The Apple of my collapse

That idol of the yuppie lib-progs, Apple, makes most of its iPhones and iPads in China. Before he died, Steve Jobs was petitioned by Obama about all the jobs that they were sending overseas. Mr. Jobs said “those jobs aren’t coming back.”
Manufacturing jobs lost are usually permanently lost. Even if we got “competitive” and got our punitive corporate tax rates down to being even, instead of the worst in the world.  Even if we got our burdensome regulations down to where this wasn’t the worst place to set up and run a manufacturing plant, it still wouldn’t be enough to justify moving a plant that is built and has a supporting infrastructure elsewhere. In order to justify moving, there has to be a HUGE difference in regulatory burden and taxes to make it worthwhile giving up a going concern. Much like the HUGE difference in benefits that existed that made China such a better place when the jobs were moved.
To bring them back, we would have to be another step better than the Chinese were to us when the jobs were lost.
Besides, the grand plan is to collapse the middle class and our economy. Can’t do that if the middle class has a good job and feels cocky enough to take issue with the government. There will be no middle class in the new world order. There will only be the uber-rich, the privileged politicians who are party members, and the peons. (or peed on’s.)

About drrik

3rd career and 2nd childhood. Spends spare time repairing old things. Aspires to burn more gasoline, gunpowder, and ink in pursuit of slowing down. Child of the 60s and aspiring student of history. No desire to see us repeat the failed social experiments that keep failing for lack of human beings that meet the left wing standards and have to be killed off. Did engineering long enough to realize that very little is new and the wheel does not need to be reinvented.
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2 Responses to The Apple of my collapse

  1. wirkman says:

    I’m curious what you mean by “the middle class.” Most folks today just consider it an income cohort in the range of incomes used by statisticians.

    I’m more inclined to label as middle class what I believe it used to mean: The class of successful professionals, entrepreneurs, and owners of business property. The lower classes are the proletarians (people who work for wages), the lumpenproles (non-working folks, derelicts, etc.), and the unsuccessful professionals and entrepreneurs. The upper class used to be the traditional landed gentry and royalty, et al.

    In a modern society, a tripartite division doesn’t make so much sense, since the real classes are defined by the transactions they engage in to sustain themselves. That would make for the political elite, the functionary class (government workers of any stripe), the client class (people on the dole), the rent-seeking class (folks obtaining special privileges), the wage class, the entrepreneurial class, and the professional class. Add on the true independents, the people who “slip through the cracks,” which includes criminals, and you have a plethora of actual castes in America.

    Still, if you mean by “middle class” that segment of the population that works for wages/salaries/profits and successfully manages households with a minimum of subsidy, but does not succeed in gaining enough possessions to cease working for an early retirement, I suppose it makes sense.

  2. drrik says:

    I hadn’t well conceptualized the concept. I think I was using the yardstick more like the Supremes had defined obscenity as of “I know it when I see it”, but your last paragraph actully fits well with what I was thinking. Pretty much folks who AREN’T living hand to mouth and who can afford vacations and go on airplanes to visit relatives or do business. Speaking of which, what happens to all the subsidized airports and the airline industries once the middle class has been collpased? What happens to the most of the commerce that depends on impulse buying and style? Are the government subsidies going to expand to include $150 a pair Nikes? Or other bling? They are already subsidizing the GM Suburban and the Caddy Escalade. If they are going to keep people dependent and controlled, then they have to keep them to where they feel they have something to lose, like Solhinistzen said.

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