Speaking Truth to Power, a House Committee Hearing

crossposted on the NoSlaves.com blog

The House Science Committee held a hearing on November 6, 2007 completing their series on Globalization of R&D and Innovation.

Before you go to sleep, some fairly shocking testimony proving there is no worker shortage and some additional shocking facts on how the US debt is affecting job creation as well as how current research grant awards are inversely affecting R&D!

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Where is the voice? Watch these globalized tires

For years the debate about the ill consequences of globalization focused on lost jobs and the race to the bottom, in which American workers are expected to compete with workers whose employers work them long hours, pay little, and provide them no benefits. Now the issue is: whether the products that flood Americans markets from overseas are not outright dangerous? How do you like poison in your tooth paste? Lead in your kids' toys? And tires that lack basic safety features? And--US companies that sell them as if they were reliable ones, and "forget" to inform authorities, when they are clearly unsafe at any speed?

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UN Global Compact Leaders Summit adopts declaration on responsible practices

Cross Posted at UN Dispatch

Business leaders attending the second UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva adopted a declaration, pledging to comply with labor, human rights, environmental and anti-corruption standards. The Declaration says, "Poverty, income inequality, protectionism and the absence of decent work opportunities pose serious threats to world peace and markets." Some 4,000 businesses have signed the pledge so far.

Made In China

    I remember when I was a kid we were poor, we use to have to shop in the discount stores before Wal-Mart. Usually they were mom and pop dime stores as they were called back then. Nothing ever cost a dime, but the name let you know that the merchandise was cheap and usually not very good. Most of the merchandise was made overseas in places like Korea, Japan, and China and at the time they seemed like exotic and mysterious places. We use to buy our toys there and they wouldn't last very long, sometimes they would break as soon as you unpacked them. But again they were cheap and as a child it was always the getting that was important.

    As I grew up those exotic names were replaced by others like Indonesia, Honduras, and the Philippines. The names changed, but the quality of the merchandise didn't. Fortunately, my economic status improved to the point where I didn't have to buy those items any longer and I could afford a little better quality merchandise. As the world has grown to embrace the global economy and the corporate pariah continue their race to the bottom, it appears that China is becoming the epicenter of the free trade showdown. In the past few months we had story after story and multiple investigations into how the Chinese do business. In their effort to secure access to the billion consumer market that is China, many businesses and governments have allowed themselves to be seduced into ignoring basic safety and inspection practices. The results of course have been a series of poisonings, deaths, and slave labor reports, not just here in America but the world as well. How is it possible that we can be exposed to these dangers in this century? Where are the safeguards that should be in place to protect us from exposure to these hazards? Eating food from another country should not carry with it a possible death sentence.

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Globalization versus Free Trade

Cross posted at Dailykos

The House Committee on Science and Technology, very much interested in the United States not losing US economic competitiveness and jobs,  held hearings on The Globalization of R&D and Innovation on June 12, 2007.  

Recently, Dr. Blinder, Princeton Economist,  concluded

 nearly all (35 of 39) STEM occupations are offshorable.

Ralph Gomory, President of the Sloan Foundation, testified:

In this new era of globalization the interests of companies and countries have diverged. In contrast with the past, what is good for America's global corporations is no longer necessarily good for the American people.

Well, shift my paradigm....

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