Miken – capitalism is knocking at home
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a small local business does a good job, employs local workers, and is a great asset to a small community. Soon the good small business is doing well enough to attract the attention of the big business, which offers to buy the right small business. Now, good small business people know they have two choices: take the money now, or risk being pummeled by “market forces” (and tactics that may not be legal but who knows of the big business) until they either go out of business or have to sell for a lot less. Plus we’ve been living in this world of go-go mergers and acquisition capitalism for, well, as long as I’m alive (which is more every year, as the white hairs on my beard tell me) so we’re basically trained to let companies do what they want. After all, they make our lives so much better, or at least that’s what their ads say.
So we sell, and we wait for that…. the big business comes in and decides it would be more profitable to move the production of the good small business somewhere far, far away where they don’t have to pay employees anywhere close to what American workers earn , and in fact pay them so little and have so little security in place that it’s actually cheaper overall to make a product thousands of miles away, put it on an oil-fired boat, and ship it. bring it back to America to sell it in another big company. box store.
It’s capitalism, baby.
And now he’s knocking at home. Miken, who is now part of Rawlings, which is owned by Major League Baseball and “private equity owners” (aka the Wall Street ghouls) is having its workforce outsourced to China. You know, this so called “Communist” place that has McDonalds and makes products for Walmart, these well known Communist stars. But don’t worry, your elected officials are here to save the day… by begging big business and completely covering their tongues with shoe polish.
Widdle Jemmy and Greggy have asked the big business to please consider gutting a business that has been a cornerstone of country bluffing for two decades, so that should sort it out. As we all know, companies are notorious for immediately changing course and risking lost profit just to please a small rural town. I’m sure asking really nicely with their tails between their legs will fix it. If only, you know, these two clowns had been in office for 10 and 30 YEARS respectively and maybe could have done something to tax corporations to get our money back, or fight outsourcing, or even try to prevent the near-monopoly consolidation and mergers. levels, but strangely, it’s only now, with this knocking home, that they suddenly seem to care.
And it’s not just a GOP problem either. Our current governor has been in Congress for 12 years as the DFL representative for this region, but he has also done nothing to try to stop the predatory actions of companies. But now that capitalism is doing exactly what capitalism does, and putting more and more money in fewer and fewer hands, now our brave legislative soldiers are waddling across the political theater, nodding and appealing. who’s REALLY running things, but basically doing nothing.
It’s not like they’re making the laws or anything, is it?
Let’s start voting for the people who are really going to go after these vampire corporations and tell them that their decades of feasting around the workers’ necks are over. Let’s have a government that tries to help people, not businesses, and when businesses do what businesses do and act without regard for humanity or decency, we need people in power who are going to nail them to the wall. , not jumping around and purring that they should really try to spare their cities, if they could see it in their infinite grace and generosity to do so.
We the people run this country. Not corporations. And it’s time we started acting like this.