Let's face it. People who's only saleable skill is putting the same door latch on the same car, day in and day out, shouldn't be getting paid a whole heck of a lot, because, realistically, their skill isn't hard to acquire, difficult or dangerous to perform, and those people are easy to replace. It's harsh, but that's the reality of life.
People that want to EARN a decent living need to learn a decent skill.
I suggest that the nation quit wasting it's children's time in school and start teaching them the math and science skills they need to move ahead in the world, not to mention teaching them real history, real english, and real economics.
The schools can do this by de-emphasizing feelings and baseless pride and focusing on real accomplishments, even if that means some of the little darlings might have their feelings hurt by not passing on to the next grade until they master the requirements of the grade their in. Us old folks called that "failure", and it was an embarassment we strove to avoid.
Can anyone wonder why a nation that abandoned excellence as it's standard has stopped being an excellent nation?