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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Where are Americans making 'Made in USA' products on Haiti wages?

One of the big topics for this upcoming general election is economy (it always is for every election), more specifically job loss and who is best to bring those lost jobs back..

Trump argues terrible trade agreements like NAFTA have caused what Ross Perot once said to be the 'sucking sound' of jobs leaving the US for foreign shores to become reality and is devastating the country.

Hillary is a globalist and her attitude is for everyone to put on their grown up 'pants' and accept we are living in a one-world where everyone from the far corners competes for the same jobs and in a way its the workers' fault because they earn too much so adapt or die..
Obviously we agree more with Trump than that corrupt rotten woman, but job theft over the last couple decades hasn't been coming only from abroad, but internally as well.

It is called the privatization of the prisons; if you enter, you're not just a convict..  You're a literal slave and you're making the same things and participating in the same tasks you once did as free men but at a fraction of the salary.

We wrote on this back in 2014.. We're addressing it again..
Let's start with a basic concept you all better understand before we can continue explaining the economics of prison..   It is 100% legal slavery; the one type of human bondage and trafficking the 13th Amendment to the Constitution did not outlaw..

"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

There are 2.3 million prisoners or slaves currently held in the US which represents 25% of all detained around the world..
In spite of all you hear about prisoners having cable TV, air-conditioning and every right under the sun, please understand most if not all of this 'good life' ranting is BS..

Trust us, we are not bleeding-heart liberals writing this...  Prison is hell..

Let's put aside the fact that because of our prison system, the US is the only nation in the world where more men are raped annually than women (nearly 1 in 10 have been sodomized in prison according to a 2011 Justice Dept. study)

And ignore the fact most prison food is rancid and not edible because of financial deals made between prisons and the food suppliers that the differential between what some state governments are allotted for food and what is spent, is divvied up among the correction officers..
Prisoners truly are modern slaves:

1) A slave is forced to work under threat of physical or psychological threat.
2) A slave is considered owned property, an asset or commodity which can be sold.
3) A slave has restrictions on their liberties, including freedom of movement.

See the connection yet?

In addition, prisoners can be denied communication with their fellow inmates, or forbidden from voluntary associations including union membership.  Clearly, they are denied freedom to leave the prison, but they are also forced to work unpaid or for extremely low wages.

Prisoners are effectively being bought and sold to private corporations who are using them as cheap labor for private gains.

There is also a market for younger and healthier prisoners because their healthcare cost make them less expensive to hold.

Private prison contracts allow the transfer of prisoners to state run institutions which is sorta like the days when an owner could sell his chattel to another owner without taking the slave into consideration..

Instead of breaking of families at the source like slavery of yore, now you force loved ones to travel hundreds if not thousands of miles farther to have any face to face contact during incarceration.
So lets get to the nitty-gritty of why prisons are so profitable and a great financial investment..

Right now as we write this there are almost 1 million prisoners doing simple unskilled labor including making office furniture, working in call centers, fabricating body armor, taking hotel reservations, working in slaughterhouses, or manufacturing textiles, shoes, and clothing...

Now because these are slaves.. um.. we mean prisoners, they are not legally entitled to receive minimum wage which would be $7.25/hour received if outside the prison walls..
$7.25 x 8hrs labor = $58/day before taxes bare minimum for a free person

Currently prison worker bees are getting paid somewhere between 93 cents and $4.73 per DAY!..

Yes, there are non-illegal American people working today at less per day than the people of Haiti and the Dominican Republic..

All legal too --  so unlike your classic sweatshop, you never have to worry about the police coming in with full battle regalia and busting things up, which means no threat of law enforcement disruptions
In an article in CNN Money, clothing maker American Apparel expressed how this is destroying their business...

"'We pay employees $9 on average,’ [a company executive] said. ‘They get full medical insurance, 401(k) plans and paid vacation. Yet we’re competing against a federal program that doesn’t pay any of that.’

[The private prison] is not required to pay its workers minimum wage and instead pays inmates 23 cents to $1.15 an hour. It doesn’t have health insurance costs. It also doesn’t shell out federal, state or local taxes.”

Prisons currently subcontract for major Fortune 500 companies such as Chevron, Bank of America, AT&T and IBM
That person booking your hotel or plane reservation or answering a question about your checking account?

Yep.. Could very well be an incarcerated worker...

And you never have to work about a declining labor pool..  More people are arrested and incarcerated today for petty crimes and misdemeanors than ever before...

Coincidence?   Maybe..

Don't expect either Presidential candidate to talk about this..