Will Steve Jobs be mummified?

“It isn’t just that the workers are cheaper abroad. Rather, Apple’s executives believe the vast scale of overseas factories as well as the flexibility, diligence and the industrial skills of foreign workers have so outpaced their American counterparts that ‘Made In the USA’ is not longer a viable option for most Apple products.

Last Sunday morning was a typical Sunday.  I walked the dogs and then scooped up both their droppings and The New York Times sitting on my lawn.  My wife’s dawdling at the computer allowed me to scan the headlines before she glommed the paper.

Never know what you are gonna pick up

The left two columns of the front page read, “How U.S. Lost Out On iPhone Work.”  It was a fascinating article, and one which has sparked quite a bit of conversation among the talking-heads.   I won’t spend time restating the piece.   If you are curious, use your iPhone, iPad, Droid, Blackberry or other not-made-in-the-U.S.A. smartphone and  checkout: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/business/apple-america-and-a-squeezed-middle-class.html?pagewanted=all.

The central point of Mr. Duhiggs and Bradsher’s investigative piece was as follows:

“It isn’t just that the workers are cheaper abroad.  Rather,  Apple’s executives believe the vast scale of overseas factories as well as the flexibility, diligence and the industrial skills of foreign workers have so outpaced their American counterparts that ‘Made In the USA’ is not longer a viable option for most Apple products.”

I got my bridal ap

I am quite aware that my liberal, jogging, organically fed, well-educated friends love their Apples.   They spend more time lauding praise upon these possessions than speaking to their moms and dads.  Aps are their daily bread.  Mircosoft is the pits.  Everyday the mass of ap-addicted devotees  in Apple Stores surpass the headline-making queues of the annual Filene Basement Bridal Sale.

Continuing to peruse this blog may irritate and infuriate Apple fans’ Apple hackles.  No one likes their central identity challenged, but simply said, “Apple is rotten to the core.”

Yummy and healthy too?

Back to Mr. Duhiggs and Bradsher’s  conclusion.   The key word in those few sentences is ” VIABLE..” According to www.thefreedictionary.com

” Viable” is an adjective meaning:

1. Capable of living, developing, or germinating under favorable conditions.

2. Capable of living outside the uterus. Used of a fetus or newborn.

You see, it’s simple,  Apple, in order to live, in order to survive, must have its products made in China or in other employee-oppressive nations.  It is a matter of survivability, of corporate life or death.  If it those little apple seeds are to sprout into those ubiquitous battery powered devices we so depend on and get mugged for, they need to go overseas where workers are treated worse than cattle destined for MacDonalds.

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It’s Always Greener

The super-moneyed of this nation are just insecure. The oil baron Koch brothers are frightened. Billionaire casino owners, Wall Street manipulators, and those incredibly affluent CEO’s of the US Chamber of Commerce are terrified. That’s it. That’s why they spend their waking hours and hard earned millions on electing and influencing office holders. They are protecting their stuff. And their tactics seem to be working.

Several years ago I saw a film about two hotel maids.  In this film, whose name is beyond my recall and my googling ability, one young maid asks the other, “What are rich people afraid of?” Her friend, and fellow housekeeper responds, “Not being rich.”

Dancin' and Worryin'

Perhaps, that is the problem.  The super-moneyed of this nation are just insecure.  The oil baron Koch brothers are frightened.  Billionaire casino owners, Wall Street manipulators, and those incredibly affluent CEO’s of the US Chamber of Commerce are terrified.  That’s it.  That’s why they spend their waking hours and hard earned millions on electing and influencing office holders.  They are protecting their stuff.  And their tactics seem to be working.

GingRich blames the poor of this country.  Fraudulent mortgages, and concocted derivatives were not the culprits. The financial instruments that caused our country’s economic chaos were food stamps.  Ya see, it’s simple, there are just too many poor folk (aka Blacks) who love to get something for nothing.  That S.O.B. Obama is taking our money, giving it to those greedy bastards (his people), and they are using food stamps to buy cheese for their kids. That’s the problem; it’s those people of color using food stamps. It’s obvious and it’s intolerable!

Enviable?

Romney (did you ever notice that 83% of his name consists  of M-O-N-E-Y?) , a man with a net worth of hundreds of millions, who is building a twelve million dollar home so his grandkids can comfortably visit, pays an effective tax rate of 15% , yet audaciously accuses Obama of inciting  the “bitter politics’ of envy.”   My God, (Santorum’s advisor) that lying Obama has the chutzpah of making food stamp users envious of hard-working, job-making billionaires.  The envy should be in reverse.  Go ahead, name a billionaire CEO, who, given the opportunity, wouldn’t gladly give up his/her busy, mind draining day to live in the urban slum, have no worries and live off food stamps.

Those maids were so correct.  It is exhausting to unceasingly plot, bribe, cajole, influence and lobby day after day to protect your billions.  Guarding your wealth demands that you call for an end to the EPA and its regulations.  The compulsion to protect your bundle demands sacrificing the future health and safety of your children and grandchildren.  Your station in life demands this sacrifice. Jesus, (Rick Santorum, again) what a terrible drag.

And to top it off there are no guarantees.  It is core rattling to think that the Romanovs of Russia had it all, and then, lights out.  The Bourbons of France masterly had all working smoothly when, in a flash, they lost it all, including a couple of heads.  They labored and toiled.  They controlled the government, the courts, the religious leaders and whap, gone in an instant. Is there no security?

Only Hurts for A Minute

Romney’s, GingRich’s and Santorum’s puppeteers pull the strings; they own FOX and the Wall Street Journal. Yet, there is no guarantee of keeping the wealth. Add in the pesky Internet with its capacity to inform, and mobilize, and your really have tsouris.

The Koch’s of the world have choices.  (I know; last week, I said there was no free will, but I can’t help myself)  They can purchase armed guards, razor wire, and politicians while simultaneously despoiling  the world  and manipulating the people of few means to blame those of no means, or they can use their wealth and its concomitant power to make this a better and safer world; they can invest in the future, not plundering, but building.  If they do the latter, my guess is they will still have a pretty nice lifestyle; of course, they would still have to do without those food stamps.  Matt 1/19/2012

One Possibility

 

The Difference

The Occupy Wall Street is about Anger and Hope. It is progressive. Mostly young people. Not against capitalism. They love Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates. They are against corporate greed and Wall Street that get away with murder.

Ignorance and hate.
Tea Party - Hate and Ignorance.

 

The Tea Party is about Anger, Hate and Fear.  It is reactionary. The Tea Party is being used by Big Money.  These poor schmucks are voting against their own interests.

 

 

 

 

Progressive protests.
Are we free?

 

The occupying of Wall Street is about Anger and Hope.  It is progressive.  Mostly young people.  Not against capitalism.  They love Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett and  Bill Gates.  They are against corporate greed and Wall Street that gets away with murder.

 

It’s starting

Enough of mindless greed, enough of the selfishness of Wall Street, enough of the bankers’ insatiable drive for profit at any cost.

The New Movement…finally.

Protests on the streets.
The free generation.

The young, the future of the world, the future of our country – the movement is growing, and it is  spreading.

Enough is enough!

Enough of mindless greed, enough of the selfishness of Wall Street, enough of the bankers’ insatiable drive for  profit at any cost.

The Wall Street, we bailed out, totally ignores our needs, the needs of the majority.  The crooks took our money and kept it for themselves.

We are the 99%
This Country is Ours

We, The People, built this country. We buit its roads and bridges, its cars and spaceships.  We, The People, own our country, our Democracy.  We built and protected our country with our sweat and blood.

This great country, this democracy,  is ours.  The Wall Street crooks do not own us.

It’s time to wake up and act.

Enough is enough!

American youth have joined the global movement, the fight for a better future.

Finally!

The movement is growing.  The stream is getting wider and stronger.

Powerful movement
Powerful

Let”s hope the stream becomes a powerful river.  Let’s hope this  fresh and powerful movement will sweep away the old stale swamp,  and revitalize our land.

A River of Hope for a Better Tomorrow.

My friends, please don’t be silent, don’t be a silent majority.

For your sake, for the sake of our kids and grand kids,

For a Better Tomorrow-   Become part of that pwerful river

By, for, and of the WHAT?

As an old guy, I recall school kids reciting the Gettysburg Address.  I can hear that awe-inspiring, heart-touching closing line that only a Lincoln could compose, “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”  Well folks, times have changed and revision is in order.

To better reflect the present governance of our country and in recognition of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, I propose the following:

  • The Gettysburg Address shall now be titled the Greedysburg Address
  •  The closing line shall read, “that government of the corporation, by the corporation, and for the corporation shall not perish from the earth
  •  At the start of each school day, following the mandated school prayer, the Greedysburg Address shall be recited and then followed by the Pledge of Allegiance 2.0

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The Trickin’ or the Reg?

In the process of obtaining and processing a simple mortgage, a small forest of trees appears to have been obliterated. My wife, as she began to experience the painful beginnings of writer’s cramp asked, “Why do we have to sign all these papers? It’s crazy.” To which, the “closer” immediately replied it’s the government and their stupid regulations.”

Recently I had the delightful experience of obtaining a new mortgage.  I now have a lower rate and a three inch pile of signed, initialed, notarized, stamped and sworn to documents.  What do I do with these papers?   Should I rent an oversized safety deposit box?  Do I shred and put the resultant confetti in the recycle bin?   Perhaps,  I just leave them on the dining room table for my heirs to sort out?  Presently, the last option seems most viable.

In the process of obtaining and processing a simple mortgage, a small forest of trees appears to have been obliterated.  My wife, as she began to experience the painful beginnings of writer’s cramp asked, “Why do we have to sign all these papers? It’s crazy.”  To which, the “closer” immediately replied it’s the government and their stupid regulations.”

Just Sign Here

Some of the titles on these documents are as follows: “Disclosures;” “Important Information regarding Mortgage Loan Products;” ““Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Truth-In-Lending Questions;””Good Faith Estimate;” “Truth-In-Lending Disclosure Statement;” “Affiliated Business Arrangement  Disclosure Statement;” “Appraisal Disclosure.”  Why would there be such a plethora of regulations  demanding my friendly banker officially warn me that  Big Bank and Trust  will be disclosing information about me and my Continue reading “The Trickin’ or the Reg?”

Bribes Or Another Way to cut Medicare Cost.

Major drug companies are essentially bribing generic rivals to delay the release of cheaper drugs, costing consumers billions of dollars a year — and the number of these deals surged by more than 60 percent last year.

Drug companies bribed generics
Just don't make cheap drugs.

Major drug companies are essentially bribing generic rivals to delay the release of cheaper drugs, costing consumers billions of dollars a year — and the number of these deals surged by more than 60 percent last year.

FTC Staff Report Finds 60 Percent Increase in Pharmaceutical Industry Deals That Delay Consumers’ Access to Lower-Cost Generic DrugsDeals Are Costing Taxpayers, Consumers Billions of Dollars“ Collusive deals to keep generics off the market are already costing consumers and taxpayers $3.5 billion a year in higher drug prices,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “The increasing number of these deals is a win-win proposition for the pharmaceutical industry, but a lose-lose for everyone else.In recent years, certain brand-name companies have paid generic challengers to settle their patent challenges and delay the introduction of lower-cost medicines. Continue reading “Bribes Or Another Way to cut Medicare Cost.”

Who Rules America

If the ruling class were as worried about the deficit as it claims to be, it would accept that the wealthiest people in society have a duty to pony up more for the very government whose police power and military protect them, their property and their wealth.

Military Industrial Complex.

Eisenhower warning about Military Industrial Complex
The warning

Who rules America
April 22, 2011|By E.J. Dionne Jr

“The American ruling class is failing us — and itself. At other moments in our history, the informal networks of the wealthy and powerful who often wield at least as much influence as our elected politicians accepted that their good fortune imposed an obligation: to reform and thus preserve the system that allowed them to do so well. They advocated social decency out of self-interest (reasonably fair societies are more stable) but also from an old-fashioned sense of civic duty. “Noblesse oblige” sounds bad until it doesn’t exist anymore.
Listen to David Cay Johnston, the author of “Free Lunch” and a columnist for Tax Notes. “The effective rate for the top 400 taxpayers has gone from 30 cents on the dollar in 1993 to 22 cents at the end of the Clinton years to 16.6 cents under Bush,” he said in a telephone interview. “So their effective rate has gone down more than 40 percent.”
If the ruling class were as worried about the deficit as it claims to be, it would accept that the wealthiest people in society have a duty to pony up more for the very government whose police power and military protect them, their property and their wealth.
“A blind and ignorant resistance to every effort for the reform of abuses and for the readjustment of society to modern industrial conditions represents not true conservatism, but an incitement to the wildest radicalism.” With those words in 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt showed he understood what a responsible ruling class needed to do. Where are those who would now take up his banner?

Military industrial complex
Blood money

Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

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Don’t get us wrong. It is an American dream after all – to get rich. And as an American, don’t you want to keep this dream alive for all of us? We just do not want this country to become a Third World country, because that’s what happens when the middle class is gone; because then you will have to hide behind walls with barbed wire. So please try to overcome your selfishness and your greed and be an America citizen. Please show America that you care. Please tell your servants – the Republicans – that you want to help, that you are ready for a sacrifice. My fellow rich Americans. It is not bad to be rich; it is bad to loose basic human attributes such as conscience, compassion and the great feeling that you are an American.

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