Technology: The enemy of Republican Economic Policy

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    Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in developed countries the world over.

    And the situation is even worse than it appears.

    Most of the jobs will never return, and millions more are likely to vanish as well, say experts who study the labor market. What's more, these jobs aren't just being lost to China and other developing countries, and they aren't just factory work. Increasingly, jobs are disappearing in the service sector, home to two-thirds of all workers.

    They're being obliterated by technology.

    Experts warn that this "hollowing out" of the middle-class workforce is far from over. They predict the loss of millions more jobs as technology becomes even more sophisticated and reaches deeper into our lives.

    Foxconn Technology Group, which assembles iPhones at factories in China, unveiled plans in 2011 to install one million robots over three years.

    A recent headline in the China Daily newspaper: "Chinese robot wars set to erupt."

    Occupations that provided middle-class lifestyles for generations can disappear in a few years. Utility meter readers are just one example. As power companies began installing so-called smart readers outside homes, the number of meter readers in the U.S. plunged from 56,000 in 2001 to 36,000 in 2010, according to the Labor Department.

    In 10 years? That number is expected to be zero.

    AP: Recession, Tech Kill Middle-Class Jobs | News | Manufacturing.net

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    Clearly, these facts fly in the face of Republican Economic policy. More and more cuts to education ensure future Americans won't be able to compete. Refusing to invest in infastructure will have an even more develstating effect.

    Robots need to be installed. They need maintenence and programming. The Republican efforts to redistribute the wealth of the nation to the top 1% doesn't ensure the "job creators" will create jobs. Instead, they will build robots.

    All that wasted effort to get the wealth of the nation to the top 1% and clearly, ignorant and uneducated Republicans will never be hired. They merely sow the seeds of their own destruction.

    For America to compete, you simply do the opposite of what Republicans imagine will work.
     
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    So, technology is a problem for our middle class. Many jobs have been lost to it, and will continue to be. So, your response is a piece from redstate. Nice. You really could not have found a more bat shit crazy con web site. Dipshit.
    The problem is that what this thread is introducing is SERIOUS. It threatens to end our way of life, and that of the middle class. So, it will not bother the Koch brothers, or the others of their economic and philosophical bent. But it will screw up the lives of nearly all the rest of us. And our children. And all you can do is parrot the conservative dogma designed for and fed to you. Sad.
     
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    The source of the material is meaningless. The fact is, Obama said that technology is killing jobs...in direct contravention of the OP's claims.
    So, you hate technology too? I've been told that only conservatives hate technology.

    Weird, huh?
     
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    How many jobs has technology created that didn't exist back in, let's say, 1800?
     
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    Well then we should ban it or pretty soon no one will have a job!!

    See why we are positive a liberal will be slow??
     
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    Batman Villain Crazy

    Instead of penguins, Deany has Republicans flying inside his head
     
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    lol

    yeah
     
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    most liberals are brain dead but Deany is perfectly brain dead!

    If he think robots are bad because they take jobs imagine how bad he must think the plow, hammer, saw, nail, and screw driver are.

    Why, we could make any one of them illegal tomorrow and have guaranteed 110% employment for eternity-right Deany???

    You have the ignorance and self-assurance of a Nazi true believer.
     

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