What’s there to be happy about in 2018?
By the looks of it, changes that are about to occur in America will more than likely shock most citizens with unbridled anxiety and fear. There is no telling what resulting levels of confusion will manifest. What is certain, though, is that pabulum flag-waving issues including faux patriotism will either wane or take a dangerous neo-Nazi-like turn, as pieces of America fly off from a 228-year mooring. So much for so-called democracy.
What has already emerged in plain sight with utmost arrogance is a heretofore illusive plutocracy. Members of this small exclusive group represent American money and power. Once totally joined with like powers throughout planet Earth, world government is likely. They will have then achieved a democracy among themselves, and as happened with slavery and the industrial revolution, dominance of global natural resources, including human populations, looms large.
America is a huge microcosm of an ever growing divide-and-conquer system encircling our planet. It controls important human behaviors. While working-class Americans could be a powerful group as whites and non-whites joined, they are controlled by a notion called “race.” Although white Americans have all manner of opportunities systematically denied citizens of color, many choose not to take full or even partial advantage of the “white supremacy/system culture.”
So working-class white Americans have perennially been programmed to hate non-white workers who they accuse of taking their jobs. Never mind that white workers have myriad opportunities to be everything but workers. But racism is what has been given them, and, as a result, all workers are under control with white workers always on the attack of non-white workers. Thus, America’s working class remains under control through organized division.
Prices will continue to increase and profits soar – more yachts and private jets are being bought and leased. Public education is now mostly for poor and near poor working-class citizens, and moderate-income housing is unaffordable. The mantra for 2018 is do not get sick because insurance is going through the roof. Jobs are increasingly becoming temporary, and hope of factory openings is not based on reality.
Plutocrats need more “controlled” conflicts involving military operations to increase profits, Therefore, more jobless and underemployed poor and near poor teens and young adults are going to buttress our armed forces abroad. Just think of all those lucrative contracts that minions of plutocrats control. Supplying bottled water to military forces is a very rich contract. So is manufacturing uniforms and all manner of supplies. Rich Americans get richer and much work is done cheaply abroad, and U.S. taxpayers pay top dollar for it.
Not only will we see a marked increase in policing, particularly within our nation’s inner cities, but these law enforcers are going to look just like U.S. combat Marines in full gear, complete with military armored vehicles and high-power automatic rifles and other ordinances. America’s prison industrial complex, already overflowing with an incredibly outsized number of prisoners, especially black and Spanish-speaking teens and adults, can be expected to experience considerable growth.
Both major political parties are already gearing up to put a lot of money in the hands of slick political operatives for 2018 local, statewide and congressional electoral campaigns across America. Democrats probably learned nothing much from their disastrous Hillary Clinton campaign. As a result, black voters may remain skeptical, irrespective of pleadings by the Rev. Al Sharpton and others, including the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), which has scant credibility throughout America.
What’s left of Republicanism is moderate to far alt-right overt white nationalism. Along with Democrats, this fragmented hodgepodge is creating a path to every segment of white voters, trying to garner more numbers with a full-throttled ground game. No blacks, no Spanishspeaking people, or others, just white folks. Republicans are counting on a tremendous response from classically conditioned black and brown hating working-class white Americans with subliminally seductive hate speech and symbols.
Expect Trump and Trumpism to play every game heard and unheard of for as long as possible in an attempt to stay afloat in 2018. It’s going to be a rough ride. What a nasty year coming, so, what’s there to be happy about 2018? FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @SFLTIMES
Many Americans wonder why the topic of international trade is such a big deal. To many it sounds somewhat important, perhaps even quasi-political, but what benefit does it actually have for you and other people?
Well, considering the fact that the United States economy has shifted from being solely dependent upon manual labor in factories, toward a more automated production and technologically advanced workforce, most operations involving unskilled labor are now viewed as dinosaurs.
Thus, millions of workers who are unfamiliar with modern technology have been left unemployed and/or ill-prepared for the future. Consequently, they often are dependent upon taxpayer-funded governmental assistance and other social programs.
Therefore, given that international trade (which is the exchange of goods and services between two or more countries) plays such a pivotal role in feeding not only local economies, but the global economy as well, more people should be demanding that the current U.S. presidential administration (and future administrations) re-direct their attention toward such a pertinent subject instead of wasting time dealing with trivial issues.
In recent years, the significance of international trade was never understood better than when George W. Bush, in 2002, was forced to step in and become the first president since Richard Nixon to invoke the Taft-Hartley Act emergency clause to stop an intense longshoremen strike.
This massive 11-day shutdown led to the immediate halt of 29 West Coast seaports and was estimated to cost the U.S. economy over $2.2 billion dollars each day it lasted. Simple necessities such as toilet paper, canned and/or frozen foods, and an array of other items Americans use every day were suddenly scarce and not easily found on store shelves. Few people wanted to imagine what conditions would have looked like if the strike had lasted longer. It was an economic hurricane between management and labor that most had never seen before, but it proved how impactful trade is to the world and how instrumental labor workers are to the economy, because not every job can be automated.
Although the United States is still, momentarily, one of the most technologically advanced countries on the globe, consider how far we could be – economically – if we were to implement a serious International Trade Master Plan for America.
Political puppets, Wall Street greedmeisters and corporate con artists are quick to claim the U.S. is still the most powerful country on the block in every