After the Election, What Happens to Workers Whose Jobs Were Outsourced By Bain?
A banner declaring "Welcome to Bainport -- A Taste of the Romney economy" adorns a fence at a protest camp set up at Sensata Technologies in Freeport, Illinois on September 19 .
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A group of workers whose jobs are being outsourced to China is touring the "rust belt." They are trying to make an election point. But what about the day after the election?
Sensata Workers - More Jobs Going to China
Two weeks ago I wrote about the workers at the Sensata factory, You Should Know About Sensata - It's What The Election Is About,
Workers facing outsourcing by Bain Capital are camping outside the Sensata factory in Freeport, Ill. They are asking Mitt Romney to show up and help save their jobs. They say they will stay camped there until Romney shows up and stands with them – or with Bain.
Mitt Romney can can use this to show us if he wants to be president of the whole United States, or just president of, by and for the outsourcing 1 percenters.
All Mitt has to do is show up and help these workers. He says he is not part of Bain, and wants to be President of all of the country. Mitt Romney can can use this to show us if he wants to be president of the whole United States, or just president of, by and for the outsourcing 1 percenters. He could - and should - do that.
The Bain Workers Bus Tour
Workers from Sensata have left Missouri and are stopping in are stopping in Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, the presidential debate in Hempstead, NY -- and are (eventually) heading toward Boston where both Bain Capital and the Romney headquarters are located.They want Romney and Bain to ask them not to send their jobs to China. You can read about their progress at BainWorkerBus.com.
The thing is, these workers might be at this plant, run by this company, but there are millions of workers - millions - in the same boat. Or whose jobs have left or are leaving on the same boat, anyway.
The Chart That Says It All
It is more than just these Sensata workers -- they are a symbol of the damage that our terrible "trade" policies have done and are doing to our country. A company can just close a factory here, open it there, bring the same stuff back to sell in the same stores here and call that "trade?" And they can get tax breaks for doing that? They can use the threat of doing that to bust unions and cut our wages? Polls show that We, the People overwhelmingly want this changed, yet it doesn't change.
Look at the chart in this post at Think Progress: After Nearly A Decade Of Declines, Manufacturing Jobs Begin Rebound. It shows what happened to our manufacturing base literally immediately after George 'W' Bush took office. Seriously. Look at this chart and see if you can just guess why we have such a terrible economy today.
During the Bush administration we lost more than 50,000 factories and at least 6 million manufacturing jobs directly to China. (Never mind the effect on the supply chains, the grocery and clothing stores where those people shopped, etc... The foreclosures, the bankruptcies, the misery...) We have a huge trade deficit with China -- money that we send to China and then complain that there is not enough money to do things here.
Imagine how our economy would be doing if we had actual trade with China, where we buy things from them and they buy just as many things from us?
After The Election
After the election the country is going to be diverted into a battle over how much more damage we can do to ourselves. Instead of addressing the trade deficit -- the cause of our budget and jobs deficit -- our plutocrat-funded elites are going to play a Shock Doctrine game of whipping up hysteria about the budget deficit. They are going to terrify the public about "the fiscal cliff" that occurs when the Bush tax cuts expire, and when the deal that put off the hostage-taking over the debt ceiling cuts the military budget, and then the safety net.