American Idiots

This is a post for those people who weren’t persuaded to re-examine their conservative beliefs and how they square with their Christianity and the teachings of Jesus.

Let’s examine political positions strictly from a position of self-interest.

If you are making more than $380K a year, your political positions are working for you.  Just keep voting for the people you have been voting for.

For everyone else, let’s use the old Reagan standard.  Are you better off now than you were a decade ago?  If you look at the statistics the answer is no.  Your standard of living has actually decreased while millionaires increased their net wealth 30%.

There are basically two reasons.

First the politicians you voted for did nothing to prevent the migration of hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs out of this country.

What have you done about it?

Did you demand your leaders address our growing trade balance and stem the wave of outsourcing?

No!

Did you demand your leaders require foreign countries to buy a dollar’s worth of American goods for every dollar of goods that they sell here?

No!

What did you do?

You believed your leaders when they talked about the power of free trade and how that would create new and better jobs here.

When that didn’t happen, you believed them when they told you that we needed to give the companies who had been happily outsourcing our future, more tax breaks to bribe them to do business here.

When that didn’t happen, you started getting worried about your own job.  You agreed to wage and benefits cuts with your employer, crossed your fingers and prayed, “I hope my job’s not next.”  If you kept your job, you discovered that your employer expected you to take up the slack for the people that they laid off.  What did you get in return?

Did you get even a promise of a raise?

No!

Did you get any compensation for the overtime?

No!

All you got was the attitude that you should be grateful to be working at all, and if you didn’t like it, you were welcome leave too.  That’s what happens when companies know that your choices are limited.  That’s also why less than a third of workers in this country are happy with their jobs.

That brings us to the second reason why you are doing so much worse than millionaires.

Those same politicians who have been eviscerating the middle class and adding wealth to the wealthy also convinced you that unions were the reason why corporations outsourced jobs.

You forgot that America became a world power when one of every three Americans was a union member.  You forgot that union benefits provide the standard that all companies have to compete with to hire workers.  Companies are able to force you to pay a higher percentage of your healthcare costs and eliminate things like 401(k) matches because those politicians convinced you that it was a good idea to take those things away from unions.

It’s time to wake up.  You are being played for a chump.

Rather than protect American jobs, the same folks who did nothing while your standard of living eroded are now trying to portray yet another union as the cause of the problem.  You fell for this before, so why not try it again?

“Cut the pay of government workers,” they cry. “Increase their health premiums. Decrease their pensions. Break their unions. After all, you’ve suffered so they should suffer too.” And in your misery, you buy their argument while more jobs head oversees.

If their antics weren’t so pathetic, if the consequences weren’t so dire, if they didn’t prey on your stupidity, and if you didn’t buy into their convoluted reasoning, this whole situation would be laughable. But of course it’s not.

The rest of it doesn’t matter.  Liberal, conservative, Gay marriage, abortion, prayer in school, healthcare, government spending, immigration reform, etc. – these are all distractions that smart politicians have used to steal your vote and your money.  As long as you continue to allow smart politicians to mislead you, they will.  It’s your job to look at your pocketbook and demand that your elected representatives focus on the one and only issue that really matters – JOBS.

If they do things that cause layoffs, vote for the other guy.  If they reward companies with tax breaks who are reducing their domestic labor force, vote for the other guy.  Finally, if they try to tell you that organized labor is the problem, definitely vote for the other guy.

If you aren’t part of union, your vote is the only weapon you have to affect change.  Unions are the only other organized political force whose mission is to protect the well being of the working man.

Or

You can remain in denial and keep doing what you’ve been doing.

2 Responses to “American Idiots”

  1. Keith says:

    Jeff,
    I’m struggling to understand this one.

    Lets start here.

    “American Idiots
    This is a post for those people who weren’t persuaded to re-examine their conservative beliefs and how they square with their Christianity and the teachings of Jesus.”

    Or

    You can remain in denial and keep doing what you’ve been doing.

    I’m assuming this means Conservitive Christians “American Idiots?”

    Within the last two weeks you said, paraphrasing, “if you are a conservitive and are a Christian you’re fooling yourself as you are not a Christian.” Now with the above you seem to be saying, “I showed you the error of your way, asked you to re-examine your thoughts, and you didn’t.” I’m guessing you were evangilizing Non-Christians and they weren’t listening.

    What I find interesting is the way in which you condem Christians. If you’ve said anything in the last threee of four years that I’ve agreed with its that we are not to judge. Once for pointing out sin from the bible you compared me to the pharisies. Never have I condemed people, only their actions and only when its clearly out of line with the bible. You however reserve that right for yourself. As after several years you feel the need to condem conservitive Christians.

    You said;

    “First the politicians you voted for did nothing to prevent the migration of hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs out of this country.”

    Am I assuming you are refering to conservative Christians. The first paragraph of this post would lead me to assume that. SO. Lets look at this
    logically,

    You said “the politicians you voted for….”

    what lenght of time are you reffering? last fall the repubs2 years ago dems were swept in to all three offices…4 years ago the repubs were kicked out of congress…….8 years ago the repubs held all 3 houses….1980 – until 1992 it was a repub house and dem congress… from 1992 – 1994 the dems held all three….i’m guessing 21 years is a generation, yes? (i’ll bow to your education on that) so to your comment…tell me one more time just WHO we voted for? Unless you are restricting the “you voted for” to the period of 2002 – 2006… i assuming you don’t truely belive all you mentioned above happened from 2002 – 2006?

    You wrote – First the politicians you voted for did nothing to prevent the migration of hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs out of this country.

    Bill Clinton signed the free trade agreement with Mexico –

    You wrote; Did you demand your leaders address our growing trade balance and stem the wave of outsourcing?

    One of the biggest contributors is imported oil. Why woun’t our leaders let us drill for more of our own?

    You wrote – Did you demand your leaders require foreign countries to buy a dollar’s worth of American goods for every dollar of goods that they sell here?

    I’m with you, ask Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagen, Bill Clinton, Bush 1 & 11 and Obama. I think the answer is no.

    You wrote – You believed your leaders when they talked about the power of free trade and how that would create new and better jobs here.

    See the list of Presidents above for the list of leaders again who we believed (3 dems and 3 repubs)

    You wrote – When that didn’t happen, you started getting worried about your own job. You agreed to wage and benefits cuts with your employer, crossed your fingers and prayed, “I hope my job’s not next.” If you kept your job, you discovered that your employer expected you to take up the slack for the people that they laid off. What did you get in return?

    I have know idea who you are addressing this to. This always happens in a down turn. I lived through it under late bush and early clinton. under bush and now under obama….thats 2 and 2. I don’t understand what this has to do with ANY elected offical. Can you explain how my desicion to let some go or not when my company is losing money has anything to to with elected officals or me examining my Christian beliefs? You really start puzzling me here Jeff.

    You wrote – Did you get even a promise of a raise?

    Yes I was and yes I have

    You wrote – Did you get any compensation for the overtime?

    I never have in good times or bad, Im salaried and would have it no other way. My union employees get paid over-time regardless the condition of the company. EVERY HOURLY EMPLOYEE IN THE COUNTRY DOES as it’s THE LAW ( 95% right on that I think)!!!!!

    You wrote – All you got was the attitude that you should be grateful to be working at all, and if you didn’t like it, you were welcome leave too. That’s what happens when companies know that your choices are limited. That’s also why less than a third of workers in this country are happy with their jobs.

    Interesting you said that because our outside union rep, Steel Workers, just told our union guys that in a meeting three weeks ago. Many have lost their jobs Jeff and we all should be grateful if it hasn’t been us!! (Very one sided view you have Jeff)

    So I guess I should interject here; Wher is the spritual wickedness here, on the republican side or the dem side. Who shouldn’t have we voted for the last 21 years. (that is of course unless you ARE reffering to the period from 2002 – 2006) It just occured to me, since global warming has occured in the last few years and the earth is millions of years old and thats sampling enough to form a conclusion, then the period of 200 – 2006 IS ENOUGH, Im begining to see the light…

    You wrote – That brings us to the second reason why you are doing so much worse than millionaires

    Ah…now we’re getting somewhere, ITS THE MILLIONAIRES!!!!…better check just about everybody in congress and all presidents, except bill clinton, since 1980….What a silly comment Jeff.

    You wrote – Those same politicians who have been eviscerating the middle class and adding wealth to the wealthy also convinced you that unions were the reason why corporations outsourced jobs.

    Over that past 21 years, or a generation, your going to have to identify for me who’s who in “those same politicians.” Jeff, our country is a contry of FREEDOM. who many when from NOthing to join the ranks of millionaries? That same opportunity is not withheld from anyone. So we booted dems from power, we botted repubs from power and were in the process of botting dems again….I don’t get who we “keep voting for”

    You wrote – You forgot that America became a world power when one of every three Americans was a union member. You forgot that union benefits provide the standard that all companies have to compete with to hire workers. Companies are able to force you to pay a higher percentage of your healthcare costs and eliminate things like 401(k) matches because those politicians convinced you that it was a good idea to take those things away from unions.

    How many ways are there to answer this…I have too many choices.. We kicked the rest of the worlds but in WW11…industrially there was only us. We had a bunch of unions then. we wernt the industial leader of the world BECAUSE we were unionized!!! We all must share the health care cost…really Jeff. I don’t know very many companies that have taken away the 401k match except for short periods of time. If they did it would include saliaried employees also. What companies did do is drop defined pensions. A company simply can not be responsible for the indefinte amounts of money this costs. Like social security, it simply make the responsible entity go bankrupt. A compony is there to make a profit and return a responsible rate of return to the investors.

    You wrote – It’s time to wake up. You are being played for a chump.

    Again which politican over th last 21 years is responsible for this?

    Jeff, its too late to continue. Your all over the maps on this post.

    In the end you wrote – If you aren’t part of union, your vote is the only weapon you have to affect change. Unions are the only other organized political force whose mission is to protect the well being of the working man.

    That in a word is ignorant!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Jeff Beamsley says:

    Kieth,

    First,

    This post is directed at all those people who make less than $380K a year and are voting for (at least lately) conservative Republican positions which are not in their best economic interests.

    The previous post was directed at conservative Christians who have been supporting conservative Republican and Tea Party positions which don’t square with Jesus teachings.

    While it is possible that there are some people in both groups, I wasn’t specifically calling conservative Christians idiots. Idiots are those who vote against their own economic best interests.

    Second

    I was calling out all politicians, national, regional, and local who have supported outsourcing jobs and have failed to create jobs here. Clinton DID create jobs, raise the net worth of the middle class, and narrow the gap between the rich and poor. Bush II didn’t. The jury is still out on Obama.

    Third

    2004 – Companies continue to cut benefits and ask workers to shoulder more of their cost

    2008 – Crisis forces companies to cut raises, bonuses and benefits

    2010 – Employee Benefits Cut in Recession

    Wasn’t too hard to look these up.

    Finally, as far as unions go – who else is there with the mission to protect the interests of the working man?

    BTW, this isn’t a white collar/blue collar issue either. My definition of “working man” is someone who works for living as compared to someone who derives the majority of their income from investments.

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