The America of the post-computerized 21st century is becoming increasingly advanced. Future American society will require, even demand increasing level of education & skillsets. Job security in this century will be a thing of past. In fact,, there will be NO SUCH thing as job security. A mere Bachelor's degree won't get a foot in the entry-level professional career door. THAT will require AT LEAST a Master's Degree. A Master's Degree will be a prerequisite for that middle class lifestyle.
In future America, there will be a revamping of the middle classes- those w/the right education & skillsets will become the upper middle class while some will even become the very lower upper classes. Those w/lesser education & less adequate skillsets will be absorbed into the lower classes. Future America will belong to the highly educated, highly skilled, & affluent. Such classes will not only survive but thrive. Conversely, the lower classes i.e. lower middle, working, & lower classes will become a permanent underclass as their jobs will either be phased out, outsourced, & undergo automation. With the increase in the lower class population, the government will implement more draconian plans to curb this population. There will be more incarcerations where they will be used as slave labor. They may even be used as slave labor outside the prison as people will be tired of paying taxes to support them. They will further be drafted in very large numbers to be used as fodder. Do you agree w/this predictive premise? Why? Why not?
Do you really think that the plumber unplugging your toilet will have a masters degree?
The electrician putting in a new light fixture for you?
The guy fixing your air conditioner?
The one paving the road in front of your house?
The one running your sewage treatment plant?
The one putting out your house fire
The one in blue protecting you and your property?
The one providing day care for your children?
The one cleaning the school house floor?
The one parking your car? Or fixing it?
The one putting your new tires on?
The one driving the tractor where your food comes from?
The one operating the truck bringing your new refrigerator?
The one in the military garb, over there dying for your freedom?
The one working on the boat bringing your imports?
The one handling your baggage at the airport?
The cashier you just paid at the grocery store?
The one mowing your lawn because you're too lazy to do it yourself?
There are more people involved in the service/construction/manufacturing industry than all the pencil pushers in the country. Any draconian plans to curb that population will be met with screams of anger as people realize how much they will have to do themselves. We already see it as efforts to remove illegal aliens are met with dismayed cries of "who will grow my food?", "who will mow my grass" and "who will flip my burgers".
Nor are blue collar workers "slave labor"; most are more highly skilled and knowledgeable than the average paper turner in an office corner somewhere. And earn higher salaries as well.
Wilderness is 100% correct. The Technology sector, and college education are huge scams and a disaster when coupled together. I am a laborer in the civil construction field and I made $105,000 last year. My friend brags about a recent promotion to department supervisor at a high-tech wafer manufacturing facility. His salary is $65,000 a year. The problem is most high tech jobs are low skill and can be taught with on the job training in a few months but it takes years to become a journeyman electrician. No amount of super-exaggerated future tech propaganda will ever replace real world necessities like food, heating and air-conditioning, indoor plumbing, and Football.
Yes they are training new people, like foreigners who work for much lower wage. That problem also replaces highly skilled people. The bottom line is rarely quality it's replaced by profits. Then who pays for it most is a lower quality of life overall.
I'm moving to Bolivia to create my own Government of healthy/happy living and can afford to pay the lower wages. We will balance and share in a land base community.
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