At the Cold War’s end, the aspirations of Middle Americans to preserve their country’s values collided with the profit motive of Corporate America.
President Eisenhower had warned America about the danger of the “military-industrial complex.” How right he was!
The Fortune 500 companies wanted to close factories in the USA and ship production abroad—where unions did not exist, regulations were light, taxes were low, and wages were a fraction of what they were here in America—plus their compliant lobby-run government gave them super tax breaks, even financing and guarantees against loss!
Corporate America was going global and getting rid of its American workforce, the best paid and most efficient on earth, and replace it with cheap foreign labor.
While manufacturing sought to move production abroad, hotels, motels, bars, restaurants, farms and construction companies that could not move abroad also wanted to replace their expensive American workers.
Thanks to our compliant government Corporate America got everything it wanted.
Tens of thousands of U.S. factories were shut down. Millions of their American workers were out of a job. Cheap, foreign-made goods poured in, killing the manufacturers who had stayed behind, loyal to their U.S. workers.
As U.S. businesses and services catering to the American consumer reaped the rewards of cheap foreign manufacturing, they too wanted to enjoy the benefits of cheap foreign labor. By backing of on the inflow of illegal immigrants, the government assisted them in replacing Americans with cheap foreign labor now working in America.
Since the early 90s, an estimated 40 million immigrants, legal and illegal, have entered the U.S. More Americans lost their jobs and the wages of those still working have stagnated for over twenty years—and still stagnate with no end in sight.
What was great for Corporate America, along with its owners, lobbyists, and even government officials was living death for the American worker.
Organizations such as GATT, and NAFTA were formed as alliances to let more foreign countries flood America with cheap goods mad with cheap labor.
Of course, all this makes no sense. How can Corporate America continue to profit, while the consumer market in America shrinks? Does Corporate America care? No, and why should they. Their money is in the bank, thanks to their exorbitant profits, outrageous salaries and sky-high bonuses.
And yet, the top one-percenters complain about America becoming a welfare state. What, on earth, did they expect?
The formula for the restoration on the American worker is no amnesty for illegals, and protective tariffs to stem the flow of cheap foreign goods into America, forcing Corporate America to manufacture in their own country—America—or die.