Globalization – Lowest Common Denominator
Remember your elementary mathematics? Finding the lowest common denominator was one of the skills you learned. You will soon be applying that skill to that 21st century darling of economists called Globalization. The word sounds innocent enough or perhaps even mildly exciting. It sounds like the sort of concept-in-a-word that you are supposed to embrace as being cardinal self-evident truth. All heads nod in agreement at the cocktail party.
In reality, if you are a native born American with many working years ahead of you, globalization will become a very frightening word. Globalization means that you cannot hide from your competitors, not at night, not on weekends. You can never rest because someone, somewhere is willing to sleep fewer hours and work harder than you in order to scratch out a tenuous living.
You have been taught by the *think tank crowd* of the past decade that your job as an American is to work smarter, not harder. They said some anonymous Asian would do the hard work while you’d do the thinking. They lied. You have to do both. Soon you will have to do both for a minimum of 12 hours per day just to keep from losing your home, your car and your way of life.
Your company is finding ways to eliminate you as you read this. Your company’s duty to its shareholders is to get you outsourced before their competitor figures out how to do the same. Oh, and unfortunately, those hard working Asians and Indians are just as smart as you. They don’t need you to do the thinking. They need you to either work for less or get out of the way.
With each passing year you will have to accept less and less in take home pay. The Globe demands it. You cannot make ever higher income through ‘smarts’ while ever more smart foreigners working harder and living six to a home compete for your job.
Ask any Mexican working in your yard what he thinks his chances are of ever making more money then you pay him under the table today. If you heard him say pretty good (because you read and understand Spanish) just go down to the convenience store and pick up a fresh Mexican. Never pay more for yard work, just find a newly arrived Mexican. You will soon be that Mexican on the global stage.
Your health coverage will vanish. The rest of the world toils without health coverage, therefore so must you. Globalization abhors a differential. The pain in America will become unbearable within 10 years. Mortgage defaults will skyrocket. Civil unrest could well collapse America. America will learn that there never was such a thing as working smarter, not harder. That was just a flippant, arrogant concept of the 90’s. America will learn that you have to work as hard as that Mexican in your yard. I can almost hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth. You’ll be so sorry you helped all those Mexicans just looking for a better life because you’ll be wondering whatever happened to your better life.
Just thank American multi-nationals in collusion with your political party. That’s right, both Democrats and Republicans sold you out. That’s because you’ve never met a poor politician. All politicians are watching their bottom lines, not yours. They never cared about you, they just wanted your vote, now they are rich and you are not. Game over.
Please post your thoughts on how we might get out of this mess.