They Took Our Jobs, …and We’re Taking Them Back

December 5, 2016


It’s been well over a decade since the iconic South Park episode aired where the ugly, stupid, White American worker cried out, “They took our jobs!” It can’t be understated how iconic this cultural touchstone moment was, as it captured the elitist opinion about the crisis facing our half of America in one amusingly insulting catchphrase. One can’t raise the issue of globalist job loss without someone in the group reflexively crying out in a feigned redneck accent, “They took our jobs!”

A lot’s changed since the episode aired. The neoconservative perspective of Parker and Stone, proudly showcased in their Team America, World Police feature film and hammered away at in the regular series, has been roundly discredited. The entire South Park Republican shtick, where you have a cathartic politically incorrect chuckle at the latest round of liberal degeneracy and rampant multiculturalism, but learn to shut up and take it by the end of the 22 minute episode, has worn thin after all these years.

Trump’s victory has resulted in a realignment of politics where the apologists for corporate greed aren’t pretending to be in the Republican camp anymore. Huffington Post is crying about how Trump’s deal to bring home Carrier’s factory job is “corporate welfare.” Nate Silver’s blog is quantsplaining why the White working class is the one demographic group which must be directly exposed to the naked market. You see, explains Slate, the contemporary Death Star itself of Jewish commentary, Trump’s advocacy for the endangered American factory worker is merely a despicable “stunt.”

I can’t make heads or tails of my bookmark folders anymore, with the “liberal” blogs I follow all demanding that the poor people be thrown to the wolves and the “conservative” blogs all crowing about the benefits of socialist investment in families and the stimulating impact of mega-scale infrastructure investment. This realignment actually makes more sense in the grand scheme of things, as the worship of money, degeneracy, and globalism are all peaches and cream. Jewish libertarians and war hawks were never really comfortable in the same party as the “They took our jerbs!” guy, and now they’ve shown themselves the door.

I hold economic ideologues in roughly the same regard I hold pedophiles. Though, in fairness, pedophiles typically give the kids free snacks before ****ing them. It’s not that I don’t believe there are economic laws one must bear in mind. It’s that these ideologues reliably insist that the economic laws take on an immutable and inflexible nature when they come into contact with White American families.

If a homosexual indulges in countless orgies until he finally manages to get AIDS, nobody would dispute that the American taxpayer owes him hundreds of thousands in medications. Yet listen to how they howl and scream about the couple thousand in “welfare” invested in outbidding the other global competitors for a family man’s factory job. The American worker’s supposed to just lie in bed and choke to death on the fungal blisters of globalism and automation no matter how cheap the cure is.

In the progressive mind, there is no greater sin than obstructing their disembodied “progress.” White working families belong in the past, should choke as quietly as possible, and most certainly shouldn’t take steps to preserve their regressive selves and way of life. They know everything’s ultimately zero-sum, and that government time and energy invested in Main Street is lost on their universities, the investment firms, and their immigrant and foreign national lobbies. It’s all tribal, but it’s disingenuously couched in the language of economic facts ‘n figures.

The truth isn’t nearly as simple as these theorists purport. Mexico, China, and every other nation actively bid for factories with incentives, cut trade deals to enhance employment, and strive to raise wages and opportunities for their native workers. The American approach, where the government actively favors the interests of the multinational corporations against the interests of its citizens, is an artifact of the fact that the global corporate financial system happens to be based here and easily outbids us for the ears and and votes of our “representatives.”

Were it not for a bombastic billionaire who has a bigger appetite for fame and popularity than he has for lobbyist megabucks, we would continue to be ****ed to death, as South Park might say, by our political process. Whether Trump has the heart to see it through, or whether he can even overcome the powerful forces aligned against him, remains to be seen. What is certain is there was absolutely no hope for the American worker before Trump, and he deserves our support while he’s taking on the global elites on these issues.

Fighting for jobs is about more than optimizing economic efficiency and maximizing shareholder value. It’s also a national security issue. How can we rattle our saber when all of our sabers are all made by the nations we would be rattling them at? Unlike investing billions in keeping people with AIDS alive, investing in retaining industrial sectors is actually an investment, as support industries, infrastructure, and families which all depend on that job flourish here instead of there. You end up with fewer folks on food stamps, fewer children relying on the free lunch program, and fewer families torn apart by the miserable marginal service economy lifestyle.

Everybody keeps talking about these imaginary “jobs of tomorrow.” The truth is that the jobs of tomorrow are incremental improvements on the jobs of today. How are Americans supposed to start building an incremental improvement on this widget or microchip when they haven’t seen or built a widget or microchip since Seinfeld was in production? The jobs of tomorrow are being created in China right now, where smart engineers who are deeply subsidized and supported by their government are actually studying the widget and microchip design and manufacturing process.

I get it. There’s a point of diminishing returns with bidding back our jobs, but we’re surely nowhere near that point. Our country hasn’t even begun to invest in job growth and retention. Nobody’s arguing against playing ball in the global economy. Nobody’s arguing against automation or the development of new economic sectors. These are all strawmen. The neoliberal and neoconservative administrations have accelerated our job losses beyond what would have organically occurred, at the behest of the corporate lobbyists.

Besides, much of what Trump is doing is just theater, and that’s great. Corporations are sensitive to marketing considerations. A President who’s leveraging the spotlight he wields to discourage job loss will surely tip a subset of corporations on the fence away from doing outsourcing. And that’s a free service. He can’t bring all the jobs back. He can’t win every concession in the international trade negotiations to come. He can’t save every family from the strain and stress of job loss. He knows that. We know that.

But ask yourself why the mainstream media is so livid with Trump over merely trying to be an advocate for the American worker.

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