In the blog Redistribution of Wealth I made the following statement and have been asked what I meant by it – how does poverty qualify as a conspiracy?
“No what we need to do is continue to reward the abusers, continue to wave the flag, focus on issues like guns, and seek to insure that the poor will indeed always be among us.”
“We need to focus on every harebrained meme about conspiracies that comes down the pike rather than focus on what may be the biggest conspiracy of all – poverty as a vehicle for profit.”
I don’t believe it’s any kind of stretch to say a trade deal like NAFTA that has led to untold thousands of jobs being exported and the loss of that money being distributed among the working class in this country is conspiratorial in nature.
Nor do I believe it is any kind of stretch to say that the exportation of jobs and income directly impacts the minimum wage keeping people either in poverty or on the border line.
Trade agreements such as this are by design, and the impact of that design goes beyond increasing the wealth of one percenters and corporations – they know it and everyone else does or should as well.
It is that very knowledge on the part of those who fashion, support, and vote into legislation such trade agreements that makes them conspiratorial, and by extension poverty and subsistence level wages a conspiracy.
To facilitate all of this are credit, pay day loans, and rent to own, that encourages people to spend beyond their means often just to pay a utility bill or put food on the table and becomes a vehicle that allows people to indenture themselves, and fools to talk about the efficacy of trickle down economics and jobs are created by the wealthy.
For every “poverty” program there exists a company or government contractor that’s cashing in whether it be a supplier for school lunches or a “free clinic” that procures their supplies from the same companies as everyone else – in a sense it’s all privatized regardless of who is footing the bill, and it isn’t the government that’s picking up the tab it’s the privatization of the tax payer with the financial benefits going to a select few.
When expenditures exceed income the national debt rises – something like six or seven trillion additional dollars during the current administrations tenure.
Has poverty been mitigated, has the minimum wage increased to a livable level, have infrastructure issues been addressed, has the number of foodstamp or public assistance recipients declined?
No, they have in fact increased – so where has the money gone to? What has the war on poverty accomplished other than to maintain it and continue to warehouse people?
Well in part it’s gone into the excess of a billion dollars a day to fund conflicts in foreign countries – it’s gone to the loss of revenue generated by trade deals and taxes or import duties levied against imports of manufactured products in other countries by American countries.
It’s gone to subsidizing the sugar industry in the Dominican Republic for more than the market value of the sugar they produce – and that is one lone example among many.
It’s gone to manipulations of Wall Street and the Banking industry – so a conspiracy to embed and maintain poverty? Yeah, I’d say so.
An impoverished working class desperate to get by will accept whatever wage is offered, something novelist John Steinbeck addressed in his epic The Grapes of Wrath, something Caesar Chavez and the UFW understood and fought against.
An understanding that led to the creation of Unions and child labor laws that conservatives now do everything in their power to undermine – again, if it looks a conspiracy, walks like one, and talks like one, then it most assuredly is.