What Happened to USA Jobs?


Apparently, this story was run on CNN back in 2010. However, I haven't watched CNN since the last presidential election. I got sick and tired of it and decided I'll live a better life if I never have to hear Wolf Blitzer's voice again.

I picked up the story last week due to new information, and I couldn't possibly be more appalled! I must be horribly naïve because when I hear of things like this going on in the world, the shock of it nearly makes me physically ill!

Foxconn is the single largest private employer in mainland China. It's a Chinese gadget manufacturer and Apple's supplier. This is a huge company with one million employees. The facility has hospitals, a fire station and restaurants. They manufacture: motherboards, camera components, MP3 players, iPhones, iPads and nearly every electronic gadget we use.

The employees:

  • Live at the facility and do not see their families
  • Bunk in barracks-like rooms with seven other employees
  • Often work 35 hours at a stretch
  • Make 31 CENTS per hour - which is a is considered a good wage
  • Get 12 years in prison if they even mention unionizing
  • Recently threatened mass suicide if conditions aren't improved
In the past year, 11 employees have committed suicide by jumping from the buildings. Foxconn's solution for the suicide problem is to hang nets from every building, thereby breaking the falls!

Nearly every time we buy an electronic in the USA, we are contributing to this situation! It's every time if we buy from Apple! Steve Jobs has practically been canonized since his death, yet this is the situation he instituted for Apple.

With our ridiculous and glutinous appetite for electronics, are we going to stop buying them due to this abomination? I'd love to think we would. But, we won't.

If Foxconn were to implement humane conditions, it's estimated that our electronics would cost us 23% more. Now, I don't know about you, but $615 instead of $500 for an iPad seems a small price to pay to keep human beings from this kind of treatment.

But, that won't happen, either. In fact, I suspect the price increase would be much more. This is how Jobs got to be billionaire - with the people making his products making 31 cents per hour while he sold them for hundreds of dollars!

The only way to solve this problem is to remove the tax breaks our U.S. corporations receive for taking their manufacturing to China and make them bring those jobs home!

I realize we can't control what China does to its citizens. But, we don't have to be a party to it! And, we are!

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How is This Possible?

"I'm Confused"

Have you wondered what in the world is going on with all the Christmas shopping, this year? We have the worst unemployment record we've had in 80 years, inflation is ridiculous, people are losing their homes every day, the food banks are having trouble keeping up with demand, and yet ...

  • Black Friday brick and mortar sales were up $1 Billion over 2010. Sales were the largest amount ever spent on that day.
  • We had a 24.3 percent increase in online spending on Black Friday.
  • Online sales reached $6 Billion the week after Thanksgiving - or "Cyber-week."
I understand that austerity measures get pretty damn old, after a while, and folks tend to break out. But, that doesn't explain the insane amounts of money being spent. Sure, the sale items are good - but, not that good.

It's good news for online business owners, but in no way does this mean the economy, overall, is getting better. You can't have 14 million folks out of work (and, those are just the ones still collecting unemployment benefits) and have any kind of economic recovery!

Millions more have outlived their benefits, and many have stopped looking for jobs that aren't there. Millions more have had their hours cut and/or their wages lowered.

So, where are these billions of dollars being spent coming from? Credit cards? How are all these folks still making their credit card payments?

Do people think this will stimulate the economy? Well, not if those credit cards aren't paid! And, even if they are, the money will just go to the top CEOs.

[As an aside - Goldman Sachs is spending $80 BILLION for bonuses this year!]

We didn't have this kind of spending back in the '90s when the economy was booming. Something is afoot here - and I don't know what it is! I don't have a clue!

I did wonder if millions of people are thinking this may very well be the last Christmas there's any chance of celebrating. Have that many folks bought into the "world will end on 12/21/12" claims? Really?

I think this is fascinating and I'm extremely interested in hearing your ideas! Come on, people, set me straight! What's going on?

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