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I’m sure most of you have at least once made a picture by connecting the dots. Perhaps at first the object was unclear, but as you drew lines from number to number, it was revealed. The numbers to be connected were sometimes far from one another but in the end that jumble made sense.
I think that understanding what is going on politically in the United States today requires connecting the dots of some very disparate things. If you get it right, it makes sense. The final picture, though, can be quite ugly.
Here’s what I mean. Suppose the “dots” to be connected are the Republican Party, the Tea Party, The Progressives, corporate America, General Electric, CNBC, Keith Olbermann, Barack Obama and the midterm election.
Before the President left on his trip to India, he sat for an interview with Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes.” The Democratic Party had suffered some major losses in the midterm election, and the President seemed chastised. In the interview, in a press conference, and in a White House meeting President Obama vowed to find areas of compromise with the Republicans as they take majority control of the House of Representatives. This determination was despite the fact that the Republican leaders publicly stated that they would not compromise. The Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, even stated that his top priority was to make Barack Obama a one-term President.
Missing from the comments and interviews was the subject of the outsourcing of jobs, something foremost on the minds of the American people. India, of course, has been the recipient of the outsourcing of American jobs. Republicans have blocked every effort to reward companies who provide American jobs. President Obama has spoken against outsourcing. Big business is in favor of outsourcing, and the Tea Party, with the encouragement of the spin masters, sided with the Republicans and against their own interests.
Now we have connected the Republicans, Barack Obama, the Tea Party, and the trip to India.
On his trip to India, the President mentioned jobs outsourced to India, declaring it to be a good thing. He said that Americans held old stereotypes about India and that these notions would have to change. Our relationship with India, the President said, is a “win-win.” This change in the President’s attitude sent shockwaves throughout the Progressive community.
The “picture” is becoming clearer.
During this time, NBC Universal suspended Keith Olbermann of MSNBC for contributions he had made to 3 Democrats. Remember that General Electric owns NBC and Comcast is in the process of purchasing a controlling share of NBC Universal which owns MSNBC. Keith Olbermann is a commentator with a Liberal perspective. The corporate ownership is not at all Liberal.
Now I have two more dots that need connecting, but I am confident that you can take it from here.
Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman & CEO, GE, in an exclusive interview with CNBC-TV18’s Shereen Bhan, said the US president’s visit to India would be a game changer for both countries and that he saw it as a win-win situation on both sides, if they played their cards right.
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Get the picture?
If you can't commit to researching all of the above, this BBC video with G.E. CEO Jeff Immelt ought to be an eye-opener.
If that's too much for you, consider listening to the question and answer at 9:08: British interviewer asks, Is there any way of Britain and America fighting back without an extended period of millions and millions of British and Americans effectively being poorer as we make this adjustment? The answer is all too clear:
Finally, Franklin Roosevelt found himself in much the same circumstances in 1934. He had this to say about management, labor, and unemployment:
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