You can blame unions, call people whiners, say we live better than ever before, but when you look at how much housing and transportation cost you have to admit we are living on less than half what we did 40 years ago.
The reason we have more gadgets like cell phones, LCD TV's, PC's, X boxes, and the like is because of technology, not because of increased income. Cheap labor from china and abroad has not increased our ability to consume, it made things cheaper for a moment, then cut your wages over and over until your dollars cant buy the housing and Cars you could buy before with the same amount of labor investment. We will continue to see the Gap between housing, transportation, and other important necessities get larger and larger until they are out of reach for the average american unless we change the way we trade and overhaul our financial institution.
The ability of corporations to manufacture goods elsewhere cheaper takes your ability to demand a fare wage away. Its plane and simple. Companies used to tell you why you should work for them, like great salary, insurance, and pension. Now you have to beg for a job and tell them why they should hire you out of the hundred other sandwich eating hobo's standing in line for the same job because there is simply not a demand for the labor in this country for the goods we consume. They are made in china or elsewhere. Manufacturing jobs in the usa used to hold about 14 to 16 percent (about one in six or seven jobs) of employment from 1950 through the early 70's. Now manufacturing only accounts for about 5 percent or one in 20 jobs. The trend continues on and at this rate of decline there would be no manufacturing jobs left in 2030. If we do not produce any of the products we consume, how do you think our currency is supposed to hold its value? It cant, we cant survive by paying each other to trim our bushes and pick each others apples then buy our tv from china unless they start buying enough corn, soybeans, and cheese to make up for it. It does not work out.
So you can blame the democrats or the republicans, or say everyone is lazy and dont want to work but that is absurd. I was watching TV the couple weeks ago when they super team was unable to come to an agreement on how to cut spending. I laughed when the republicans were bashing democratic spending and wanting to tax the rich and saying the poor needed to do their part and the kicker about the 99% ers was, they need to quit protesting and get a job. Get what job? There are no jobs, they are all in china, you dumb butts. My god, really, get a job would ya.
People want things, Most are willing to work to get them. Many are also smart enough to realize they are getting payed less than they are worth.
Trickle down dont work. If you simply think raising profits of the rich creates jobs, then there should be job creation right now. It is a simple fact right now that companies are in a wash of money. They are not expanding, they are not paying more, they are paying less because there is a labor flushed market. The only way to increase jobs, and salaries, is consumption, and competition in the labor market. This will not get fixed until the people making the decisions are made to suffer as the rest of us do. Good luck with that idea.