Sunday, February 12, 2012

Consorting with Communists

Consorting with Communists
By Stephen J. Gray

“The biggest beneficiary of the trade deficit with China and unemployment in the USA is big business in both America and China. For many years, these businesses have voluntarily defended the interests of the Chinese Communist party.”
Wei Jingshen

Does the above comment by a Chinese dissident also apply to Canada?
We see a supposed “conservative” Prime Minister consorting with a communist dictatorship. (One thought only “left wingers” did that?) His speeches spread the message that this is a “strategic partnership.” Most of the corporate “free enterprise” media swoon over this communist partnership and tell the masses how wonderful it is. Meanwhile, big business accompanies this “conservative” and they all are seeking business opportunities in this land of the dictatorship. This is a land that has been known to use slave labour has exported poisoned goods and where many workers have committed suicide due to the bad working conditions. Where women are coerced into forced abortions and people have been tortured for showing dissent.

“The fact is, that in the two decades since visits were resumed after the Tiananmen massacre, China’s respect for human rights has diminished, and the situation is worsening by the day, with arbitrary arrests, disappearances, draconian sentences for expressing the slightest criticism, and lethal fire on demonstrators in Tibetan areas.” [2]
Patrick Brown, Global National

What does this say about the ethics, morality and principles of the “conservatives” and their leader, and the Big business leaders who travel with him? Have they no shame? Who would want to be associated with people who treat their citizens like slaves? Suppress their freedoms and spy on their every move. It seems our “great leader” and his business associates have no qualms about doing so. Yet this is the same Mr. Harper. who says, “I believe very strongly that in this world you have to have values…” (CBC News, February 11, 2012)Yeah sure, that’s why you are consorting with dictators. Nice “values” you have!

Meanwhile, some of the “free enterprise” business men around the world have shut down plants in democratic countries and opened up businesses in the communist dictatorship. Some of the big multinationals were bailed out with tax-payers money. And some of them have plants in the communist country. Ah, the morals of the marketplace! Is it any wonder more and more people have a low opinion of politicians and big business. People should be asking themselves this question: If politicians and multinational corporations have no qualms about “partnerships” with dictators, would these same people attempt to bring this type of modus operandi to democratic countries?

“With our partners and customers, we are building our future in Greater China.”
Caterpillar [3]

Recently we saw the giant multi-national Caterpillar asking workers in Canada to take a 50% wage cut. The workers refused. Caterpillar shut the plant down. Caterpillar has big investments in China, as does General Motors and General Motors were bailed out with tax-payers dollars, as was Caterpillar. One wonders will the Caterpillar workers get a bailout? After all, some of their taxes helped bail out General Motors and Caterpillar. Oh don’t be silly you can’t bail working people out, that’s only for bankers and multi-national corporations. The National Review Online had this headline: “The Fed Bailout of GE, Caterpillar and Deutsche Bank (To Name a Few)” the article went on to state:

“The Fed’s efforts to prop up the financial sector reached across a broad spectrum of the economy, benefiting stalwarts of American industry including General Electric and Caterpillar and household-name companies such as Verizon, Harley-Davidson and Toyota.” [4]

I believe what we are seeing today is an appalling disgrace. Money and profits count far more than corporate and political ethics. They do not seem to care who they rub shoulders with as long as there is money to be made. People are exploited, tortured and abused in this communist system and the multi-national elites and their puppet politicians are signing deals without much debate. Bypassing parliaments and I believe undermining national sovereignty. Nobody knows what the end result of all this “strategic partnerships” will be, do they? But hey, we all know we can trust Big Business and politicians. Don’t we? Oh well, at least we are getting two Pandas on loan, (Oh, what am I saying, it has been reported it will cost us “$1 million a year”) that should make everybody happy?

Stephen J. Gray
February 12, 2012.






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