This morning, The Register had a story on the Superior Court reversing its original decision to outsource the processing of misdemeanor tickets to a private facility in Nogales, Mexico. The court finally heard the outrage, and they duly responded. But again, I’m left perplexed. I still wonder why this outrage is not being directed toward solving the HUGE problem that caused this to happen in the first place.
As we have discussed here before, there is something bigger to this issue than just a contract to process speeding tickets that was outsourced to Mexico. And yes, I think we all know what that something bigger is. There are massive inequities in our trade policy that must be fixed.
Why are all the good ol’ American jobs being outsourced? Why are people from Mexico and Central America immigrating here? Why is more and more wealth being concentrated in fewer and fewer hands across the globe? The answer is simple. Our current “free trade regime” favors the interests of a few institutional investors over the needs of working people.
The OC Superior Court wanted to “cut costs”, so they outsourced to Mexico. Farmers in Mexico were screwed by the “land swaps” that occurred shortly after NAFTA was passed, so they became “economic refugees” who eventually came to places like OC to find a job and a way to survive. Now I understand that trade can be good, and that isolationism wouldn’t solve any of these problems. However, our current unfair trade policy is only hurting American workers and Latin American people while a few profit off of other peoples’ pain.
So when will John and Ken start advocating NAFTA reform? When will Chris Norby begin calling for a fairer trade policy? I’m waiting.