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    Re: Middle Class Death Watch -- 33 Frightening Economic Developments

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    well lets hope the majority of america who are the working classs...get s spark under thier behinds....like they most always do when they are under assault
    The response by workers in Wisconsin was encouraging. Let us hope that such citizen activity becomes the norm should the worse happen.

    In my more pessimistic moods, I fear that the modern Roman circus of TV will prevent an appropriate response.
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    One thing I noticed, that just can not be

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    Re: Middle Class Death Watch -- 33 Frightening Economic Developments

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    The response by workers in Wisconsin was encouraging. Let us hope that such citizen activity becomes the norm should the worse happen.

    In my more pessimistic moods, I fear that the modern Roman circus of TV will prevent an appropriate response.
    Hay, you are living in a past century. I don't presume to have the answers, but America is now part of a global economy. Even when jobs numbers were better in the last decade we were hiding the fact that Americans were losing jobs, like in the auto industry that paid 40-50/ per hour including benefits and when they lost those jobs had only the skills to be Wal mart greeters at $8/ hour. We have propped up the society on debt both public and private and now are at the point where that no longer works.

    So the reality is Americans have traded the standard of living of the middle class who made things for getting that "stuff" cheaper when built in Asia. People who want to blame bankers and call them greedy should look in the mirror and ask themselves if they supported "made in america" or if they were happy to buy foreign made goods. Ask them if they were willing to pay a few percent more to support the local hardware store or if they shop at Home Depot or Wal Mart.

    After saying all that then ask how the worker who took a haircut from 40/hour to 8/hour ( if he/she still has a job) if they are fine giving workers that they support through higher property taxes.

    Talk about "shared sacrifice" what hypocrites some people are on this topic. Seems you think everyone should sacrifice but government workers.

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    Re: Middle Class Death Watch -- 33 Frightening Economic Developments

    Quote Originally Posted by washunut View Post
    Hay, you are living in a past century. I don't presume to have the answers, but America is now part of a global economy. Even when jobs numbers were better in the last decade we were hiding the fact that Americans were losing jobs, like in the auto industry that paid 40-50/ per hour including benefits and when they lost those jobs had only the skills to be Wal mart greeters at $8/ hour. We have propped up the society on debt both public and private and now are at the point where that no longer works.

    So the reality is Americans have traded the standard of living of the middle class who made things for getting that "stuff" cheaper when built in Asia. People who want to blame bankers and call them greedy should look in the mirror and ask themselves if they supported "made in america" or if they were happy to buy foreign made goods. Ask them if they were willing to pay a few percent more to support the local hardware store or if they shop at Home Depot or Wal Mart.

    After saying all that then ask how the worker who took a haircut from 40/hour to 8/hour ( if he/she still has a job) if they are fine giving workers that they support through higher property taxes.

    Talk about "shared sacrifice" what hypocrites some people are on this topic. Seems you think everyone should sacrifice but government workers.

    You have it exactly backasswards...your blaming workers for corporations taking jobs to china....First of all we couldnt buy goods not made in America if they still were made in america...so the jobs left long before we didnt buy american anymore. As it stands right now there are many items you cant find made in america and if you do you have one or two choices....TVs...toys..dvd players...clothes..computer parts...the list is endless.

    The rich corporatists greed caused this malais...not the working class...now they teaparty has started this classwarfare between private sector workers and public...good move on their part
    This is all about greed...GE paid not a dime in taxs then moves a division to china....bah...anyone naive enough to blame this on the middleclass or the working class has been drinking too much teaparty tea and corporate koolaid

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    Re: Middle Class Death Watch -- 33 Frightening Economic Developments

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    You have it exactly backasswards...your blaming workers for corporations taking jobs to china....First of all we couldnt buy goods not made in America if they still were made in america...so the jobs left long before we didnt buy american anymore. As it stands right now there are many items you cant find made in america and if you do you have one or two choices....TVs...toys..dvd players...clothes..computer parts...the list is endless.

    The rich corporatists greed caused this malais...not the working class...now they teaparty has started this classwarfare between private sector workers and public...good move on their part
    This is all about greed...GE paid not a dime in taxs then moves a division to china....bah...anyone naive enough to blame this on the middleclass or the working class has been drinking too much teaparty tea and corporate koolaid
    You clearly did not understand my post. But then it was not directed at you but to Hay who has refused to respond.

    Forget the fact that I did not blame workers, keep your head in the sand and see how well that does for the American middle class of which I am one. That is what makes the above so ludicrous.

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    Re: Middle Class Death Watch -- 33 Frightening Economic Developments

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    You have it exactly backasswards...your blaming workers for corporations taking jobs to china....
    Why did these jobs move to China and other countries? Was it pure greed on the part of the investors, you know the ones who invest their money in hopes of making money back, or was it the cost of doing business here was getting so high that profitability had died?
    Personally, I believe it was both. Investors don't invest if the rate of return is low. The rate was low because businesses couldn't compete paying the huge costs demanded by unions. Both have a share of the blame. What is your solution? Take money from people and "create" jobs without regard to profit?


    The rich corporatists greed caused this malais...not the working class...now they teaparty has started this classwarfare between private sector workers and public...good move on their part
    This is all about greed...GE paid not a dime in taxs then moves a division to china....bah...anyone naive enough to blame this on the middleclass or the working class has been drinking too much teaparty tea and corporate koolaid
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    Re: Middle Class Death Watch -- 33 Frightening Economic Developments

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Why did these jobs move to China and other countries? Was it pure greed on the part of the investors, you know the ones who invest their money in hopes of making money back, or was it the cost of doing business here was getting so high that profitability had died?
    Good luck feeding your family on the salary of a Chinese worker making electronics.
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    Re: Middle Class Death Watch -- 33 Frightening Economic Developments

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Good luck feeding your family on the salary of a Chinese worker making electronics.
    Let's remember that worker salaries are only a small part of the overall cost of anything you buy. Think of an IPOD, the labor content is almost certainly less than 5%. In addition there are ADDITIONAL costs a company has when they build overseas. The cost of transportation, higher inventory levels, freight, logistical support etc.

    I am not sure if many on this site have ever had to do the math and look at the many issues that go into offshoring.

    When I read the posts on this site from folks who are probably more concerned about these issues than the average American I wonder if there is hope for any real solutions to our very real problems. If not, this will not be an American century and that should sadden us all.

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    Re: Middle Class Death Watch -- 33 Frightening Economic Developments

    Quote Originally Posted by washunut View Post
    Let's remember that worker salaries are only a small part of the overall cost of anything you buy. Think of an IPOD, the labor content is almost certainly less than 5%. In addition there are ADDITIONAL costs a company has when they build overseas. The cost of transportation, higher inventory levels, freight, logistical support etc.
    Actually the biggest costs for the consumer are the mark-ups made by pretty much everyone after it leaves the factory. Take a simple thing like veggies. A study here in Spain found that the farmer sold his veggies to the big whole sellers and chains for a fraction of what they sold it to the consumer. We are talking in some cases several 1000% mark up.

    I am not sure if many on this site have ever had to do the math and look at the many issues that go into offshoring.
    Transportation and wages are key to this. If the transportation costs are too large then either you dont get the goods or the companies find closer to home production. As long as transporting stuff from China is so cheap on top of the cheap (slave) labour of China and the region in general, then that is where the goods will be made since the raw materials cost the same everywhere.

    Only way you can really balance things out is either making cost of labour in China more expensive or making transportation of the goods so expensive that from an economics view is just as cheap to produce it at home.
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    Re: Middle Class Death Watch -- 33 Frightening Economic Developments

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Why did these jobs move to China and other countries? Was it pure greed on the part of the investors, you know the ones who invest their money in hopes of making money back, or was it the cost of doing business here was getting so high that profitability had died?
    Personally, I believe it was both. Investors don't invest if the rate of return is low. The rate was low because businesses couldn't compete paying the huge costs demanded by unions. Both have a share of the blame. What is your solution? Take money from people and "create" jobs without regard to profit?




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    Mr V corporations made plenty of money here....they just flatout wanted more....pure greed....and it all started when they tied CEO pay to the stock market performance...first thing they did to falsely inflate their stocks is fire and layoff employees and work what was left to death...getting rid of benefits pensions making as many employees underpaid, underemployed and overworked as they could all to increase the bottom line and thier bonus....you better believe this was all out of greed. They have contracts that pay them millions for failing...and you and others have the balls to rail on union workers as greedy ???? I find your blind support for the not only just greedy but many times criminally greedy and the cause of the mess this country is now in absurd. Anyone that tries to tell me that Unions and the working class and seniors is the cause for the hole this country is in...it falls on deaf ears...because its flatout not true...corporations and the rich have milked everything they could out of us in a variety of ways.
    Its not only what theyve done to workers and the middle class....what amazes me the most...is that intelligent people like you and turtle and many other conservatives on this forum ....wont even acknowledge the greatest threat to this country and your family that our corporations have unleashed on the world...and thats the soon to be greatest military power on earth...COMMUNIST CHINA.....its the greatest threat to americas freedom in our history and its right around the corner....all out of greed. You all just blindly cheer every single thing corporations and the rich do and want like its all good.
    You have conservatives that incessantly harp that anyone that isnt rich is a lazy parasite, thats as disengenuous as any statement utterered on this forum and frankly thats the main reason I turned off of republicans.....My father was a disabled WW2 vet who busted his ass every day all his life to give us what he could...he was NOT LAZY or a thief or a scumbag or a dog in the street and he was much more man than the soft ass's that sit around in plush offices plotting and scheming to squeeze another buck out of everything and anything that moves.
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