The view from Floyd’s office.
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Floyd Turbo gets on his high horse and tells unemployed blue collar folks they need to suck it up. Our Wal-Marts are full of cheap goods from China that make life for the Turbos peachy-keen, so the Trump’kins can take their protectionism and stuff it.
Floyd says employing all those Chinese children to make cheap, plastic geegaws for the Turbos has lowered poverty worldwide. Who cares if it was at the expense of a bunch of GED wielding folks living on the other side of the tracks from the Turbo mansion? Floyd pays taxes to send them food stamps and pay for police to keep them off Floyd’s lawn. Why are they so whiny? Why don’t they just eat their canned spam in their concrete public housing unit and wonder at the marvels of the world economy?
Let’s get introspective on Floyd’s circumstance and perspective:
Floyd has a law degree. Floyd is a professor at a University. Are there any two professions currently active in the United States more guilty of protectionism than the legal and academic professions? Floyd and his fellow attorneys and Professors have erected more barriers to entry to their ivory tower than two, yuge Trump’ian walls. But unlike Trump’s proposed wall, Floyd and his foppish friends’ barriers have no doors. Pure isolationism, all the way.
There are, right now, today, as I type this, tens of thousands of PhD holding English speaking academics educated from birth in English speaking schools in India with the knowledge and skill to do Floyd’s job. Just as data connections allow Indians to work remotely for thousands of US firms in a myriad of white collar jobs; Indian attorneys knowledgeable in US law could easily do the work that US attorneys do. And they would do it for 1/10th the cost. And they could teach also. Remotely, or even in our classrooms through a green card or guest worker program.
Why isn’t that happening? Because Floyd and his attorney and Professor buddies pass law upon law, erect accreditation upon accreditation… to protect their lofty positions. And they reap the financial benefits of the inflated prices their protectionism creates. And they don’t care a wit that you and I pay those inflated prices for legal assistance and college courses. Have you seen what Floyd and his buddies charge for the text books they make you buy to take their courses?! And they won’t let you buy them on kindle, or download them for free from the internet.
But when blue collar workers want to form a union, when they want to lobby legislatures to pass laws that protect their way of life? Floyd and his fellow Attorneys and Professors stand in the parapet of their ivory tower and pour boiling oil on them.
Protectionism for we, but not for thee. Long live the Academy!