12.02.16

This meme needs to die, along with the liberals and swells who push it

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Decline and Fall, Made in China at 4:47 pm by George Smith

American swells are having a shared nervous breakdown. And the only thing they can think of to fight back against the national rebuke they just suffered is to invoke one of the Democratic Party’s most played out ritualistic memes.

It begins with the invocation: “Those jobs aren’t coming back.” And from there one naturally proceeds to wisely waving the hands while lecturing lessers (and the choir which nods approvingly) on the need for more smarts, more school, more skills, or retraining camp as I like to call it.

Here, from a Las Vegas newspaper, by way of Pine View Farm:

Wait until Trump tries to come through on one of his central promises: to bring back millions of high-paying manufacturing jobs to the U.S.

There is no shortage of economic experts who say it’s a fantasy.

Why?

Because U.S. manufacturers already are producing a lot of goods. They’re just doing it with fewer people …

The remedy that’s been prescribed for decades:

[Investing] in training programs to ensure Americans are prepared to work in modern digital factories.

It also would require Trump to swallow a couple of harsh realities. The first is that a lot of the people whom he promised to put back to work in factories will have to find work in some other field. The government could help them, Muro pointed out, by establishing a national wage-insurance program that would replace a portion of a worker’s lost wages for several years as he or she trained …

The same prescription, ad nauseam, until it’s enraging. Which is much of the reason why Trump is president.

Now let us here again the swami implying workers are now too stupid for “modern digital factories.”

What modern digital factories might these be? Is not steel-making still basically steel-making?

Bangladesh is “modern digital factories?” The crap in the dollar store where I shop, all produced in “modern digital factories?”

And if one isn’t ready to work in the modern digital factories, there is retraining camp. Which has apparently been tried for years, the threadbare results of which can now be gleaned from the public record of decline.

By way of recent news, the NY Times and a reporter in West Virginia:

“At the Huddle House on Route 119, Kayla Burger, 32, a waitress, has worked three jobs since her husband lost his; they take home less than a quarter of the roughly $100,000 he used to earn. She took an offer for miners’ wives to train as phlebotomists, but with so many miners out of work, the phlebotomy market was flooded. She also substitute teaches and cooks at the school.”

How many people are needed to blood when the local economy is el busto? How many when not?

Check what such jobs pay. They don’t compared to what was lost. I covered this year’s ago in a blog piece on the stupid belief, held as holy grail, that everyone would retrain to be teeth scrapers, vision checkers and bed pan techs.

But there’s no dislodging the belief among the haves that it’s just a matter of lack of skills and smarts in the unfortunate is just a matter of not getting the proper schooling, not a general collapse in the structure of the economy, a collapse caused by policy decisions. That is, no dislodging of the belief until the shoeshiner for the status quo finds he or she has been dismissed for lack of worth.


Blast from the past, or, yes, I am right!

You may ask, “Why this focus on the dreadful US economy and prospects for the middle class, Dick?”

Well, mass unemployment leads to political instability, as we’ve seen.

Political instability is a serious threat to everyone’s security.

If you don’t address it satisfactorily, soon Victoria Jackson’s “There’s a Communist In the White House” has half a million views on YouTube, along with everything that suggests. 10/07/10 with Barack Obama, president

What about all that skills for the future and the global market crap? Are things better? Happy now?! (Me giving you a poke in the chest.)


As usual, Dean Baker has something to say about trade, manufacturing and how it pertains to our current dystopian situation.

“You need not be a fan of Donald Trump to say that trade has had a big impact on manufacturing jobs …” he begins.

An excerpt:

There are three points worth making here. The first is a simple logical one, we have a trade deficit of around $500 billion a year, a bit less than 3.0 percent of GDP. This is basically all due to a deficit in manufactured goods (we have a surplus on services). Does anyone believe that the extra imports associated with the trade deficit are not associated with jobs? Can $500 billion worth of manufactured goods be produced without hiring people? (This matters much more in a context where we face secular stagnation, meaning there is not enough overall demand in the economy.)

The second point is that our trade deficit has not always been this large …

Anyhow, this explosion in the trade deficit coincided with a sharp decline in manufacturing employment.

“Anyhow, we should not look to combat Donald Trump by following his tendency to ignore reality,” continues Baker. “Yes, trade has cost manufacturing workers jobs.”

There are remedies, he adds. One of his is lowering the value of the dollar. Baker has even more to say here on the 1,000 jobs saved at Carrier.


Before wrapping it up, what’s the latest talent/character trait/quality America’s interpreters of the job market say citizens looking for work are lacking?

Soft skills.

What are soft skills?

Getting to work on time. Dressing nicely. Not being too ugly-looking, diseased or old. “People” skills.

Dig deeply into the syntax and linguistics of the news and this is what soft skills means: Capability as a polite and well-dressed bootlick. The term “critical thinking” comes up a bit, but here? Have you been knocked out by the level of critical thinking exhibited in the USA in the last ten years or more? C’mon, who’s buying that?

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