Why Terry Branstad Couldn’t Care Less About Us

I remember these principles from a macro-economics class I took in college:  When there are more jobs than workers available to fill the jobs, wages go up, unions are strong.  When there are more workers than there are jobs available, wages drop, unions are weakened.

Right now, the country is in a situation where there are many more workers than jobs.  This is partly because  “globalization,” the code word for adding millions upon millions of people abroad to the labor pool for American jobs, means that American workers are now SOL.  All of that happy talk about “the new global economy” didn’t really mention that the price being paid was turning America into a third world country.  You don’t have to be an economic scholar to get the gist of this.

As my good friend Randi Rhodes has been saying for some time, “they just don’t need us anymore.”  What she means is that the corporations no longer have much use for workers in the U.S. because  there are plenty of inexpensive workers available to American corporations overseas.  And labor is much cheaper outside of the U.S. because other countries have few if any of the labor protections that workers in this country fought and died for back in the day.

It is a simple, harsh truth:  They don’t have to care about us because corporations no longer require a U.S. workforce.

But they (mostly the GOP politicians and the corporations) don’t want us to fully realize this or all hell would break loose.  They continue the charade and rhetoric that they are busy at work creating jobs when they’re really just stalling and hoping no one will notice that they are doing nothing about it.  Unfortunately for them, the Occupy movement gets it.

This lack of use for workers and corresponding lack of compassion for the well-being of America’s working class is nowhere more apparent than in Governor Branstad’s shut-down of 36 Iowa Workforce Development Centers in the middle of a recession.

Terry Branstad’s actions in closing the IWF offices to save a paltry 5 million dollars [a portion of which was federal money] is a slap in the face to the citizens of this state who are seeking jobs now or who might be seeking a job in the future.  Branstad reveals a  stunning arrogance and callous disregard for the people who voted for him in pulling the rug out from under them (us).   Here’s part of the story from iowapolitics.com

5 More Iowa Workforce Development Offices Close

Five Iowa Workforce Development, or IWD, field offices closed Monday, moving forward with a plan that the governor called “effective” but Democrats portrayed as heartless to more than 100,000 unemployed Iowans.

“I don’t see how this is helping anybody,” said Danny Homan, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, Iowa Council 61, which represents 40,000 public employees.

The state on Monday closed field offices in Ames, Clinton, Muscatine, Newton and Storm Lake, following the closure of 31 smaller, part-time field offices at the end of August.

Homan on Aug. 24 joined five Democratic state lawmakers in suing Branstad over the closure issue. Iowa Senate File 517 required the state to maintain all IWD field offices, but Branstad line-item vetoed that language in late July. A hearing in the case is scheduled for Nov. 21 in Polk County District Court.

“The closing of offices in both rural and urban areas is counter to the needs of Iowans during an economic recovery,” said state Rep. Dave Jacoby, D-Coralville, who also is a plaintiff in the lawsuit. “Frankly, it is the dumbest policy move I have seen in my time in public service.”

[Branstad’s] plan calls for unemployed Iowans to help themselves find a job with computer software installed in 1,042 computer work stations or “access points” in 335 locations statewide as of Friday, including libraries, colleges, armories, faith-based organizations and probation offices. The access points and a toll-free number are available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Homan said the access points are a “joke.”

At the same time Branstad calls on big business to come up with a plan: [As they say in the blogosphere, ROFLMAO]   iowaindependent.com/ has this:

The members of the IPEP board include:

Bill Fehrmann, President and CEO, MidAmerican Energy Company
Paul Schickler III, President, Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business
Larry Zimpleman, CEO, Principal Financial Group
John Smith, Chairman of the Board, CRST International Inc.
Toby Shine, President, Shine Brothers Corporation
Mary Andringa, President and CEO, Vermeer Corporation
Marti Rodamaker, Banker, First Citizens National Bank
Ken Lockard, Chairman, Lockard Companies
Tom Aller, President, Interstate Power and Light, Alliant Energy
Roger Underwood, Co-founder, Becker-Underwood
Clay Jones, Chairman, President and CEO, Rockwell Collins

The members of the Iowa Innovation Corporation board include:

Robert Riley, Jr., President and CEO, Feed Energy Co.
Jamie Zanios, Vice President, North Iowa Area Community College
Peter Hempken, retired, DuPont
Scott Norvell, President and CEO, Master Builders of Iowa
Cara Heiden, retired, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Sarah Haskin, Vice President and Corporate Secretary, AY McDonald Manufacturing Company
Chris Nelson, President and CEO, Kemin Industries Inc.

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