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  •  Middle class jobs are simply a matter of pay (5+ / 0-)

    working an assembly line used to pay middle class wages and it certainly took less skill than many jobs that pay much less today. We as a country decided to pay less.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 06:50:28 PM PST

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    •  That's true but the excuse was that we had to (1+ / 0-)
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      compete globally. Now we know that in reality people like Romney game that system and extract far more money than is necessary by laws of supply and demand. Another factor (excuse) is automation.

      Even by the standards of the 1%, (more profit), the current status quo is crazy, because the system is so dysfunctional that Wall Street (and private equity, I'm using WS metaphorically) has become a massive tumor on the economy that is killing the "free enterprise" system.
      By destroying the middle class, they're also destroying demand, which is what created the middle class and all the wonderful profits in the first place.

      We have to save them from themselves.

      We have to have a national priority of enough middle class and working class jobs to give people the opportunity to rise out of poverty. That's why the public sector should have been increasing jobs in the last 6 years (indeed, last 14 years) instead of decreasing.
      It will also create more opportunities for venture capital and entrepeneurialism for more people, rather than more excessive profits by a shrinking percentage.  

      Rooftop solar will create unexportable, sustainable working class jobs in the areas where people live. That's why it should be prioritized , even though it's not the only answer to our energy need.

      Health care expansion will also create unexportable jobs. We need to finish what the ACA started.

      I agree with your comment. The primary method of brainwashing people into accepting a declining standard of living was to blame the poor (especially innercity poor) and make excuses for the decline in jobs.
      Now we know better.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Fri Feb 21, 2014 at 05:18:24 AM PST

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