America has become a hateful country

Posted On Dec 30 2017 by

This country is so hateful. Towards muslims, mexicans, or foreigners in general.

I am a foreign born US citizen, and I have been in this country since 1996. My impression of the country was a lot different back then. But I didn’t come here with an intention to stay. I was here as a graduate student. One of the many graduate students who come here every year to study in the US universities. More than 50% of all PhD students in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in the US are foreign students. Many return to their countries after their study, but some stay. I was one of the people that stayed. But my intention was to stay only temporarily. I was presented an opportunity to work in the Industry during my study (they recruited me from the school), and I thought it wouldn’t hurt to get a few years of industry experience before completing my study and returning to my home country. But things took a different turn. I delayed my return a few times, for various reasons, then I got married, and raised kids here, etc. And before I knew it, it was too late to return, and I was eligible to apply for citizenship by that time.

Everybody’s story is different of course. Some come here with the intention to stay, and there is nothing wrong with that.

But my impression of this country at the time was that this was a welcoming place for foreigners and immigrants. I didn’t think people would hate me, or my family for having been born in a different country.

But it turns out, this country was harboring a racist and xenophobic crowd that is so large that they might even win an election.

This fact hasn’t been so obvious to me until this year’s presidential campaign. Donald Trump, and the people he represents made me regret my decision to stay in this country. The election is next week, and it doesn’t matter if he wins or not. Damage is already done I think. His campaign unearthed the hidden hatred people have in this country towards foreigners.

The sad truth is that their hatred and accusation of foreigners for what they think is going wrong is completely misplaced.

Polls show that a lot of the Trump supporters are unuducated white people, many of them the kind of people who were affected by the loss of manufacturing jobs in the nation. What they do not realize is that it is not the foreigners that steal their jobs, it is the technology and automation.

Just today, there is an article by Paul Wiseman (Associated Press) on the Yahoo Finance page that clearly shows what is going on, with numbers, facts and figures. Here is a part of that article:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump blames Mexico and China for stealing millions of jobs from the United States.

He might want to bash the robots instead.

Despite the Republican presidential nominee’s charge that “we don’t make anything anymore,” manufacturing is still flourishing in America. Problem is, factories don’t need as many people as they used to because machines now do so much of the work.

America has lost more than 7 million factory jobs since manufacturing employment peaked in 1979. Yet American factory production, minus raw materials and some other costs, more than doubled over the same span to $1.91 trillion last year, according to the Commerce Department, which uses 2009 dollars to adjust for inflation. That’s a notch below the record set on the eve of the Great Recession in 2007. And it makes U.S. manufacturers No. 2 in the world behind China.

Trump and other critics are right that trade has claimed some American factory jobs, especially after China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001 and gained easier access to the U.S. market. And industries that have relied heavily on labor — like textile and furniture manufacturing — have lost jobs and production to low-wage foreign competition. U.S. textile production, for instance, is down 46 percent since 2000. And over that time, the textile industry has shed 366,000, or 62 percent, of its jobs in the United States.

But research shows that the automation of U.S. factories is a much bigger factor than foreign trade in the loss of factory jobs. A study at Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research last year found that trade accounted for just 13 percent of America’s lost factory jobs. The vast majority of the lost jobs — 88 percent — were taken by robots and other homegrown factors that reduce factories’ need for human labor.

“We’re making more with fewer people,” says Howard Shatz, a senior economist at the Rand Corp. think tank.

General Motors, for instance, now employs barely a third of the 600,000 workers it had in the 1970s. Yet it churns out more cars and trucks than ever.

Or look at production of steel and other primary metals. Since 1997, the United States has lost 265,000 jobs in the production of primary metals — a 42 percent plunge — at a time when such production in the U.S. has surged 38 percent.

Allan Collard-Wexler of Duke University and Jan De Loecker of Princeton University found last year that America didn’t lose most steel jobs to foreign competition or faltering sales. Steel jobs vanished because of the rise of a new technology: Super-efficient mini-mills that make steel largely from scrap metal.

People direct their frustration to the wrong target. But it doesn’t change the fact that this country has become unattractive for people like me live in. I do not want to raise my kids in a country full of bigots and xenophobes.

Yes, it is not everyone, but it is almost half the country.

I always thought the percentage of this type of people was less than 20%. Maybe 30%. But the fact that the polls show Donald Trump’s support among voters to be 40% to 45% is scary. Yes, many of his supporters are just voting for him because he is the republican candidate, not because they agree with everything he says. But if this many people can still support him in spite of everything, it is still scary. And just because he is the republican candidate doesn’t forgive them. I vote for democrats typically, but I wouldn’t mind voting for someone like John McCain or Mitt Romney if the democratic candidate was someone like Donald Trump. Why can’t the republicans do that? Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be less desirable for republicans than McCain or Romney would be for democrats. I do not understand these people. If they continue to support him, they are in the same boat as him and his core supporters. They are part of the xenophobic crowd.


Last Updated on: December 30th, 2017 at 6:39 pm, by onur

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