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A Refreshing Knapp – Who will be most favored to lose? (March 23, 2016 issue)

By Ray Knapp

Acronyms like NAFTA, (national free trade agreement) WTO, (world trade organization) and recently passed TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership – multinational economic agreement) for the average person are just some words bandied about by politicians and economists until their effects cause your job to be shipped off to China, Mexico or a host of so-called, 3rd World Countries. You don’t have to have an advanced degree in economics to figure out that you can’t feed your family, pay the utilities, rent, or mortgage if you don’t have a job. Of course the government can keep printing money and send it electronically to your bank account – calling it Welfare, Social Security, or any other program they pay for; with less revenue coming in inflation will soon run wild, and money will become virtually worthless.

Those acronyms are what have gotten this country in such a financial mess, thanks to our government groveling to multinational corporations. Locally, in Unicoi County, the loss of 3 or 4 hundred jobs means nothing in the scheme of things, but it means a lot to the people losing those jobs. Of course we read or see thousands more losing their jobs in every state in the union. When all those lost jobs are added up, between 1998 and 2013, 5.3 million factory jobs were lost. What’s worse, an even greater number — an estimated 7.4 million people — who don’t even work at the factory also lost their jobs because their livelihood in one way or another depended on that plant, and that number keeps growing.  It means billions in lost wages – and no matter how cheap the goods are at Walmart, if you don’t have any money, you can’t buy them.

Is there any wonder that there is a political upheaval going on? Some of the so-called political strategists have it all figured out why Drumpf is winning. “He’s energized a part of the lower middle class. The political system has taken them for granted. They feel threatened. And when they feel threatened, they look for a savior.”

With millions of people losing jobs in the good old U.S.A., and more on the horizon, the lower middle class – whatever that means…us uneducated little people I suppose, will be the majority in this country, and career politicians that voted for those acronyms that have taken our jobs away are quickly falling out of favor with, not just a portion of the lower middle class, or whatever derogatory name they choose to call us, but millions of white collar workers as well. The political strategists are finding out that income and education doesn’t equate to intelligence. We know what’s going on. After all, Bernie Madoff didn’t look to the lower middle class for his Ponzi scheme – he went after the affluent people with their Harvard degrees and their millions.

Our Savior is far above any politician. What we expect and expected was not a savior when we went to the polls and voted.

We were looking for, and expected someone to be a champion for us; to look out for our best interest, not sell us down the river. We didn’t get that champion, and now we are more than just a little disappointed. You don’t have to believe what’s written in this column, just turn the TV to any news channel and you can see it. More than one person has told me, “I’m so disgusted with this political mess that I’ve stopped watching TV.”

I did watch the results of last Tuesday’s primary. It appears Donald Drumpf and Hillary Clinton will face off as the Republican and Democrat Candidates for president, which leaves a lot of people unhappy – especially on the republican side, as these Super PACs spent millions on other republican candidates.

Since 1952 there has been a National Day of Prayer set aside for prayers for our nation. It falls on Thursday the 5th of May this year, and may be taken more seriously than in the past. The theme is, “Wake Up America.” The Scripture for this year is based on Isaiah 58:1, “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.” That sounds good to me.