posted on Aug, 21 2011 @ 11:49 AM
Greetings ATSers.. As the campaigns are starting up I see a lot of perspectives being brought up. Interesting. I voted for Obama and can't say I
regret it. Whoever took over that office had a monumental if not impossible job. I never expected miracles.
I feel whoever takes over or stays in place, it doesn't really matter at this point. They're at the wheel but the ship has been dealt a mortal wound
and is taking on water. Not even the best captain can save her.
The problem is two-fold. The first and most discussed is NAFTA. When a company has a choice between paying you $15 an hour or someone in a 3rd world
country $5 a month, they're going to go. When NAFTA was enacted this country lost it's entire manufacturing base. Every bit of it. Sure some people go
off to college but a lot don't so what's to happen to them? The ordinary everyday joes? Those jobs are gone and being somewhat replaced, but by far
lower paying jobs. For every mill that shutters and closes, one new WalMart is having a grand opening..
Which leads me to a lesser talked about albeit very critical issue...
In the 80s and 90s most kids were shipping off to college. The writing was on the wall as far as manufacturing jobs disappearing. So tons of kids
shipped off to school and got fancy little diplomas that they thought guaranteed them a bright future. Now move forward 20 years and they are getting
hit now too. Technology has moved at such a pace that much of the neccesary human involvement is disappearing. While its more efficient and cost
saving, it ultimately is costing us jobs.
But the same people who scoffed at the working guy and reveled in their smug sense of superiority and job security suddenly have their job outsourced
overseas. They are no longer needed either. When you hear BOF is laying off 4k people, I mean.. what is happening?
A publicly traded company is legal bound and exists for the sole purpose of making their investors the maximum return on investment. That means if
they have to pack the whole thing up and move it over to China, so be it. I mean, look at your iPhone or pad or whatever... Just look at it and think
they have more money than the US. And ask yourself why? Tax cuts and spending? Or the screwing of the American Citizen?
And yet we do nothing. We line up to buy the next iPhone and throw our dollars away. We stand in the line and complain about debt ceilings or drug
tests for welfare. They give us the scraps they want us to chew on but the real problem goes undiscussed...
edit on 21-8-2011 by spliff4020