The trouble with crap like this is that the “moneyed interests” make sure that you hear it everywhere, without hearing the other side.
French voters are trying to preserve a 35-hour work week in a world where Indian engineers are ready to work a 35-hour day. Good luck.
Voters in “old Europe” – France, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy – seem to be saying to their leaders: stop the world, we want to get off; while voters in India have been telling their leaders: stop the world and build us a stepstool, we want to get on. I feel sorry for Western European blue collar workers. A world of benefits they have known for 50 years is coming apart, and their governments don’t seem to have a strategy for coping.
OK, here is a strategy for coping: America has a very large market and the world wants to sell things to us. I say that’s a good thing. And it gives us power. Suppose we (government, we, you and me) said to importers that the people who MAKE what they import HAVE TO BE PAID ENOUGH TO BUY THE THINGS WE MAKE HERE!!!!! And if they don’t agree, we slap a big fat tax on those imports so they cost the same as goods made by workers here, which removes the incentive to export jobs.
Choice to corporations: either you make it here and pay American workers, or you pay enough THERE to DEVELOP MARKETS for the things our workers make.
It’s the same argument as the minimum wage. Henry Ford famously said he wanted to pay his workers enough to be able to buy cars from his company. That develops a market. Requiring importers to pay the workers there enough to buy American-made goods is just plain common sense. Especially compared to the alternative — laying people off here so they can’t buy things made here, and not paying people there enough to buy them either.