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Beatrice Rangel: Beyond Impeachment, Despair Reigns in America
Former Venezuela Minister of Ministers Beatrice Rangel outlines the hollowing out of the U.S.A.'s industrial base and the depression it causes as jobs flow to Asia and the likely results of that despair.

By Beatrice E. Rangel

As Ms Pelosi finally sends the articles of impeachment to the Senate and aspirants to the democratic nomination to duel President Trump gather in Iowa every hour, there will be 8 Americans dead by drug overdose, 67% of them victims to opioid addiction.

And as we examine other health related statistics the future fails to be rosy.

The country is experiencing the highest suicide rates since WWII: for the third year in a row life expectancy has fallen in America; every 15 minutes a premature baby sees the light in the arms of his or her opioid addicted parent(s); one child in seven is living with a drug addicted parent.

And most probably none of these Americans will have a voice in Iowa or anywhere else during the campaign. Let alone in the U.S. Congress which will be consumed by the impeachment procedures that will end with President Trump's acquittal.

To be sure, this legion of despair does not make it to the CNN-Fox primetime.

But it will determine the future of the country as the spring of political divisiveness while eroding the economy's competitiveness .

To fully understand the full dimension of this tragedy, it will suffice to bring into the discussion statistics from 25 manufacturing companies that thrive in the south and mid-west U.S.

75% of these employment-creating firms experience an employee turnover of 45%. This means that every other month they need to sit with a recently entered employee to train him or her on the tasks that need to be accomplished. This makes it very difficult to pump up production and to compete with foreign products that are manufactured by a seasoned and efficient workforce.

Slowly but surely the U.S. loses competitiveness while a very significant proportion of the population falls prey to despair. And as despair sets in polarization takes hold thereby hindering treatment of the roots of the crisis that no one wishes to admit but everyone knows is affecting the U.S. development choices.

Because development is far more than just growth. It entails people feeling enriched by work . Enrichment promotes creativity and self-assurance. This leads to innovation and consumption diversification. As consumption diversifies more jobs are created and more individuals are at work.

But in the U.S., manufacturing has automatized and nobody ever foresaw the catastrophic consequences of not contemplating the impact of this mayor transformation on the work force.

Just as rural workers expelled from agriculture by technification at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century were helped by Uncle Sam to reinvent themselves, acquiring urban skills though technical schools, today workers needed to learn coding and software writing to successfully confront the digital rain.

Instead corporations moved their operations mostly to Asia, throwing a significant proportion of the U.S. population into despair.

As the situation progresses, these left behinds will not deserve serious treatment of their calamity by Democrats or even President Trump.

Democrats will emphasize President Trump's numerous shortcomings. And truth be told, this catastrophe precedes President Trump.

President Trump's response will most likely be to promise them to lead them to paradise without having a plan to do so. And they will rally once again behind him but as their predicament worsens, they could turn to violence. And the U.S. might well face over the next years violent protests that could make the Gilets Jaunes movement in France and the youngsters' rebellion in Chile look like summer jamborees.

Beatrice Rangel is President & CEO of the AMLA Consulting Group, which provides growth and partnership opportunities in US and Hispanic markets. AMLA identifies the best potential partner for businesses which are eager to exploit the growing buying power of the US Hispanic market and for US Corporations seeking to find investment partners in Latin America. Previously, she was Chief of Staff for Venezuela President Carlos Andres Perez as well as Chief Strategist for the Cisneros Group of Companies.

For her work throughout Latin America, Rangel has been honored with the Order of Merit of May from Argentina, the Condor of the Andes Order from Bolivia, the Bernardo O'Higgins Order by Chile, the Order of Boyaca from Colombia, and the National Order of Jose Matías Delgado from El Salvador.

You can follow her on twitter @BEPA2009 or contact her directly at BRangel@amlaconsulting.com.


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