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Can US political system be reformed? (Jan. 12, 2010)

            Detroit voted Barak Obama. The counties of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne, black, white, lower and middle classes voted Obama.  Ground Zero Detroit lost 70,000 homes to creditors in the last two years; everyday, houses are burned to capture insurance and move to suburbs; from 2 million in 1950 Detroit has shrank to 700,000. The jobless rate is 40% and barely Ford of the “Big Three” is surviving.  Detroit voted Obama for his universal health care project; the now apathetic voters never considered that Obama will send a law that pleases the hysteric Republican Party. They believed than a margin of 8 million votes would make Obama believe that time for serious political decisions are ripe and he was elected to LEAD.  The voters hoped that Obama will urge them to get moving to the Capitol to pass “their health care project”; instead, the republican got on the move to kill any hope for reforms.  If you are out of work then your health insurance is cancelled; you have to seek Luther Keith, pay $20 to see a physician, and then get a working relative to guarantee payment.

            President Obama has to take a stand on three decisions:

            First, every cabinet member and assistant has to read all of Obama speeches.  The members who do not believe that “What I said is what I mean” should be fired on the spot; then Obama can start to delegate responsibly.

            Second, Obama has to re-connect with all the syndicates and organizations and rally most of them to the Democratic Party. Only a unified front of workers and middle classes with a serious new perceived value “health and safety for all” can change the lobbying political system.

            Third, Obama has then to start sending reform laws as he promised his people to do and not what might please the losers in the election.

            In the Senate, if 40 out of 100 veto a law then the discussion can be prolonged indefinitely. Senator Joseph Lieberman vetoed the creation of “public option” for Americans with no health insurance.  Deputy Dennis Kucinich harangued his colleagues in those terms “Are we the Congress of the USA or the administrative council of Goldman Sachs?” President Obama had preached “I didn’t campaign to aid the big bonnets on Wall Street” but he did bail them out with $700 billion. Sure, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, JP Morgan, UBS, and Morgan Stanley did contribute to Obama’s campaign as they contributed to the other party too. What was the fraction of contributions of these multinationals? Was it worth it to appoint Wall Street lead man Timothy Geithner as Finance Secretary?  Was it worth it to appoint Lawrence Sumners who is the architect of financial deregulations?

            Appointing the enemies to reform programs has nothing of pragmatic; Hillary Clinton is not pragmatic: she loves “Pride and Anger” of late Oriana Fallaci and disseminated the book to all her acquaintances. Obama foreign policies turned out carbon copies of Bush Junior toward the Islamic World.

            The US political system is Not “separation and balance of powers”; this myth has been proven wrong in critical periods.  The US system is a multilayered duplication of levels so that money can enjoy the last word.  How can a President vanquish well entrenched structures and when the opposition is hysteric for being ousted and refuses to submit to rational judgments?  The US multinationals are active free agents ready to falsify and fabricate crisis, instill financial crashes, provoke depressions and then take pleasure profiting from the blood and miseries of the little people.

            Obama has to start taking stands in the interest of the little people who voted him in. Time is running out and compromises with the enemy have proven lethal.  The world is shedding blood, miseries are rampant, and famine is waiting on the corner.

            Obama, your credibility as a leader is being tarnished.  There are no harms trying alternatives but when faced with the inflexibility of your enemies then you should not conciliate; you have to react with vigor and determination as a victor leader and the people will back you up when you ask them to march.  Take responsibility: You won the election and political decisions are yours to deliver on your promises.

Market theories: jobs, politics, and State interventions; (Jan. 11, 2010)

This article explains four socio-economic theories of market. The job market is best served by occasional acquaintances from ex-colleagues or what Mark Granovater expounded on in his 1973 book “The force of weak links”. Over 55% of job seekers found rewarding openings not from close relatives, job announcements, or traditional mediums. It turns out that occasional acquaintances have the best insider information that are non redundant and are inaccessible to normal job seekers.

Market can be a set of niches. Harrison White said in 1981 in his book “Where do markets come from?” that prices or how market functions is determined by the producers. Producers of products and services are constantly observing and investigating their “niche competitors”.  They analyze the volume and sales revenues of competitors and then re-structure accordingly.  The highest the volume combined with customer satisfaction the trendiest is the product.  Thus, market conditions tend to be replicated unchanged because the producers are using the same database of niche competitors.

Market can be seen as fields of microcosm among dominant enterprises that sub-contract to niche enterprises.  Thus, there are standardization among products and services with minor touches of esthetics and quality differentiations: it depends on the sub-contractors specialty. States play the predominant roles in market development relative to laws that regulate demands and offers for products that need financial credits. (Pierre Bourdieu in “The social structures of economy”, 2000)

Market can be explained in political construct terms. Neil Flingstein (2001) in “The architectures of markets” stated that stable markets rely on rules of conduct to function.  Four rules are necessary: One, rights for property, including intellectual rights; two, governance structure such as rules of competitions and cooperation among firms (horizontal and vertical expansion); three exchange rules and their conditions among enterprises; and four, control concepts such as strategies of world economic outlook, structural organization, and market structures that permit limiting competitions).

The State central power is the main source toward which all major enterprises look upon to arbitrate competitive struggles, alliances, and actors (workers, employees, capitals, and means of production). Customers are becoming more attuned to quality and more dedicated to do their due diligence for expensive products and services. Enterprises that are well equipped with specialized magazines, internet exposure, and guide books are better positioned to attracting the ever increasing “calculating” clients.




January 2010

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