Where are the good jobs?

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    There is much discussion about unemployment and job creation, however we fail to ask the most important question. What kinds of jobs are being created? For the most part they are temporary jobs, and contract work. But this is nothing new. For decades, American employers in increasing numbers have been filling permanent positions with low paid less skilled temps and contract workers. Aren't employers concerned that they are not building a loyal highly skilled work force? No! Today’s employers don’t need as many highly skilled workers because they don’t produce products that require it. Just how much skill does it take to flip a burger, pack a shipping carton, operate a cash register, or empty bedpans? So where are the good jobs? They have gone overseas along with many American industries. Over the last 50 years we watched the greatest industrial nation on earth transition into a service based economy. Forty percent of the economy produces no real goods. This has to change if we expect the 21st century to bring real economic growth and prosperity to the country.

    Neither party offers any viable solution. What is needed is a trade policy that benefits American businesses and workers. We need to stop treating China, Japan, Korea, and EU countries as partners. They are not partners. They are competitors, whose goal is to kick our economic ass, and they are doing a good job of it. Free trade and NAFTA have been an economic disaster for the US. While we have opened up our boarders to foreign trade, they have created laws and regulation to protect local industries from completion. While we have refrained from putting government money into private industry, they have poured government funds into product research and development. Some say we can't compete because our wages are too high. This isn't true. In Japan wages are 10 times that of China, yet the Japanese export 90 billion plus each year to China. All American businesses needs is a level playing field to successfully compete abroad. The question is who has the guts to do what is needed.

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    Profits trump patriotism every time.
     
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    Protectionism is not the answer.

    Trade benefits both parties.
     
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    Only when it's equal and balanced.
     
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    What does equal and balanced mean?

    Should the government define those terms, or should the parties involved in the transaction define those terms?
     
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    I had lunch with a very smart, wealthy friend who is one of those global citizen types.

    He went to a seminar in Europe recently in which the global jobs environment was covered. The presenter's thesis was that in the Developing World, 20% unemployment is the norm. As we become more globalized, this high level of unemployment will become the norm around the world.

    Why that is the case is an interesting topic for debate. I'd argue that the growth of Big Government is letting the air out of the tires of the developed world's economies so that new jobs to replace the ones moved over seas are not being created.
     
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    The government should use tax incentives to assure thatr trade remains balanced.
     
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    The good jobs are in the minds of wise entrepenuers waiting for the day when the Governmenet won't try to rob them of everything they work for before they can even get up off the ground.
     
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    When one government defines terms, and the other does not - that leads to a trade imbalance.

    For "equal and balanced" trade, we'd have to eliminate the minimum wage, pay workers 50 cents a day for 12 hour days, and remove all environmental protections.
     
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    The "American Jobs Creation Act" basically gave tax breaks to move US factories overseas. Lobbyists paid-off the DC whores, and there went the US standard of living. China now "creates wealth" by manufacturing goods. The US "consumes" and borrows from producers to cover entitlement costs....sounds a lot like Greece doesn't it????????????
     

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