For decades American-based multi-national corporations have sent millions of jobs to our tormentors in China. Besides for the most obvious reasons (such as slave-labor wages and non-existent labor laws), here is another reason why American corporations have chosen China to be the World's leading manufacturer --- a lack of environmental regulations (See the results in 10 photos below).
It was bad enough that those greedy and bothersome American workers had wanted to earn a living wage, work in safe conditions and have some job security --- then those damn peons also had the nerve to want clean air to breath and clean water to drink too!
So in return (thanks to their brave and sympathetic political leaders), American workers had to forsake their means by which they could earn any living all. And China obliged, averaging 10% GNP for the last 30 years, while at the same, lifting half their population out of poverty (during that same time, the American middle-class was in decline).
So it was the American workers who made this trade-off (with "fair trade agreements") in their bid for a "shared sacrifice", while the stock market continues to soar to record highs, as these American-based multi-national corporations have been earning record profits, and as CEO pay packages continue to soar into the stratosphere (all while paying record low taxes on their ill-gotten gains.)
And all because American workers had only wanted to live and survive (multi national businesses are not patriotic to any one nation.)
But workers in China have also been demanding the same things that American workers have asked for --- such as better wages and better working conditions.
So now some of these multi-national corporations have been moving to other lower-wage countries --- some with no labor laws or environmental regulations at all. These companies will hopscotch around the globe (as they do from State to State within the US) constantly in search of the best tax deal and the lowest wages.
For a generation this American corporate strategy has created ghost-towns across the country, forcing large cities and small towns into bankruptcy, annulling workers' pensions and pushed millions of American workers onto food stamps and other government programs.
If slavery were still legal, they'd use slaves today, prizing monetary capital over human capital. Corporations aren't real people, so as profit-generating machines (beholding only to shareholders, who are mostly big banks, private equity firms and the corporate officers themselves), they are only legal entities without souls or consciences. A few who run these multinational conglomerates, after extracting from the nation all they want, have revoked their U.S. citizenship and took their cash to another country.
Only a true "democracy" can reverse this horrific trend, but the major shareholders and corporate executives of these multi-national corporations have corrupted our political system, circumventing the workers' needs, wants and desires. In other words, the workers are screwed. Warren Buffett was right when he said, "We won."
There is one thing, and one thing only, that American workers can do --- and that's to only vote for "progressive" Democrats running for Congress (such as Senator Elizabeth Warren).
Do NOT vote for any of the so-called "moderate" Democrats if you can avoid this --- because they are pro-corporate and had agreed to the trade agreements and the offshoring of jobs-for-profits; and do NOT vote for any Republicans at all --- because they are all not only pro-corporate, but they are anti-worker too.
Whereas, "progressive" Democrats are not anti-business, they are actually pro-business (especially small business), but they are also pro-worker (like 95% of us are). And yet, the "progressive" Democrats have a fair and reasonable deal that will benefit ALL working Americans --- Republicans and Democrats alike.
We can assume that we ALL want living wages, safe working conditions, Social Security, job security, safe food, Medicare, clean air and pure drinking water --- for both ourselves and for the children and grand-children. So Americans must learn what's been happening, and STOP voting against their own best interests, otherwise, things will only get worse.
Beautiful colors, don't you agree?
Great Wall of China
Let's dump it here!
Care for a drink?
Who needs a rod and reel?
The Lijiang River
It stinks, doesn't it?