That’s the headline that ought to alarm blue collar Republicans, the so-called Reagan Democrats. But, will it? Or have they been so politicized and so thoroughly brainwashed by the professional propagandists on AM Talk Radio that they can’t see the forest for the trees?
Pella Windows announced that they are closing 2 plants, one in Ohio and another in South Carolina. Here’s the statement: “We consider plant closures and workforce reductions as a last resort, but new home construction has dropped more than 70 percent since 2006 and construction activity is predicted to remain soft,” said Pella spokesperson Kathy Krafka-Harkema. “Therefore, unfortunately, we must reduce excess manufacturing capacity.”
The housing crisis. Again. Still causing heartbreak and hardship some three years after the fiasco came to a head. Collateral damage, too, as in the window manufacturing business.
Does the Low Information Voter know much about this? Who knows? Yet, the right-wing talking heads are diverting their attention 24/7 away from Wall Street and the Corporate Banks by choosing to mouth the phrases of the GOP- it’s all about taxes and regulations.
Yes, if only….if only corporate America didn’t have to pay so many taxes; if only there weren’t so many regulations getting in their way! Just yesterday 5 GOP candidates, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich, attended a forum in Iowa and, when the question of job creation arose, each mouthed the standard corporate line,’lower taxes and less regulations.’ [link]
Really? Taxes and regulations have been low for the past 10 years and, one may ask, where are the jobs? If they are just a little lower, will the job market expand? Click your ruby slippers three times…
Pella didn’t close their plants because of regulations or taxes; the housing crisis helped close their manufacturing plants. The Wall Street Gamblers helped close the plants. The unregulated corporate banks helped close the plants. Specifically, the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act all by itself helped close the Pell manufacturing plants. That was GOP Senator Phill Gramm, GOP Congressman Jim Leach and GOP Congressman Thomas Bliley. Their bill replaced the long-standing banking law, the Glass–Steagall Act of 1933.
And now the Republicans are blaming taxes on corporations and corporate regulations for the fiasco. Three of the 5 GOP hopefuls at the Iowa forum suggested a ZERO tax on off-shore profits. Yes, zero.
Does the Low Information Voter know any of this? Or the slogans too cute? Has their brainwashing been so complete that they no longer even look for the facts? Do the Iowa voters understand how the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act ruined their dreams, caused unemployment, and sent their neighbors into foreclosure? Or are they more comfortable shouting, Taxed Enough Already!
The Low Information Voters are killing America but they don’t even know it. Sloganeering is so much easier.