Discussion - Bewildered Global Economy

The American Dream is Burning Away.  Our economies based on making money on money  instead of making things has failed. 

Do you feel like a gladiator in a global economic arena fighting for your economic life?
The major question of our times is left out of most debates.
Who said we had to compete like this with one another for the same jobs in a global economic arena?   ( Forward question to all responsible for this economic nightmare. )                                                              

Our news outlets and most of our leaders promote a bias about free trade and protectionism. It never happened the way they tell it. They are single minded in their efforts in promoting free trade and using it as a tool for globalization. This bias is wide spread. It ignores the real world of the streets as people live out their lives in a new kind of human bondage.  A new working poor class  has been created.  And event like Hurricane Katrina exposed a massive underclass in New Orleans living in a silent depression. The same scenario exists in most of our major cities.  The homeless situation is taken for granted.  They  sleep on major downtown streets.  There are miles of major streets with empty stores, empty factories and empty homes.  The American Dream has become a nightmare for many. 
The production worker middle class is virtually extinct now.  92 million Americans are jobless. Millions are missing in action with many giving up trying to find a job.  Reportedly, 50 percent of all human resources in the U.S. is not be used.  Free trade also has deflated the value of workers and labor which translate into trillions of dollars in value lost forever.  And you can not recycle any economy by moving many parts of it to other places in the world. 

Many similar comparisons can be made between the Great Depression and our times. You can not do business with people who do not have money.  You first have to find a way to have sufficient funds for all in a society to participate in the process.  When ten percent of a population controls 100 percent of the flow of wealth, not much good can  happen.  

In major debates, free trade economics is not even part of them. What is called free trade is not trade. The U.S. Federal Government itself sponsored the moving of factories outside of the U.S. starting in 1956.  How can free trade be free if governments act as brokers and dealers in a global economic arena playing a giant monopoly game with funny money created out of nothing. To grow value, many manipulations have to take place including the manipulation of the value of workers and labor for the sake of profits for a few.  The free market is isolated for only a few to enjoy.  Free trade economics evolved  into the maquiladora factories in Mexico where impoverished workers were used to make the things we use and consume.  How can anything good come from this.  Every purchase leads back to our own front door. What we sow, we reap.  My biggest mistake was believing the American people would not shop their way out of their jobs. They continue to do it now.  They vote in the check out line for what kind of society they want to live in more than they do in the voting booth. 

The Great Depression actually started in the early 1920s. Farming was still a major part of our economy and farm mortgage indebtedness increased immensely from 1920 to 1930.  Farmers were going broke at a record pace. However, the stock market speculation was creating vast amounts of money values and the farming depression was sidelined.  Farmers were crying out for duties on imported foods but were ignored.  Certainly, protectionism was not at play. It was anything goes proposition with speculation leading the way.

In 1929, the stock market crashed. The money value of our economy was virtually gone. Factory production was immediately hit during the time when trade was not even considered a priority.  The whole world was in a state of depression too. Money became a very scarce commodity. There was very little left for any kind of trade. Consequently, supply exceeded demand for most goods.

By Nov13, 1929, $30,000,000,000 was lost due to the stock market crash. In a single week, brokers loans fell from $8,500,000,000 to $1,000,000,000.  In today's terms these numbers would have to be multiplied by at least 15 times. I do not even have a calculator that can deal with that many digits. Like now, the Great Depression was primarily about a money crisis.  Tariffs and protectionism were mute issues. In the case of farmers, trade was their worst enemies.  A nation without a good farming economy, has a very difficult time finding something else to fill the void.  In other sectors, overproduction exceeded demand.  The lack of a customer base caused the depression not protectionism.  

The Smooth-Hawley trade act was  passed in 1930. It really never went into action since world trade was at a standstill. Free traders shoe a decline in trade after its passage but this decline came would have come no matter what. Money had become a rare commodity. Countries had run out of money. The money was not there to support any kind of trade.  Towards the end of the 1930s, President Roosevelt said he was not going to let the lack of dollars stand in  his way. He instituted the Lend Lease program that allowed exports - not imports- to be shipped without worrying about payment upfront. This triggered production. Then when World War 2, came the program expanded immensely.  The U.S. send products and food to our allies.  Actually, it was our awesome industrial might and farming industry that won the war.  

Then the globalist free traders came and shredded it into pieces.  Free trade economics was a failure from the start. It is about deflating one of the most valuable assets we have- the value of labor and workers.  Then in 2008, President Obama had to bail out the process by borrowing trillion of dollars from the future.  In essence he put tariffs on future generations of workers while  he ignored the suffering of millions who lost their jobs and businesses.  He bailed out big money from the top down and the "too big to fail" corporations.  Again there is nothing left in the till.  It is even worst than the depression. 

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posted Jan 7, 2010, 2:07 PM by Ray Tapajna   [ updated Dec 21, 2015, 8:48 AM ]

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At our Tapsearch Com World and Ray Tapajna Info Net sites, we explore the issues related to free trade economics, workers dignity, the real free enterprise system, local value added economies, the latent response of religion and philosophy to the global economic arena, wars, globalization, money crisis and ways to restore our economy.We mix in our topical editorial Art that Talks. ( Search under - Double Talk
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Original main site and now is resource for a history and study of free trade economics - suggest students and educators review it.
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*****  http://tapsearch.com/tapartnews  or http://m.tapsearch.com/tapartnews  Mobile user friendly 
Online since 1998, tracing the history of free trade that demonstrates present day free trade as and economic process not trade as historically practiced and defined. It is more about divorcing investments from production and moving production anywhere in the world for the sake of cheaper labor markets. It is about manipulating the value of workers and labor for the sake of more profits. It degrades and deflates the value of workers and labor for this purpose. It is an economy based on making money on money instead of making things. In the process workers our insourced and outsourced for this purpose.

Our own federal government sponsored the moving of factories outside our country starting in 1956. It was supposedly a temporary program but it never ended and somewhere along the way  it was branded as free trade. 

*****  http://www.tapsearch.com/flatworld - explores the lost worlds in the globalist flat world according to Thomas Friedman from the New York Times. He flies planes and rides trains across the world and comes up with conclusions where he points to the events he calls "flatteners" which evolved into so call free trade and globalization.   I ride in cabs and the cab drivers from all parts of the world tell me about the realities much better.  We challenge the  so called "flatteners" and point to the real events that drove free trade economics and globalization. We do not need any conspiracy theories to know free trade and globalization did not evolve in any natural economic fashion but was outside the will of the people by powerful elite groups.  See how Microsoft really developed and how the Y2k crisis saved President Clinton. 

*****  http://www.tapsearch.com/communications-by-rank - explores the lack of communication according to the will of the people in the real world from the streets of U.S I worked in several factories while goint to college and found a void between the factory floors and the college classroom. This void never was filled in my life. Even though I had some of the best philosophy teachers ever in college. There is a setting in our society where communications by rank control our societies where workers not having any voice in their destiny. Our government and other leaders including the news channels communicate with a "plantation owner" mentality. 

http://www.tapsearch.com/globalization - explores the globalist using
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http://www.tapsearch.com/workers-dignity-betrayed - about the grand betrayal of workers and the free enterprise system. Includes for Whom the Bell Tolls - a list of jobs losses and company close downs in just a single year when President Clinton was proclaiming economic prosperity. Millions lost their jobs and businesses during the period in history due to free trade economics. 

http://www.tapsearch.com/clinton  - the story of Clinton and his part in Reversing the American Dream in the Land of "is" where everything depends on what each person's definition of "is" -is. 

 http://www.tapsearch.com/about-ray-tapajna  This takes you through my life experiences and how the free market was always reserved for just a few to enjoy. Here I also have images of my living healing art based on color therapy and imagery studies live and in motion.

http://www.tapsearch.com/pope-benedict-economic-encyclical - a review noting Pope Benedict suggesting the use of subsidiarity which means making all decisions at the lowest level possible.

http://www.tapsearch.com/backfire - HIllary wasn't home baking cookies when her husband pushed the passage of free trade economics.

http://www.tapsearch.com/tradetraps -  How the American people were trapped in a failed process in the global economy.

http://www.tapsearch.com/realworldnews- Real world news from the streets of U.S.A. as people living out their lives and economic day while having very little power over the proces.  

http://www.tapsearch.com/bewildered-global-economy - Our dysfunctional global economic world with the economic day being turned upside down. 

http://www.tapsearch.com/confessions-for-history -
Comparison of Mother Teresa and Alan Greenspan with story about the Confessions of an Economic Hit Man- John Perkins. Perkins tells about the real money powers that rule our economic lives.

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