DID PRESIDENT BUSH PERSUADE YOU THAT HE HAS THE RIGHT PLAN FOR THE COUNTRY?

VOTING AT 156174 RESPONSES:

YES - 30%

NO - 70%

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The True State of the Union

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
(Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration.)

Gentle reader, if you prefer comforting lies to harsh truths, don't read this 
column.

The state of the union is disastrous. By its naked aggression, bullying, 
illegal spying on Americans, and illegal torture and detentions, the Bush 
administration has demonstrated American contempt for the Geneva Convention, 
for human life and dignity, and for the civil liberties of its own citizens. 
Increasingly, the US is isolated in the world, having to resort to bribery and 
threats to impose its diktats. No country any longer looks to America for moral 
leadership. The US has become a rogue nation. Least of all did President Bush 
tell any truth about the economy. He talked about economic growth rates without 
acknowledging that they result from eating the seed corn and do not produce 
jobs with a living wage for Americans.

He touted a low rate of unemployment and did not admit that the figure is false 
because it does not count millions of discouraged workers who have dropped out 
of the work force.

Americans did not hear from Bush that a new Wal-Mart just opened on Chicago's 
city boundary and 25,000 people applied for 325 jobs (Chicago Sun-Times, Jan. 
26), or that 11,000 people applied for a few Wal-Mart jobs in Oakland, 
California. Obviously, employment is far from full.

Neither did Bush tell Americans any of the dire facts reported by economist 
Charles McMillion in the January 19 issue of Manufacturing & Technology News:

During Bush's presidency the US has experienced the slowest job creation on 
record (going back to 1939). During the past five years private business has 
added only 958,000 net new jobs to the economy, while the government sector has 
added 1.1 million jobs. Moreover, as many of the jobs are not for a full work 
week, "the country ended 2005 with fewer private sector hours worked than it 
had in January 2001."

McMillion reports that the largest sources of private sector jobs have been 
health care and waitresses and bartenders. Other areas of the private sector 
lost so many jobs, including supervisory/managerial jobs, that had health care 
not added 1.4 million new jobs, the private sector would have experienced a net 
loss of 467,000 jobs between January 2001 and December 2005 despite an 
"economic recovery." Without the new jobs waiting tables and serving drinks, 
the US economy in the past five years would have eked out a measly 64,000 jobs. 
In other words, there is a job depression in the US.

McMillion reports that during the past five years of Bush's presidency the US 
has lost 16.5% of its manufacturing jobs. The hardest hit are clothes 
manufacturers, textile mills, communications equipment, and semiconductors. 
Workforces in these industries shrunk by 37 to 46 percent. These are amazing 
job losses. Major industries have shriveled to insignificance in half a decade.

Free trade, offshore production for US markets, and the outsourcing of US jobs 
are the culprits. McMillion writes that "every industry that faces foreign 
outsourcing or import competition is losing jobs," including both Ford and 
General Motors, both of which recently announced new job losses of 30,000 each. 
The parts supplier, Delphi, is on the ropes and cutting thousands of jobs, 
wages, benefits, and pensions.

If the free trade/outsourcing propaganda were true, would not at least some US 
export industries be experiencing a growth in employment? If free trade and 
outsourcing benefit the US economy, how did America run up $2.85 trillion in 
trade deficits over the last five years? This means Americans consumed almost 
$3 trillion dollars more in goods and services than they produced and turned 
over $3 trillion of their existing assets to foreigners to pay for their 
consumption. Consuming accumulated wealth makes a country poorer, not richer.

Americans are constantly reassured that America is the leader in advanced 
technology and intellectual property and doesn't need jobs making clothes or 
even semiconductors. McMillion puts the lie to this reassurance. During Bush's 
presidency, the US has lost its trade surplus in manufactured Advanced 
Technology Products (ATP). The US trade deficit in ATP now exceeds the US 
surplus in Intellectual Property licenses and fees. The US no longer earns 
enough from high tech to cover any part of its import bill for oil, autos, or 
clothing.

This is an astonishing development. The US "superpower" is dependent on China 
for advanced technology products and is dependent on Asia to finance its 
massive deficits and foreign wars.

In view of the rapid collapse of US economic potential, my prediction in 
January 2004 that the US would be a third world economy in 20 years was 
optimistic. Another five years like the last, and little will be left. 
America's capacity to export manufactured goods has been so reduced that some 
economists say that there is no exchange rate at which the US can balance its 
trade.

McMillion reports that median household income has fallen for a record fifth 
year in succession. Growth in consumer spending has resulted from households 
spending their savings and equity in their homes. In 2005 for the first time 
since the Great Depression in the 1930s, American consumers spent more than 
they earned, and the government budget deficit was larger than all business 
savings combined. American households are paying a record share of their 
disposable income to service their debts.

With America hemorrhaging red ink in every direction, how much longer can the 
dollar hold on to its role as world reserve currency?

The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is the cradle of the propaganda 
that globalization is win-win for all concerned. Free trader Stephen Roach of 
Morgan Stanley reports that the mood at the recently concluded Davos meeting 
was different, because the predicted "wins" for the industrialized world have 
not made an appearance.

Roach writes that "job creation and real wages in the mature, industrialized 
economies have seriously lagged historical norms. It is now commonplace for 
recoveries in the developed world to be either jobless or wageless--or both."

Roach is the first free trade economist to admit that the disruptive technology 
of the Internet has dashed the globalization hopes. It was supposed to work 
like this: The first world would lose market share in tradable manufactured 
goods and make up the job and economic loss with highly-educated knowledge 
workers. The "win-win" was supposed to be cheaper manufactured goods for the 
first world and more and better jobs for the third world.

It did not work out this way, Roach writes, because the Internet allowed job 
outsourcing to quickly migrate from call centers and data processing to the 
upper end of the value chain, displacing first world employees in "software 
programming, engineering, design, and the medical profession, as well as a 
broad array of professionals in the legal, accounting, actuarial, consulting, 
and financial services industries."

This is what I have been writing for years, while the economics profession 
adopted a position of total denial. The first world gainers from globalization 
are the corporate executives, who gain millions of dollars in bonuses by 
arbitraging labor and substituting cheaper foreign labor for first world labor. 
For the past decade free market economists have served as apologists for 
corporate interests that are dismantling the ladders of upward mobility in the 
US and creating what McMillion writes is the worst income inequality on record.

Globalization is wiping out the American middle class and terminating jobs for 
university graduates, who now serve as temps, waitresses and bartenders. But 
the whores among economists and the evil men and women in the Bush 
administration still sing globalization's praises.

The state of the nation has never been worse.

The Great Depression was an accident caused by the incompetence of the Federal 
Reserve, which was still new at its job. The new American job depression is the 
result of free trade ideology. The new job depression is creating a reserve 
army of the unemployed to serve as desperate recruits for neoconservative 
military adventures. Perhaps that explains the Bush administration's enthusiasm 
for globalization.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan 
administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial 
page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny 
of Good Intentions.He can be reached at: [EMAIL PROTECTED]

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#1. To: Kamala (#0)

Which is why I am calling for a nationwide general strike this April 15th, on 
THIS thread.

        Gold and silver are real money, paper is but a promise.

Elliott Jackalope  posted on  2006-02-01   20:28:03 ET  Reply   Trace   Private 
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#2. To: Kamala (#0)

    The new job depression is creating a reserve army of the unemployed to 
serve as desperate recruits for neoconservative military adventures.

They also turn to right-wing fundamentalist Christianity.

As discussed in the book "What's the Matter with Kansas," the growth of 
religious and political conservatism in last 25 years has arisen in response to 
the economic hollowing out of America.

Along the same lines, the book "The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth" 
points out that historically in America, political and social conservatism has 
usually gone hand in hand with hard economic times (e.g., the racist populist 
era of 1880-1895 and the backlash era of 1973-1993).

So it's win-win for Bush -- screw the people economically, and they react with 
a backlash that favors right-wing politics.

I've already said too much.

MUDDOG  posted on  2006-02-01   20:55:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply
#3. To: Kamala, *Paul Craig Roberts* (#0)

ping!

"Our work in Iraq is difficult because our enemy is brutal" - George W. Bush 
1/31/06

robin  posted on  2006-02-01   21:02:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply
#4. To: Kamala (#0)

    He touted a low rate of unemployment and did not admit that the figure is 
false because it does not count millions of discouraged workers who have 
dropped out of the work force.

And I'm one of them, no thanks to the criminals in government.

The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of 
private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State 
itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism -- ownership of government by an 
individual, by a group, or any controlling private power. Franklin Delano 
Roosevelt

BTP Holdings  posted on  2006-02-01   21:32:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply
#5. To: MUDDOG, Kamala (#2)

    So it's win-win for Bush -- screw the people economically, and they react 
with a backlash that favors right-wing politics.

I posted this same article, Kamala. I picked it up on http://Vdare.com. The 
subjects were different, so I missed it on my search. You posted it first, so 
I'll reply to yours.

I hope you're wrong about Bush and the War Party, MUDDOG, but history is on 
your side. Bush's real mission is the destruction of America, as we know her. 
if the War Party retains control of Congress in the upcoming November 
elections, it will show that masochisism, a taste for suffering, of domination 
by a warmongering moron is really what woos the electorate

Life is a tragedy to those who feel, and a comedy to those who think.

Zoroaster  posted on  2006-02-01   21:36:08 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply
#6. To: Zoroaster (#5)

    if the War Party retains control of Congress in the upcoming November 
elections, it will show that masochisism, a taste for suffering, of domination 
by a warmongering moron is really what woos the electorate

Or else it will show that the vote is completely rigged, and that we are in 
fact living in a dictatorship.

        Gold and silver are real money, paper is but a promise.

Elliott Jackalope  posted on  2006-02-01   21:37:50 ET  Reply   Trace   Private 
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#7. To: Elliott Jackalope (#6)

    Or else it will show that the vote is completely rigged, and that we are in 
fact living in a dictatorship.

The above would be the most probable explantion for a Bush/War Party victory in 
November. But will the shadow government have the balls to rig the vote? The 
word is already out, and the elections will be watched more closely than before.

Your guess is as good as mine.

Life is a tragedy to those who feel, and a comedy to those who think.

Zoroaster  posted on  2006-02-01   21:51:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply
#8. To: Zoroaster (#7)

Considering that the exit polls in Ohio showed Kerry winning, but the 
"official" count gave Ohio to Bush, I'd say the deception is already out in the 
open. After all, exit polls are what we have always used in the past to point 
out fraudulent elections in other countries, but when it happens here the media 
doesn't give it a second thought. Then again, being as our corporate media is 
owned by the same people who buy our politicians, there really is nothing 
surprising about their lack of coverage.

The "powers that be" really have no idea just how close to the proverbial edge 
they've brought this country. Once the dam breaks the resulting chaos will make 
the French revolution look like a children's tea party.

        Gold and silver are real money, paper is but a promise.

Elliott Jackalope  posted on  2006-02-01   22:05:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private 
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#9. To: Elliott Jackalope, Zoroaster, siagiah (#8)

    Once the dam breaks the resulting chaos will make the French revolution 
look like a children's tea party.

Just in case anyone here needs step-by-step how-to illustrations.... ;0)

The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of 
private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State 
itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism -- ownership of government by an 
individual, by a group, or any controlling private power. Franklin Delano 
Roosevelt

BTP Holdings  posted on  2006-02-01   22:34:37 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   
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#10. To: Kamala (#0)

Well....this just can't be!

I'm sure that McMillion and Roberts both just didn't even bother to count all 
those jobs that 'merikans won't do and that the liar in chief plans to service 
with illegal aliens!

That has to be the answer.........our government would never lie to us 
.......... right? Right? C'mon,......right?




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