Posted On: Tuesday - December 29th 2020 8:21PM MST
In Topics:   History  Economics  US Feral Government
(Continued from part 1 and part 2)
To wrap up a little bit, what I've concluded for myself (may be quite obvious to others) is that an economic entity cannot run a sustainable economy based on nothing but a domestic service industry. Back 25 - 30 years ago, when the idea of this wonderful service economy that America would become (see, no messy factories, no smoke, no grimy hands) was pushed, these economists and politicians thought we could be the service industry for the world, perhaps thinking of the way we'd been the manufacturing economy for much of the 1st world before. A guy at the coffee shop just this morning mentioned ex-President Clinton's Secretary of Labor with his 1991 book The Work of Nations, which extolled the idea (per coffeeshop guy, who is a decent honest, conservative, pro-White, intellectual).
This wasn't about just making each other gourmet burgers and craft beer. Americans still made all the important advances in computer software, computer networking, and had intellectual capital that still beat the rest of the world. We could get the messy, polluting manufacturing out of here and the same people could work in nice clean offices, OK, cubicles now, making spreadsheets, and filing paperwork electronically. Additionally, engineers could do their portion of the production here at home while things got made to our specs in Mexico and, a bit later, China.
Did anyone worry about the idea of these other countries picking up the clerical, computer, and engineering work themselves? I could see no thought about the internet changing everything within a decade, as I don't have that kind of foresight either. (I thought that's what some of these people were paid for though...)
Maybe some of the folks pushing this stuff didn't care either way. The Globalists were going to come out fine on this. I can remember having a discussion with a friend about all the work going on in China back in 1996, and I didn't get it. He did. However, I do know that I was not comfortable with the idea of the US converting to having a service economy.
This was in Winter of 1992. The guy pictured at the top is former Massachusetts congressman/Senator Paul Tsongas. He was one of the many (I recall 5 or so well in the running) running for the D-squad Presidential nomination in that year. I'd already had enough of George H.W. Bush for breaking his "no new taxes" pledge. He'd told us to read his lips even - guess I'm not a good lip reader Also, he'd pandered in Spanish in the previous election, turning me off long before anyway.
Mr. Tsongas was one of the old-time D's, I guess, though I didn't think about this stuff. I just knew that here was one guy in the whole campaign that brought up this stuff about keeping manufacturing here. I volunteered to help in the primary campaign in my State. All I ended up doing, as I recall now, 28 years after, is helping by driving around a NY Times reporter from the nice hotel to the local manufacturing plant where candidate Tsongas would have a press conference.*
I ended up about 6 ft. from Mr. Tsongas as the small press conference went on inside the factory. I even had a question to ask him, probably about this service economy idea which he was there to argue against. It wasn't a lack of courage to speak up, but I just thought that, as a campaign helper, it wasn't part of the deal. I kind of regret that I didn't speak up. The press conference ended well, but that campaign, as anyone could remember or look up, ended pretty soon after. It was the S. Carolina primary which put Bill Clinton, just another Globalist, up to the top of the pack.
By March 19th, Paul Tsongas was out of the campaign. He died in 1997 of the lymphoma that he had beaten off once back in 1983. Then, Ross Perot had come on the scene, also telling us to back off on this outsourcing so we would avoid that "giant sucking sound" into Mexico. During the summer of that year, he may have been "deep stated" as we wondered a few years back. Mr. Perot died just last summer.
Back in the day, there were some serious politicians who cared about Americans. Recently, we've just had the one. (Well, he cares about Americans. Serious? Not so much.) This is not going well.
* OK, now the memory gets pretty good, as I remember I drove the big-media young lady around in my muscle car with the rebel flag front license plate. While we talked a bit about politics, for my amusement I mentioned that, "yeah, and that David Duke fellow may be the guy to vote for too, I dunno." This young white gray lady reporter didn't seem amused in the least!