Well, what the hell does that really mean?
First, we know from James Connor’s Flathead Memo and other sites that the Steve Daines slogan has been used before. Next, we know that Steve Daines is mighty good at creating new jobs…just overseas in Guangzhou, China.
Steve Daines and "More Jobs"
Shenzhen is just an hour’s train ride to the south, and I know this because I took that train about eight times while going back and forth from the American and Russian embassies trying to get all my newborn son’s paper’s worked out (my wife is Russian and we were working on getting him that passport as well so he could visit his grandma).
Anyways, the city is very nice, and many of you will know it better as Canton.
That’s still a bit of a misnomer as the whole of Guangdong Province was called Canton back in the 1840s when the British first came. They ended up seizing Hong Kong in 1842 and ever since then the West has been ‘trading’ with the country.
But if you’re working in one of those factories like Steve Daines helped set up, however, then there’s a good chance you’re working in hell. Workers in similar factories in Dongguan were killing themselves in record numbers just a few years back, and that was at an Apple plant.
I can’t help but think Steve Daines will be creating those same kinds of jobs if he becomes a senator, although they’ll probably focus on exploiting cheap migrant labor here at home while opening up more of those factories in Asia.
Yeah, I won’t say China – that’s getting too expensive. That country’s got a rising middle class, after all, and we know America wants nothing to do with that idea. That’s why so many businessmen I knew in China were talking about the new frontier in outsourcing: Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos.
Let’s get to government.
Steve Daines and "Less Government"
The problem’s that it’s not smaller government for you, it’s smaller government for companies.
Yeah, we’re not talking about making American government smaller. I’m sure Daines will do what all Democrats and Republicans throughout history have done, and that’s make it larger.
No, I’m talking about bureaucracy more than anything, and that’s the government of companies and corporations. We’re really getting down to paperwork and other bullshit administrative tasks, and when you’re creating jobs in China a lot of that nonsense goes right out the window.
So yes, if you’re looking for More Jobs (in China and other Southeast Asian countries with subpar, if any, working conditions and virtually no pay) and Less Government (for the wealthy corporations in the form of administrative nonsense they’ll no longer have to put up with, thus allowing them to slash a lot of that unnecessary American HR personnel) then Steve Daines really is your man!
If those ideas sound reprehensible, evil, shady, sketchy, skizzy, skuzzy, or like balderdash plain and simple, then I urge you to vote for Amanda Curtis.