Are you an American? Well, if you are, EinsFlow, let me say this: the productivity of the American worker has risen unceasingly for one hundred fifty years, while for the last thirty five real wages have remained flat, have not risen since 1978.
This did not occur because American workers weren't working hard enough or were not efficient enough. This flattening occurred because of decisions taken by the political and economic elites. They said that foreign competition necessitated that they assume certain practices in order to be "competitive" and all that.
One thing we Americans are good at is blaming ourselves (unjustly) for the fact that our wallets and bank accounts are much lighter than they were in 1978. We are always saying to ourselves: "Maybe there is one more thing I can do -- should have, could have, would have, etc. We say "I didn't get the right schooling." "I didn't do this; I didn't do that." And so on and so forth.
Isn't it enough that the American worker works the longest number of hours than workers in any of the advanced industrialized countries, get the least compensation, and the least vacation time by far? I should think it would be!