Supply Chain Cartel In Action
Sometimes we get lucky and today is one of those times. A story will be hitting the News today regarding John McCain and his campaign manager, Rick Davis and the role they played in the merger of DHL and Airborne Express. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has an article explaining the back story on the merger.
What you see is the making of a shell corporation and the growth of a cartel. DHL is effectively transferring their share of the Wilmington market to what should be a rival. DHL will receive a commission on each package that UPS ships out of Wilmington basically for the use of their brand name in the local market. If unchecked, the same thing would happen again and again in each market that DHL has business until they are no longer a business - but simply a brand name - a label with no actual business behind it.
Last year, the same thing was
revealed when it was discovered that
Mattel Toys produced in China had lead paint that
exceeded allowable limits by as much as 180 times in some
cases. The media naturally focused on the lead in the
paint and the effects on children. They gave scant coverage to
the fact that Mattel is no longer a manufacturer of toys.
They are simply a brand name - a shell corporation.
Eventually, All Things Are Explained
Back around 2003, when I was just beginning to investigate the issue of outsourcing, Treasury Secretary John Snow, Labor Secretary Chairman Chao, and Commerce Secretary Don Evans went on a bus tour to call attention to our "booming economy". I watched it live and then when it was played again on rerun, I wrote a commentary called, "Three Stooges Rerun on TV Last Night". The bus tour was an obvious and disgusting propaganda campaign. They chose to go the Harley-Davidson plant in Wisconsin. Harley is a uniquely American company that can't be replaced with Chinese imports. Anyway, at one point in the tour, they were doing a Q & A with Harley suppliers and employees. The suppliers made comments and asked questions that I didn't fully understand at the time - but now are completely understandable with the added information about cross-corporation supply chains and cartel formations:
It was apparent then, and it is apparent now that the U.S. economy is being gutted like a fish. Corporations are still in this country as brand names, but all they are doing is selling into this market and the result is obviously both personal and national debt because we have no way to balance the trade. This is giving the large foreign manufacturers with the supply chain cartels the power to not only buy up U.S. businesses, but also the money to buy Congress.
Shell corporations operating in America are really foreign corporations yet they can lobby Congress and donate to the campaigns of the members of Congress. The shell corporation gives the members of Congress the cover for the betrayal of the American people. So just know that whenever you hear a member of Congress talking about the need to import foreign labor because of "shortages", what you are hearing is a propaganda campaign to accede to the desires of the foreign corporations to complete the job of gutting America and the American people.
[Note: And btw, it's not just corporations making requests for imported foreign labor. The most recent proposal for the import of foreign workers was by the committee that did the Quadrennial Defense Review for the military. Their suggestion was that because of "shortages", we should import foreign nurses. At the same time, they suggested lowering the standards for nurses to allow the VA to hire nurses with 2-years of vocational training as a replacement for RN's with bachelor's degrees. This is in fact, a race to the bottom as Alan Tonelson described in his book, "Race to the Bottom". ]