Tom Usher wrote or added | Why reinvent the wheel? I like the following statement in the Wikipedia:
"Some proponents make the case that allowing foreign-flagged ships to engage in commerce in American domestic sea lanes would be like letting a foreign automaker establish a plant in the U.S. which doesn't have to pay U.S. wages, taxes, or meet national safety or environmental standards."
This is very nearly the exact argument that was levied against the dreaded NAFTA. NAFTA was boosted by the globalist, corporatist, so-called laissez-faire capitalists, who didn't give a damn about promoting the General Welfare of the mass of Americans but were interested first and foremost, as always, about themselves. They are seeking to lower the bar everywhere not to enhance the lives of everyone everywhere but to reduce everyone, except themselves, to serfdom under their neo-feudalism known by the misnomers of free-market capitalism and free enterprise.
These same people who are pouncing on this issue in an attempt to erode regulations are doing so on the back of a prime example of horrors inflicted by deregulation: The Deepwater Horizon leak. Hypocrisy doesn't bother them while they are busily further duping the easily duped Tea Partiers and Libertarian little fry — the "lesser people" in Alan Simpson's worldview — lesser for having taken only their fair share of the pie or less rather than having been greedy pigs not giving a tinker's damn about how little is left for the suckers and who, one supposes, don't just shoot all the elitists.
It's one of the main reasons they hate the French Reign of Terror so much. Their kindred spirit of the nobility and aristocracy lost their heads. Well, of course, Robespierre was a maniac, fop himself; but that doesn't alter the fact that he was simply a sped up version of the slow-kill aristocrats whining about the Jones Act (Merchant Marine Act of 1920) right now.
No, I don't think that protectionism is the solution. It's a Band-Aid that is in place solely because the world hasn't fixed the global root cause. The problem is not ever going to be solved by lowering the standards in everyone's mind concerning wage, tax, safety, environmental, or collective-bargaining standards. The problems are only ever going to be solved by doing completely away with selfishness as the incentive. There is no such thing as enlightened self-interest, as the term has been commonly employed, including by Barack Obama.
The real self is the one soul referred to in the Acts of the Apostles. Those Apostles didn't lose their individuality or liberty by living from one purse and even by not ever charging one another for anything. They gained greater freedom from the evil inherent in the medium-of-exchange mentality. They didn't hold out for something in return. They simply gave to each other and shared. That's how the whole world should be and will be if it is finally to be saved.
"And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common." "Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need." (Acts 4:32; 4:34-35 KJV)
That's where Marx got it: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need." Those Apostles got it from Jesus. His sayings and doings jibe exactly with those verses from Acts.
Now, I take it further (as did Marx), but not in the Marxian spirit of violent revolution. I call for the creation of the Christian Commons http://www.causes.com/causes/99753/about
Yes, it does require giving credit where credit is due: to Jesus whose teachings and deeds are the best example so far in recorded human existence, bar none, including, if we are being completely honest, Buddha, Mohammed, and Gandhi, et al. It also requires acknowledging, and accordingly acting to the best of our abilities concerning, all things ultimately harmful versus not. We are to do away with harm.
Where does this leave the atheists and the like? Well, the separation lies with experiencing the Holy Spirit and believing/knowing that it's not been some extraterrestrial trickster. Why are most people never visited? This world is a filter. Those meriting visitation in the good way, get it. Those finally who do not, will be visited by, and be overcome by (cave into), the other spirit that is darkness. Unfortunately, it will be too late for them to repent in this life.
If you haven't done so already, ask, seek, and knock now before it becomes too late for you.
Should Obama have waived the Jones Act via executive order? Of course he should have. He's selfish. The fact that George W. Bush waived it though doesn't make him a genius. He didn't work on solving the root causes either. He waived it for ulterior motives, as anyone who followed along with his very nearly do nothing position of Katrina readily saw.
Leave it to Hoover Institution fellow, Deroy Murdock, to get it all jumbled up though for the sake of those who butter his bread and not yours.
May the real peace and blessings of the real LORD be upon all,