The informative business publication, Zero Hedge, featured the voice of common sense and economic insight, Rick Santelli.
"CNBC's Rick Santelli asks the (rhetorical) question
that everyone should ask: "[What the Fed minutes said] is, listen, we have to wait for bigger confirmation that the economy
is doing better; and for that, we're going to look at the employment side. [At the same time] we have the fewest people working
that can work in 30 years, and all-time-record-high profits for corporations. Now, does that strategy sound rational to you?"
It seems, now that Bernanke has seemingly promised that it will really never end, that Santelli's question will become increasingly
critical in this country."
Even the network of the Wall Street barons, at some point, must admit that a
disturbing imbalance in the gain and pain distribution is now the new standard for the economy. Recognizing that the worker
has lost job security is undeniable. Talk of recruiting union membership without due paying contributions is just one illustration
that the blue collier employee is becoming marginalized even more. Soon achieving employment, even in the most unskilled categories,
will be an achievement in itself.
People that work for wages are becoming disposable. Long gone are the prospects
of benefits and retirement annuities. A job is being defined as a temporary internship that pays the minimum if at all.
healthy economy has always relied upon the velocity of money flowing quickly with the anticipation that once spent, the money
can be replaced by new earnings. The consumer is hard pressed by rising food, energy and taxes that diminish disposable income
with costs that far exceed the government rate of inflation.
So when Santelli laments about the 30-year
low in employment, the political class ducks for cover to place the blame elsewhere. The especially, taboo topic to avoid
discussion is that of Free Trade. For the average small business entrepreneur, the overseas markets are beyond their ability
to tap. Their products or services are predominantly local or national at best.
However, the internationalization of trade is the primary market for most of the largest corporations.
by its nature is good commerce, when the benefits of such transactions, produce enhancements that exceeds mere profits. Making
money on a business deal is not evil. However, allowing a corporatist business model to systematically monopolize and limit
business transactions to a select group of like minded plutocrats, is at the heart of the disparity in shared wealth.
policy is designed to benefit the investment-banking sector. International banking does business with their crony counterparts
among their corporate friends. The enormous accumulation of even greater assets by the superrich, while the 90 + percent underclass
strive to maintain solvency, cannot sustain a viable economy.
This dilemma is not primarily an economic
unbalance because the marketplace has failed. No, just the opposite, the marketplace has been sabotaged. Government regulation
really is contrived to eliminate the competition or prevent new contenders from growing so that the top tier conglomerates
can increase their market share.
Government policy is controlled by the moneychangers. The last thirty years has
been a frightful employment environment for the average and aspiring employee. Off shoring affects not just the manufacturing
industries. If a telemarketer service is cheaper in a foreign country, companies that make decisions solely on the bottom
line often flee.
Quantitative easing is best defined as unlimited near zero lending costs to cartel syndicates,
while lending to non-cabal enterprises go wanting for capital at any cost.
Here is the point that Santelli
left unsaid. The employment side is no longer a free market of inexperienced labor or even trained employees to obtain work.
To be hired for a paycheck has become a test. Since the government is the preferred employer, a loyalty examine is now a requirement
in the application process.
Even if the job seeker has no interest in becoming a government servant, the
regulator requirements that private enterprise is forced to adhere to have become so ominous that the full time job that once
existed has been reduced to a part time scale.
Criticism from last week's Negotium article, Financial Meltdown Five Years After, centered upon providing a forum for the Government's version of the last
five year "so called" recovery. Apologetically, for our deficiency in effectively rebutting the official account;
however, this essay argues that the years since the financial meltdown are a continuation in the systematic dismantling of
the American economy.
Once upon a time individuals shared the success of corporate growth and earnings through equity
in the company and dividends from profits. Today, insiders, hedge funds and counter party claims are the beneficiaries of
stock ownership. Owning a stock in a specific company is touted as risky when you can buy an index.
annual shareholder meeting may need to endure disgruntled individuals, but their board decisions seldom consider the best
interests of shareholders.
This corporatist approach to exclude the insignificant and commune with the oligarchy
class is meant to consolidate the privileged. Hording huge sums of company cash on a balance sheet is a sure sign that investing
into a growing the economy is not a priority.
Jobs are created when Capitalists instruct managers
that the consumer will get a healthy infusing of cash to spend. Consumers need to increase their income significantly and
have the confidence that such a boost in cash flow is not a fluke.
When the money spigot only flows in the
direction of the commercial banks and loans are limited for financing ventures that have significant employment creation potential,
this practice is not by chance.
As Rick Santelli implies, does this strategy sound
What is your response? How do you see the equation between the financial bailout and the lack of livable
wage jobs? This argument is meant to describe the circumstances that lead us to the point where people are expendable, while
the transnational global monopolists just gain more control.
James Hall - September 25, 2013