Lou Dobbs did a series of special reports on the issue of globalization, no, sorry, the issue of “out-sourcing of American jobs”. I thought he was going to look at the issue from all angles. He did bring in people from over the entire spectrum to talk on the show. But, his ass-clenched stubbornness and monomania in an issue as serious and complex as this is getting to me.
Aren’t these jobs on the backs of the American workers? Aren’t these jobs on the backs of the American workers? Aren’t these jobs on the backs of the American workers? Aren’t these jobs on the backs of the American workers? Aren’t these jobs on the backs of the American workers? Aren’t these jobs on the backs of the American workers?
It is not as cut-and-dry as you think, Lou. I understand the frustration of many a worker in this country but one must also accept that there are benefits to the US economy. When anyone who comes on the show starts to explain that the American consumer benefits from lower prices, the American corporations benefit from cost-cutting which ultimately helps the equity portfolios of numerous middle-class Americans, that the US economy “saves” money in an overall sense, he refuses to listen. His stock response is : “But, where’s the benefit? I don’t see it… Americans are losing jobs” Well, how about the fact that we were in a serious recession?!?
OK, I concede there is merit to his one-dimensional argument. Over the short-term, it is not going to be easy to see how the US economy benefits. I am pitting him because I think he is being deliberately obtuse and is indulging in jingoism for whatever reasons. I claim this because no matter what points the proponents of out-sourcing put forward, he smirks at the ideas and goes back to the “losing of American jobs”. Smoothly done like a demagogue.
And, let us look at the other special reports in his show…
America gives so much aid, what does it get in return?
What are the fall-outs of immigration?
“America, a crowded nation” - the overpopulation and its effects on American culture
etc etc etc
This monomania is not only intellectually vacuous but is harmful as it fosters social and economic fears.