Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A New Jobless America?

I was listening to Suze Orman on CNN yesterday and what she said I found disturbing for those presently out of work. She said paraphrased, "Why should companies who laid off workers hire them back if they are doing just fine without those workers?"

I was thinking about this and realized what she was saying. When you need to hold onto workers because of agreements or union contracts or the like companies do almost anything to hold onto good employees. However, when things get so bad that they have no choice but to lay off employees that may have worked 10,20,30 years and are loyal company employees, often it is easier to simply automate using new refined computer technology and eliminate those jobs permanently. Actually, when I first majored in Business Computer Data Processing in college in the late 1960s I thought this sort of thing would happen immediately. However, it didn't because of strong unions back then. But now, since Reagan sort of broke the back of most unions in the 1980s there is nothing to stop automation from permanently taking people's jobs and not rehiring anyone.

My solution way back when is that each person could be given a robot to work in their place and buy this robot on time like one does a car and stay home while your robot works in your place. However, it didn't turn out like that.

I think this precedent is very dangerous for the future of non-management workers in the U.S. If high paying middle class jobs can be permanently eliminated like this then it is a way for the upper class once again to turn most of the western world into Welfare Peons very reminiscent of the Middle Ages of Europe. If the middle class can be eliminated without a fight and without a shot fired think about the long term consequences of the past two years on the future of your children and your children's children in the Western world.

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