posted on Dec, 5 2013 @ 11:40 PM
reply to post by ExPatRat
I don't know if it was Democrats or Republicans, it's kinda hard to keep track of which side is more clueless or corrupt, frankly.
But I used to live in Rochester, NY, home of Delco; they made parts for Detroit's carmakers. For a very long time, someone with a C grade high
school graduate (or who had a father working there) could get a job at Delco paying pretty much the same wage as a teacher or a nurse; it was just
production work and didn't probably require more than a few hours' training.
Fast forward 20 years and these people had paid for houses, several cars in the driveway and a little used big fishing boat parked in the side yard.
But no savings; they thought the gravy train was permanent. When layoffs due to NAFTA and the frequent recessions started happening, and junior
couldn't automatically get a job paying $25 an hour to start with benefits, you should have seen the squawking.
These were illiterate people (you could tell by the letters to the editor) who took their good paying jobs for granted and hadn't prepared for
anything else. They also had no particular job skills to take elsewhere.
I imagine much the same thing has happened in Detroit, to the 10th power, since most of their money was US Carmakers' money, and the quality never
came up to Japanese or German standards.