets now.

It’s only a global market race to the cheapest piece of shit if you allow it to be.  People who buy Ferrari don’t quibble about the price.  Thanks to these lobbyists, MBAs, and Hedge Funds “Made in America” isn’t a label that sells a product.  Thanks great greeders who should have been leaders.  Thanks a bunch for truly screwing this nation once again.  Didn’t you learn anything from NASA?  “Faster, Cheaper, Splat” took NASA out of the space launch business and made it a world wide laughing stock with failure after failure.  A Hubble Telescope that couldn’t see.  A landing system built by two different suppliers (lowest bidders) where one used Metric and the other used SAE creating the first man made crater on Mars.  Now we have big name blue jeans which used to last a life time and felt great that feel cheap and barely survive a few washes.

Gee Thanks!

May 16, 2012

Child Hunger Ends With You

It is an inexcusable and undeniable fact that in this country which tosses out enough feed weekly to feed a small third world nation that we have an unbelievable number of children who face starvation on a regular basis. They go to bed each night not knowing if they will eat tomorrow, even if they did not eat today. What is more inexcusable is the fact you can put an end to it without making a donation or changing your lifestyle in any way.

How? http://www.childhungerendshere.com/Html/Index.html

ConAgra has taken made this cause a personal fight. Sadly, most of you have not bothered.

If you have an office job, you know what that means when it comes to lunch. Most days you cannot go out, so you are either bringing a sandwich or frozen dinner from home and eating at your desk. Sometimes you get that “yummy” alternative known as leftovers. We all know that the frozen dinner option tends to be “whatever was on sale this week” whether you like it or not.

Do you know how I know most of you can’t be bothered? Hundreds of thousands of these meals get sold in your state every week, including my state of Illinois. This has been going on for quite some time yet when I went to the site to key in some numbers, roughly 175,000 codes had been entered for Illinois. That means most of you are eating these products and tossing the codes away. It takes less than a minute to visit the site and enter the code. If you are at work, you don’t even pay for the Internet connection.

That my friends is simply un-American.

These days I don’t even bother buying other frozen or canned “fall-back lunches” that don’t have the code on them. I haven’t changed my lifestyle any. You’ll find that you don’t either. The only real difference is now the first site I visit at lunch is the site to enter my code. Why isn’t that your first site?