Reading United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)'s 2012 Labor Day message, posted yesterday by one of Catholic bloggers that I read/follow daily, in observance of Labor Day, September 3rd, 2012, throughout the Unites States of America, I wonder what happened to our economic condition/status. Why has there been a lot of people (12 million approximately) who became unemployed and/or underemployed, and were looking for a job but can't or couldn't get employment? I wonder what happened to some of them; where did they go or ended up to? What were they going through in the course of their search for employment? Did they end up selling or abandoning their homes, even their families? Did they exhaust all means to find a job, a decent job that pays them more than their bills? Who is to be blamed? I wonder why...
Where have all the jobs gone? Overseas, because of outsourcing and cheap labor? Why? Why did some companies or manufacturing firms in the U.S.A. closed? What happened to their former employees who got displaced as a result of closures? Who is to be blamed?
At this time of writing this blog post, I remember my one-dollar book, which I bought years ago, Exporting America (Why Corporate Greed Is Shipping American Jobs Overseas) by Lou Dobbs, 2004. Let's find out about this book, shall we? I'd like to share them with you, folks and friends, who probably didn't get a chance to get hold of this book. BTW, it's not my intention to advertise the 8-year old book. I would just like to get some info since it touches my blog post's title. (No copyright infringement intended, if I took or "borrowed" some info. My apology to Mr. Dobbs, and the publisher or publishing company, if it appears that I infringed his/their rights. Thank you, sir.)
Now, on the book's cover jacket, we read: "Carrier, maker of air-conditioning and heating units, closes its Syracuse, New York, plants---and most of its 1,200 jobs go to Singapore and Malaysia; Maytag shuts its factory in Galesburg, Illinois---and moves 1,600 jobs to Reynosa, Mexico; IBM announces growth and new jobs---and then outsources 90 percent of them, 15,000 in all...while competitor Microsoft contributes $2 billion to India's economy with jobs.
World-renowned business journalist and anchor of CNN's popular Lou Dobbs Tonight, Lou Dobbs dares to expose the most explosive economic issue of our time---the shipment of American jobs to cheap foreign labor markets.
With the pay of corporate CEOs at historical highs and American job creation at the lowest level since the Depression, corporations are laying off Americans---blue-collar factory workers and white-collar professionals alike---purely to cut costs. Thousands of quality jobs are lost every month, jobs that will be performed by people in China, India, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere at a fraction of what American workers earn.
For covering this devastation, unprecedented trend, Lou Dobbs has come under attack by both Democrats and Republicans. He has refused to be intimidated, and now, in EXPORTING AMERICA, he tells the full story, naming names, providing the shocking statistics, and exploding the economic myths that say this national epidemic is "good" for us(?) Most important, he reveals how Corporate America isn't doing all this on its own. Big Business and Washington are working together, trading our nation's livelihood for a short-term gains while they undermine our very way of life.
A stirring call to arms, EXPORTING AMERICA tells us what we can do to save not only our jobs and our economy, but the American Dream itself."
And here's some more info about Lou Dobbs (from his book): He's the anchor and managing editor of CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight. He is a columnist for Money magazine and a contributing editor to U.S. News and World Report, and he publishes his own financial newsletter, The Lou Dobbs Money Letter. His syndicated Lou Dobbs Financial Report is broadcast on more than 700 radio stations across the country. The winner of nearly every major award for television journalism, he received the George Foster Peabody Award for his coverage of the 1987 stock market crash and serves on numerous charitable boards. Lou Dobbs lives in New York.
My dear folks and friends, have you ever wonder also where have all the jobs gone? Can we have more jobs created for our unemployed population? I thought there are always jobs/positions out there that are waiting to be filled, and that there are always persistent and persevering employees willing to work, even for less wage or salary, doing what it takes to earn livelihood for themselves and their families. Where have all the jobs gone? Who is to be blamed? I wonder why. Is this all there is---that our life situation-condition continues to change, to adapt to a wired world that is getting smaller every moment it rotates and revolves?
Well, this is all for now. Until next time around. Take care and Have a wonderful day, everyone! may God bless us all, always!-chris a. quilpa, 04September2012