Jesse Jackson says:
DETROIT High unemployment rates, foreclosures and increased poverty for those who once identified themselves as middle class have the Rev. Jesse Jackson challenging urban policy nationwide, but he, said the fight must begin in Detroit.Few people are going to note that these "urban centers" already had a policy that was hoisted upon them. These cities were once industrial centers in America. The policies that took over were those of the organized labor advocates that took over the political realm of the cities and leveraged this power against their enemies at the time - the consumers of labor.
When I break the mold in which "corporate abandonment" is blamed for the collapse of these cities I typically receive pushback from certain debate adversaries that come to mind. They simply can't accept the notion that the forces that sat on the other side of the table from "the consumers of labor" had any hand in the present circumstances. Just as I heard a Black man on a right-wing radio show say that Obama's 91% approval rating in the Black community is because "we know that he has the interests of the little people in mind and would NOT DO US ANY HARM".......some people are sold on INTENTIONS but can't seem to comprehend UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES.
Jesse Jackson says further:
Jackson is in Detroit to meet Thursday with automotive industry leaders and experts at the 11th annual Automotive Summit.The best thing that the US based auto manufacturers can do is to focus on making SOUND BUSINESS DECISIONS. What Jesse Jackson and others aren't going to tell you is that the primary force that caused the recent bankruptcy of these auto companies that required a federal bailout was the healthy benefits packages and pension obligations. These were negotiated by the unionized workers and AGREED TO BY THE MANAGEMENT - even though they realized that they were not sustainable. The former head of General Motors said that he came in thinking that he was managing an auto manufacturer but instead learned that he was the largest health care administrator in the United States.
After receiving stimulus funds from the government, Jackson said he wants to meet with auto leaders to hear their plans for helping the city.
"Recovering means opening plants and reinvesting in America," Jackson said.
Jackson, who is founder and president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition, said he wants to see the government stop bailing out banks and companies and focus on reinvesting the money in programs that would create jobs, which he says stimulates the economy.
"With the government bailing out banks, you have government-subsidized wealth, which is government-induced poverty," Jackson said. "Stimulus should be give from the bottom up, not the top down."
Rick Wagoner, GM's CEO, can only muse, "It's strange. When I joined GM 28 years ago, I did it because I love cars and trucks. I had no idea I'd wind up working as a health-care administrator."The real question for Jesse Jackson and other organized labor advocates is to ask them: Are THEY willing to do what it would take in the way of controlling labor costs to allow these firms that are charged to make a profit LEST THEY SHUT DOWN to remain viable, thus justifying their Detroit based operations?
The other question that must be asked and which is an unspoken part of all of this: IF run away health care costs are at the heart of this collapse of these industrial behemoths - what exactly is going to prevent the federal government from becoming a "Too Big To Fail" provider of health care?