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MikeYour story reminded me of a summer job I had in 1956. I worked for a contractor that removed crushed rock from rail cars and hauled it and stockpiled it on the road to be worked on. My job was to work with the crane operator. When to rock began to get low in the rail car, I got in the rail car with a scoop and piled it up for the crane clamshell. This was a dusty, dirty job and I used a bandana over my nose and mouth, so I could breathe. It was a bit dangerous as well when dodging that clamshell with 4 metal walls around me. Once the operator got the crane into high voltage lines and I was really avoiding that clamshell sparking with electricity.I doubt anyone would do this kind of job today.
How much lower can the wages go for most people and they still have extra money to buy those products created by all of the jobs brought home because of lower wages?We cannot compete in the world market and keep the standard of living that we have now. Those jobs have been taken overseas because the pay is dollars a day in most cases. Companies do not even want to pay minimum wages, and they don't have to overseas.
The only real DEMAND problem we have in this country is more people demanding the govt pay for things that in the past were considered the duty of citizens to provide for themselves.
We have become a welfare state with big govt paying for everything. This has led to generations of families on the welfare roles without hope of advancement out of poverty.
Instead of teaching them " how to fish " we just give them the fish. This practice of providing everything to them without ever teaching them the skills needed to succeed in life has only resulted in more people dependent on govt handouts.
Lets return to teaching them job skills and in the process of learning these skills provide needed services to the cities and states where they live. An example of this was all the state and national parks we have today. Most of the work done at these places was done by workers that were hired at a wage that provided enough to live on with a little left over to buy " luxury items ". These projects provided a needed service and helped restore self worth and pride to those who had fallen on hard times.
Lets bring back to this country all the jobs lost over seas by building everything we need in this country at a cost and quality competitive with other nations. We now import almost everything we use and export very few things. To do this we need lower taxes, lower labor costs and a lot less spending by the govt for things better handled at local levels or by the private sector. Entitlements have become such a drain on society that we will soon have to few paying for those getting entitlement money resulting in a collapse of our system.
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You're quite welcome