Large retailers that have cost dominance over small ones can force all retailers to drop health care for workers.
Large retailers also force suppliers to drop prices. By using the leverage of their supply chains to China and Asia, they can force US on-shore suppliers to lower costs. Thus they can in effect order US suppliers to drop health care, lower wages, and harshen working conditions for their employees. This includes reducing employee flexibility for everything from caring for a sick child, picking a child up at school, or even breaks.
This is what causes the substitution effect for immigrant entry to replace American births.
The big retailers are in effect all but explicitly putting in births into their operations research, management science models, and targeting to explicitly force American women to reduce the number of children they have.
They are all but targeting age dependent child birth and support and trying to force them to have children at greater age for the mother, and to have fewer.
They are using proxy variables that mimic these effects.
Indirerectly, their profit maximization linear and non-linear programming systems are in effect birth minimization programs for American women.
The input variables into American women's decision to have children, job security, health care benefits, wages, job security, work place dignity are being minimized by the profit optimization software of the big retailers.
This amounts to directly minimizing the ability of American women to have children.
This is coded into their computers.
They don't want to eliminate health care just to save money. Its a strategy to keep women from having children at all, in some cases, or make them wait later in life, or have fewer.
By making them wait later, they also increase birth defects and thus increase the health care burden on the economy.
Their goal is to force women not to have children.
This saves the retailers all along the line, not just on health care.
It lets them arbitrarily manage work schedules without concern about when women or men have to pick up children from school.
It lets them minimize uncertain disruptions from sick children or pregnant women.
They want to minimize any variation in their own corporate routine to save pennies.
To do this they are willing to follow strategies to shut women out from having children.
This all comes out of the optimization software they use.
Even though it doesn't explicitly state as an objective for women to have children, it has enough variables and data in it, that it automatically accomplishes the same objective.
It tells their management to make not paying health care far more important than the money saved directly, its all these indirect effects by stopping women from having children, or making them have them later, or have fewer than they wanted.
They also will keep some women from having any children.
This group is then more flexible to cater to the needs of the employer to arbitrarily schedule work.
The employer then uses this group to force the same onto all the other workers, and prevent them having more children.
This is the transfer of working conditions of Asia to the US.
The large retailers can do this to other retailers and to suppliers.
With competition in accounting, financial services, and even legal services from off-shore they can do the same to these firms.
By having cost dominance, the large retailers with supply chains from China into city, suburban and country markets can shut off the ability of any other retailer to support a domestic supply chain.
They use strategy and business plans to accomplish precisely these purposes.
Harvard Business School is where McNamara got his MBA.
HBS methods were used by the Pentagon in Vietnam.
What we are seeing with the large retailers with supply chains into Asia is the application of these methods, the same strategies and plans used by the Pentagon to fight war, turned on the American people, American workers, and American suppliers and small retailers.
What is being done is to wage war on every component of American society, using the same strategy and operations research methods taught at HBS and used at the Pentagon.
These were paid for by the US Air Force to be developed at RAND in the 1940's and 1950's.
Now they are being used to break the will of the American people, American small business, and American businesses that don't want to go along.
They are not being given a choice, because the large retailers have a supply chain to China and use methods to bargain down suppliers that give them cost dominance.
They use that cost dominance to force every business entity or employee in the economy to accept their terms.
Their terms mean no health care, no job security, and lower wages.
Only by the American people recognizing the sophisticated tools and planning being used to target them and their society can they begin to fight back.
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