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The Backbone of America - Skilled Workers and Tradesmen
We are hearing all the opinions of those who claim to know what it will take to fix the economic state our nation is in. These over-educated, over-paid, well-versed speakers get up and do nothing more than read the words put before them that someone else has written. Chances are that they do not even believe in that which they are reading, but they have been told that those coveted words will make them the stand-out amongst all the others doing the exact same thing.
How many of those running for political offices do you think actually know what it is to go out each day and really have to break a sweat at a manual labor job in order to make a paycheck to paycheck living? As for the speech writers in the background, and the advisors on policy positions, do you honestly believe any of these silver-spooned Ivy-League graduates have a clue what it is to get their hands dirty having to work a skilled trade?
To clarify, a skilled tradesman works in a hands-on environment each day, usually having only a high school education, perhaps a technical degree from a local community college, and has learned his skilled trade(s) through on the job experience. It is the skilled worker, or tradesman that possess the knowledge to build, repair and service the many different items that so many take for granted each day.
It is not the company management that gives the workers the knowledge of how to do their jobs. It is not merely having the tools which allow the worker to perform the task needed. Without the learned knowledge and know-how that the task requires, regardless of the company or the amount of tools, the job will never get done correctly. As well, the amount of classroom education doesn’t mean anything without having that essential hands-on, on the job training in which the actually trade is learned.
Our problem here and now is either; (1) the manufacturing of items once built by skilled workers has been out-sourced to cheap labor countries who are only concerned with the initial appearance and sales, or (2) manufacturing lines have been converted to fast paced robotic assembly lines. In both cases the end result is the same, we have come to expect less durable products with a much shorter life expectancy. The newer made products may look fancier, but they are not worth the packaging that a similar product from 10 years ago was boxed in.
It would seem that with products that break more often that there would be a greater demand for skilled workers to repair this items, however, unless one is willing to wait for weeks or months for repairs to be completely, the production companies would prefer that the consumer would just go buy a replacement instead. Repair prices can often times cost more than the product actually cost to begin with. Parts are sold at a 300% or better markup to discourage repairs, not to even mention the actual service fee for the repair.
We have watched as large corporations have turned us into a throw-away society, caring not about customer satisfaction as much as they are about what their profit margin is at the end of the day. After all, what is the importance of catering so much to customer satisfaction if the demand is so high for a product that the consumer will go purchase another product anyway? Convenience has become the driving force behind the manner in which corporations conduct business. When it is more convenient, and a great deal less headache to just toss out the broken product and go buy another one, why revert back to the ways of old in which a company’s success was based on how well of a product they made?
So, what does the have to do with the skilled workers and tradesmen? No longer are we needed to repair and service products. Instead, we are hearing from those who dictate policies and claim to have the “all-important” knowledge that we need to learn new skills in order to fit into the modern world. We that have poured out blood, sweat and tears over the past decades in order to keep this country running now need to go back to school and learn a new, useable skill.
Many of the skilled jobs that have not been outsourced, such as road building, building construction, oil and gas line workers, etc., these jobs are now going to those that will take a fraction of the pay without benefits that companies use to pay to those of us who are skilled at these jobs. So what if the job has to be redone a few times in what would have been the old life expectancy with skilled workers on the job, either government or insurance companies pick up the cost of having to redo the project multiple times, not the companies making a huge profit by using unskilled laborers.
Even though we, the skilled workers, are a great majority of this country’s population, we do not have a voice in what the real solution should be. That goes to the corporations that find a sell-out politician to stand up on a podium and read the words given to him by the big money lobbyists that prop him/her up. It does not matter that the politician hasn’t a clue as to what they are talking about, just so long as they stick to the script and do not speak “off-the-cuff” to any media outlets.
And even with their grand fix for the new age economy, the skilled workers and craftsmen are still left out in the cold. With state and federal education budgets being slashed into oblivion, we are left with no manner in which to “re-educate” ourselves and be able to support our families at the same time. Instead, we are left with having to settle for extremely low-paying jobs in which now every able-bodied person in the household has to work in order to just be able to pay the basic bills. College for the kids is no longer an option because the college fund was eaten up while trying to find work. Healthcare cost have increased at rates unimaginable and now we have those that wish to cut out any type of government funded safety nets that we have paid into our entire working career.
We are told that our “misfortune” is due to our laziness and unwillingness to work. This coming from some wealthy elitist that cannot even clean their own house after themselves, much less get out and have to earn an honest day’s wages. And as for any who think that backing these wealthy elitist is going to benefit themselves in any way, we will be seeing you down at the bottom with the rest of us, and it will be easy to pick you out. You will be the ones crying the loudest!!!The Backbone of America - Skilled Workers and Tradesmen We are hearing all the... more
Was the Civil War a Pyrrhic victory?
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How thoughtful of them.
99 percent protest against the 1 percent who want it all.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gU4H1RSxtQc99 percent protest against the 1 percent who want it all.... more
The protestors say they were tricked and herded onto the bridge where they were arrested for "obstruction." http://www.truth-out.org/police-arrest-more-700-protesters-brooklyn-bridge/1317561855The protestors say they were tricked and herded onto the bridge where they were... more
...It may be about to happen again; however, this time it is not a greedy and repressive Catholic church causing the problem, nor is the effect going to be limited in scope to Europe. The next reformation will affect the world’s new God, ‘money’, and involve the reshaping of our new-world church, the world’s financial institutions, on a global scale.
http://kellybalthrop.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/the-second-reformation-part-i/...It may be about to happen again; however, this time it is not a greedy and... more
WASHINGTON -- Growing increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for a deal that would raise the debt ceiling, Democratic senators are revisiting a solution to the crisis that rests on a simple proposition: The debt ceiling itself is unconstitutional.
"The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law... shall not be questioned," reads the 14th Amendment.
Right. The actual public debt. A number you, incidentally, can get daily right here:http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np
See the number $9.738 trillion? That's what's covered by the text of the 14th Amendment.
Explicitly NOT covered is the "intra-governmental holdings", otherwise known as Social Security and Medicare. Politically it would be difficult (if not impossible) to refuse to convert that to public debt, but constitutionally there is no infirmity on repudiating it. Incidentally, if you're curious, that $4.6 trillion would cover Medicare and Social Security for about three years. Then it's gone too (absent further tax collections) - so the premise that "there's all this money in the trust for my benefits that I paid in" is yet another convenient political lie.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said that the constitutional solution puts the question in its proper context -- that the debate is over paying past debts, not over future spending.
If I am standing in the gas station with the nozzle in my hand, I have not yet incurred a debt. It is only when I pump the gas without paying for it first that I have incurred a debt.
Congress has, on its own initiative, set forth a limit to which it can spend without first acquiring the money via taxation. There is not only nothing unconstitutional about this, there is no conflict with the 14th Amendment either.WASHINGTON -- Growing increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for a deal that... more
Recent news on the economic recovery isn't positive, and there have been a number of suggestions as to how the government could help get the economy going again.
What would you suggest Washington do to fix the economy?Recent news on the economic recovery isn't positive, and there have been a number... more
Another day in paradise and maybe you were there. if not, well . . . .next time.
I have been invited to be a guest on Danny Schechter's radio show this afternoon. Danny is known as the News Dissector, a moniker that endeared him to me almost immediately.
We will be talking about the economic situation in Egypt as it relates to the events of the last few days, and how poverty and unemployment has played a major role in the frustration and dissatisfaction of Egyptian citizens, which finally paved the way for the massive demonstrations and protests we have witnessed.
The Link: http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-news-dissector/
The Time: 1 PM Eastern Standard Time - GMT - 5:00 - the show will last one hour
Date: January 28, 2010
Stay tuned for the URL which will give you the site for streaming radio.
Continue reading on Examiner.com: Egypt: a discussion on the events on Progressive Radio News - National Foreign Policy | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/foreign-policy-in-national/egypt-a-discussion-on-the-events-on-progressive-radio-news#ixzz1CLHWpib7I have been invited to be a guest on Danny Schechter's radio show this afternoon.... more
* This year, for the first time in more than 20 years, the combined deficit in Social Security and Medicare will require a net transfer from the Treasury equal to almost 4 percent of federal income tax revenues.
* That figure will double in the next five years and double again in the five years after that.
* Ten years from now we will need one-in-seven income tax dollars, in addition to the payroll tax, to pay retirement benefits.
* By 2020, elderly entitlements will consume one-in-four income tax dollars and by 2030 they will consume one of every two.
* By mid-century, when today’s college students retire, we will need three-fourths of all federal income taxes to pay their retirement benefits.
Take the Social Security program. In 2008, CBO predicted that Social Security wouldn’t go into the red until 2019.
But Social Security is facing a $28 billion shortfall this year. CBO couldn’t foresee the 2009 mortgage crisis, the ensuing recession, or the massive drop-off in federal revenues. Economists at the CBO know that they can’t predict the future, and try to hedge their bets — picking numbers that are just as likely to be too high as too low.
But there’s always a big chance that CBO estimates will be off significantly — in this case, by nine years. Policymakers should’ve approached CBO’s estimate of health care savings with a healthy dose of skepticism.
Even if everything in the legislation is enacted as expected and remains unchanged for the next 20 years (highly unlikely), there’s at least a 50-50 chance of program spending being much higher than anticipated. (Medicare and Medicaid both quickly cost much more than anticipated when they were signed into law.)
Layering a new entitlement program with essentially unknown costs on top of the two programs that are already draining the federal Treasury — Medicare and Social Security — is the height of legislative irresponsibility.* This year, for the first time in more than 20 years, the combined deficit in Social... more
While democrats and republicans are concerned with the preservation of the status quo at all costs, forces on the left and the right continue to talk in boring generalities.
The USA agenda is the only concrete solution for restoring our nations health.
http://hubpages.com/hub/Tax-WEALTH-not-INCOMEWhile democrats and republicans are concerned with the preservation of the status quo... more
COALINGA, Calif. — Would France rip out its storied vineyards? Would Juan Valdez scorch Colombia's coffee crop? Sri Lanka its black pepper harvest? China its tea?
With global markets won by nations specializing in doing what they do best, and with regional reputations important enough to drive some nations to protectionism, it's almost unthinkable.
But then there's California.
On a springtime drive through the Central Valley, it's hard not to notice how federal and state governments are hell-bent on destroying the state's top export — almonds — and everything else in the nation's most productive farmland.
Instead of pink blossoms and green shoots along Highway 5 in April, vast spans from Bakersfield to Fresno sit bone-dry. Brown grass, dead orchards and lifeless grapevine skeletons stretch for miles for lack of water. For every fallow field, there's a sign that farmers have placed alongside the highway: "No Water = No Food," "No Water = No Jobs," "Congress Created Dust Bowl."
-> more of this article at: http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.aspx?id=531662COALINGA, Calif. — Would France rip out its storied vineyards? Would Juan Valdez... more
Do as We Say, Not as We Do
The Chicago Public Schools are broke. Teachers have been asked to share the pain. Coaches have been asked to work for free. Bigger class sizes have been threatened. So why are CEO Ron Huberman and other top bureaucrats taking raises?
By Ben Joravsky
and this long poem/reflection by me:
Cop shoot cop in
give me something new to buy.
South American airplanes
Dropping Meth (A) kilos
in rural U.S.A..
Some new war to distract me
a smoke wall crisis to erase
The last Eight years of the Bush
Security treat code is
In red, check your
Freedom at the ports.
Why don’t these public servants
Cut in half their already overpriced
Management, Congress, the senate,
the president across the nation
should be cheaper
so they can come out of their
private safe haven rich
fantasies and face the actual crisis.
Everybody in the Tea party
Is so against anti Health care,
but where were these rebels when
Bush/Cheney sent more people to war?
Aren’t the outrageously
that this country is involved what is sinking us and the whole world?
I want the president to rub this fact
in the face of the Tea Party and allies,
And stop taking it like a man(puppet?).
Also, coming from corrupted Chicago
You must know that
Inequality in schools and
Public services funding
undermine Peace in the U.S.A. .
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http://www.esolarenergynews.com/2010/02/dupont-opens-photovoltaic-application.html?utm_source=feedburnerA new innovative building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) panel system that replaces... more
This is an article from a year ago that I felt was rather pertinent given the economic developments of the last year:
"A leading Russian political analyst has said the economic turmoil in the United States has confirmed his long-held view that the country is heading for collapse, and will divide into separate parts.
Professor Igor Panarin said in an interview with the respected daily Izvestia published on Monday:
"The dollar is not secured by anything. The country's foreign debt has grown like an avalanche, even though in the early 1980s there was no debt. By 1998, when I first made my prediction, it had exceeded $2 trillion. Now it is more than 11 trillion. This is a pyramid that can only collapse."
...When asked when the U.S. economy would collapse, Panarin said: "It is already collapsing. Due to the financial crisis, three of the largest and oldest five banks on Wall Street have already ceased to exist, and two are barely surviving. Their losses are the biggest in history. Now what we will see is a change in the regulatory system on a global financial scale: America will no longer be the world's financial regulator."
...On the fate of the U.S. dollar, he said: "In 2006 a secret agreement was reached between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. on a common Amero currency as a new monetary unit. This could signal preparations to replace the dollar. The one-hundred dollar bills that have flooded the world could be simply frozen. Under the pretext, let's say, that terrorists are forging them and they need to be checked."
http://www.sott.net/articles/show/169660-Russian-Analyst-Predicts-Decline-and-Breakup-of-U-S-This is an article from a year ago that I felt was rather pertinent given the economic... more
NEW YORK – President Barack Obama sternly warned Wall Street Monday against returning to the sort of reckless and unchecked behavior that threatened the nation with a second Great Depression.
Even as he noted the U.S. economy and financial system were pulling out of a downward spiral, Obama warned financial titans on the first anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse that they could not count on any more bailouts.
He credited his administration and the $787 billion stimulus package rammed through Congress in the first days of his taking office for pulling the country back from the brink.
"We can be confident that the storms of the past two years are beginning to break," he said.NEW YORK – President Barack Obama sternly warned Wall Street Monday against... more