"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast"
-Oscar Wilde
Brilliant at Breakfast title banner "The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth, shall be watered also himself."
-- Proverbs 11:25
"...you have a choice: be a fighting liberal or sit quietly. I know what I am, what are you?" -- Steve Gilliard, 1964 - 2007

"For straight up monster-stomping goodness, nothing makes smoke shoot out my ears like Brilliant@Breakfast" -- Tata

"...the best bleacher bum since Pete Axthelm" -- Randy K.

"I came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I'm all out of bubblegum." -- "Rowdy" Roddy Piper (1954-2015), They Live
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Meanwhile, back at the Fall of the American Empire....
Posted by Jill | 5:12 AM
All those unemployed that the Republicans are demonizing? The idea that if you "work hard" you'll succeed? Well, it looks like the "work" isn't even going to be there to do hard anymore.

Robert Reich:
Profits that plummeted in the recession have bounced back. Big businesses have recovered almost 90 percent of what they lost.

So with all this money and profit, they’ll start hiring again, right? Wrong – for three reasons.

First, lots of their profits are coming from their overseas operations. So that’s where they’re investing and expanding production.

GM now sells more cars in China than it does in the US, but makes most of them there. The company now employs 32,000 hourly workers in China. But only 52,000 GM hourly workers remain in the United States – down from 468,000 in 1970.

GM isn’t just hiring low-tech assembly workers in China. Last week the firm broke ground there on a $250 million advanced technology center to develop batteries and other alternative energy sources.

You and I and other American taxpayers still own over 60 percent of GM. We bought GM to save GM jobs, remember?

GM officials say no American taxpayer money is being used to expand in China. But money is fungible. Because of our generosity, GM can now use the dollars it doesn’t have to spend in the United States meeting its American payrolls and repaying its creditors, for new investments in China.

Second, big U.S. businesses are investing their cash in labor-saving technologies. This boosts their productivity, but not their payrolls.


Bottom line: Higher corporate profits no longer lead to higher employment. We’re witnessing a great decoupling of company profits from jobs.

The next supply-side economist who tells you companies need more incentive (i.e. lower taxes) before they’ll hire is living on another planet.

The reality is this: Big American companies may never rehire large numbers of workers. And they won’t even begin to think about hiring until they know American consumers will buy their products. The problem is, American consumers won’t start buying against until they know they have reliable paychecks.

And that is the Catch-22 to the plan by Republicans to eliminate the middle class by allowing a very, very few to join their ranks while pushing the rest of it down into poverty. What they didn't bother to consider is that there's only so much even the most acquisitive rich guy can buy -- and it's not enough to keep an economy the size of ours going.


Bookmark and Share
Blogger casey said...
Hello Jill,

As long as the current situation does not change for the better (almost no chance or just one in infinity) th result will be the destruction of the United States in a two part sequence. Part one internal chaos and part two external forces. This is like the fighting fish scene in From Russia with Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ3jfvpojNQ). Many bright people have predicted it in the past and the present (my guess also the future). Outside Independence Hall when the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended, Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it." I've said over and over that we have lost the republic and have moved on to a variation of the Roman Empire that is rapidly coming to an end. Anyone who can not smell and feel the rot is not in the real world.