In this credit and economical crunch why isn't the American worker the 'Person of the Year'?
Because we are taken for granted. Why did Obama win the Nobel ? These awards are given for political purposes. Which is such a shame, you are correct in nominating the american worker, for he/she is the person of the year !
The American worker is fast becoming as extint as the Tazmanian tiger. I think Presigo is exactly right when he says "we are taken for granted." But it's not just a matter of being taken for granted by the companies we work for or anything that the president himself is or is not doing. We ARE the people. We ARE the consumer. There's that old saying that every dollar we spend casts a vote for the kind of world we want to live in. Companies don't pay higher wages in part because we accept lower ones. Companies ship our jobs overseas in part because we buy goods made overseas. Companies cut our benefits because in part we don't demand more.
It's a round robin. If we as Americans want to succeed we have to be as contributory and active in that process as we possibly can be. I'm not saying to our detriment. But we have become very willing participants in, for example, killing very good paying manufacturing jobs. The auto industry is a big example of that. I see a guy get out of a Toyota and shake his head, "Where are all the jobs?"
It's not an easy undertaking. So much in our country has changed. So much of our attitude as a nation has changed. It's going to take a lot of effort and real change on behalf of every American to make things right again...
Say, by buying more goods made in America. By demanding a better quality of living, and putting our lives and our livelihoods on the line to demand it. Hey, we used to stand for something in this country. Now it's basically CYA, screw everyone else and hope it all works out.
What did Kennedy once say? "We do these things not because they are easy. We do these things because they are hard."
The American worker is taken for granted in part because the American worker has taken his contribution to the process for granted.
Where did all this supposedly start? Real estate! And what has been done to assist the hundreds of thousands of realtors, home inspectors, mortgage brokers, etc. that have virtually been out of work now for 2 years without relief? These Americans, they are under employed Americans, and are not counted in the numbers of unemployed. These American workers are the back-bone of our nation and there will not be a recovery until the real estate market is corrected, not back to the craziness of 2006, but corrected to a normal market! Here's a short video regarding the problems we face: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDf3IZR5vpY
I'm having a difficult time distinguishing whether yours is a real question or just rhetorical, but I'll bite anyway. The answer, IMO, is because the American taxpayer is a chump. If we, as a society, had any self-respect, we would storm the Beltway, drag out the Congressional aristocracy and have them drawn and quartered for stealing our livelihoods and saddling our future with crushing debt.
This country is so FUBAR'd there is no way to fix it. Obama's answer is to spend our way out of debt because his corporate pals are "too big to fail." LOL. Obama....meet the new boss, same as the old one only he doesn't pick his nose in public and can read a book.
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