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Election Promises and Big Fat Lies

I will continue my series on Bailey on Wednesday. I thought I’d post this today, though, as it’s timely and, well, I just felt like America needed a bit of hand and some encouragement.

Well, America, you gone and done it. You’ve just put Donald Trump one step away from the White House. I’d first like to thank you. Every election cycle, you bring the crazy and become the scariest, most hilarious, jaw-dropping reality show ever. And as a Canadian I’m equal parts concerned for your sanity and entertained. Except for Florida. Florida is a world of its own crazy and needs to be committed. Get your shit together, Florida!

it appears that Mexicans aren't the only brown things The Donald is trying to stop from crossing the border.

It appears that Mexicans aren’t the only brown things The Donald is trying to stop from crossing the border.

Can we talk for a second about the outrageous promise Trump and Bernie Sanders among others have made about bringing back manufacturing jobs to the United States? This isn’t going to happen. We in North America–and the West generally–owe our standard of living to the slave class we employ overseas. Our goods are made, mostly, by women and children in third-world countries making pennies a day in horrific conditions. This is why we have t-shirts at Walmart for five dollars. There are nowhere near enough people who would accept paying thirty dollars for the same t-shirt.

This slave class we employ is palatable because of the physical distance between us and them; this distance allows us, for the most part, to not question why we are as affluent as we are. So when any politician beats the drum of promising to bring manufacturing jobs back to America, this is a lie. They know it’s a lie and it’s all the more shameful because they’re playing on the desperation of the poor and the chronically unemployed here at home while not seeming to give two shits for the slave class that toils away in a living nightmare so we can have cheap Reeboks and thirty-dollar cargo pants.

I hold Trump, a businessman, more accountable for telling this lie because he knows how the game is played yet continues to spout this rhetoric, knowing that none of these promises will ever come to fruition. Be careful, my American friends, and Godspeed. I’ll fix up the spare room in case you need to flee. You always have a friend here in Alberta. And even if the Canadian government decides to build a wall, I’ll do my best to smuggle you in.

 

 

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  1. Bernie isn’t really promising to bring the jobs back as to making them pay for higher education and health care. My take is he wants to punish them for sending the jobs overseas in the first place and increase the minimum wage so we can continue to be a consumer driven economy. Trump is just a con-man who is willing to say the racist, bigoted, angry thought that the R base wants to hear. America is simply an angry country right now. We know the system is screwing us over and there isn’t a damn thing we can do about it until they take the money out of politics. That means we have to get out there and vote more than every 4 years. 63% of us stayed home last election it is no wonder they don’t listen to us, they don’t have to.

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    • I understand and sympathize to a certain extent Sanders ideas and I probably should not have lumped him in with Trump. I do understand that America is angry and here in Alberta, where even when the ecenomy is bad it is good, it is easy to forget how desperate and chronically unemployed parts of your country are. I hope for the best for you and your country.

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      • Actually it is a fair comparison and they are appealing to the same sort of voter, myself included(Bernie supporter). People who are tired of the corruption and that no longer trust the establishment candidate. The people end up divided on who they want to come in and “save” the day. Some want an authoritarian strong-man that tells them who to blame and to trust him to take care of it all. They are drawn to the candidate because he tells them they are right in their beliefs and fears gives them platitudes. The other side wants someone outside the system too, but is coming from a more inclusive attitude. They realize the system needs to be changed inside the system. They are drawn to someone that says “we” not “me” and who will fight for the policies they need and want. It is kind of scary to be inside. So much is counting on this election and many people can not wait four or eight more years for policies to save the middle class. Then we have both parties in a two party system that seem to be imploding. While it is frightening it is interesting. Personally I hope we get the change we need and that more people start participating.

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      • The system is definitely broken and to a much smaller extent it is broken here in Canada as well. I guess the problem is that these broken systems are so entrenched that it is going to be like turning an ocean liner. I mean look at the mysery Obama experienced trying to get a health care bill passed.
        I can understand why it is so appealing for a person who is unemployed and has little hope and at the same time sees the establishment getting richer. Trumps promise to tax the super rich and hedge funds must seem very appealing to such people.

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      • Yep, and then there is the fear that the whole thing just might sink in the process, but I believe we can overcome this and have real change IF people start participating and lose the apathy. I get why Trump is popular too and quite frankly he actually scares me a whole lot less than Cruz. Cruz gives me freaking nightmares because I think he actually believes what he says and Trump is just offering lip service. The sad part though is Trump is already affecting how the rest of the world see us. Not that we had a lot, but we are losing respect and probably deserve it.

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      • Cruz is really scary. Perhaps the worst Canadian in existence. You make a good observation on how the rest of the world will see America during this election.

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  2. Sobering for sure. It’s all too easy to look away when there’s such distance between the manufacturing and the purchasing of a product, isn’t it? And yes, get ready. Canada may suddenly get a huge influx of American immigrants.

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  3. I don’t normally argue on someone else’s blog, but I disagree quite a bit, and I feel we are both mature enough to disagree without CAPS SCREAMING & calling names 😉
    There are more manufacturing jobs already being returned to America. (Increase is pretty steady after 2014.) Furthermore, there are more manufacturing jobs being created here.
    I agree it’s unlikely politicians can provide legislation to prevent more job loss or deny companies the use of machines and robots who take human jobs, but I do so like a good college try. I’m optimistic at times.
    I got a lot more respect for those who want to create legislation to repair and increase infrastructure with American workers and legislation to keep Americans employed than I do for a guy whose ties and hats are made in China.
    Also, Florida. Word.

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    • We can disagree without shouting in CAPS for sure. And I think you make some very good points and you are likely a credible source for what is happening in your back yard. I am a little more optimistic due to the points you mentioned. But I am still much more pessimistic than anything when it comes to this ugly side of our society.
      My hope would be that we would pay a fair and decent price for any manufactured good no matter where it is created.
      You can disagree with me any time.

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      • Thank you, John. I’m glad. You can disagree with me any time too, but I may well ignore you 😛
        Greed is such an ugly, destructive force.
        I recently read The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw, and one of the things that struck me so hard is how many jobs seemed to be available. An uneducated, unskilled man could return from WWII and find any number of employers. Most of them were labor, and employers were ready to train. Not only did this allow people to reach a potential and acquire new skills, but it also created an environment where workers were expected to be adaptable and capable of learning. Now, it’s more about being an expert, expected to come out of school with licenses and certificates, and of course, years of experience. No one has this. No one wants to take a chance. It’s a different environment and I’m jealous of 1948’s job openings.
        People worked 2-3 jobs at a time to make ends meet or to get ahead. Now, people are lucky if they can find ONE decent job.

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      • And that is where I feel so lucky to live where I do. Even when our economy is sluggish or bad it is still really good.
        But we have the same sort of problem here in Canada in that we are requiring people to be way over educated for even an entry level position.
        Sigh. The job market after WW2 was magnificent wasn’t it? But then I wonder how eager university graduates would be to take an entry level blue collar job? But it would be nice to have some choices.
        There are parts of your country that is in such a desperate state I can understand why they are willing to take any sort of lifeline and for this I do not blame them one bit.

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  4. You might want to start building some extra rooms onto your house John, as I just told my daughter the other day that if Trump actually somehow gets and keeps the nomination and Americans totally go bat-shit and ELECT HIM, I will be heading north from Washington into BC and looking for a new home. Alberta sounds quite nice… 🙂

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  5. Well that just might happen, god help you. He has so far defied all the odds and expectations and now he is really close to winning the presidency.
    Alberta definitely has a good economy. Even when it’s bad it’s good. And we have lots of room.

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  6. I really appreciate the offer to smuggle us in because I have no doubt that your government will build a wall if Trump gets elected. It is a frightening prospect.

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  7. Hey John – thanks for the offer! No way Americans are going to pay the prices they will have to pay if we bring manufacturing jobs back but if our moronic congress would authorize infrastructure spending, then there would be a lot of jobs available. Course, that’s reasonable and logical. One thing you can never accuse the GOP of being.

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  8. The winters will be nicer that’s for sure. I will be coming down to visit often. Just so you know.

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  9. So sweet to extend the invitation, John. Thanks for that. But, I’m still holding fast to the idea that Trump will self-destruct long before November. And if that doesn’t happen, I’ll stay here and fight the good fight. ☺ Someone has to.

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  10. Careful there. Trump still has a few things to get through before we need to worry. Although I am starting to … worry, that is. You do a great job, however, of pointing out the lunacy of one of his promises — to bring jobs back. You’re right, they aren’t. Unless we all want to pay a whole lot more for our stuff.

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  11. Can the kids and I move into your shed?

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  12. To Alberta I’ll come, John, if you don’t mind the kids 😀

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  13. I’ve been saying the same things, essentially. If we place high enough tariffs on goods to bring jobs back to America it will make many of them out of reach for a lot if us. My husband praised the idea at first, but then I pointed out it would be great except that the candidate who is proposing that also says we can’t increase the minimum wage. How is anyone making minimum wage going to be able to buy clothes? We close our eyes and buy those jeans made in a Bangladeshi sweat shop. I don’t see that kind of manufacturing making a comeback here. I do think there is room and a market for specialized manufacturing, though.

    I like Bernie’s plan for education, I just hope it includes education for skilled labor.

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  14. Quite right John. This is like promising to give back the minimum wage – if that – “day laborer” and “housekeeping” positions Americans are clamoring for, the ones immigrants and illegal aliens usurped from righteous citizens.

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  15. I am checking with my teacher’s pension to see how the tax thing works if I retire to Canada. For real.

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  16. I see you’re going to let Victo work for you. Give me a chance! I’ll do just about anything. Four years is a long time !

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  17. Thanks for shrnaig. Always good to find a real expert.

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