, in one of your posts you said,
“Where I work, the only way to get in without an education or defined resume skills is as a temp. If you cut the mustard after a few
months you get hired full time. You will be making twenty bucks an hour plus overtime.
I, too, work in an environment where a degree is required, and where the low-end wage is around $75K annually. I guess that makes us very fortunate
Americans. However, our situations aren’t representative of the norm, as many folks these days are working their tails off 40+ hours/week while
barely making enough to survive. Economic disparity in this country has gotten alarmingly high. So high I’d call it obscene.
Our political and economic systems have been hijacked by corporate interests. And rather than distribute the wealth from record profits by offering
living wages and healthcare to employees, American multinationals are instead currently hoarding approx 2.1 trillion bucks overseas to avoid/evade
paying federal income taxes. Under U.S. law, corporations do not have to pay income tax on most of their overseas profits until they are brought into
the United States. These earnings can be held offshore for years and are classified as indefinitely invested abroad. Corporations complain about
exorbitant corporate tax rates, but in reality, after loopholes and stashing profits abroad, they actually pay very low rates, if anything at all.
You see, corporations own everything in this country. EVERYTHING. They own all the important resources, they own all the land, they own the media,
they own the politicians and have the judges in their back pocket, they own all the big lobbying firms, and worst of all they own YOU and ME. It’s
obvious what they want - they want more for themselves and less for us. The economic disparity stats should make that clear. The filthy rich, the
elite, the big corporations - they’re all part of an exclusive billionaire boys club and we aint in it. And never will be...
For awhile there this country toyed with the notion of Democracy. Seperation between the classes narrowed somewhat and we had an actual middle class.
It used to be that a typical American family functioned quite well on a single income. The average family owned a home, a car or 2, and could send the
kids to college. We achieved a standard of living enviable by many other countries around the world. But, over time, corporations grew stronger and
richer and began exerting their influence over the political process. Now, with the legislative and judicial branches of government pretty much under
their control, our little experiment in Democracy has morphed into some form/combination of plutocracy and an oligarchy. Meanwhile, We the People have
become more and more complacent, lazy with our thinking, and resigned to a system that makes all of our decisions for us, makes all the rules whether
in our interest or not, tells us how and what to think, and generates obscene amounts of profit while throwing mere scraps to it’s subservient,
poverty-stricken workforce. But hey, we don’t care. Nothing we can do about it. As long as we’ve got our gadgets to play with, guns to shoot each
other, and quality primetime entertainment like the Kardashians sisters, the Swamp People, Justin Bieber, Jersey Shores, and the Real Housewives of
Beverly Hills we’re happy campers.
Finally, and believe me, corporations are keeping an eye on the progress being made in artificial intelligence and robotics. The unemployment lines
will grow quite long as machine intelligence begins to replace the workforce. And it won’t be just the blue collar workers losing their jobs; white
collar jobs are in jeopardy, as well. I won’t go into it, but it’s on the way. Checkout THIS
for a little preview of what’s around the corner.
Wish I had a solution, but I don’t. We’re in a real mess, and I don’t know how easy it will be to dig ourselves outta this one...
edit on 10/26/2015 by netbound because: (no reason given)