America, can we finally settle on one inevitable reality of the world? Just one? We don’t have to agree about the existence of a god, the best flavor of Skittles, or whether Nickelback is worse than U2. We don’t even have to agree that grass is green, the sky is blue, or that Rush Limbaugh is fat. But, for the love of Chad Kroeger’s lemon-lime, can we at least agree on this: Corporations and their CEOs are “American” like Edward Snowden is Russian.
Islam usually calls itself “a nation without borders,” but in our world, the real nation without borders is the one that exists on paper. Its offices are embassies, and its CEOs are appointed autocrats — like Hitler, or Stalin. Georgia’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue understands that. As former Presidente CEO and ‘job creator” of Reebok and Dollar General, Purdue understands leadership. And he’s been pushing his business experience hard with Georgia voters.
But this “job creator” has a history of un-creating American jobs; as an executive with now-failed textile manufacturer Pillowtex, Perdue put more than 7,600 Americans out of work, and outsourced their jobs to China and other countries. But Pillowtex, which went under in 2003, wasn’t Perdue’s first venture into shipping our jobs overseas. Recently, Politico released a story on a 2005 testimony from Perdue on the collapse of Pillowtex. In the report, he said (paraphrasing):
“Yeah, I spent most of my career [outsourcing jobs to China.]”
Of course, that came back to bite him during election season. He was given the chance to defend his statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But instead of defending it…well, Perdue didn’t really feel that it needed it.
“Defend it? I’m proud of it. This is a part of American business, part of any business. Outsourcing is the procurement of products and services to help your business run. People do that all day.”
Yes, people do. People who aren’t American, and don’t give a damn about this country or its people. People who live in nations without borders, as all corporations are.
But, of course, Perdue didn’t say that. It’s not his fault for screwing over the country that he’s now trying to run. It’s just business. And you know, it’s really The Government’s fault for not competing with China. Perdue slimes his way to an explanation:
“I think the issue that people get confused about is the loss of jobs,” he said. “This is because of bad government policies: tax policy, regulation, even compliance requirements. It puts us at a competitive disadvantage with the rest of the world. Even today, right now this administration has policies going on that are decimating industries today.”
So, here’s what it comes down to, America:
If you want your jobs, you’d better start working for $0.80 an hour, living on rotting rice, and sleeping nine to an apartment. Retirement plan? Throw yourself off a building. Someone else’s building.
And this is the guy you’re electing, Georgia. Currently, The Job Creator leads his opponent by 4 points. Get ready, Peach State — If you want to eat on November 5th, it’s Take Your Kids to Work and Leave Them There Day. Because nevermind what state he’s in, Perdue is now, and will always be, a proud citizen of The Corporate Nation.
Georgia’s new workforce: 1/4 the size, 1/8th the price!
H/T: Huffington Post