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  •  sorry i dont think that will work (2+ / 0-)
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    Alexandra Lynch, Puddytat

    i would much prefer to see things like placing tariffs on manufactured imports, promoting livable communities by making driving expensive, subsidizing mass transit, and eliminating tax subsidies for businesses that don't create local wealth.

    but even all of the above would not work. ultimately, the only thing that will make employers value labor is to make labor more scarce. nothing else will have a huge impact.

    •  Scarce labor -- in China and India? Not anytime (2+ / 0-)
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      hoplite9, BlackSheep1


      But I like the ideas. This country thrived when we paid workers decently and provided stability and benefits. Before we decimated labor, and sent every decent job overseas. Before we allowed Republicans to shut down the NLRB, and put the Koch Bros in charge of creating state laws. Before we went full Plutocratic.

    •  Or... (0+ / 0-)

      ...increase educational standards in America.

      Kids who are not performing may even need to be sent to well financed boarding schools somewhere around third or fourth grade if their parents don't care enough about their children to discipline them and motivate them to study.

      A high school diploma is pretty useless in the United States. First world countries of the future need an educated populace, the uneducated and unmotivated will largely be replaced by technology in the next fifty years, just as they have been in in the last couple 50 year periods.

      There will always be some minimum wage jobs, but no matter how high or low minimum wage is, there just won't be jobs available for the vast majority of "minimum wage qualified" workers in the future unless we dramatically reduce the supply of such workers by setting standards much higher.

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