To the editor:
The good news is: Economic recovery is on its way, the stock market is already recovered. The wealthy hardly felt the pain; some even got richer.
The bad news is: It will be a recovery without jobs. The new manufacturing jobs market will be very small and high-tech. Automation makes it possible to produce products with less workers.
I heard a CEO of a large company say on TV he wants the government to make it easier to import foreign, high-tech workers because there is a shortage of high-tech workers in this country. I think he wants foreign workers because they work for less money and are happy to do so. Much of our skilled labor force is getting close to retirement age. Will companies and our government train our young people or hire foreign labor? Only time will tell; not many CEOs today are loyal to our people but to their stockholders and the bottom line.
What will happen to the unskilled labor force? I have no idea. But I believe if the wrong people - you know, the ones who think some people are "irresponsible freeloaders" - get our government, the unskilled may be living in poverty while serving the wealthy. Or maybe a responsible government will retrain them so they can make a decent living rebuilding "our country."
Am I better off this year than last year? In some ways, yes, but inflation is killing my purchasing power and I'm one year older. Nevertheless, in the real world, here in the Copper Country, life is good. We are surely blessed.
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