Sunday, August 1, 2010
Looking for a job, kid?
The American People Don’t Need More Handouts – What They Need Are Good Jobs
Handouts are only a temporary solution to a long-term problem.
What the American people need are good jobs.
But where in the world are these jobs going to come from?
The reality is that in the new "global economy", the United States is a very unattractive place to do business.
If you were a global corporation, would you rather open a new facility in the third world where there are very few rules and regulations and where people will work for less than a dollar an hour, or would you rather open a new facility in the United States where there are literally thousands of laws and regulations to comply with and where you are going to have to pay workers at least ten times as much?
It doesn't take a genius to see where all of this is headed.
For decades, an increasing number of Americans have been forced into lower paying service jobs, but now there aren't even nearly enough of those to go around.
But it isn't just the jobs that have been shipped overseas that are depressing wages and causing unemployment to skyrocket. The millions of illegal immigrants that have flooded unchecked across the border have depressed wages and fundamentally changed the employment picture in industries such as construction and food service.
Not only that, but in this environment not even high tech workers are safe. In fact, there are some corporations in the high tech industry that have been openly abusing worker visas to ship in large numbers of foreign workers to replace more expensive American employees.
What all this means is that it is becoming much more difficult to live a middle class lifestyle in the United States.