What's worse, nine out of the top ten occupations in the US today pay less than $35,000 a year! If this is a trend, it sure isn't the brightest outlook for this Country! We can't compete with countries across the world that pay their workers $5 a day, so this has cost America over 20 million jobs over the past 25 years, mostly in the manufacturing sector. I feel sorry for all our children and grandchildren.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
We have to be careful with this. Technology has traditionally had a short-term negative impact for labor when implemented, but humanity has adopted. I understand that many now are challenging this model, because the relative performance of computers is substantially greater than machines in centuries past, but I find a doom and gloom scenario incredibly unlikely. We find means of adjusting to technological advances and we do not desire to have persons out of work (and worse yet, destitute).
"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963
Computers and robots can be operated just as cheaply in the US as in any country in the world. As we continue to automate and computerize, no country will have a particular economic advantage in the cost of production, so international trade will actually likely decrease.
Even China has been loosing manufacturing jobs, not to cheaper labor countries, but to automation.
I have no idea why you are trying to make this a political issue. I'm not a liberal, or even a democrat. It's not a political issue, it's a technology issue.
Of course one of the ways that we adapted is that we reduced our work hours.
A hundred years ago there really was no such thing as retirement while one still had their health. Most people entered the work force as a young child, and worked pretty much vacationless for the rest of their lifetime. The standard work week was 70 hours in most manufacturing plants.
I believe this trend to be the best direction, although I'm not so sure that it's going to occur if all we rely on is the invisible hand.