How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America

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    midcan5 liberal / progressive

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    Having worked now for over forty years I wonder what the children of today will do? When I grew up we had manufacturing, machinists, and other assorted craft work everywhere, today all is made in China, sold cheap in low wage Wal-Mart, and serviced by phone from India among other places. Americans buy foreign products and craft work, such as clothing weaving done by grandparents in Philadelphia is now done in some third world country. Companies like Nike sell here but build overseas. I've had a great life and cannot complain, but I hope we can make sure the global economy doesn't make us a third world nation. We can't just do war.

    by Don Peck

    "The Great Recession may be over, but this era of high joblessness is probably just beginning. Before it ends, it will likely change the life course and character of a generation of young adults. It will leave an indelible imprint on many blue-collar men. It could cripple marriage as an institution in many communities. It may already be plunging many inner cities into a despair not seen for decades. Ultimately, it is likely to warp our politics, our culture, and the character of our society for years to come."

    How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America - The Atlantic (March 2010)
     
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    There is a scarcity of skilled tradesmen in this country.

    The "everyone has to go to college" attitude has actually hurt not helped.

    People have been discouraged from entering the trades. If you don't believe me, try to find a good electrician, plumber or carpenter.

    Maybe we need more tradesmen rather than another generation of kids with a worthless liberal arts degree.
     
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    Actually unemployment among Carpenters, Plumbers and Electricians is well above 25 percent. We do not need more of them. We just need more jobs for them.
     
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    Regardless of the recession, we have a lack of skilled labor. Just because tradesmen are unemployed right now doesn't change the fact.

    But yeah let's just have some kid with a worthless BA in Liberal Arts ring us up at Walmart
     
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    Retirement right now is a great idea, provided you have the money coming in and it is from a secure source. A mutual fund is not longer a secure source if it is in the stock market.

    There will be a lot of college educated cashiers at the supermarket in the near future, all trying to work a little during retirement.
     
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    Recovery starts November 4, 2010 when Obama will have nothing to do with his time on Earth and may well decide to quit to run for head of the World.
     
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    Depends on what trades you're talking about.

    They're a dime a dozen right now, sport.

    Well... plumbers willing to do small jobs seem rather hard to find, but carpenters and electicians?

    They're mostly hurtin' hereabouts.

    That may be true, but it really does not address the issue of the moment.
     
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    There are a bunch of them in the Detroit area, unfortunately they have been let go by the Big 3, so there isn't a whole bunch for them to do now.

    -TSO
     
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    I said good carpenters etc. Not just any Schmo with a hammer.

    The recovery is jobless because we do not produce anything of value anymore.

    One of the reasons we don't is that everyone must go to college now. Bullshit.

    We have a generation of kids who have no skills other than texting and video games and they all have some worthless BA in Psych or some other liberal arts crap that will do nothing to get them a job.
     
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    working on an assembly line is not exactly a skilled trade
     

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