I've spoken at length about what being designated a US International Economic Zone under Trans Pacific Trade Pact will look like but I just want to review what is critical in the fight against this. First, WE KNOW these international economic zones will allow all US Constitutional laws and citizens rights be ignored so when a Democratic pol campaigns for $15 an hour while never mentioning TPP or International Economic Zone FEZs-----they are Clinton neo-liberals who could care less about higher wages---they intend to bring American workers to third world sweat shop labor wages.
STOP ALLOWING NEO-LIBERALS TO POSE PROGRESSIVE WHEN THEY ARE WORKING TO MOVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO THIRD WORLD POVERTY.
HELLO!!!!! BALTIMORE IS SLATED TO BE AN INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ZONE!
#5 Social Democratic policy-----strong middle-class and Living Wages
You are not working for $15 an hour if your national union/justice organization leaders are supporting Clinton/Obama Wall Street neo-liberals!
As we advocate for Living Wage social Democrats would be educating how International Economic Zone and Trans Pacific Trade Pact policy seeks to allow global corporations to operate in the US as they do overseas-----so, there would be no minimum wage enforced. It is not progressive if you are shouting a slogan while not shouting louder against policies Clinton neo-liberals and Bush neo-cons are installing as we speak.
ALL OF MARYLAND'S POLS ARE WALL STREET GLOBAL CORPORATE CLINTON/OBAMA NEO-LIBERALS AND BUSH NEO-CONS INSTALLING THESE POLICIES AS HARD AS THEY CAN WHILE PRETENDING TO WORK FOR HIGHER MINIMUM WAGE
Today I want to ask that Democratic voters look at what the goal of NEW WORLD ORDER and Clinton and Bush Wall Street global corporate pols may be. I've talked of Marxist Stalinist Liberartarianism----far-right militarized autocratic corporate society. China is a model for global pols----it has nothing to do with socialism----it simply pushes EVERYONE INTO THE DEEPEST OF POVERTY as they work for global corporations.
The Asian workers used for decades in this neo-liberal FOXCONN environment are protesting and demanding better working conditions just as happened with US labor unions in early 1900s. Know what the US government told South Korea and China?
DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO ORGANIZE INTO A MIDDLE-CLASS.
So, are Clinton/Obama neo-liberals REALLY working to build a middle-class or are they simply posing progressive? THEY ARE TRYING TO BRING ASIAN SWEAT SHOP WAGES TO THE US. You can bet the US Import/Export banks was subsidizing these sweat shops for Apple et al.
'Not understanding why and how the middle class is being sold out will only make that task more difficult'.
Steve Jobs has been made into an American case of 'Exceptionalism' when his biggest claim to fame was Chinese environmental devastation and FOXCONN factory labor enslavement.
Anyone can win if they are allowed to lie, cheat, and steal. Jobs was exceptional in his ability to lose all morality, ethics, and adherence to Rule of Law.
A society does not allow school yard bullys to continue to steal other children's lunch money folks.
New York Times Tells Us Only Chinese Near Slave Labor Could Handle Steve Jobs’ Demands
Posted on January 22, 2012 by Yves Smith
A New York Times story, “How U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work,” uses an Obama dinner with Silicon Valley titans to frame its tale of why the US middle class should roll over and die. I am of course exaggerating for effect. But not by as much as you might think. The story by Charles Duhigg and Keith Bradsher does a very good job of explaining why Asia, and China in particular, has come to dominate consumer electronics manufacture, using the iPhone as focus.
The problem with using the microcosm to illustrate the macrocosm is you need to choose the right microcosm. The danger in using the iPhone example is that (as I have discussed at length in prior posts) there are quite a few industries in which the case for offshoring and outsourcing is not compelling, particularly if you allow for the increased risk of extended supply chains, as Apple itself learned in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. But even in those cases, it still has the effect of transferring income from middle level and factory workers to the top brass. Thus the iPhone/consumer electronics example will have the effect of giving other businesses a free pass.
And not only that, even among computer and electronics firms, Apple was unusually demanding, and not always for good reasons. As much as Steve Jobs was revered for his fixation with design, it could interact with coming up with a final product in nasty ways. The Walter Isaacosn biography of Jobs is chock full of incidents of Jobs changing his mind to the point of wreaking havoc with getting a product out the door. For instance, one of Mac engineers, Chris Espinosa, designed a calculator to be included with the Mac OS. Jobs liked the idea but was not pleased with the appearance. Espinosa came up with new designs in response to Jobs’ input daily, only to get more criticism. He finally wrote a program, the “Steve Jobs Roll Your Own Calculator Construction Set” to put Jobs firmly in charge of finalizing the design. Similarly, on the first iteration of the NeXT computer, Jobs insisted that it be a perfect cube. I will spare you the details but that requirement caused all sorts of costly hassles.
Now consider this vignette from early on in the article:
One former executive described how the company relied upon a Chinese factory to revamp iPhone manufacturing just weeks before the device was due on shelves. Apple had redesigned the iPhone’s screen at the last minute, forcing an assembly line overhaul. New screens began arriving at the plant near midnight.
A foreman immediately roused 8,000 workers inside the company’s dormitories, according to the executive. Each employee was given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation and within half an hour started a 12-hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. Within 96 hours, the plant was producing over 10,000 iPhones a day.
“The speed and flexibility is breathtaking,” the executive said. “There’s no American plant that can match that.”
The authors fail to tell you what this means: changing a production design that late in the game is bad management, period. It’s the sort of stunt you see in a craft manufacturing business like the movie industry, not in one that deals with factory production. But the flexible near slave Chinese workers bailed out Apple’s ass.
Nor does it frame another section properly. Here Jobs has a more logical, if still daunting demand: he wants a phone with a glass screen that won’t scratch, since phones get shoved in pockets with keys and coins. But part of his ask was still unreasonable: “I want a glass screen, and I want it perfect in six weeks.”
Again, China delivered, but notice how:
For years, cellphone makers had avoided using glass because it required precision in cutting and grinding that was extremely difficult to achieve. Apple had already selected an American company, Corning Inc., to manufacture large panes of strengthened glass. But figuring out how to cut those panes into millions of iPhone screens required finding an empty cutting plant, hundreds of pieces of glass to use in experiments and an army of midlevel engineers. It would cost a fortune simply to prepare.
Then a bid for the work arrived from a Chinese factory.
When an Apple team visited, the Chinese plant’s owners were already constructing a new wing. “This is in case you give us the contract,” the manager said, according to a former Apple executive. The Chinese government had agreed to underwrite costs for numerous industries, and those subsidies had trickled down to the glass-cutting factory. It had a warehouse filled with glass samples available to Apple, free of charge. The owners made engineers available at almost no cost. They had built on-site dormitories so employees would be available 24 hours a day.
The Chinese plant got the job.
So basically, the Chinese funded a completely non-economical glass R&D facility IN ANTICIPATION of getting the Apple order. There is no way anyone would build a factory like that unless the money was close to free. It already had glass samples in stock! The “some subsidies trickled down” sounds way too innocent. It sounds more like someone recognized the importance of Apple as a marquee customer, and whether the push came from the officialdom or businessmen with the right connections in high places, it doesn’t really matter. This project smells of having serious government backing. How can private businesses anywhere compete with that?
There is admittedly a lot of insightful discussion in the article. It stresses that Silicon Valley executives say that the cost of US labor is not what is driving their decisions. It is the responsiveness of the supply chain, which among other things means ability to recruit factory labor and engineers quickly (and to get the factory workers to put in Foxconn like hours). Thus the savings is in inventory costs rather than labor per se. Nevertheless, it is disappointing that to see the authors seemingly stumble on critical pieces of the puzzle that they fail to integrate into their commentary.
The US is going to have enough trouble rebuilding its industrial base as it is. Not understanding why and how the middle class is being sold out will only make that task more difficult.
If today's poor in the US think they are getting back at a middle-class they think left them behind by partnering with these Wall Street global corporate pols----I would ask first that you think----would a middle-class who knew all of what Clinton neo-liberals were up to allow themselves to be killed? Of course not-----the American people were simply shocked at going from a Rule of Law Democratic Constitutional nation to a VISIGOTH BARBARIAN CRIMINAL CARTEL RULE.
The poor in the US must take a look at how the poor in third world nations live to see what Clinton/Obama neo-liberals have in store as tag team with Bush/Hopkins neo-conservatives. So, it is best to fight to go back to social Democracy rather than allow all to fall into total corporate control.
BALTIMORE CITY IS AN EXAMPLE OF THESE KINDS OF FEELINGS AS HOPKINS AND BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT KEPT BALTIMORE'S POOR IN THE WORST OF CONDITIONS----LEFT ONLY TO JOIN THE OPPRESSOR IF WANTING A MIDDLE-CLASS STANDARD OF LIFE.
Doctors, lawyers, teachers work not much more than sweat shop factory workers. This is what exists today in these Asian neo-liberal economics---in developing nations---and that is to where TPP and FEZ policy seeks to take the US.
Below you see what is a ONE WORLD DAVOS Switzerland model for doing just that and they will market it as socialist and bringing equity-----when it is global corporations making all labor enslaving.
As WE THE PEOPLE in the US and Europe are fighting to stop the breakdown of our national Constitutional societies-----global pols have spent all their time building these structures---THAT IS ALL YOUR CONGRESSIONAL POLS ARE DOING----BUSH NEO-CON OR CLINTON/OBAMA NEO-LIBERAL.
They can string the American people along with progressive posing------OR WE CAN GET RID OF GLOBAL CORPORATE NEO-LIBERALS.
The American K-12 schools always have as required reading the novels on Utopia---that have everyone valued the same. Garbage men paid as doctors. When you are a first world society your vision is bringing that garbage man up to doctor's meeting in the middle for example. The vision is not bringing everyone down to $2 a day/$2 an hour as being equitable.
THIS HAS BEEN A REPUBLICAN DREAM SINCE FDR PROGRESSIVISM----GET RID OF MINUMUM WAGE as TPP and International Economic Zone policy does.
This educational and advocacy website of the Worldwide Globals Organization (WGO)
contains many pages and words, but its premise is very simple and logical. Some individuals may initially resist its simplicity, honesty and clarity. However, intelligent, curious, astute and open-minded persons will be intrigued and enlightened by what they read and learn on this website.
Everyone needs and wants more income and money to survive and thrive. The WGO will give every adult who becomes a member a new form of income and money, every month in perpetuity. This money and income will be distributed in the form of a new, supplemental, complementary, debt-free, digital currency called “Globals.” In this unified process of creating and distributing a new currency, a universal basic income (UBI) is simultaneously provided to all members. This website will describe how this can be accomplished legally, technically and rapidly.
In order to understand this new venture, you must discard your prejudices, apathy, laziness, cynicism, arrogance, anger and closed-mindedness. Many things you have been told for decades (and that you might still believe) concerning money, currencies, economics, income, taxes, politics, finance and banking; are inaccurate, incomplete, or simply wrong. Fortunately it is never too late to learn and change your overall understanding of life.
What are the essential foundations for all civilizations and societies? HUMAN BEINGS – and our interconnected yet unique imaginations, talents, abilities, dreams and knowledge. Every person has intrinsic value, worth, dignity, and an inalienable right to a decent life.
All past and present human institutions – including our political and economic systems – could not exist without people. No person ever succeeded financially or socially without significant assistance and support from many other individuals and organizations.
(1) A currency is a widely-held, traded, used, and accepted means of exchange and unit of account. Today the words currency and money are used interchangeably.
(2) The more people and enterprises that possess and trade any currency, the more valuable and useful it is to exchange products and services locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
(3) All money, currency and income are intellectual abstractions and useful legal and accounting “fictions” that serve as intermediaries to exchange products and services.
(4) All money and currency in the world today is created digitally on computers “from nothing and out of thin air.”
(5) Unfortunately most money today is created simultaneously with needless and superfluous debts and loans, or it is highly rationed and allocated to a small group of insiders.
(6) Money is not a limited, fabricated, digital commodity that is only available to a small number of people, even though most leaders in politics, economics, business and academia have falsely told humanity and acted as if this lie were true.
(7) Any organization or group of people can legally create their own currency and monetary system as this power is not just limited to banks and governments.
(8) If most leaders in government, business and banking no longer serve the best interests of the vast majority of human beings, then people have the intrinsic right, duty and power to act peacefully, collectively and independently from outside the existing, broken and failed institutions in most nations.
This proposal is perfectly legal, rational, practical, moral, ethical, and readily achievable when enough people join the WGO and use their Globals in addition to the existing national fiat currencies around the world. Using the past 15 years of technological advancements, and a clear understanding of money, currency and income, the WGO can demonstrate how the vast majority of people around the world can collectively create an unconditional universal basic income (UBI) for themselves.
One Global Unit is fixed in value to Ten ($10.00) US Dollars. All other currencies are valued to Globals vis-à-vis their relative values to the US Dollar. Therefore 100 Global units are equal to $1000 US Dollars.
Every person on earth over the age of 18 can become a member of the WGO for just $25 or 25€ for a 4-year membership. In return, members receive 20, 40 or 100 Globals every month in perpetuity, depending upon each individual's citizenship and nationality. (A list of all nations and countries with their assigned levels-tiers is found below in the web page “NATIONS” and further described in the web page “OVERVIEW.”)
Most businesses and enterprises can join the WGO for just 50,00€ or $50.00 for US-based enterprises. They do not receive any monthly allocations beyond an initial contribution of 1000 Globals after they complete their full registration. In addition they will receive a bonus award equal to five percent (5%) of the Globals payments they accept from all individual members for products and services they sell.
The membership fees will be used for the following:
(1) Provide the WGO with talented employees and expanding computer hardware and software to meet the needs of its members;
(2) Pay for the expenses related to licensing, registering and eventually operating a Globals Payment System (GPS) between members in over 150 nations and 50 US states; and
(3) Establish independent legal and financial systems to protect the important economic interests of all members. The membership of the WGO will eventually elect the leadership of the WGO through direct and secure on-line elections.
The Globals accounts of all members are maintained on a separate, parallel, secure and encrypted website and their personal information is stored on computers not connected to the Internet. No person or entity may issue Globals as they belong solely to the WGO to create and allocate on behalf of its members. Globals are based upon the intrinsic value of human beings and their uncompensated work. The total number of Globals in existence will be principally limited to total WGO membership.
If you want to stop living in perpetual ignorance, fear, servitude. despair and debt to a small, wealthy, and powerful worldwide criminal cartel of international banks, corporations, corrupt puppet governments, and their top executives, officials and owners, then you need to read this entire website carefully. Your future; the well-being of your family, friends, colleagues, communities, cities, states, nations; the survival of humanity; and the habitability of this planet itself; depend upon a full understanding of the true nature of money, income and currencies.
Johns Hopkins in Baltimore has an advertisement on MTA buses----and everywhere since they are a full-blown global corporation-----that declares Hopkins OPEN BOUNDARIES PUBLIC HEALTH.
What does that mean? It means, that Hopkins operates public health in Baltimore as the WHO operates public health in developing nations. It means----Hopkins does not recognize US Federal laws and Constitutional rights to public health or a system like Medicare. It only sees population health as a whole----preventative care and communicable disease control. Indeed, that is what Baltimore health care has been for citizens living 20-30 years shorter life span----and it is what Affordable Care Act and Maryland State Health Systems intend to bring America's health system---We do not believe in individual care unless you have lots of money to pay for soaring private health insurance plans and lots of out-of-pocket money they say.
WHEN YOU SEE INSTITUTIONS WORKING UNDER GLOBAL POLICY CONDITIONS ----YOU KNOW THEY ARE MOVING YOUR CITY/STATE TO THIRD WORLD SOCIETAL CONDITIONS.
Hopkins has been the driver of the lowest wage system in Baltimore and you can bet-----as we super-size global health and education technology as the only economy----wages will look like India and China if Hopkins and Baltimore Development Corporation has anything to do with it. They see Baltimore and the US now as International Economic Zones operating just as they do in developing nations.
A SOCIAL DEMOCRAT DOES NOT PARTNER WITH VERY, VERY, VERY NEO-CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN INSTITUTIONS -----they fight to keep small business local economies strong under Rule of Law and US Constitutional rights and fight for our Federal public programs that protect seniors and the poor.
World Health Organization WHO-----Public Health
Trade, foreign policy, diplomacy and health
Public health refers to all organized measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole. Its activities aim to provide conditions in which people can be healthy and focus on entire populations, not on individual patients or diseases. Thus, public health is concerned with the total system and not only the eradication of a particular disease. The three main public health functions are:
- The assessment and monitoring of the health of communities and populations at risk to identify health problems and priorities.
- The formulation of public policies designed to solve identified local and national health problems and priorities.
- To assure that all populations have access to appropriate and cost-effective care, including health promotion and disease prevention services.
- Vaccination and control of infectious diseases
- Motor-vehicle safety
- Safer workplaces
- Safer and healthier foods
- Safe drinking water
- Healthier mothers and babies and access to family planning
- Decline in deaths from coronary heart disease and stroke
- Recognition of tobacco use as a health hazard.
US GLOBAL POLS ONLY THINK ABOUT BRINGING US WORKERS DOWN TO ASIAN ALL UNDER THE GUISE OF BEING COMPETITIVE GLOBALLY.
If you keep an eye on the UN's ILO-----International Labor Organization----you will hear and see what the trends in global wages are ------now, this economist in the video works for corporations as does today's UN----it is not accident that the US leader for decades has come from South Korea----the nation with corporate hyper-neo-liberalism. This economist is telling us it is better for people to be attached to structures giving wages----ergo, small businesses and small farmers that live simply without the trap of corporate wage structures ---are not the goal. He states as well that China for example is moving up in wage equity-----within shot of American workers. Well, that is true---US workers have never been poorer as all kinds of loopholes are forcing American workers below US Federal minimum wage. When they show China at US $613 a month---we must remember that is not what these workers take home. Now, in a second world nation like the US----that $613 a month would not even pay for rent.
The American people must WAKE UP to the goals of global pols ----it is to bring Americans down to this third world status along with all of the structures of a first and second world nation. So, people living at factories-----communal child care as adults work 15-18 hour days will all be made to seem 'progressive'----communal being made into communist/socialist. These Asian neo-liberal nations are pushing US global corporations out----and you can bet these wages will not increase----the labor structures will become more and more autocratic.
ILO is not a worker's labor organization----it is a global corporation management of labor organization.
As Congressional neo-liberals pose progressive with campaigns for raising the minimum wage----they are working as hard as they can to install TPP and FEZ policies to eliminate the US minimum wage.
A SOCIAL DEMOCRAT SHOUTS AND EDUCATES AGAINST ALL STRUCTURES THAT BREAK DOWN OUR US CONSTITUTIONAL LAWS AND FEDERAL RIGHTS.
'Major inequalities persist between countries
Despite the recent growth, workers in many countries
across Asia and the Pacific still earn extremely low wages.
Unfortunately, due to differences in definitions and coverage,
comparing average wages across countries is not always
straightforward. Figure 2 presents information on wage
levels for countries with broadly comparable data, generally
compiled from comprehensive Labour Force Surveys.8
At the lower end, wage workers in Nepal earned US$73 per
month in 2008, followed by US$119 in Pakistan (2013) and
US$121 in Cambodia (2012). Due to the low wage levels, the
latter two countries are also among those with the highest
incidence of working poverty world-wide.9 Wages are higher
for regular employees in India and workers in countries such
as Indonesia, Viet Nam and Thailand (see Figure 2). Upper-
middle-income countries such as China (US$613) and
Malaysia (US$651) had substantially higher wages in 2013,
although they still fell short of those in high-income
economies where monthly average wages ranged from
US$1,780 in Hong Kong (China) to US$4,642 in Australia'.
In US cities K-12 public schools are now doubling-down on programming and coding----Baltimore is the worst for this. Meanwhile, Clinton/Obama neo-liberals pushing these career paths with Republicans KNOW THESE ARE THE MOST OUTSOURCED AND WILL BECOME THE LOWEST PAID JOBS. Who are being pushed into these career paths? People of color, women, and ex-offenders.
Building a US economy BASED EXCLUSIVELY ON TECHNOLOGY AND FINANCE is what Wall Street Clinton/Obama neo-liberals working for global corporations would do-------building a local economy based on everyday products needed by people in a community is what a SOCIAL DEMOCRAT WOULD DO.
If a candidate is simply pushing what these Congressional neo-liberals send down to states and city governments----GET RID OF THEM----THEY ARE NOT DEMOCRATS----
'Washington attributed the unexpected U-turn on programmer jobs to numerous factors, but the most telling one had not even been on its radar screen in 1990, even though it was etched into the DNA of corporate America — offshoring'.
Programming jobs fall, despite Labor Department's outlook
By Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele
Thursday, March 10th, 2011
As Apple grew, American workers left behind
Tell us your story.
Lost a job to outsourcing? We want to hear about it.
Over and over, Americans are told that education is the key to their job future. The more education you have, the better your shot at getting a job that pays middle-income wages to take care of your family. If we as a nation are better educated, the theory goes, we’ll be able to compete more effectively in the global economy, which in turn will generate more good jobs for everyone.
But some major flaws in this theory are playing out today in a field that was once thought to have the brightest future — information technology.
In the late 1980s, when we began work on what would become America: What Went Wrong?, massive job losses were roiling the economy. As plants closed and companies restructured, millions of Americans lost their jobs. But economists, business leaders and politicians told them not to worry. Jobs in new industries, they said, were on the way, and information technology (IT) was near the top of everybody’s list.
Computer programming jobs were seen as a big growth area. The advent of large mainframe computers in the 1960s had kicked off the first increase in jobs. Employment rose in the 1980s with the introduction of personal computers and the ongoing extension of data processing into more and more businesses. Everyone thought that the big growth years were still ahead.
In its 1990 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the U.S. Department of Labor was especially bullish: “The need for programmers will increase as businesses, government, schools and scientific organizations seek new applications for computers and improvements to the software already in use [and] further automation . . . will drive the growth of programmer employment.” The report predicted that the greatest demand would be for programmers with four years of college who would earn above-average salaries.
Computer programming jobs decline
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Credits: Julie Snider, Investigative Reporting WorkshopIn 2000, the Labor Department predicted America would have 839,000 computer programming jobs by 2008. The department warned of competition from "programming businesses overseas where much routine work can be outsourced at a lower cost," but was nonetheless confident that "jobs for both systems and applications programmers should be plentiful."
Things didn't quite work out that way. The number of programming jobs has fallen steadily, in part because of outsourcing.
When Labor made these projections in 1990, there were 565,000 computer programmers. With computer usage expanding, the department predicted that “employment of programmers is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2005 . . .”
It didn’t. Employment fluctuated in the years following the report, then settled into a slow downward pattern after 2000. By 2002, the number of programmers had slipped to 499,000. That was down 12 percent–not up–from 1990. Nonetheless, the Labor Department was still optimistic that the field would create jobs–not at the robust rate the agency had predicted, but at least at the same rate as the economy as a whole.
Wrong again. By 2006, with the actual number of programming jobs continuing to decline, even that illusion couldn’t be maintained. With the number of jobs falling to 435,000, or 130,000 fewer than in 1990, Labor finally acknowledged that jobs in computer programming were “expected to decline slowly.”
From 1990, when Labor made its rosy prediction that programming jobs over the next 15 years would increase at a faster rate than other jobs, the U.S. workforce grew by 24 percent. If the number of programmers had increased at that pace — let alone at the optimistic rate Labor had once projected — there would have been at least 700,000 programmers by 2006. Instead, there were only 435,000. Programmer jobs have continued to decline and were at 427,000 in 2008, the last year for which figures are available. Even that masked the magnitude of the domestic job losses. For among those 427,000 programmers were thousands of H-1B guest workers–foreign nationals brought in by American companies under immigration law to do programming, usually at much lower pay and benefits.
Washington attributed the unexpected U-turn on programmer jobs to numerous factors, but the most telling one had not even been on its radar screen in 1990, even though it was etched into the DNA of corporate America — offshoring. “Because they can transmit their programs digitally,” the Labor Department belatedly discovered in 2006 that “computer programmers can perform their job function from anywhere in the world, allowing companies to employ workers in countries that have lower prevailing wages.” Instead of good-paying programming jobs, the growth fields in the two decades after 1990 were for home health aides, retail clerks, customer service agents, truck drivers, security guards and child care workers–low-paying jobs with few opportunities for advancement or better pay.
Domestic programmers, like millions of workers in other fields, are casualties of a Congress long indifferent to the plight of American workers. Instead of seeking to create a level economic playing field, lawmakers and presidents, Democrats and Republicans, have permitted foreign governments to set American job policies by eroding the country’s basic industries. While free traders in the United States decry any form of government intervention in the market, many foreign governments ignore such theories and subsidize industries that they believe will help their people. In the 1980s, for example, the government of India began supporting its nascent software industry and established sophisticated Software Technology Parks throughout the country to encourage companies to produce software for export. India’s software exports totaled a modest $10 million in 1985; by 2010, they had reached an estimated $55 billion.
The Chinese are rapidly catching up, in a way that spells even more trouble for America’s remaining programmers. And the Chinese are taking the competition to a new level. As in India, the Chinese government is providing incentives to foster a software development industry and has selected numerous cities to pursue the export market. But in a sign of how aggressively the Chinese are marketing this industry, they have dispensed with the term “software park.” They call these new entities outsourcing hubs. According to a study by Duke University’s Offshoring Research Network, China has “mounted a vigorous challenge to India’s software development outsourcing industry. More and more U.S. and European companies are outsourcing software and IT services directly to Chinese service providers.”
The U.S. government is still very interested in creating programmer jobs–just not in this country. In 2010, the State Department’s Agency for International Development (USAID) put up $10 million to help Sri Lanka develop an outsourcing industry. The U.S. taxpayer dollars are aimed at training Sri Lankans in advanced IT skills such as Enterprise Java, as well as in business process outsourcing and call center support. The goal is to create 3,000 jobs. According to Information Week, a similar program is being funded by USAID in Armenia to train Armenians. Perhaps even more countries are slated to get U.S. taxpayer money to develop their software industries. By then there may be no need to help U.S. programmers. There won’t be any.
Here you see all over the developing world are the same 'boot camps' US citizens are being tracked into-----it does not take a rocket scientist to see where global corporations are going to go for workers----and how cheap someone in Africa or Asia will work. Computer programming and coding can be done anywhere in the world----so these are not careers or economic structures we want in rebuilding our first world middle-class social Democratic society.
WE WANT A DIVERSIFIED ECONOMY UNDER RULE OF LAW, US CONSTITUTIONAL AND FEDERAL LAW PROTECTION-----
International Economic Zones can bring African coders to Baltimore for a job as is already happening. No doubt in Maryland and Baltimore a few people are getting wealthy creating these global structures and moving immigrants into our Maryland and Baltimore economy----
BUT A SOCIAL DEMOCRAT DOES NOT WANT THIS STRUCTURE----IT WANTS TO REBUILD A COMMUNITY'S ECONOMY FOR CITIZENS IN THESE COMMUNITIES UNDER PROTECTIONS ALREADY IN PLACE WITH A FIRST WORLD QUALITY OF LIFE.
CIO East Africa (Nairobi)
East Africa: Usiu, Tech Republic Launch Innovation Boot Camp to Equip Teens With Coding Skills
By Lilian Mutegi
Tech Republic has partnered with The United States International University-Africa to offer upper primary and secondary pupils aged 12 - 19 with a platform through which they can learn and expand their coding prowess.
Tech Republic is a technology education firm dedicated to increasing engagement in technology and computer science by making it more accessible to upper primary and high school students. Tech republic has also partnered with Google and Intel who are out to help tech republic develop a web based curriculum for the students during the boot camp.
The five-day long innovation camp is set to commence on today through August 28 2015. No previous coding experience is necessary for the participants; however, students who have intermediate tech skills will be challenged with additional exercises.
USIU-Africa and Tech Republic have made efforts to subsidize the participation fee to ensure that cost is not a barrier and the camp is accessible to as many students as possible. Over 70 youths are participating in the boot camp.