Sunday, March 26, 2006

The "Vendor" Economy vs. The Immigration Tension Problem

Huge Latin rallies in major American cities highlighted that many Latins are angry at being made a scapegoat for larger problems in American society.

Failed "free trade" policies such as NAFTA have driven down wages in Mexico, where large U.S. corporate agriculture businesses drove down wages by about 1/3 in Mexico with cheaply produced corn and wheat products dumped on the local markets. This had a devastating impact on local economy conditions in many parts of Mexico, making entire families economic refugees that settled in the U.S. either through legal or illegal immigration.

This in turn has made California unrulable for either Democrat Governor Gray Davis or Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, who have great difficulty managing a state budget overwelmed by the effects of an economic refugee problem where the borders of California are overwelmed by a flood of both legal and illegal immigrants, many of the poorest needing state social services such as health care as many of the low paying U.S. entry jobs do not provide for basic benefits as health care. These immigrant families work, but often the wage provides so little that the state budget must subsidize their wages with state benefits.

The U.S. is a nation of immigrants, both legal and not. And these immigrants cannot be blamed for seeking their own economic survival for their families. Terrible imbalances in "free trade" policies create major economic problems in states like Mexico, creating a wave of immigration to the U.S. for economic survival.

At the same time, many Americans are becoming economic refugees in their own land, as cheaply made foreign imports flood the American store shelves, and higher wage factory jobs are in real decline. History as well as social sciences such as anthropoly dictate that no society that is reduced down to a mere "vendor" economy status can survive for very long. Anthropology case studies note that even the most primitive of world societies at least produced their own "pottery" items as the most basic production and commerce item. But the U.S. has become a Wal-Mart style "vendor" economy for big box stores with low wages below real living wage levels, with few job related benefits acting merely as "vendors" for Chinese or other low wage foreign made goods.

The U.S. is facing the decline of their economy, where no real management from the White House or Congress exists to prevent the slide into another failed empire such as Rome for the U.S. Immigration tensions are a prime problem created by a competition for low wage jobs between American workers and immigrants seeking their economic self-survival, as well as problems that state governments face in the humanitarian dispensing of vital services that overwelmed by economic problems far larger that state governments can manage. Some world societies such as the UAE where 80% of the workers are foreign exist because of economic opportunity far in excess to local labor levels. But in the U.S. there is a struggle for survival that fuels a labor crisis as wealthy economic interests both foreign and domestic salvage the U.S. economy looking for higher and higher profits while workers, both American and immigrant struggle for a share of low paying jobs in a declining American society ready to join ancient Rome.


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