Dear Jay Blumberg. You asked about Quality jobs and good pay. I am about to tell you why that is not happening.
Back in my day we had a notion called the Peace Dividend.
The Peace Dividend was suppose to foster a new world of opportunities and improved quality of life. Of Course this never happened.
We are melded to the notion of manufacturing jobs. We refuse to acknowledge these jobs are being evolved out of. This is like the Local Black Smith, Tinker, Spinners, and Sawyers.
Automation is making way for reduced employment and de-skilling of labor in the Blue Collar Community. Not to mention many of these jobs go to aliens because they will not unionize and they are easily underpaid.
There is a mission amongst Corporate CEOs to reduce salaries and work hours. This prevents wage increases, unionizing, and benefits.
The average CEO makes 800 time more than the average employee. Many get $54,000,000 a year bonuses and pay less taxes than most workers.
Back in the day we where suppose to have something called the Peace Dividend. After the Cold War there was suppose to be good quality paying jobs and a mission toward full employment. The Meaningful Jobs, such as maintaining infrastructure, the so called Green Jobs, (Recently outsourced to China) and many other Sustainable and Livable community jobs that paid a decent wage never happened. Instead, We got George Bush I’s global hegemony, Clinton’s NAFTA and GATT, George Bush II’s endless wars which costs us billions.
The notion of full employment comes form the Universal Income and public works jobs. (Many people work outside the workplace, in which this was suppose count as work and work is a Job) The Universal Income or Basic Income Grant would have stimulated the economy and produced more jobs for everyone who wanted to work at a regular job. This would also pay for volunteering and public works programs, not just a handout. However there would be a dictatorship of the job.
This was a farce since the 1970’s our lives had been undermined by Ford’s shortages and inflations, Reagan’s war on workers and the poor and decades of Presidents, Congressmen, and Senators who have betrayed us in behalf of there sponsors. We have the best Government money could by and the government gives to the rich nine ways to Sunday. 80’s prosperity brought in a wave of insensitivity, uncaring, and elitism by the Yuppies who had no respect for anyone below there income creating a new caste system, rather than a Democracy where everyone is free and equal.
Even today we see that even the Democrats, our social party, doesn’t understand us or even know who we are. The struggle of workers means people fall through the cracks with a temporary and horrible safety net.
The Long Mean Season continues today and our Liberals and office are only offering us half measures and bury anything and any idea that can save us. So you see, that is why we are not getting good pay or good jobs.