Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Company Men

Since I have been doing a lot of thinking and talking about what is going wrong with our country, what is impacting us to the point of bringing us to where our manufacturing is disappearing, I want to recommend this film from Netflix-- The Company Men.

It's a well done story of the human impact of jobs disappearing, how some are being asked to downsize (which means fired) while others are growing wealthier and wealthier. It stars Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Affleck, Kevin Costner, and Chris Cooper and through the stories of four men (Costner plays a construction boss), it gives us a window into what many are experiencing today. The men who lost their jobs weren't failing at them. It was a constant need to feed the stock market's expectations.

If you aren't someone who has experience in corporate America, don't hear real people talking about what they have had happen, you may not realize how close to life this movie is. It has impacted my life all my marriage and now also has my son in that world.

The thing is some would say well who cares, the guys made too much money. I suggest their caring should come as part of understanding the impact it has to every part of the economy when jobs disappear, when people don't have the money to buy anything including food. When manufacturing disappears in our country, for how long can the stock market be the whole criteria for economic health? Give this movie a try if you aren't in a corporation and haven't really understood what is happening and why.

Conservatives claim they have the best ideas, and the country should do whatever they claim will help it get on its feet-- which is generally lower taxes. What evidence do we have for their claims?


Watch the film, read the article above and if you are a Republican, defending Republican values, tell me what you think the party is doing that will help ordinary Americans. Talk is cheap but it's ignorant and stupid to try and claim that all we need is to lower taxes on the wealthiest. That will NOT get jobs in manufacturing back. I'd like any positive examples of Republican politicians showing any evidence at all that they have plans for this problem. Everything I hear from them shows their solutions are to give more to the wealthiest and to hell with everybody else. They don't believe in government and are doing all they can to make it fail.

Someday somebody else will be you and me. All I hear from right wing politicians is some kind of mystical concept that if we just lower taxes on the highest earners, everything will be fine. Eight years of Bush trying it and now Obama extending it should have shown it wasn't working but it's the mantra right wing voters buy. Trickle down. Well I'll tell you what trickles down won't support a family and if we don't value real manufacturing in this country, we are done as the stock market won't stay up forever when it's dependent on financial shenanigans or products made overseas. Who buys the stuff here when they don't have jobs?

Now I can see situations where lowering taxes to encourage manufacturing, encourage investment in certain things, what I would call targeted taxation, that makes sense but blanket lowering them with no plan, no incentive, well do you still believe in the tooth fairy? It has as much chance of being real.

And for Republicans who claim it will work, explain why it didn't? The government still takes too much from the wealthiest is the only answer I have heard during a time when the rich's tax rate is the lowest its ever been, where nations with much higher tax rates are doing better economically. It's time for Republicans to put up or admit that they were wrong and taxes need to be targeted or the rich will only take-- which is where we are now. Here's the truth of tax rates:


For those who don't care about anybody but themselves, who maybe have no future generation they care about, it isn't bad to hear government can't do anything right so why should I give them any of my money. The short-sightedness of this bunch is beyond communicating with. What about everybody else?

If people cannot see that a good government is worth paying for and when it's not good, figure out how to fix it, for that bunch, their selfishness is beyond my comprehension. I suggest they quit talking about how much they love this nation because they don't have a clue what it even is and sure aren't willing to sacrifice what earlier generations did. I wash my hands of them!

As for Democrats, the wimps, don't deserve a defense and I won't make one. They had their shot at it and they made it obvious they are either also on the payroll, most likely, or simply cowards.

4 comments:

wally said...

America’s day in the sun has passed. It may never return. Both political parties are promising to bring back our glory days but certain world events may prevent that. The United States has always been the biggest producer of goods which were sold domestically and overseas. At the same time we are the world’s largest consumer of goods, purchasing both American and foreign made products. Globally, we are the strongest economy and the economies of other nations depend on the strength of the US dollar. But things are changing. The economies of China, Russia, Brazil, and India are rapidly expanding. Not only are they producing goods (and creating jobs) but each of those countries are burgeoning markets with growing middle classes with money to spend. And if they spend their money on ostensibly American goods the products, more often than not, were actually manufactured in another country denying Americans the opportunity to work.

So it may be beyond the ability of a president or political party to bring change that will benefit the American citizen. But, that doesn’t prevent them from making promises that they have no intention of keeping. What bothers me about the Republicans is that they drape their rhetoric in red, white, and blue. If you don’t agree with them it means you are less of a patriot than the conservative folks. They take advantage of a certain segment of our society that will believe any dogma that is accompanied by waving flags and fireworks. They are also hypocritically religious. In the gospel they preach the poor are just too lazy to work and Jesus is a free market capitalist.

I agree with you about the Democrats. Republicans are still calling them liberals but they are more like Republican Lite. They’ve latched on to the corporate teat and they are not about to let go.

Robert the Skeptic said...

I've worked for big corporations (Greyhound, US Bank). Never have they ever hired people just because they have money to burn - if you have the NEED you hire. This is exactly the same as my daughter's small business with two employees. On either end of the scale, business doesn't create jobs to be altruistic because their taxes are lower.

I agree with Wally - I have long felt that our generation has lived in the best times man ever has, and ever will, on this planet. China's economy will overtake ours in my short remaining lifetime, the US will NEVER be top again.

Robert the Skeptic said...

I've worked for big corporations (Greyhound, US Bank). Never have they ever hired people just because they have money to burn - if you have the NEED you hire. This is exactly the same as my daughter's small business with two employees. On either end of the scale, business doesn't create jobs to be altruistic because their taxes are lower.

I agree with Wally - I have long felt that our generation has lived in the best times man ever has, and ever will, on this planet. China's economy will overtake ours in my short remaining lifetime, the US will NEVER be top again.

Kay Dennison said...

I couldn't agree with you more. I'm putting it on my Netflix list. I just saw 'Inside Job' and it's an excellent documentary on the banking scandal. These people thrive on greed and don't give a damn about what they have wrought!