Wednesday, February 8, 2017


This came from a letter published in the Tennessean. Sorry but the link has been lost.

Lawrence wrote: “First, trashing NAFTA in retaliation for the loss of jobs over the last two decades since the pact was approved will not bring them back. Most have been lost to automation, not Mexico.  Some jobs that initially went to Mexico have moved from there to other countries or have been replaced by robotics.”

Not very logical. If the jobs had been lost to automation then the factories, with robots, would still be here with installation, maintenance, programming and control done by US workers. Albeit the number of workers would have been smaller the pay would have been higher.

It is sad to say but far too many companies have broken the social contract they had with US citizens and have opted to flee to other countries for one reason only. Higher profits. This has been augmented by tying upper management, especially CEO/Presidents, pay to profits resulting in a ratio of them of 204 to 1


And at the same time, those fleeing leave behind companies that use illegal workers with impunity. Construction comes immediately to mind.

Trump’s plan to close the border and stop the outflow of our factories may or may not work. But at least he will try. And those who try and stop him will no longer be in the shadows but will known to all.

His victory sends a message to every politician who wants to keep their “jobs” that the world has changed.

His victory sends a message to every supporter of the status quo, which has flooded the country with illegal aliens, that they will be opposed and their arguments incorrect,

His victory also sends a message to every CEO/President that the days of robber baron like actions are gone. Keep the social contract. Work to keep people employed as well as reasonable profits for the stock holder while graciously accepting a salary that is not outrageously high.

"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper