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If You Are A Blue Collar Worker In America You Are An Endangered Species

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Have you ever heard of the dodo bird?  Once upon a time, dodo birds lived on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.  But if you go there today you won’t find any because they are extinct.  Well, if you are a blue collar worker in America today it looks like you are headed for a similar fate.  Blue collar workers are truly becoming an “endangered species” in the United States.  In the old days, the balance of power between business owners and labor was more even because they both needed each other.  But today that has all changed.  Thanks to robotics, automation and computers there is simply not as much of a need for physical laborers anymore and nothing is going to reverse that trend.  Big employers will continue to look for ways to replace men with machines, and there is nothing wrong with that.  But there is another major trend that is also destroying blue collar jobs in America that we should do something about.  Right now, it is perfectly legal for big corporations to shut down manufacturing facilities in the United States and send the jobs over to nations on the other side of the globe where it is legal to pay slave labor wages and where there are barely any regulations.  As you will see later on this article, this has been the biggest reason for the shocking blue collar job losses in America over the past decade.  The big corporations don’t care that you need to pay the mortgage and put food on the table for your families.  All they care about it the bottom line, and if dramatic changes are not made soon, the number of blue collar jobs leaving the United States will continue to increase.

Once upon a time, almost everyone who wanted a job in America could get one.  If you go back a few decades, you will find that about 95 percent of all men between the ages of 25 and 54 had a job.  Today that figure is struggling to stay above 80 percent.

If you are a blue collar worker in America, you are simply not valued.  Your bosses are constantly trying to think of ways to replace you or send your job overseas.

According to Reuters, 23.7 million American workers are either unemployed or underemployed right now.  The more “blue collar” you are, the more likely you are to be unemployed.  The following chart that shows the unemployment rate during 2010 broken down by level of education comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics….

If you are an unskilled worker in America today, you simply are not needed.  Yes, once upon a time nearly anyone could go out and get a factory job, but those days are over.  Neither major political party seems the least bit interested in trying to keep manufacturing jobs in America.

Back in the year 2000, more than 20 percent of all jobs in America were manufacturing jobs.  Today, about 5 percent of all jobs in America are manufacturing jobs.

To have that huge of a shift in a little over a decade is absolutely mind blowing.

Many Americans had been hoping that Barack Obama would stand up for the working man like he promised to do.  But just like so many of Obama’s other promises, that one was totally worthless as well.

The Obama administration has been pushing hard for even more “free trade” deals that will allow big corporations to ship even more of our jobs out of the country.  The Obama administration simply does not value blue collar jobs at all.  In fact, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk is running around telling the press that there are lots of things that “we don’t want to make in America” anymore.

If you are a blue collar worker, Barack Obama does not care about you.

He never cared about you.

In fact, the vast majority of the politicians in both major political parties do not care about you.

What they do care about is winning elections and taking care of the big donors that keep helping them win elections.

Many of those donors are systematically shipping huge numbers of our jobs overseas.

In addition, now that labor has become a “global commodity”, wages for the jobs that remain in America are being steadily driven lower.

A recent White House reported entitled “Investing in America: Building an Economy That Lasts” actually bragged that our trade policies have driven wages in America down.  The following chart is from that report….

We were told that the “one world economy” would be great for America, but the truth is that it has only been great for the giant corporations.  For the average working man, it has been a disaster.

But we should have all seen this coming.  It didn’t take a genius to figure out what was going to happen once you put American workers into the same labor pool as slave laborers on the other side of the world.  After all, what greedy corporate executive really wants to pay U.S. workers ten to twenty times as much compensation just because it is the “right” thing to do?

Today, formerly great cities all over America are being transformed into hellholes while shiny, new industrial cities are popping up all over China.

For example, a couple of decades ago the Chinese city of Shenzhen was a sleepy little fishing town.

In 2012, it is a teeming metropolis of over 13 million people.

Foxconn (the builder of iPhones, iPads and many other products that we buy) runs a factory in Shenzhen that employs over 400,000 people.  Most of those people work for about a dollar an hour.

A recent article posted on Business Insider described the incredibly long hours and the nightmarish working conditions that those workers must endure.  The following is a brief excerpt from that article….

A Chinese working “hour” is 60 minutes–unlike an American “hour,” which generally includes breaks for Facebook, the bathroom, a phone call, and some conversation. The official work day in China is 8 hours long, but the standard shift is 12 hours. Generally, these shifts extend to 14-16 hours, especially when there’s a hot new gadget to build.

At Foxconn, they don’t really care about the health and safety of the workers.  Workers are expected to do the same repetitive tasks as rapidly as they can for as long as they can.  When their bodies break down, they are fired….

Some workers can no longer work because their hands have been destroyed by doing the same thing hundreds of thousands of times over many years (mega-carpal-tunnel). This could have been avoided if the workers had merely shifted jobs. Once the workers’ hands no longer work, obviously, they’re canned.

But the Obama administration insists that allowing big corporations to ship our jobs over to countries with working conditions like that is “good for the economy”.

Well, it might be good for the profits of the largest corporations, but it is a total nightmare for the rest of us.  Just consider the following stats….

*The United States has lost an average of 50,000 manufacturing jobs per month since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

*Between December 2000 and December 2010, 38 percent of the manufacturing jobs in Ohio were lost, 42 percent of the manufacturing jobs in North Carolina were lost and 48 percent of the manufacturing jobs in Michigan were lost.

*According to U.S. Representative Betty Sutton, America has lost an average of 15 manufacturing facilities a day over the last 10 years.  During 2010 it got even worse.  Last year, an average of 23 manufacturing facilities a day shut down in the United States.

*In all, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities in the United States have shut down since 2001.

*According to one study, between 1969 and 2009 the median wages earned by American men between the ages of 30 and 50 dropped by 27 percent after you account for inflation.

*According to Professor Alan Blinder of Princeton University, 40 million more U.S. jobs could be sent offshore over the next two decades.

Are you starting to get the picture?

If you are a blue collar worker that cannot find a job, it is not because you have failed as a human being.

Rather, the truth is that you cannot find a job because of the failed trade policies of the federal government.

We are experiencing the bitter fruit of a “one world economy”.  Globalization was never intended to make the lives of American workers better, and now many are finally waking up and realizing this.

Hopefully, as Americans wake up on these issues they will fight to turn this nation in a more positive direction.

Unfortunately, way too many Americans are giving up hope completely.  The following comes from a recent article in the Guardian….

The year 2011 will be remembered as the time when many ever-optimistic Americans began to give up hope. President John F Kennedy once said that a rising tide lifts all boats. But now, in the receding tide, Americans are beginning to see not only that those with taller masts had been lifted far higher, but also that many of the smaller boats had been dashed to pieces in their wake.

As I have written about so many times, we are watching the middle class in America be systematically destroyed.

The economy is not getting better.  There may be moments when the economy seems like it is improving, but the reality is that we are mired in a nightmarish long-term decline.  If you are not yet convinced of this, please see this article and this article.

Even those running our economy are saying that things are not going to be getting much better any time soon.

For example, the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Charles Evans, recently admitted that the employment picture is not going to be much brighter than it is now by the end of 2012.  He recently said that “at the end of the year, we’re not going to be very different from 8.5 percent unemployment.”

And remember – history has shown us that most pronouncements by Federal Reserve officials are usually far too optimistic.

If you are a blue collar worker in America, there is simply not too much to be optimistic about right now.

You might want to think about how you and your family are going to survive without any work.

The millions of jobs that have been sent overseas are not coming back.  Even if you still have a decent job, now is the time to be developing a side business or developing other alternative streams of income.

What you don’t want to do is to just sit there and hope that somehow things will “magically” turn around if we just vote in the “right” politician.

If you want to get a really good idea of what is really going on with the U.S. economy right now, just go tour some of the formerly great industrial cities in the “Rust Belt”.

In Cuyahoga County, Ohio one out of every five houses is sitting vacant.  It is not that those homes are not needed – it is just that there are not nearly enough people with good jobs available to buy up all of the foreclosures.

So thousands of perfectly good houses are being torn down.  The following comes from a recent CBS News report by Scott Pelley….

Across America, recession-fueled foreclosures and plummeting home values have left countless properties abandoned and vulnerable to looting. As Scott Pelley reports, the problem has gotten so bad in Cleveland, Ohio, that county officials have demolished more than 1,000 homes this year – and plan to demolish 20,000 more – rather than let the blight spread and render nearby homes worthless.

Can you imagine that?

20,000 homes being demolished in one county alone?

Of course Detroit is in even worse shape than Cleveland.  If you can believe it, the median price of a home in Detroit is now just $6000.

For much more on all of this, please read my recent article entitled “Formerly Great Cities All Over America Are Turning Into Open, Festering Sores“.

It would be great if I could tell you that hope is just around the corner, but it is not.  The plight of the blue collar worker in America is going to get worse and worse.

But just because blue collar workers in America are an endangered species does not mean that you have to be a victim.

We should all seek to become less dependent on the system.

If you are completely and totally dependent on having a “job” (just over broke), then you have put yourself in a very vulnerable position.

That job could disappear at any moment.

Over the next few years, the number of good jobs is going to continue to decrease.  Things are going to be really tough.  But those that have prepared and that have tried to become more independent are going to be in much better shape than those that have not.

  • David Gurney

    Pat Buchanan warned us about this,but he was shouted down.The man on the horseback is coming.

    • T

      You are so right- he was one of the very few who was brave enough to say something.

      And we all laughed……

      • mondobeyondo

        Not just Pat Buchanan. Ross Perot tried to warn us 20 years ago. Ron Paul is trying to warn us today. They were/are being mocked and ridiculed today.

        We are going to pay dearly for not following their advice.

  • Elmo

    Sadly, part of the problem is that corporations and wealthy individuals have figured out that people will actually vote against their own interests if that same vote is for a politician on their side of an emotionally hot but politically irrelevant issue. They have bought and paid for politicians to spread the lie that even lower taxes and even more free trade will somehow bring jobs–even though the evidence is both contrary and overwhelming.

    • Gary2

      You are 100% correct. The social conservatives are nothing but cannon fodder for the rich!

      How can a group of people be so misinformed AKA dumb?

      • restitutiontouscitizensfirst

        lazy minds like the neatly packaged ideologies. stockholm syndrome?

  • Rodster

    Where’s Jeffrey Immelt when you need him? Oh that’s right he’s making billions for GE, shipping jobs overseas while paying 0 in taxes. Gotta love the 1 percent especially when they are DemocRATS and works for Obama.

  • mondobeyondo

    There was a time, 50 or 60 years ago, when a high school senior could apply for a job at General Motors, Ford or Caterpillar, and he’d be hired a week after graduation.

    And he would be guaranteed a job for the next 40 years or so, until he retired. Then he would have a comfortable retirement.

    Try doing that in today’s America.

    Sadly, I think Michael is right. Blue collar jobs are headed for extinction. See you at the museum. I’ll be Exhibit 24-A, second floor, directly to your right.

    • Michael

      You always bring a bit of well needed humor to our discussions. 🙂


      • mondobeyondo

        Thanks! I try to add some humor in my comments, because if you can’t laugh at our present situation, you’ll end up crying, and that’s not good.

    • Kevin2


      Those expectations we’re later then that.

      I remember being at lunch in my HS senior year 1975 and discussing with friends our plans. We KNEW that in a few years we would be working for DuPont, Mobil Oil, Texaco Oil, Shell Chemical, Hercules, Monsanto, Sunoco, GM or Chrysler. Most of us got in one of the plants but only a handful are still working in those industries now. Forget getting your kids employed. Several of the plants closed and the remainder shrunk to 20% of their former employment. I never got laid off but still switched employers without leaving the facility. Staying employed in the above is very rare indeed.

    • Golden Child

      You could do that in America up until only a few years ago. A handful of big American corporations still take good care of their employees. A prime example is Verizon. My old high school buddy who never went to college or trade school earns top dollar as a paper pusher for Verizon. He was one of the people throwing a hissy fit over the medical plan last summer during well-publicized the Verizon strike. Who the hell strikes during 24% real unemployment?! Spoiled American Verizon workers, that’s who. The Verizon strikers were not fired and Verizon decided to indulge their spoiled children one last time. But the gravy train has left the station. All of the plush jobs at Verizon or the federal government are much harder to get today even if you are the smartest, most talented and educated person for the job.

      Not all Blue collar jobs can be outsourced though. I know several HVAC technicians who get paid top dollar to keep the AC/Heat working for homeowners and White collar paper pushers here in the DC Area. Until there are robots who can fix electrical problems or repair cars, many Blue collar jobs are still safe for the moment. Have you ever walked into Jiffy Lube or an Auto Body shop and spoke with dozens of robots repairing your car? Has the plumber who shows up at your house ever turned out to be a robot? I don’t think so. This cannot be said for lost millions of manufacturing jobs however. A handful of skilled decent wage Blue collar jobs that cannot be outsourced can no way absorb the millions of unskilled Blue collar jobs lost in the country over the years.

      • Nickelthrower


        Sure but at some point in time people will not be able to afford to have their HVAC repaired or their oil changed. I know of several HVAC businesses that went belly up in Phoenix (of all places) because homeowners can no longer afford to make those costly repairs. I know of entire families that spend the summer months living in a single room that has a window unit air conditioner because the family can not afford to 3k it would cost to fix the industrial sized unit that every home in that hell hole must own.

        Small businesses are going under very fast here in S. California.

      • mark

        Before I retired I worked as a plumber. The wages were good and I in turn used my learned skills and started buying junk rental housing to fix up around 1980. Over the years we saved and kept working the rental business. After 30 years the loans were paid off and we could retire with a good income. I must say that most would not do the nasty work of being a landlord for that long. Cleaning toilets, floors,picking up butts tossed by smokers on the sidewalks gets old, but it worked out in the end. You need to understand that you must save and invest over a long period of time to pay your own way in your old age and not depend on government social security to support you. Even plumbing jobs go away when the economy goes south.

    • BenjiK

      After graduating high-school in the late 90’s I quit a couple of different jobs, knowing that there were plenty of other opportunities out there. I never went more than a few days without being gainfully employed. I wish we had that type of security and optimism today…..

  • We live in the Grand Age of Reason, but the fundamental beliefs of our society have never been more absurd. One would think that our learned, Nobel-prize winning economists would have something valuable to say, but pretty much all of them believe that it’s a good idea to consume more than you produce, spend more than you take in, destroy more natural resources than you replace. This might be funny if it weren’t, you know, destroying mankind.

    The esteemed St. Paul’s discussion of the so-called wisdom of man and foolishness of God rings as true as ever.

  • mondobeyondo

    Barack Obama does care about you. He wants your vote in November. He’ll give you more sweet, soothing talk about “hope” and “change”, so he can return to the White House next year.

    Mitt Romney will do the same. He’ll give speeches about “change” and “hope”, and how “America must move forward”. And we’ll all say “Yaaaayyy!!” and chant “God Bless America!” as we wave Old Glory in unison.

    Beyond that, neither gentleman could give a rodent’s derriere about you.

  • Gutter Economist

    What you don’t want to do is to just sit there and hope that somehow things will “magically” turn around if we just vote in the “right” politician.

    Take your pick:

    Option 1 (higher profits for corporations and investors)

    (1) Lower taxes for USA operations of US corporations.

    (2) Lower taxes for offshore operations of US corporations.

    (3) Lower taxes for USA operations of foreign corporations.

    (4) Lower taxes for USA investments.

    (5) Lower taxes for offshore investments.

    Option 2 (more jobs and acceptable wages for American workers)

    (1) Lower taxes for USA operations of US corporations.

    (2) Higher taxes for offshore operations of US corporations.

    (3) Higher taxes for USA operations of foreign corporations.

    (4) Lower taxes for USA investments.

    (5) Higher taxes for offshore investments.

    Which option is your “right” politician selling and why?

  • Kevin2

    None of this could happen if the body politic were in a true self governing environment. By design more than accident true political control has been amassed in very few hands. While those hands may be few they have for practical purposes unlimited fingers. The people of the world (for the most part) are being and have been played like a piano for decades upon decades.

  • Rancher

    It has been true in life…no one owes you a darn thing. So you best learn to make yourself useful and in demand. If your future is grim because of the field you chose to pursue…tough. You made the choice. Now learn something new. Yahoo is covered with articles about dead careers of the past and new fields of the future.

    Ever watch…How it is Made? Hardly a person is shown in the product of the featured product. All machines and the few remaining people will be replaced soon. Watch and weep and then wise up.

    Adapt and over come or die. When the going gets tough the tough get going…. or die. You going to be a dodo bird or sore like an Eagle. It is up to …not me so don’t be looking this way.

    • Winey Jaques

      You misspelled “soar.”

      • Brazil66

        +1 winey

  • godsofold

    Good article Micheal. It’s just mind blowing that banks would rather tear down houses then try in any way to reuse them. That makes no sense to me. How about renting them? Demolition seems a bit extreme but unfortunately I think we’ve only seen the tip of the ice berg. People need to realize that just because you don’t drive by these “blighted” neighborhoods, does not mean that it doesn’t affect us all… it does. No matter how much we all wish that were not in dire economic straights, doesn’t change the fact that we are. Unfortunately these run down neighborhoods and the product they bring will only increase. I live in a very small Dutch community in the Pacific Northwest. Recently I’ve noticed business closures around town and believe it or not, gang violence is here. Yes, gang violence. There was a gang related murder not a mile from our house and the Western Washington fair had a gang related shooting a few months ago. It’s sad, but this is becoming the norm. We all better wake up to the fact and take the appropriate precautions. Stay informed.

    Semper Fi

  • Craig

    Very good article, and you talked about a subject very few politicians or media are willing to talk about. This is why they all hated Occupy Wall Street because they want this middle class problem swept under the rug. The elites that run this country couldn’t care less about the middle class.

    There is one aspect of this blue collar job disposal that you forgot to mention or you are not aware of it. I’ve worked in manufacturing all my life and mostly as an electronic technician. I’ve worked a lot of different places. For the manufacturing jobs that do exist in the United States, there has been a trend for over the past 5 years to hire Asians and Mexicans do the jobs in manufacturing that do exist in the U.S. Companies don’t want to hire your average J6P white guy that was born and raised in America. They want to hire Asians and Mexicans, and they are mostly all hired through temporary employment agencies to make them more disposable. The whites (72% of our population) that do work at these companies are engineers, accountants, HR, & programmers that work upstairs in their nice offices making 75K or 90K/year. Down in the basement is where the manufacturing is done, but you wont find American blue collar workers there. They are mostly all recent arrival immigrants from Asia, Africa and Mexico. Right here in Ft. Worth, TX where I live there is a company called New Breed. They take cell phones (also made in Asia) and program them and do the final assembly. They run 2 shifts, but nearly 90% of the people working there are Asian or African. Companies in the U.S. actually prefer to hire foreigners over Americans to do their manufacturing.

    I went to IHOP to apply for a dishwasher job a couple of months ago. The manager is an ethiopian, and the servers and cooks were all Mexicans. In fact most all restaurant jobs in Ft. Worth, TX are done by Mexicans. High school kids are having a hard time finding a job at Burger King.

    The financial elites and the politicians and the media are against the working middle class. I don’t know what the solution is, but I sure miss the “good ole days”. In the good old days of the 70s and 80s, you didn’t go anywhere and apply for a job unless you were ready to work because they would have you working the next day.

    • WM

      Good commentary. You are correct. I forgot to mention it in my recent post that a lot of the workers I work with are Asians and Latinos, almost all first generation immigrants. Great workers, they work all the overtime offered to them. Having dined with several of these guys, it is very clear that they are working very hard to save up money to send back home and then eventually move back to their countries. One guy from Columbia told me that he earns more than a doctor earns in his country, and he is just a CNC operator working on the floor.

      This guy also shares a home with several other people, thus his living expenses are very minute compared to the guy who has a house and family here to support.

      I guess American workers are too expensive for companies.

  • John

    I’ve seen many TV programs lately from the US on the subject of why the OCCUPY movement came into being and a web search revealed your website. This prompted me to reply:

    You’ve hit the nail on the head and cut to the chase. I am a Canadian and actually voted PC in the ’80s believing that FREE TRADE with the US would be a good thing for both of our countries. But there’s a world of difference between FREE trade and FAIR trade as we’re all now finding out through hindsight. (Of course the other Party here went even further and extended the TRADE net beyond North America resulting in the further growing loss of our larger industries and therefore many well-paying jobs.) But now I feel concerned for our American cousins who suffer from the effects of the unbridled exporting of their businesses/jobs. The so-called captains of industry have been steering their ships into the sunset and at the same time rewarding themselves financially with various creative ways to stuff their own wallets for “costs saved” by setting adrift the jobs of hardworking people. And the complicity of lobbyist arm twisters and elected office holders in carelessly using taxes that fall into the wrong pockets must be particularly galling. There is such a great need for the morality of trust, honesty and truthfulness at every level of society to be re-established. I think it will only be possible on principles like these that any nation on the only home we have, planet earth, can have stability and well-being.
    May God bless America and all nations to achieve a peaceful world!

    • Kathy Smith

      Very nice thoughtful & well composed comment. Thank you John from Canada

  • Colin

    These changes in manufacturing are not unique to our nation. They are happening worldwide. I believe that eventually all manufacturing jobs will be performed by machines. I, also, believe that we will have a large class of unemployed and/or underemployed workers. I believe these two factors will contribute towards greater instability in the global society.

    I have seen bloggers here and at the sister site criticize the nanny state and those dependent on the state. I think they forget, or are in denial, that there is a nanny state for the corporations, and that the corporations are benefiting greatly. I am in favor of abolishing this nanny state.

    • mondobeyondo

      Be careful when you’re swimming in denial. I hear the crocodiles have really sharp teeth.

  • Marco

    It’s not just blue collar jobs. I’m a software engineer and have been working in Silicon Valley for over 15 years now. Five years in a startup and 10 in a very large, popular software company. Developer/engineering jobs have been and continue to be shifted to “low-cost geos”. That’s India and China. To a lesser extent, Eastern Europe as well. This issue isn’t just blue collar jobs. In my experience, it’s any job where you’re a knowledge worker and can email your work.

    It is very, very difficult to compete when one salaried employee in San Jose, CA is equal to 3 in India and 5 in China. In my employer’s case, they can hire 1 Indian _and_ 2 Chinese and _still_ be cheaper than 1 American. Needless to say, the stress to keep your job even when there’s ridiculous schedules to keep can be overwhelming.

    Until our government does its job – to govern and protect its citizens – this will continue. There is a high cost to low prices…

    • DaytoDay

      I recommend you watch the movie, “The Company of Men” (2010)

      It pretty much sums up our economy… Blue collar, white collar, and no-collar… Every industry is getting hit hard, there is no such thing as “job security” anymore…

      I mean, now college is the new and trendy thing to do. So, what happens when everyone has a college degree, while trying to compete for the same job? What happens when everyone is pushed into healthcare? Are there going to be enough jobs then?

      See, people need to understand, you cant just “adapt” because there is nothing to adapt too… Yesterday it was the manufacturing job that went out the window, today it’s the health-care job, tomorrow it will be anyone who isn’t a CEO of a company…

      We keep running around, going from this industry to that industry and before you know it, there won’t be any more industries left… You can already see it now, my mom has been a nurse for over 25 years and she couldn’t find a job for over a year…

      Like I said, the “good times” are over, and those who blame minorities, is proof of how grave our situation is… Soon, people will be envying anyone who has a pair of new shoes,(It was ok when it was the minorities though)… And you didn’t think the “ghetto” would ever effect you? Time to think again…

      The only way this trend will change is when WE THE PEOPLE demand change, and throw the corrupt politicians, lobbyists, and bankers out of our country.

      • fallout11

        Well said. The future of employment in America is a game of musical chairs with ever-fewer chairs remaining. And of course the remaining companies would like us all to have doctoral degrees (and the associated non-dischargeable debt to work off) while serving hamburgers or cleaning toilets. Slavery never looked so good.

  • VegasBob

    It’s looking like no matter who the people elect President in 2012, his name will be Obamney.

    Either way, this country is totally screwed…

  • joe

    Corporations are not “leaving”, they are being run out by the highest tax rates in the world; unions; heavy costs associated with regulation compliance. Here is a very simple example. A corporation making widgets and selling worldwide can relocate to many parts of the world where it is taxed only on sales it makes within that country. Thus, the net profit is immediately increased by up to 35% (the highest tax rate). Although the average rate paid by U.S. corporations is 17.5%, this rate is achieved only by expensive book keeping and professional fees. Imagine if any of us could increase our net incomes this dramatically simply by moving. There is also the savings associated with lower labor costs, health care costs, retirement plans and workman’s compensation. Are many aware that in certain construction jobs, the workman’s compensation insurance can be up to 50% of wages? Having had several businesses both in the USA and in other countries (albeit very small businesses), I can assure you that it is much easier and cheaper to do businesses elsewhere.

    This is a second “industrial revolution” and it is far from over. Businesses will either stay and fail because they are unable to compete or, if they are large enough, will relocate to countries which are more favorable to business. Many say that these business are greedy and disloyal to USA workers, buy how many seek out USA goods and are willing to pay more. Some, but be honest, very few.

    As this article points out, this is a trend that has been going on for decades. The USA has become unfriendly to businesses and it is highly unlikely that it will get better.

    • Nickelthrower

      Wrong. Having worked and lived in several countries myself, I can tell you that the even harsher regulations of, say, Germany does nothing to slow down their export economy.

      The US has nothing on Germany with regards to regulations and unions but little Germany out exports the United States and their people have a much much much higher standard of living.

      Their workers make much more than we do and even McDonald’s workers are unionized.

      Germany, though, makes it quite difficult for its industries to move outside of its borders. That is the only difference.

      • joe

        Obviously, Nickelthrower believes in the Euro Socialist model as opposed to a minimal government model (unions and restrictions on movement). One only has to look at the Free Trade Zones created by Costa Rica and Panama to see how well they work. If you believe in socialism, fine. I don’t.

        • Gary2

          I think nicklethrower is simply stating what is working (Germany) and what is not.(USA)

          You are obviously misinformed as the evidence is there for all to see.

          Our problem is mainly right wing politics giving preference to capital over labor.

        • Gary2

          Joe-your model is “the race to the bottom”

          I want nothing to do with that type of system.

          Your capitalism is so 2011 and we need to start thinking about America beyond capitalism. It ain’t workin anymore for the vast majority of the people.

          • joe

            These are very interesting comments and they clearly reflect the liberal view of capitalism notwithstanding that capitalism has brought more prosperity to more people than any other system. If the Euro socialism model is so good-why is it failing? This liberal view point is why we have “participation trophies”. I started our poor; I made money by working hard and saving and with a mixture of good luck. Why do people think they are entitled to a particular outcome. I didn’t. I have done business with many very wealthy people (some worth over 100 Million) and they were all self made people. And they had another thing in common-at one time and sometimes more than once, they had gone bankrupt. I have had 40 people on the payroll. How many people have you employed. Have you ever gone without taking a cent out of a business for a year while you paid your employees wages and benefits. I have. I have no patience for people who want the government to save them or the “rich” to take care of them. Believe what you want but don’t expect those who succeed to take care of you because you fail.

          • Gary2

            Joe you did not succeed on your own. You used the commons we all paid for.

            Shut up and pay your taxes which I hope will be raised when Obama wins reelection.

    • fallout11

      Businesses share of total US taxes in 1952 (the good old days of American industrial might) was 32.5%, today it us under 6% in 2010. Most US corporations actually pay no taxes whatsoever. General Electric, for example, actually paid NEGATIVE taxes for the last 5 years, receiving money from the government for their 14000 page tax return.

  • Tapper P.

    Three Great Depression Myths that show how gov intervention and war makes things worse:

  • tappedops

    News Flash…
    When the dollar bellies… the white collar other peoples money class starves, cause they never produced anything…

  • tappedops

    Hey Rancher…
    Take your tough love and plant it… when your sector gets hit we will all remember your comment, and you will be robbed—blind,,,reinvent that…

    • Jaxx are way off. The smugness of the uber-rich and the compassionless diatribes really irk mne also but I’m afraid you’re vision of that type of future is a bit short-sighted.

      There will be a “middle class” in the statist regimes and societies you envision. The primary middle-class, blue collar job will be Security Personnel. When ways to feed your family and middle class jobs are at a HUGE premium, men who are offered a job that can afford food security for family, heat in the winter, lights on and cable TV or an entertainment budget– well these men will be EXTREMELY devoted to the rich and powerful whom they serve.
      We already see some of it here in the US and around the world . Security, military and police who are loyal to the wealthy will be shooting, beating and locking up the “occupiers” and dissenters.
      The civil unrest most envision from a full scale financial collapse could very well be short lived–maybe a half year at most. After that, available armed forces will enforce curfews, food stations and maximum control to restore order–with those rich and powerful in control.
      All the rich need do is wait out the civil unrest here in the USA in their vacation home in Grand Cayman- or Aruba, or Monocco etc…once order is restored and their true objectives are initiated- absolute authority–then they’ll return to dictate.

      Sorry to burst your bubble– but this dream scenario of dragging the banksters and mega-wealthy out into the street and make them pay for their crimes–well it just ain’t gonna happen.

    • Gary2

      Rancher is a misinformed AM hate radio fox news person who simply parrots what he hears on Rush and thinks he sounds smart.

      He is sadly mistaken.

  • I think the title of the article is inaccurate. Blue Collar is not necessarily unskilled. There are many skilled blue collar positions that are going unfilled. Welders are one example. Maybe you could argue there are less welding positions available at one time, but there are still more than can be filled by the pool of experienced welders willing to go where the jobs are.

    It is even more important as the economy continues to crumble to make sure our skills are up-to-date. Throughout history people had to leave their loved ones behind to earn money to send home just as my own father did in the seventies and many are doing in China today. There is much to be gained by being the last one out of work including more time to prepare for the inevitable and less time unemployed before the economic cycle changes direction.

    Whatever benefits corporations also benefits the working man whose pensions are invested in them and vice-versa. Certainly, the longer the ship is propped up, the faster it will sink in the end, but ask most people if they would rather go hungry for a month now or two month beginning at some unknown date in the future and they will almost always choose the latter hoping something will bail them out in the interim.

  • luis

    ooh man michael where the last dodo bird on the u.s.a

  • Michael

    White collar opportunities have also been declining for Americans. When I started out in IT in the mid-90s, almost all of the workers were American citizens. Now Indian “body shops” like Tata, Infosys, and Wipro have cornered the market and have driven most Americans from high-tech fields.

    BLS data shows that there have been few jobs for Americans in the last decade in Engineering, Accounting, Computer Science, Finance, and other white collar professions.

    The National Science Foundation tracks the number of students getting degress in most majors and it is far greater than the number of new jobs in the last decade.

    Meanwhile, we are told that college is a great investment and that it’s worth it to go $40,000 in debt getting a degree in worthlessness.

  • Paul

    What would happen, if you’d abolish the stock market?

    If a corporation needs money, they could ask for a loan from the public (former shareholder), and after the loan is repaid, including interest, the (former shareholder) couldn’t draw any more money out of the corporation.

    Corporations could be owned by non-profit organisations. And the members of those organisations could be governed such that they cannot bleed the organisation or corporation by assigning to high a salary to themselves.

    A corporation that is rich enough to pay millions of dollars to a single person, certainly has enough money to build a kindergarten for its employees, taking a burden from the taxpayer?

    The government would then just need to even the loads on all shoulders.

  • sensetti

    American infrastructure is crumbling, bridges, water,sewer, and gas lines are in need of replacement. This is a daunting task under and around old buildings and towns. Main street in any of our cities is one hundred plus years old . Where is the money going to come from to replace and or repair this aging infrastructure. And who will do the work? Blue collar workers are needed now more than ever. Theres more work to be done now than when the infrastructure was first built. Its a simpler process to build a new than to demolish and or work around old infrastructure. If this country doesn’t put blue collar workers back to work you better buy a horse, your gonna need it. I have four horses because I don’t see it happening. Good Luck

    • Rancher

      Agreed. I have said many times the streets we walk on are rotten below. You can bet the Govt will never create an infrastructure overhaul. It is easier and more fun to go over seas and kick some countries butt who has no chance to clean our clock.

      Ever notice how we pick on the weak countries over things we go along with letting strong countries do? We are rotting from within. Fortunately we here can live just fine without any public services and or the grid.

  • Michael

    A very good article !!!!!

    in the army, a good officer care each of his soldiers. business are like an army but executives are often bad officers!!!

    in france, we have the same problems, corporative management is bad !!!! 25 years old kids from ours HIGH “School of business” get a spot as an executive in a major company and manage theirs groups only in relation with the market, the financial bonus and the schemes they learned at school!!!

    no real communication between people !!! no management by objectives !!!

  • Yeah, globalization was a scam from the beginning. The claim was made that if we give Mexico, China, et al favored status, American companies will be able to sell our stuff over there – millions of new customers. Most people fell for it, but never asked the question – how were those people supposed to pay for our high priced American-made goods if they were dirt poor?

    And I don’t see it getting any better. To read people arguing Democrat vs. Republican when both parties are populated by crooks shows they still haven’t taken the red pill. We’re going to see continued decline.

  • Two thoughts on this article. First, the erosion of blue collar jobs is setting up social tension measured by the debate over immigration. This tension is to the benefit of the oligarchs especially when one considers that the immigrants are here because they effectively brought them here. The recent passage of laws throwing out immigrants in places like Alabama and elsewhere is of great benefit to the 1% in that it deflects attention away from those who are responsible for Mexicans coming here to begin with. I don’t doubt that the oligarchs are behind even encouraging some of this as turmoil and dissension among exploited people is a desirable condition for them.

    Second, back during the Great Depression, people went back to the farm to survive. Unfortunately now, there are no farms to go back to. However, folks need to actively create viable options in light of the fact that safety nets are being quickly torn asunder. Perhaps the best thing one can have now is a small plot of land that will allow some gardening and food preservation. The most important thing that we all have to do now is get off of the Titanic as quickly as possible.

  • madbuilder

    michael, if linking these correspondences in any way offends you please let me know. i appreciate your blog greatly and would prefer not angering its op

  • John Kendrick

    It’s about time we quit laying blame and picking sides. Whether you’re a Donkey, an Elephant, Red or Blue, WHO CARES! Both sides are robbing us blind! Are we do dumb to see it or too lazy to confront it? We have been bilked for trillions.

    Manufacturing jobs aren’t coming back unless we throw out nearly all of congress and start over. It is in their financial best interest to make the big corporations more profitable. That means lowering costs regardless of the cost on society. We in the U.S. don’t want to have third world labor conditions, but that is exactly what corporate America wants.

  • WM

    Another great article. Michael, you are a posting machine, the Energizer bunny has nothing on you, LOL!

    I entered my trade as a wood craftsman in 1990 as a classical woodcarver after a 3-1/2 year apprenticeship with a European master. Eventually opened my own shop and also worked for a high end, custom furniture and millwork shop, (yeah, worked 2 jobs but loved what I did) Also did a lot of antique restoration. Things shifted after 9-11-2001 and although earning enough as a single guy, I met the woman who is now my wife and realized I was not making as living wage to support a family. Not having a degree, I went into real estate, and di quite well due to my excellent interpersonal skills….well we all know what happened in 2008. I then found a job in a local high end cabinet shop in the city, and worked there for a year, then got laid off with no hope of return. I have since talked with owner, he is still struggling to keep doors open and keep one part time employee busy.

    I then decided to go back to college for CNC training, having attained my certificate in AutoCad years before. I got out, and by the Grace of God got a job with a global energy company running a CNC machine.

    Well. thats really all I am doing is running a CNC machine, and I can see that it would not take much to train someone else in Asia to do the same job. Its not rocket science.

    Thank you for patiently putting up with my story, but I can see from my own experience that I am going extinct as this article describes.

    I am 46 years of age and would not even try to guess how difficult it would be for me to try to go back to school of some sort, due to having a family and mortgage to take care of, and also the reality of someone hiring me over a younger, recent graduate who will work for less money.

    I thank God that I have the job that I do now, but would not know what I would do should my current job become obsolete.

  • mondobeyondo

    That ship that recently ran aground off Italy, is a perfect metaphor for America.

    Big, modern, invincible. 14 swimming pools, give or take a sauna… several discos, Lady Gaga… the ultimate statement of opulence and wealth. Too bad the captain rammed the boat into a rock. I could make comparisons with the Obama administration, but that’s way too obvious.

    Come on, Celine Dion! Come up with something! I know you can do it. “My Heart Will Go On” was great for that “Titanic” movie. How about “The Water is Cold and Deep”?

    • mondobeyondo

      The Lady Gaga reference is obviously a joke. Just so you know. She wasn’t on board that ship.

      Now, as for Barry Manilow… no, he wasn’t on board either.

  • This is what we get for allowing the government to get involved and have so much control over the PRIVATE relationship between employer and employee…

  • Government is the Problem

    Corporations aren’t sending jobs overseas because of low wages! And, it’s the job of corporations to care about the bottom line .. which equates to our bottom line considering most of us have Stocks, 401ks, pensions etc.

    Why is it that up until 20-30 years ago, we had the HIGHEST wages in the world but sold the CHEAPEST products all over the world???????

    What changed???????????????


    Was it John Chambers who said to build a headquarters in the USA compared to China will cost him, EXCLUDING WAGES, an extra BILLION dollars just in the form of taxes and regulations.

    Bye bye jobs … I don’t blame any corporation for getting the hell out of this country nor do I blame any individual … do you wonder why the number of citizens leaving the USA is at an all time high … many are even renouncing citizenship.

    In short, don’t blame the corporations who are reacting to thier environment … blame the ones who are creating the environment: GOVERNMENT!!!!!

    • Gay Veteran

      yeah, those poor corporations being forced not to pump poisons into the air and water

      don’t have to worry about that in China, pollute all you want

    • mark

      We had low cost oil back then. This economy runs on oil and along with what you stated it all adds up.

  • Today is like looking at yesterday, We need to focus on a decade or two in the future and how the entire situation that we are in now will increase 10 fold and what preparations you can make now for the future.

    The mind resists change. It wants ritual safe living but it adapts constantly – unknowingly – to change. It adapts. It is weak.

    There is no free lunch. Every one has to pay and pay.Beware of the cons to get rich – they do not exist.

    Individuals must take charge of their lives and break out of the mainstream,or be swept away. Make decisions, make written goals, make written steps to achieve those goals and then do them. You are not getting any younger.

    Old Timer.

    • mondobeyondo

      Yes, today looks a lot like yesterday. Which looks a lot like the day before yesterday, which looked a lot like July 17, 2003, and a bit like November 6, 1969, except the hairstyles were longer back then.

      Change is not natural in human nature. It’s normal for us to feel cozy and comfortable in our daily routines, but that’s not how life works. Sad but true.

  • D W Griffiths

    As a non-American I am surprised how the USA electorate allow them selves to be double crossed by their politicians every time. American society claims to be classless, but it divides itself between “the people” and “intellectuals”. Politicians then claim to be “one of us” and of “the people” and get the vote. Once in office they forget all that nonsense and carry on in the Establishment way of protecting big business and the super rich as they know what side their bread is buttered on.

    • mondobeyondo

      Hope and Change! Hope and Change! Barack Obama 2012!

      Keep hoping! Keep changing!
      (oh I so hope we’ll change!!!!)

  • Rick

    “All they care about it the bottom line, and if dramatic changes are not made soon, the number of blue collar jobs leaving the United States will continue to increase.”

    What do you propose that we do to remedy the situation? The corrupt politicians in Washington will not listen to us.

  • pavan

    Ross Perot talked about how NAFTA would lead to a “giant sucking sound” of jobs going overseas. He helped Bill Clinton get elected in 1992 by taking votes from Bush. In 1993 Clinton signed NAFTA into Law. How many of those blue collar workers voted for Clinton? As long as we keep voting for major party candidates and shunning the Ross Perots, Pat Buchanans and Ron Pauls, we’ll keep moving toward bigger government, less freedom and more poverty.

    On the other hand, American shoppers love the cheap Asian T-shirts and cars. So Americans won’t support their own jobs when they go shopping.

  • Toomanyfakeconservatives



    The war has been lost! America surrenders to the Taliban! I heard it on the John Bachelor show last night. It’s true… the Obama Administration and the Taliban are posturing their way into terms of our surrender…

  • Antonio Gonzalez

    To kill we need only military.

  • Patriot Alice

    Additionally, it won’t matter who wins the 2012 election, no one will reverse the present trend..Ron Paul might be the only one would even try, but it won’t happen. Both parties double talk, posture, promise, and then forget, hoping you’ll forget too……

    • Tapper P.

      Two-headed, one-party system. Run by Oligarchs.

      All stage acting. Performers to convince the sheep they have a choice in matters. They don’t. They have owners.

    • mondobeyondo

      Sounds like you need some hope and change!!
      Hee hee!

  • Rancher

    My thoughts and actions here are to follow isolationism. I think our country needs it big time. America first or no deal.

    But all actions must start at home. So our personal lives are more and more developed around isolation from society, services, dependency and all that comes with it. The less one is tied in with today’s society the easier it will be when it collapses. Think about that….Start living now as if you do not have many of the goods and services on hand.

  • Yes, blue collar workers are pinched now but in the years to come most everyone will be doing involved in food production or some type of blue collar work. Skilled blue collar workers will be much in demand in the future, so if you are one, best keep you skills sharp.

  • Tapper P.

    We are in Afghanistan to protect the drug trade only. The Taliban killed it. We rebuilt it.

    The world’s largest drug dealer network, our CIA, needs their Opium. 90% of the world’s opium comes from Afghanistan.

    We are not God’s country doing God’s work or any such delusional reality. Our white hats turned to black coal long ago.

    Nationalism and delusion go hand in hand.

    • mondobeyondo

      Nope, you’re wrong. We’ve been fighting in Afghanistan for, let’s see, 11 years now… to promote and preserve freedom and democracy! I heard it on NBC News!

      I got the feeling they lied to me. That’s why I’m voting for Shakira for President in November. Her hips don’t lie.

  • James

    The Industrial Revolution that made the U.S. economy what it was, was a fluke in history brought on by the abundance of oil and coal. Now, that revolution has fizzled out here in the U.S. and it isn’t coming back. The energy situation will be like rubbing salt into an open wound. The Middle class and Blue collar people will have to bring on an underground economy where members of this class buy and sell only among themselves, reengage in in agrarian activities, use bartering as a way to obtain needed items. Do everything you can to avoid supporting the Big Corporations. They say the U.S. is the only customer that can buy everything they make. However, if you take a look at what is happening to China now, you will see its economy is starting to falter. This may be due to the fact that the U.S. customer, being out of work, can’t afford to buy their cheaply made stuff anymore. This should be an indication of how we can combat the Big Corporations. STOP BUYING THEIR STUFF!!
    Utilize only American made items and use bartering. One nice thing about bartering is that the IRS would have a heck of a time monitoring bartering activities because there will be no paper trail for them to follow. Therefore, little or no tax money would be flowing into the U.S. government coffers. Farmers and tradespeople are the bull work of our society and they can bring the American economy back so it supports just the middle class and poor. SCREW THE 1%.

  • Syrin

    Remember Ross Perot warning about this sort of thing?

    This article wants its cake and to eat it too. Globalization eamns that our labor force must compete with the international labor force. If a corporation can reduce costs by moving overseas, it os OBLIGATED to do so since the primary purpose of a corporation os to maximize profits.

    If that same corporation were to stay here in the US with our expensive, and (this point is not well highlighted in the article) UNSKILLED labor force, that means our goods are triple the goods that are produced overseas which means our companies are immediately uncompetitive in a global economy.

    Yet the regressives keep championing globalization as the solution to all problems.

  • gary2

    What do you expect-we have one party the repubes totally 100% advocating for the rich. We then have the Dems mostly (50%(-Ben DINO Nelson scumbag types) advocating for the rich.

    Hello-this is news?

    The power is all with capital and not labor. We need strong powerful unions as a counter balance against capital. We could also use a stronge socialist party to moderate capitalism. (IE-tax the rich and spread the wealth) We also need to tax the rich and spread the wealth so the rich can no longer buy our government. Capital gains are income and need to be taxed as such. No cap in ssi income taxed. The sky is the limit.

    Tax the greedy to help the needy!

  • gary2

    I wish republicans/conservatives would be like the dodo bird and go away!

  • bobbobbob

    u r fos(fullofshti) mr o wants to make things in the us(amerikaka) but u morons continue to support those corps that export the good union jobs. that piece of shtiMRmcain wanted to bankrupt gm and chrystler to drop the good wages to $15.00 an hour but those rebuplicanterrorist forgot what henry ford knew > uu must pay a living for the workers to buy your products and its not $15.00 with no benefits. uu offer the world shti 0 zilch garbarge crap. mr o still wants insourcing uu want outsourcing you are inferiors

    • bobbobbob

      i saw those marines pissing on the taliban. ok lets go knife against knife. most of the marines will run. dont think so ok lets give those marines no shoes just sandals no comunications ie air support artillery ect no vest protection no medical who will volunteer then only a few. then why do the taliban still fight. because they believe in their cause. nobody has prevailed in afganastan not the russians not the british and not the turks and now not amerikaka

  • newton

    When I read articles like this one; I always go back to what Gerald Celente preaches – `Know your neighbors and what they do and support thier small businesses whenever possible !!

    Was a time in this country that thousands of towns and even cities were remarkably “local”

    Now; we have thousands of towns in freakin’
    midwest that import their beef, towns in N.W.
    that import thier maple syrup and towns along the ciast that import their shrimp !

    It DOES NOT have to be this way; it’s this way because too many people really don’t give a crap and would just as soon run to Walmart for imported oranges nad lead based trinkets —-

    Than search out thier own neighbors making things for everyday life; 3 miles down the road

  • mondobeyondo

    We’re all voting for Mickey Mouse, when we really need Mighty Mouse in office. Not that it matters much, because the game is rigged anyway. Even if the game wasn’t rigged, most people are too stupid to realize what is really happening.

    I wish it wasn’t so.

    If you can’t tell the difference between John Lennon and Jack Lemmon, why on earth are you at the voting booth?

    • mondobeyondo

      Please don’t mistake me for being arrogant. That is not the point.

  • Colin

    Economists are beginning to recognize and are predicting that America will be in twenty years a stratified society in which one’s class is determined by the wealth of one’s parents. There will be little to no vertical mobility for the vast majority of the populace.

    Another issue that is beginning to be recognized is that members of both sides are crafting realities that have little to no basis in facts. We see this on this blog and at the sister site. This fashioning of alternate realities is breading a greater polarization in our country, and encourages a political climate that is hostile to compromise and pragmatism.

  • M. Hapney

    Voting is for suckers.

  • M. Hapney
  • JR

    Thanks so much Obama! You and Michelle-Marie Antoinette Obama enjoy your next monthly zillion dollar vacation, OK!

    BTW, what is it this time? Renting Andorra for you and 800 of your Chicago corruptocrats? Evicting everyone from Kauai so you can have it as your personal golf course? Reneing Baracelona, Spain for a month?

    Well, whatever, have fun. Bring me back some freaking Kraft Dinner if you remember. Thanks!

    • mondobeyondo

      BREAKING NEWS! Obama scores hole-in-one at Honolulu golf course.

  • TucsonKK

    Here come the ROBOTS!!!!!

  • orsobubu

    These articles and comments are really interesting, and their content resembles totally what you can read inside Karl Marx’ Capital. In addition, inside Capital there are all the answers to these problems and inside Lenin’ texts there are all the details to organize. It is a pity that US citizens largely hate Marx because of communism: they don’t know in Soviet Union all marxists and bolscheviks were killed by Stalin. Marx and Lenin explain the path to revolution to all the workers of this planet. It is funny that proletarians in USA don’t understand that their hate for communism was planned and organized in the twenties and in the thirties by their same enemies of today, the imperialistic bourgeoisie, as soon as it discovered that communist revolution could undermine its class rule and its plan of war.

  • tappedops

    Hope +1

    You dond get detained indefinitly… (NDAA)

    You dont have your citizenship stripped from you by a verbal command…

    Hope … the sheeple wake up before they fire up the ovens…

    • mondobeyondo

      But you forgot the CHANGE!!
      You know… change we can believe in!

  • Why all the bellyaching and pissing and moaning about jobs and whatever leaving this country?
    For decades this has been going on and who give
    a shit,obviously very few.So now people do not like what is going on so now there starting to complain about it,for years they lived the extravagent life,fancy houses,suvs,everthing up
    to date,rubbing shoulders with the joneses.
    these same people like it when it benefits them
    but start to take away there lifestyle and lord
    behold ,this is not right.Well, who in the hell
    is responsible for this,Santa Claus? The middle class is just as responsible as the poor and whoever else for this for letting the politicans,the crooks on wall street,the government,to rape,pillage,and plunder this country, to fuel there insane greed, to rip it apart until there is nothing left,and in time they will turn on each other with the idea that what belongs to some one else belongs to them.
    So it is time for these people to pull there heads out of there ass and evalute what is happening to them,so they need to suck it up and realize that there american dream is pretty close to being finished once and for all. Seen some packrats headed down the highway with there suitcases, guess they decided to get out of dodge before they become extinct, because they may be the only source of food left when all is said and done.

    • mondobeyondo

      Wow, you actually believe in Santa Claus?!
      I’ve heard it all now.
      The JFK assassination theorists, the 9/11 conspiracy theorists, the Watergate conspiracy theorists, the nut jobs that believe in the Easter Bunny…

      But – you can’t beat the “Paul is Dead” folks.
      Yes, they are still out there. These people are nuttier than squirrel poop.

      Please don’t take that link seriously. It’s not true.
      This has been going on since 1969. Give it a rest, peeps. James Paul McCartney is alive and well.

  • Old Man

    The so-called Blue Collar indeed has been reduced to a trickle thanks to Trickle Down economics. But don’t worry about the lack of collar. A new class is emerging, to become the great ‘middle class’. It is the Brown Collar.

    Brown-Collar – [broun-kol-er] adjective

    Of or pertaining to near-minimum wage-earning service workers who wear un-specialized clothing, such as jean and shorts, on the job. Doing un-specialized low to medium skill work that nevertheless is a grade above laborer. A.k.a burger-flipper and box-kicker. Brown-collar can be university educated, but they must either have chosen a wrong course of study, or graduated with nonsense degrees, or dropped out. Compare white-collar, blue-collar.

  • jsmith

    Good article! But let’s be honest, how many of the above replies drive an American car? I do.
    Unemployed? Hungry? Eat your Toyota!

  • “Big employers will continue to look for ways to replace men with machines, and there is nothing wrong with that.” !!!!????

    Okay, here’s what’s wrong with that:
    1) People are not commodities
    2) People are not commodities
    and, finally:
    3) People are not commodities
    SOB (theobannionbyme on Twitter)

    • Not to mention that machines don’t pay taxes to the government or buy products or services from corporations.

  • steve

    Their will be a massive uprising against the very wealthy and corporate greed……. communism is not dead

  • Steve

    Get a government job….a good wage, great bennies and you can’t be fired…and the retirement bennies are to die for.

    • restitutiontouscitizensfirst

      Working for Scott Walker? Or Jan Brewer?

  • Gary2

    1. Mitt Romney is worth $250 million.

    2. He got rich by laying off American workers.

    3. He pays a lower tax rate than you and the rest of the middle class.

    4. He wants to be president so he can keep it this way.

    • John Parker

      Hey Gary, can’t you do anything more intelligent than repeat Democrat Party talking points? You sound like Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

      • Gary2

        sorry if the facts offend you.

        • xander cross

          He also had millions in the Cayman Islands. I agree with you Gary on this one.

  • I was one of those who drank the globalization cool-aid at GE, when Jack Welch was there. Looking at a generation’s effect of these programs, yields the numbers you cite above.

    However, there is some poetic justice. Although the 1% has prospered, now they are reaping diminishing returns. Like the bible says, you shall reap what you sow.

    If you take the 56,000 mfg facilities that have shut down since 2001 and double that to approximate the effect of going back to 1980 when I joined the workforce, as the ‘rust belt’ was already decaying 1980. That yields 112,000 mfg factories across the USA.

    Say those factories employed an average of 500 workers directly [ignore the indirect workers for the moment] that equals 56 Million mfg jobs.

    If those mfg jobs paid a sustainable income of say $45,000/yr our consumer economy [the market for the ‘global’ companies] would be over $2.5Trillion more than it is today.

    Global companies have shot themselves in the foot by $2.5T in the USA economy!

    We need to get the companies put away the childish cost driven brain-box and put on a new market driven brain-box and ‘protect our consumer market’.

    The net result of our ‘globalization’ of the USA our ‘government’s’ trade policies and the brilliant ideas resulting from drinking the globalization cool-aid is we have diminished our on consumer market by $2.5T, diminished our corporations the profits on a $2.5T market share, and decimated the tax revenues of our local, state & federal governments share of the said $2.5T economy.

    Yes, we little people have suffered but not nearly so much as the companies and governments by their own brilliant policies!

    I have yet to lose even $1T!

    Such is the contribution of my generation.

    I believe the native Americans have a 7th generation view of things, they must be sitting around the campfire laughing up a storm!

  • GoneWithTheWind

    Dang that pesky constitution; it is perfectly legal to move your factories overseas! Seriously!?

    Interesting that you claim the reason the factories go overseas is because of lower wages and less regulation. DUH! So what is the answer? Simple; take away the unions incredible advantage over business, i.e. level the playing field and decrease and eliminate much of the over regulation.

    • Gary2

      Anyone who looks at the facts can see that the % of workers unionized in the private sector is maybe 7%. Unions OBVIOUSLY do not have any power over businesses. That you would even suggest this shows you live in a completely fact free zone.

      ******************* my friend turn off fox/rush and think for yourself. a SIMPLE Google search could have showed you how wrong what you posted was.

    • “Level the playing field”? So that we too can enjoy 13 year olds working 16 hour days in factories for 70 cents per hour, pollution in our air and waters to poison us and working conditions that render you maimed or too sick to work by the time you reach your 40s at which point you are pitched on the street like yesterdays garbage? Is this the “level playing field” you are seeking?

  • Chris Long


    My name is Chris W. Long and I am a songwriter in Nashville, TN. I have written a song that I think would be a great campaign song. It’s called “My Collar’s Blue”. It’s all about bringing in and creating jobs here in America. Let’s renew our pride in the American work ethic. That’s what this song is about. I would like to send it to you in a small attachment via MP3. I am currently pitching it in Nashville to some major country artists. Please respond if you would like to hear this song and consider it for your candidate.

    Thank you!


    Chris W. Long

  • Classic

    Sorry, but no. It has been noted through time that the higher ups will always need someone to do their grunt work. AKA Blue Collars…

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