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October 22, 2014

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Letter to the Editor:

Country headed on downward course

Labor Day was a good time to reminisce about when more people had jobs and could rely on a long and generally enjoyable employment until they retired. Unfortunately, those days are gone forever.

People have to realize the world economy has changed radically. In this country, manufacturing is virtually nonexistent.

The manufacturing that does occur uses robots to perform tasks with little human resources. If manufacturing requires labor intensity, then it’s outsourced to a foreign country.

The only jobs generally available are service jobs with low pay. People without a college education or a marketable skill will have a difficult time finding any kind of job. Older people who are unemployed, in particular, will likely never have a job again.

The one immediate saving grace, in the short term, would be rebuilding and upgrading the country’s infrastructure — but this would require an agreeable Republican Congress, which I wouldn’t want to hold my breath about.

Small businesses, in particular, will be doomed to a slow death because people will not have enough money to buy anything but necessities.

I’m sorry to be so pessimistic, but I see little to cheer about. With Republican-led efforts to concentrate their attention on reducing the deficit, I think the downward trend will only accelerate.

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  1. dipstick - "its a national tragedy, harold, when our soldiers go overseas to fight useless wars and come home and find they cant get a job."

    To add insult to injury, many of those returning vets are greeted by banks foreclosing on their homes. Corporatocracy, gotta love it.

  2. "We're a volunteer Army, Sir, they go by choice. Free will. God bless them. I did too." And we thank them for their service by putting them and their families out into the street, and deny their service-connected injuries. Just how long do you think that can go on before the volunteer military turns to worthless garbage when faced by a real fight?

  3. "It's no more a tragedy for one group than the other."

    That is a very unrealistic comment. You bet there is a difference. Doing 3 or 4 tours back to back in combat zones is not quite the same as pounding the concrete stateside looking for a job. Thank you for your service, but if you spent 3 or 4 years in a combat zone would you be the same person?

  4. "Remember for every one combat soldier on the ground, there are 8-10 support military personel, not exposed to risks of combat, and receiving pay, pensions, promotions and benefits better than any others in the world."

    That is no longer true. Halliburton/KBR, Blackwater/Xe and others have more civilian contractors overseas than military personel. Even our military is being outsourced to foreignors.