PROGRESSIVE LABOR AND JUSTICE PROTECT BOTH DOMESTIC AND IMMIGRANT WORKERS. IMMIGRATION POLICY IN THE US TIED IMMIGRATION TO APPLICATION THAT WAS EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND IT TIED IT TO US UNEMPLOYMENT. NEO-LIBERALS ARE PRETENDING UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE US IS 5.7% IGNORING LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT THAT PLACES REAL UNEMPLOYMENT GREATER THAN 25%. THIS ECONOMIC CRASH WILL SEE UNEMPLOYMENT GROW TO 50%.
Trans Pacific Trade Pact seeks to allow global corporations to bring their own workers to the US to work as they do in developing nations leaving unemployment for domestic workers climbing. All of this will create far-right nationalism in the US as domestic workers grow to resent immigrant workers.....and VOILA----social capitalism is fighting far-right nationalism. this is playing out in Europe as social democrats fight to move neo-liberalism to the left.
As we see here, the Thatcher/Reagan neo-liberal partnership between US and UK to dismantle social Democracy consumed all of the former British colonies---US, Canada, Australia/New Zealand, and Hong Kong. These few decades of Reagan/Clinton blowing up the US economy with Wall Street fraud aimed at all our social programs and Federal Trusts was meant to do just that. Congressional control of the Democratic Party by Clinton neo-liberals made sure austerity instead of Rule of Law and recovery of fraud broke down the social structures of Democratic liberalism. Phase three-----the coming bond market crash aimed at bringing our Federal, state, and local government structures down with this bond leverage debt has this action as the end of neo-liberalism. Europe already fell victim to this sovereign debt attack with the subprime mortgage fraud and economic collapse of 2008. There are no more frauds to be had for Wall Street. It has laundered its fraud around the world to the point no nation trusts the IMF, Wall Street, or Western banks and the frauds against the citizens' wealth---pensions, retirements, homeownership, savings will be taken with this coming bond market crash----SO, THEY THINK THERE IS NOTHING LEFT TO STEAL.
The problem with this will come with this next bond market crash and who controls the Democratic Party----neo-liberals will make sure Wall Street gets the loot as cities are sent into bankruptcy and pensions declared dead while Wall Street confiscates people's bank accounts under Congressional laws written to allow this to happen as the next TOO BIG TO FAIL scheme. Social Democrats coming to office in 2016 will make sure none of this happens----as with Iceland in 2008 which simply defaulted on what they knew was financial fraud ----JUST SAYING NO TO THIS COMING BOND MARKET FRAUD KEEPS OUR GOVERNMENT AND PERSONAL WEALTH INTACT. Will Clinton neo-liberals hold power through this coming economic crash? If so, not for long as people see just how criminal this can become.
AS THIS ARTICLE STATES----NEO-LIBERALISM, LIKE REPUBLICAN POLICY DEPENDS ON HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT AND POVERTY TO CONTROL. THIS IS WHY THE REPUBLICAN SOUTH REMAINED SO IMPOVERISHED WITH HIGH-UNEMPLOYMENT AFTER THE GREAT DEPRESSION---THE WEALTHY FEW CONTROLLED CITIZENS WITH THE NEED OF A JOB. THIS IS WHAT BALTIMORE POLICY HAS BEEN FOR DECADES UNDER A NEOCONSERVATIVE JOHNS HOPKINS.
Thatcherism and Margaret Thatcher are both dead: Walkom Margaret Thatcher's mean-spirited approach to the economy worked once. It no longer does.
CATHAL MCNAUGHTON / Reuters
Graffiti referring to the death of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, on the Falls Road in West Belfast, sums up some of the many emotions that boiled over at the news of her death.
By: Thomas Walkom National Affairs, Published on Wed Apr 10 2013 Margaret Thatcher is dead. Views differ on how to mark her passing.
But the more important story is that Thatcherism — the hard-nosed approach to economic policy that still carries the former British prime minister’s name — is also dead.
It started to ail years ago, as countries like Brazil and Argentina broke away from dictators and from the nostrums of neo-liberal, market capitalism that these dictators supported.
To all intents and purposes, Thatcherism breathed its last in the aftermath of the 2008 financial meltdown. That’s when, in a desperate effort to keep the global economy alive, countries around the world abandoned the Thatcherite wisdom of balanced budgets and tough monetary policy.
In Europe, Thatcherism remains on life support — but only because the austerity buffs of Britain and the eurozone refuse to admit its passing.
In Canada, it is still worshipped by a generation of conservative politicians who see themselves as Thatcher’s children — people such as Prime Minister Stephen Harper, federal Treasury Board President Tony Clement and Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak.
But with the possible exception of Hudak, they, too, know that Thatcherism is dead.
It is dead because it no longer works.
When Thatcherism was loosed on the world, it did work. The world that Thatcher faced when she became Britain’s prime minister in 1979 was still coming to terms with the events of the post-1945 era.
World War II had produced a great compromise between labour and capital. Under the terms of that compromise, capitalism was allowed to do its magic. In return, through both labour unions and the welfare state, working people were awarded a piece of the action.
It was a remarkably productive period. But it also contained the seeds of its own undoing.
By ensuring that employment stayed at high levels, the great compromise eliminated the most potent weapon bosses had over their workers — fear of joblessness.
As a result, workers were able to win higher wages. But with rising wages came inflation. As inflation rose, the engine of capitalism itself was undermined.
If the market economy were to be kept alive, desperate measures were needed. Thatcher provided them.
Her remedy, soon copied by nations like Canada, relied on the deliberate creation of unemployment.
This was accomplished in part by letting central banks boost interest rates to levels that drove weaker businesses bankrupt.
It was accomplished in part by gutting social programs like welfare and employment insurance that provided aid to the jobless.
Where unions were strong, as in Britain, labour rights were severely restricted.
For a while, Thatcherism succeeded. In Canada and elsewhere, unemployment soared, wages stalled and income inequality increased.
But the economy, as measured by output, soared. To the Thatcherites, this was all that mattered. The new orthodoxy was lauded.
Yet nothing lasts for ever. Neo-liberalism, too, contained its own contradictions.
One was economic. When most people lack money, fewer buy. That is the problem Canadian businesses face now. That is why they sit on their profits rather than follow Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s advice to reinvest them. Why invest in productive capacity when no one can afford what you make?
The second was political. As a political philosophy, Thatcherism was doomed. People will put up with only so much abuse before they rebel.
In South America the reaction against neo-liberalism produced left-leaning governments across the continent. In Europe today, the fight against austerity is, at one level, a delayed reaction to Thatcherite orthodoxies.
In Canada even an enthusiastic Thatcherite like Harper has been forced to keep federal spending high. As the public furor over temporary foreign workers demonstrates, Harper’s wage reduction strategies are also meeting fierce popular resistance.
So Margaret Thatcher is dead. He acolytes would like to keep her legacy alive. But the needs of the system she so vigorously championed have changed. Capitalism today requires something different.
I like to re-post this now and again to allow Democratic voters to see why all of social democracy and Constitutional rights tied to EquaL Protection and progressive laws from FDR have been ignored----the Federalism Act. Now, this Executive Order basically says anything that costs money does not have to be enforced and you know what ----almost all of Federal programs, services, trusts, civil and labor rights costs money. So, neo-liberals have used this Executive Order along with Republicans to pretend all of Constitutional laws that were progressive were ignored these few decades.
I knew at that point Clinton was the bad guy and not a Democrat because the Democratic Platform is nothing but labor and justice protection---it is Republicans who work for corporate profit and power. National labor union and justice organization leaders knew as well. Now, I have said before----the US Constitution does not allow for all of the Constitution to be ignored by Executive Order----it has never been used that way. The Amendments to the Constitution in the 1960s making clear equal rights to all is what WE THE PEOPLE is about were done legally and cannot simply be ignored. Neo-liberals are trying to go back to an interpretation of WE THE PRIVILEGED ERASING ALL OF THE CIVIL/LABOR RIGHTS AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION.
When Obama announced soon after he was in office that he would use Executive Order to embrace Federalism Act----we knew he was not the progressive he pretended. This is why mass incarceration, urban poverty, crime, and violence grew, and why police have been allowed to act with impunity. Now, neo-liberals plan to take this one step further by installing Trans Pacific Trade Pact which seeks to completely replace the US Constitution with a global governing structure.
Summary of Executive Order 13132 - Federalism
E.O. 13132, from the National Archives
64 FR 43255; August 10, 1999
Executive Order (E.O.) 13132 - Federalism - was issued by President William J. Clinton in 1999. The E.O.'s objective is to guarantee the Constitution's division of governmental responsibilities between the federal government and the states. It furthers the policies of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.
To the extent practicable and permitted by law, the Agency cannot promulgate two types of rules unless we meet certain conditions as described below. The two types of rules are:
rules with Federalism Implications (FI), substantial direct compliance costs on state and local (S/L) governments, and not required by statute, and
rules with FI and that preempt S/L law.
FI is defined as having substantial direct effects on states or local governments (individually or collectively), on the relationship between the national government and the states, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.
The Agency cannot promulgate the first type of rule unless we:
provide funds necessary to pay direct compliance costs of the S/L governments, or
early in the process before promulgation, consult with elected S/L officials or their representative national organizations.
We cannot promulgate the second type unless we consult with elected S/L officials or their representative national organizations early in the process before promulgation.
For these two types of rules, we also must:
adhere to the fundamental principles in §2 of the E.O. and comply, to the extent permitted by law, with the general policymaking criteria in §3 of the E.O.;
provide in a separate preamble section a federalism summary impact statement;
make available to the Office of Management and Budget any written communications from S/L officials; and
for final rules subject to E.O. 12866 review, include certification from EPA's Designated Federalism Official stating EPA has met E.O. requirements.
I showed how the US far-right already has plans to pose left-leaning using Marxist Stalinism to counter our return to social democracy. Europe installed open borders a few decades when neo-liberalism took hold and with that flooded European nations with immigrants from around the world. Then comes the neo-liberal economic crashes that keep unemployment high and poverty increasing as citizens in European nations then are made angry over their inability to work----and VOILA----you have rising nationalism and xenophobia and immigrants are now a problem----not a progressive addition as social democracies promote. Neo-liberals know this dynamic----they know when you place a mix of cultures together with high unemployment and poverty you get conflict AND THAT IS WHAT BRINGS IN FAR-RIGHT POLITICS. Now, we hope in Europe the citizens are able to restore social capitalism and domestic economies before citizens reach a tipping point----remember, fascism is far-right whether by using socialism like Stalin did or corporate/economic control like Hitler did. This rise must be contained by the stability of domestic economies and social democratic structures secured.
Now, look at these immigration policies in the US----states like Florida, Texas, California already have a majority of immigrants and Maryland is fast approaching this just as the coming bond market crash will bring a long recession/depression. No doubt they will use this crash to keep unemployment high as they work to install International Economic Zone structures. What happens in the US as immigrant populations grow, unemployment and poverty rise----AS IN EUROPE? Americans fall into this same dynamic of moving to the far-right with nationalism and xenophobia. The far-right Libertarian Stalinism that neo-cons and neo-liberals are trying to make the next political structure in the US. So, WE THE PEOPLE must keep social capitalism as the goal-----we must not allow a flood of immigrants to destablize our economy---we can protect current immigrant workers by not making them as much a victim as US workers will be.
DO NOT ALLOW GLOBAL CORPORATE IMMIGRATION POLICY CREATE THIS FAR-RIGHT NATIONALISM---WE CAN STOP THIS BY SIMPLY REINSTATING RULE OF LAW AND EQUAL PROTECTION WITH SOCIAL DEMOCRACY.
Obama and a neo-liberal Congress took what was a great Immigration Policy centered on unemployment stats in the nation and on open application----everyone able to apply and wait for an opportunity. This was fair and equitable. Obama and allowing wealthy foreign nationals to buy citizenship----TPP allowing global corporations to bring their immigrant workforce----will create this same nationalism movement in the US.
WHY WOULD AN ANTI-EUROPEAN UNION NEED TO BE FAR-RIGHT WING? SOCIAL DEMOCRACY WILL NEED TO BREAK WITH THE TROIKA HOLD. IT IS THE LEFT IN GREECE, SPAIN, AND ITALY THAT ARE MOVING TOWARDS DEFAULT AND LEAVING THE EURO.
World | Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:07pm EDT Related: World
'Nationalism and xenophobia' on rise ahead of European elections
BRUSSELS | By Luke Baker and Stephen Adler
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso looks on at a news conference after a Tripratite Social Summit ahead of an EU leaders meeting in Brussels October 24, 2013. Reuters/Yves Herman European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has warned against nationalism, xenophobia and racism ahead of European Parliament elections next year, when anti-EU and protest parties are expected to do well.
Opinion polls months ahead of the vote, which takes place in all EU countries on May 22-25, suggest candidates on the far left and far right will gain support as voters express frustration with Europe after three years of financial turmoil, contracting growth and job losses.
"We have to be honest that the crisis and the rise in unemployment is an occasion for populist forces to become more aggressive and gain some votes," Barroso, a former center-right prime minister in Portugal, told Reuters in an interview.
"What we don't like is the discourse that is sometimes behind anti-European slogans, a discourse that is promoting what I call negative values, things like narrow nationalism, protectionism and xenophobia. That is a concern.
"We should not forget that in Europe, not so many decades ago, we had very, very worrying developments of xenophobia and racism and intolerance. So I think everybody that has European principles should be worried about some of these movements."
Barroso did not mention any parties or movements by name. But polls suggest right-wing parties with strong positions on immigration could do well in several countries, including Britain, France and Finland.
In Britain, the UK Independence Party is predicted to come first or second in the elections, although a lot can change with seven months still to go before the vote.
In France, Marine Le Pen's far-right National Front has pulled away from the two mainstream parties and according to one recent poll is expected to win the election.
Besides the right-wing forces, there are far-left or protest movements in Greece and Italy that have strong popular backing, as well as single-issue parties such as Germany's anti-euro AfD that are expected to secure representation in the 760-seat European Parliament, the EU's only directly elected body.
Mainstream politicians and political analysts say it is too early to predict with any precision how many seats the anti-EU and protest parties will pick up, but broad estimates suggest it could be anywhere from 20 to 30 percent of the vote.
While they would be unlikely to act as a block in parliament, since they come from opposite sides of the spectrum and often have narrow, national-based issues on their agenda, some form of coordination among the larger far-right parties could end up disrupting decisions in parliament.
At the same time, Barroso said he was confident the mainstream political parties would remain largely dominant in the new parliament, and urged them to speak out for European values if they were to keep extremists in check.
"The pro-European forces...need to take the lead, not give the initiative to extremist forces, and explain in a rational and reasonable way what Europe brings," he said.
"That is why we are asking the so-called mainstream parties to have the courage to get out of their comfort zone, to think that today, at a time of crisis, we cannot take the European Union for granted."
The Democratic Party is a social construct of the 1960s civil and labor rights movement and Constitutional Amendments. The Democratic Platform has been progressive labor and justice for a century. Social Democrats protect the rights of people of color----the rights of labor and workplace----the rights of people with disabilities ------and environmental rights. This is the Democratic base. The Equal Protection Clause has as well made Democrats the protector of immigrant rights-----AND TOGETHER---THIS IS 80% OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.
Clinton neo-liberals have worked from the 1990s to break down this coalition.....it used the ignoring of Federal law----it used the capture of our national labor and justice organizations to neo-liberal policy stating civil rights only exist as an individual person's right to wealth. Now, neo-liberals are trying as hard as they can to use Trans Pacific Trade Pact to flood the US with immigrants at the same time moving unemployment and poverty higher for US citizens. All of this will create more and more tensions between this Democratic base of labor and justice further breaking down the coalition and making it easier to eliminate the US Constitution----replacing it with the NEW WORLD ORDER and global corporate tribunal structures.
PLEASE THINK ABOUT THESE NEO-LIBERAL POLICIES AND ESPECIALLY AS REGARDS IMMIGRATION---IT ONLY LEADS TO THIS TENSION AND CHAOS....
Protecting the rights of immigrants already here in the US and fighting for CITIZENSHIP NOW for those having been in the country for years is the progressive stance. Latino/Hispanic immigrants know they are not protected when Trans Pacific Trade Pact allows immigrants to be exploited by global corporations coming to the US.
The Equal Protection Clause is located at the end of Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Truth: Undocumented immigrants DO have legal rights under the U.S. Constitution and federal statute.
As far back as 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that:
“The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution is not confined to the protection of citizens. It says: ’Nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law.’ These provisions are universal in their application to all persons within the territorial jurisdiction, without regard to any differences of race, of color, or nationality; and the equal protection of the laws is a pledge of the protection of equal laws.” 2
All persons in the U.S., therefore, have constitutional rights. Among these are the right to equal protection of the law and the right to due process.
Also, undocumented persons have a constitutional right under the Fourth Amendment to deny any officer from entering their residence without consent, absent a search warrant.
Further, the Supreme Court has held that all children, regardless of their immigration status, are entitled to free public education, as required under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. 3
Additionally, under federal law publicly funded hospitals must provide emergency medical services to all patients, regardless of their immigration status. 4 Immigrants are also protected from workplace discrimination under state and federal laws.
Moreover, under federal law, a person may recover money damages for loss of property, personal injury or death where damages occurred as a result of the “negligent or wrongful act or omission of any employee of the Government while acting within the scope of his office or employment, under circumstances where the United States, if a private person, would be liable to the claimant in accordance with the law of the place where the act or omission occurred.” 5
These are just a few of the rights that our Constitution and federal laws grant to all persons living in the U.S. These rights are intended to protect all U.S. residents from discrimination and arbitrary government action. These rights are especially critical in times where hatred based on race, color, and national origin is on the rise.