Topic: "Dubai-Bye" (3)
Frodo admits to being wishy-washy when the issue of foreign trade is discussed. Everybody involved makes good arguments, and Frodo changes his mind relative to his own position almost as often as George W. Bush drools spittle on his tie (Note that he has taken to wearing ties much less often these days).
Frodo believes, on one hand, that good business is that which is done for the least cost. On the other hand, Frodo believes that the loss of jobs in the Shire is a very bad thing. Simultaneously however, Frodo also recognizes that progress comes about because of competition. The creation of wealth throughout Middle Earth occurs because more and more consumers have the capacity to buy more and more items. The tragedy of the plant closing, and the loss of income falls however, on those least able to deal with change. It is a debate worthy of debate.
One of the major bones of contention includes the acronyms associated with NAFTA. Every in-tune individual remembers Presidential candidate H. Ross Perot referring to the "great sucking sound" to demonstrate the loss of jobs in America if NAFTA were enacted. Admittedly, many manufacturing facilities have found it advantageous to relocate to locations, internal and external, where labor is less expensive or more plentiful. Increasing the income levels in those areas has, indeed, created a whole new class of consumers, eager for goods and services however, and that has been a big factor in continued economic growth
Academics aside, Frodo takes note of the latest corporate move outside the Continental United States. Dick Cheney's old company, you know when he was a "Captain of Industry" (as opposed to his present role of lying, scum-sucking, warmonger), Halliburton, has announced the relocation of its' corporate offices from Houston to Dubai. Frodo has carefully analyzed all identifiable factors in order to determine what exactly the impetus might be for such a move. Heaven knows, even old Ross never anticipated Dubai as the scene of the shift of corporate decision-making; certainly Mexico would have been a decision more in line with the traditional wisdom.
Frodo has concluded that the boys in the Board Room have decided that it is good business to move the company closer to the war than it is to move the war closer to the company. Besides, if they can keep this thing going for another couple of years, then they will be able to start hiring Americans as out-sourced employees. Contract workers, as we all know, do not receive any benefits, like health insurance.
Think of the benefits, your new out-sourced troops will be Americans, and you don't have to worry about taking care of them if they get hurt on the job. Frodo understands that former Lt. General Kiley may be available to institute the program.