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How the GOP Lost Middle America
World Net Daily ^ | 18 hours ago (January 30, 2014) | Patrick J. Buchanan

Posted on 01/31/2014 10:25:32 AM PST by KGeorge

Edited on 01/31/2014 10:31:28 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Out of the Republican retreat on Maryland’s Eastern shore comes word that the House leadership is raising the white flag of surrender on immigration.

The GOP will agree to halt the deportation of 12 million illegal aliens and sign on to a blanket amnesty. It only asks that the 12 million not be put on a path to citizenship.

Sorry, but losers do not dictate terms. Rich Trumka of the AFL-CIO says amnesty is no longer enough. Illegal aliens must be put on a path to citizenship and given green cards to work – and join unions.

Rep. Paul Ryan and the Wall Street Journal are for throwing in the towel. Legalize them all and start them on the path to citizenship.

A full and final capitulation. Let’s get it over with.

To understand why and how the Republican Party lost Middle America, and faces demographic death, we need to go back to Bush I.

At the Cold War’s end, the GOP reached a fork in the road. The determination of Middle Americans to preserve the country they grew up in suddenly collided with the profit motive of Corporate America.

The Fortune 500 wanted to close factories in the USA and ship production abroad – where unions did not exist, regulations were light, taxes were low, and wages were a fraction of what they were here in America.

Corporate America was going global and wanted to be rid of its American workforce, the best paid on earth, and replace it with cheap foreign labor.

While manufacturing sought to move production abroad, hotels, motels, bars, restaurants, farms and construction companies that could not move abroad also wanted to replace their expensive American workers.

Thanks to the Republican Party, Corporate America got it all.

U.S. factories in the scores of thousands were shut down, shedding their American workers. Foreign-made goods poured in, filling U.S. stores and killing the manufacturers who had stayed behind, loyal to their U.S. workers.

The Reagan prosperity was exported to Asia and China by the Bush Republicans. And the Reagan Democrats reciprocated by deserting the Bush Republican Party and going home. But this was not the end of what this writer described in his 1998 book, “The Great Betrayal.”

As those hotels, motels, restaurants, bars, fast-food shops, car washes, groceries and other service industries also relished the rewards of cheap foreign labor, they got government assistance in replacing their American workers. snip


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Offered without comment. Well, except for 'PJB right again'.
1 posted on 01/31/2014 10:25:32 AM PST by KGeorge
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To: KGeorge

We did not want Obamacare, and you Neo-Democrat RINOs gave it to us anyway, and we are the worse for it.

We DO want y’all to enforce existing Federal Border Laws.

WE DO NOT WANT IMMIGRATION REFORM ! Y’all gave us that in 1986, and we are the worse for it!

Now y’all say that “we need to cave in this year to Obama on Immigration Reform.” Why this perversion to betray us!?

This is the same GEE OH PEE pablum that you Neo-Democrat RINOs have been always been feeding to the gullible, low information voters.

McCain, McConnell, Cornyn, Boehner, Cantor, and Ryan are always “waiting for massive support from the Public” before they even consider doing a pitched battle with the enemy.

The “enemy” is y’a’ll caving in to Obama! Just enforce existing Border Laws!

Y’all go on TV to publicly beat y’alls chests, and then “reach across the aisle to y’alls good friends in order to get something done.”

You Neo-Democrat RINOs will never lead, will always wait for a groundswell of Public discontent before risking incurring the wrath of their most dreaded enemy: The Leftstream Media.

Note to all the Congressional RINO leaders: We gave y’all in 2010 what y’all said y’all were waiting for - - - - The Massive TEA Party Rebellion, and y’all fought us every step of the way, and are fighting us now more than ever!

We gave y’all the support that y’all asked for and y’all betrayed us!

Betray us once, shame on you. Betray us twice, shame on us!

LEAD, OR GET OUT OF OUR WAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BTW, we have long memories, and just so y’all know, RINO SEASON IS NOW OPEN AND THERE ARE NO BAG LIMITS !


2 posted on 01/31/2014 10:30:45 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Graewoulf

Boehner pledged to repeal Obamacare, and two months later Boehner said this: “Obamacare is the Law of the Land.”

There have been NO attempts by Boehner to go for the jugular by appointing a Special prosecutor for any of the 4 major Obama Derelictions of Duty.

Boehner made no attempts to stop the illegal changing of the Obamacare Law by the Administration, effectively approving the re-writing of Law by the administration.

No dictatorial Administration could have a more helpful Speaker of the House than John “Benghazi Coverup” Boehner.

Boehner had one last chance when Reid and Obama refused to negotiate, and thereby Reid and Obama shut down part of the Federal Government.

Then Boehner refused to follow Senator Cruz and Lee, and folded to Reid and Obama like the cheap suit that he is.

Boehner is someone that should never have gone into politics.


3 posted on 01/31/2014 10:31:51 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: KGeorge

Those cheap labor seeking businesses will reap what they sow when those illegals become voters and begin electing a bunch of Hugo Chavez clones.


4 posted on 01/31/2014 10:37:00 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: KGeorge
Well, except for 'PJB right again'.

Pat should 'fess up and blame the Reagan Republicans, as well as Bush Republicans, if he is so inclined. Although I appreciate the loyalty he's showing to his former boss.

5 posted on 01/31/2014 10:37:28 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Graewoulf

I have to agree. Boner has been complicit in the Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Kerry subversion and destruction of America (including our economy and jobs and defenses and alliances).

A worse GOP leader could not be found.

Worse for the country, not only for the R party. Mostly for the country.

Can he be voted out soon!?


6 posted on 01/31/2014 10:37:49 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: faithhopecharity

He can be voted out as Speaker anytime that the Members of the House of Representatives choose to do so.

Why they don’t is beyond me - - - .


7 posted on 01/31/2014 10:40:33 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: KGeorge

He fails to mention the role of big government, which is not surprising, since I haven’t seen any indication that Patrick favors a smaller government.


8 posted on 01/31/2014 10:43:10 AM PST by Daveinyork (IER)
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To: Graewoulf

because he passes out the goodies, maybe?

is he vulnerable to being voted out by his constituents “back home” in his district?


9 posted on 01/31/2014 10:43:46 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: KGeorge

I hired an all American concrete company to do some work for me. The owner lamented the fact that he was being undercut by other companies that were hiring illegals. His options: pay Americans less, hire illegals, or go out of business. That is what is happening on a very large scale in America today, and the GOPe is complicit in this.


10 posted on 01/31/2014 10:48:30 AM PST by CitizenUSA (Sodomy and abortion: the only constitutional rights cherished by Democrats.)
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To: faithhopecharity

As I remember it, Boehner’s District has a large Democrat base.

Obama will make sure that those Democrats vote for Boehner - - - .


11 posted on 01/31/2014 10:48:45 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Daveinyork
He fails to mention the role of big government, which is not surprising, since I haven’t seen any indication that Patrick favors a smaller government.

Buchanan mentions it's existence only in passing, here:

At the Cold War’s end, the GOP reached a fork in the road. The determination of Middle Americans to preserve the country they grew up in suddenly collided with the profit motive of Corporate America. The Fortune 500 wanted to close factories in the USA and ship production abroad – where unions did not exist, regulations were light, taxes were low, and wages were a fraction of what they were here in America. Corporate America was going global and wanted to be rid of its American workforce, the best paid on earth, and replace it with cheap foreign labor.
He is quick to blame corporate America for wanting to maintain profits by offshoring, to decrease the growing cost of doing business. He does not address the cause - increased regulations and taxes - that led to the higher costs.
12 posted on 01/31/2014 10:52:42 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Graewoulf

“We did not want Obamacare, and you Neo-Democrat RINOs gave it to us anyway”

Okay, exactly which republicans voted for Obamacare ?


13 posted on 01/31/2014 10:56:18 AM PST by staytrue
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To: 1rudeboy

Reagan at least paid lip service to fair trade, and pressed the issue in several high profile trade battles.


14 posted on 01/31/2014 10:56:51 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Buckeye McFrog
close factories in the USA and ship production abroad – where unions did not exist

Actually, when it came to the UAW (Translated: "U Ain't Working"), that was a solid business plan.

begin electing a bunch of Hugo Chavez clones.

Which isn't much worse than the current foreign born ghetto trash (cue his picture of his ghetto hat and him smoking marijuana). Bush. Clinton. O'Dummy. Romney. They're all the same.

15 posted on 01/31/2014 10:57:36 AM PST by LouAvul (In a state of disbelief as to how liberals destroyed America in a mere 40 years.)
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To: skeeter

And NAFTA was his idea, he pushed for a FTAA, and he was instrumental in creating the WTO.


16 posted on 01/31/2014 10:58:29 AM PST by 1rudeboy (snort)
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To: CitizenUSA

I should add that there’s another aspect of legalization that one very rarely hears about. Do you think the concrete companies that pay illegal alien employees under the table are going to want to legalize that labor? Do you think the illegals themselves want to have far less take home pay once they’re paying all the requisite taxes?

There’s a very real possibility that many (most?) illegals simply don’t want to be Americans. If so, they will likely be the next ones out of work when more illegals arrive to take their jobs!

The only solution, in my opinion, is enforcement and deportation. Those businesses who violate our laws to hire illegals must be severely penalized so that the profit of hiring illegals does not outweigh the risks and penalties of getting caught.

BTW, don’t tell me the US government doesn’t already know where many (most) of the illegals are. They know. In this day and age, it is nigh impossible to move any amount of money without the government knowing about it.


17 posted on 01/31/2014 10:59:20 AM PST by CitizenUSA (Sodomy and abortion: the only constitutional rights cherished by Democrats.)
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To: KGeorge

National GOP in trouble for sure.
Republicans are doing pretty well in a lot of mid America.

Indiana has a R supermajority in both legislatures and R gov and passed RTW.
Wisconsin and Michigan have made good R gains also.


18 posted on 01/31/2014 11:00:55 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Graewoulf

-——you Neo-Democrat RINOs gave it to us anyway——

drivel

Obamacare and most of the present problems are the result of raw political power.

The conservative minority is so fragmented it is unable to coalesce into a substantive force. That may be happening now but is not yes strong enough to prevail


19 posted on 01/31/2014 11:00:58 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: CitizenUSA

“His options: pay Americans less, hire illegals, or go out of business.”

Let’s look at US business. Their options are pay Americans less, offshore the jobs or hire illegals, or go out of business which many have.

Do you think GM and Ford can compete with Hyundai and Toyota with US workers and regulations ? Well they can’t so they offshore parts of their production just like toyota and honda do.

The real problem is after wwII the USA had the only surviving infrastructure and manufacturing base in the entire world because the rest of the world got destroyed in the war.

The USA has been living off that legacy for a long time and the legacy advantages are now running out.


20 posted on 01/31/2014 11:00:59 AM PST by staytrue
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To: Graewoulf

krap


21 posted on 01/31/2014 11:01:12 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: Graewoulf

krap we are screwed again


22 posted on 01/31/2014 11:01:26 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C)
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To: Alex Murphy

He’s so far right he’s left, blaming corporations for wanting to make profits.


23 posted on 01/31/2014 11:02:00 AM PST by Daveinyork (IER)
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To: 1rudeboy

Yes, NAFTA was another of his policies totally perverted by the corporatists.


24 posted on 01/31/2014 11:02:04 AM PST by skeeter
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To: 1rudeboy; Buckeye McFrog; Graewoulf

1rudeboy- He does mention GHWB, but I can’t decide if he’s brushing aside the mistakes made by Presidents Reagan & Bush with “the Reagan democrats ‘abandoning’”. I think he is.
Yes, he probably should. As I understand it, the last president (or republican president) we had who dealt with illegal immigration in any realistic way was Eisenhower (before my time as I was a little kid). And that was during great prosperity.

Buckeye- Yeppir. And they surely will. I hadn’t heard that quote from Trumka before. (or even thought about it)

Graewolf- we can only hope that there are (still) enough unaffiliated Americans- & even some democrats, who see the hideous folly of continuing to allow illegals, unabated, into the country.

The only thing I would add to your reply is that they’re not waiting for anything (wrt to illegals, 0bamacare, NSA, or anything else). They *know* how the American people feel & they don’t care. They do this stuff *anyway*.
I can’t find it right quick, but there was an article in the last few days about ICE people all but begging Congress to enforce the immigration laws & not pass amnesty.

Years ago, I knew someone (ironically, a liberal) who had “Impeach Congress” painted on their rear bumper. I’ve been fighting the impulse to do the same for a while now (at least since 2007). Speaking of 2007, if the American people succeeded in 2007- with a democrat House *and* Senate* & this passes now, what will that say about our “representatives”? That’s a rhetorical question, of course.


25 posted on 01/31/2014 11:02:28 AM PST by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: skeeter

You are fine to state your opinion as fact, but it doesn’t make it so.


26 posted on 01/31/2014 11:02:51 AM PST by 1rudeboy (snort)
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To: Graewoulf

Just look for the union label.


27 posted on 01/31/2014 11:03:46 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: 1rudeboy

Agree. Others can look at the record for themselves and decide fact from fiction.


28 posted on 01/31/2014 11:04:01 AM PST by skeeter
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To: staytrue

The Reid-Peloci ACA Bill was rammed through with a solid Democart endorsement 12-24-2009.

In March, 2010, 14 months after he took office as the White House resident, Obama made the ACA Bill a Federal Law with a delayed start in 2013 and 2014.

Since that time Boehner has staged some 40 + lackluster votes to placate his 80 some TEA Party Members.

Boehner has been kept in power by Obama and Reid because they now that Boehner will do nothing for the good of the Country because Boehner can be bought.

Boehner pledged to repeal Obamacare, and two months later Boehner said this: “Obamacare is the Law of the Land.”

There have been NO attempts by Boehner to go for the jugular by appointing a Special prosecutor for any of the 4 major Obama Derelictions of Duty.

Boehner made no attempts to stop the illegal changing of the Obamacare Law by the Administration, effectively approving the re-writing of Law by the administration.

No dictatorial Administration could have a more helpful Speaker of the House than John “Benghazi Coverup” Boehner.

Boehner had one last chance when Reid and Obama refused to negotiate, and thereby Reid and Obama shut down part of the Federal Government.

Then Boehner refused to follow Senator Cruz and Lee, and folded to Reid and Obama like the cheap suit that he is.

Boehner is someone that should never have gone into politics.


29 posted on 01/31/2014 11:05:54 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: staytrue

Amen!!

Preach it brother~

The future depends on action on the thoughts you have noted

To live looking into a mirror reflecting the past is doom


30 posted on 01/31/2014 11:06:04 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Graewoulf
Why they don’t is beyond me - - - .

Clearly they don't have the votes and are too chicken to stand up without enough votes, and be punished when they fail.

31 posted on 01/31/2014 11:07:27 AM PST by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: staytrue

You’re absolutely right. Many businesses can’t relocate. A concrete company, for example, is pretty much stuck where it works. However, manufacturing companies can pretty much go anywhere, and they do. As the article notes, that’s why America has lost so many manufacturing jobs. We’ve made the price of legally doing business in the US too high, and I don’t think immigration amnesty is going to fix it.


32 posted on 01/31/2014 11:08:20 AM PST by CitizenUSA (Sodomy and abortion: the only constitutional rights cherished by Democrats.)
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To: Daveinyork

I can’t cite a list of articles he’s written, right off the top of my head, but yes, Pat Buchanan is a proponent of *much* smaller government. I’ll try & dig around later & post or Freepmail some links to you.


33 posted on 01/31/2014 11:08:28 AM PST by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: skeeter
Then let's look to Buchanan's own words, instead:

In 1985, Roger [Milliken] had come to the White House to persuade me to convince the president to sign a bill to slow the flood of textiles into the country. No way, I told Mr. Milliken. I'm the biggest free-trader in the building, except for the fellow down the hall, who was Ronald Reagan. Roger went away disappointed. Reagan vetoed the bill. And I supervised the writing of the veto message.

Within half a decade, however, some of us had seen the light and enlisted in Roger's crusade to preserve the manufacturing core of the country that he rightly saw as inextricably tied to the prosperity and the pre-eminence of the United States.

Patrick J. Buchanan, Requiem for a Patriot, January 4, 2010.

Note the implication that Reagan never "had seen the light."
34 posted on 01/31/2014 11:09:07 AM PST by 1rudeboy (truth hurts)
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To: Graewoulf

35 posted on 01/31/2014 11:09:44 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: staytrue
Okay, exactly which republicans voted for Obamacare ?

Debate had to be cut off, that required some GOPe support, female as I recall. Though they claimed they only voted to let the Senate debate and vote on the bill, it was De facto passage of the bill.

36 posted on 01/31/2014 11:12:12 AM PST by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: Jane Long; Georgia Girl 2; Texas Fossil; All

Good image of Boehner taking a GEE OH PEE !


37 posted on 01/31/2014 11:12:26 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: 1rudeboy
I encourage anyone interested to go to Youtube & watch Reagans speeches on the subject prior to and immediately following his '80 election.

Then ask yourself if what we have today in any way resembles his stated vision

38 posted on 01/31/2014 11:12:43 AM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Why not just post some here?


39 posted on 01/31/2014 11:13:22 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Alex Murphy
The Fortune 500 wanted to close factories in the USA and ship production abroad – where unions did not exist . . . Corporate America was going global and wanted to be rid of its American workforce, the best paid on earth

Does Pat seriously blame corporations for doing their fiduciary duty and trying to avoid unions—which not only cost more, but try to make jobs and job descriptions stand still when the marketplace never does? That's just nuts. I blame anyone who hasn't been fighting to get rid of Federal labor laws, which exempt unions from the laws the rest of have to follow—which are all unconstitutional. I blame Detroit unions and the politicians they bought for the death of the US auto industry because of competition from superior Japanese cars.

And now take a look at Wisconsin, Pat. Unions aren't in charge anymore, and the place is booming with American jobs. Get the idea?

40 posted on 01/31/2014 11:17:26 AM PST by SamuraiScot
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To: 1rudeboy

BUMP!


41 posted on 01/31/2014 11:18:03 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: 1rudeboy
I'm not sure what you're implying. There recordings are there, honest.

If you're looking for a chance to zap someone with cute little zingers you'll have to look elsewhere.

42 posted on 01/31/2014 11:19:48 AM PST by skeeter
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To: nascarnation

Michigan also passed RTW.


43 posted on 01/31/2014 11:20:16 AM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are Affirmative Action for Slackers! .)
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To: CitizenUSA

This has been the situation in S Texas (probably in many of the southern border states) for as long as I can remember. (I worked in the construction industry in the late 70s/ 80s) The difference has come in that illegals have spread out nationwide (& into at least, British Columbia) because they’re able to do so.

There is a huge problem (& there was some problem, back then) with the regulations & extra hoops that small business owners have to/ had to jump through. Small business has been under a multi-pronged assault for a long time.

And you make an excellent point in your post after that wrt to illegals (& some owners) wanting things to remain ‘under the table’. I’d say that is spot on.

The whole thing is delusional- unrealistic at best. A vicious cycle. Which is why Eisenhower’s approach was correct.


44 posted on 01/31/2014 11:25:11 AM PST by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: skeeter
I'm not being cute, and I'm not implying anything. You are suggesting that something happened to Reagan's view after the 1980 Election, when the author of this very article states that he was "...the biggest free-trader in the building, except for the fellow down the hall, who was Ronald Reagan," as late as 1985.
45 posted on 01/31/2014 11:25:16 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: SamuraiScot

I don’t think that’s his point at all, Scot. And I think he’s kinda tipping the reader off by including the Trumka quote. I’m reasonably sure he was criticizing the practice of offshoring on it’s own & citing unions as a primary motivator (& it being understandable, which it is).
I can’t think of any time when I’ve seen him support- or even acquiesce in any way, to a union.


46 posted on 01/31/2014 11:32:08 AM PST by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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To: nascarnation
"National GOP in trouble for sure. Republicans are doing pretty well in a lot of mid America. Indiana has a R supermajority in both legislatures and R gov and passed RTW. Wisconsin and Michigan have made good R gains also."

What you say is true about middle America, yet the population and subsequent electoral clout of flyover country no longer can compete with the urban and coastal strongholds of the progressives. When Texas eventually flips to blue it will be game over for conservatives. Demographics are both destiny and a b*tch.

47 posted on 01/31/2014 11:34:04 AM PST by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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To: staytrue
The USA has been living off that legacy for a long time and the legacy advantages are now running out.

While working for as a time study analyst for a steel mill in the mid 1960s, I was surprised management allowed Japanese engineers to tour our cutting edge computer controlled rolling mill and take photos. We gave away our technology and, through the Marshall Plan, built the economies of our former enemies gratis long ago. That steel mill went broke not long thereafter. The mindboggling labor costs their management agreed to in "negotiations" with the USW union priced them out of the market too.

48 posted on 01/31/2014 11:38:29 AM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
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To: CitizenUSA

I’ve also met businessmen who were put out of business in this manner.

The Free traders are making China a bigger threat than the Soviet Union ever was. All for a buck.

The Republicans had plenty of help from Democrats in this.

I voted for Bush 1, but if I could go back in time, I would vote for Perot. Will never vote for a Bush or GOEe types again.


49 posted on 01/31/2014 11:39:37 AM PST by crusher2013
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To: KGeorge
"Well, except for 'PJB right again'. "

I just read some 40 odd posts. The topic was about how the GOP lost middle America. Reading the posts convinced me that PJB is also predicting the future, there is no interest in the GOP in bringing back middle America.

50 posted on 01/31/2014 11:40:45 AM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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