ELDER PATRIOT – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has campaigned vigorously on defending the American people against the forces of globalism. A recent decision by Caterpillar Inc., provides significant evidence that the corporations with global reach that we have increasingly come to rely on for employment no longer care – or need to care – about the American workers who helped build their worldwide businesses.
Trump had repeatedly referred to Caterpillar earlier in his campaign as an example of an American company that can no longer compete by employing American workers because of international trade deals that favor foreign workers’ interests over those of their American counterparts.
Caterpillar Inc., is an American corporation which designs, develops, engineers, manufactures, markets and sells machinery, engines, financial products and insurance to customers via a worldwide dealer network.
You would think that with only one presidential candidate showing them he understands their problems in competing in the global economy they would rally behind him and in defense of their loyal employees. That is not the case.
Caterpillar has announced its plan to fire 300 American employees in their Mossville, Illinois plant and to replace them with cheaper, foreign H-1B guest workers.
Trump had previously criticized Carrier Corporation for their decision to outsource 1,400 jobs to Mexico in order to increase bottom line profits.
In both cases Trump cited the need to renegotiate the trade deals that were driving these decisions but in both cases corporate leadership rejected concerns for their employees and opted instead to allow the cost savings from replacing American workers with lower paid foreign workers to drive their decisions.
The tech industry has been especially aggressive in pushing for an expansion of the H-1B visa. That explains Silicon Valley’s virtually unanimous support of Hillary Clinton, both financially and by deliberately altering search engine results to favor her campaign.
While the picture of many different peoples from around the world working on campuses at Google and Facebook paints an idyllic picture of what can be, the pictures of burnt out towns that litter America’s rust belt paint a distressing picture of what is.
Donald Trump’s message has resonated among blue-collar workers who used to believe their union bosses only to be sacrificed at the Democrats’ alter of global trade deals. These workers now find themselves unemployed or underemployed because they have been replaced by lower cost foreign workers and due to the offshoring of the companies they worked for.
The American-born white-collar workers have convinced themselves that their college educations somehow grant them immunity from these same forces of globalism. They comfort themselves that their college degrees make them smarter than their blue-collar counterparts and therefore indispensible.
They aren’t immune as American workers for the IT department at Disney (yeah, that All-American company) learned the hard way when their entire department was forced to train their foreign replacements and then fired. All in the name of achieving cost savings. Shockingly, this came at the end of a year that saw Disney achieve record profits and their CEO, Bob Igor earn a bonus of over $45 million dollars.
The “smart” class should heed the warnings of the Protestant pastor Martin Niemoller who realized the extent of the Nazi’s plan seventy years ago with these words:
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
“Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
“Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.
“Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
It is important that they realize these same forces are now coming for their jobs. They should understand that we are all Americans first and would do well to remember the words of Benjamin Franklin who warned at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, “We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
For many years we allowed our politicians to divide us over issues they defined as left versus right. As own economy struggles under the weight of globalist policies it’s become clear that the left-right paradigm was only designed to keep us distracted while both parties moved us towards a global economy that would benefit the world’s biggest lenders and corporations who have bought and paid for the allegiance of the political class.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that the college educated crowd who support Hillary Clinton either wake up to the realities of their economic futures or American prosperity with be a thing of the past for all but the most elite amongst us.