Too busy layin' a bunch of blame around for the shitty state of our country, instead of looking at a bigger picture. Too busy whining about how all "them guys" ...My worthless generation... fucked things up for ya. Again...Kiss My Ass.
So, what's the difference between "US" and "THEM" (or you and I)?
You're laying blame on Labor Unions and Over-Zealous Regulators. Greedy workers and lazy folks with their sense of entitlement are responsible for the shitty state of our country, in your opinion. Business would be booming, if it weren't for those meddling leaders.
So, you can scapegoat and find countless "THEMs" outside your sphere of experience, but when we do it it's whining. Quite charming how the benefits of business are supposed to "trickle down," but drawbacks and blame start at the base. Must be nice having your cake and eating it too.
Like it or not, the Baby Boomers are running this country. Your numbers have always been such you've been empowered by-default, and entitled by-design. Again, must be nice!
Bully for you that you personally have never been jobless, unless by choice, as you've ALWAYS been able to find a job.
LOOK OUTSIDE YOURSELF at some current statistics sometime... the world isn't populated by those with YOUR experience. It's simple math, when the number of US college grads each year far exceeds the number of jobs created, you end up with more people capable of working, without workplaces.
People without jobs have no buying-power; more jobs vanish for lack of demand of whatever products or services businesses offer.
Take away "entitlement" programs; does that somehow create jobs? I assume (based on your statements over time) that those receiving assistance are doing so because they for some reason refuse to work as hard as you have. Personal deficiencies on their part - am I warm?
When my mother-in-law's employer RAN to Mexico as soon as NAFTA permitted, her body was broken after 20+ years on a diesel engine assembly line. She's now disabled after devoting a third of her life to a thriving company who wanted even MORE profit. She's on Social Security now; one of FDR's little "entitlements." Where's her personal deficiency?
When the company hubby worked for relocated oversees to increase profits, he took the ONLY job he could find (AT FUCKING MC DONALD'S), despite being in his late 30s with over 15 years experience, because manufacturing is dead in our country.
What do you say to my family, who had NO PAYMENTS besides rent, utilities, food and fuel when we were working full-time and going to school to try and repair whatever supposed personal deficiencies we had in our skill-sets holding us back when we could not make it. We had no car payment, no credit cards, no cell phones, no long-distance service, no TV/cable, never went out, healthcare simply didn't happen, our clothes/shoes were in holes and we STILL lost power occasionally because we could not pay our energy bill; we still went hungry at the end of some months.
In a supposed industrial nation, does the aforementioned make any sort of rational sense to you?
Right now, we have more people than EVER relying on food stamps since their inception. We have more people on Medicaid now than ever before.
We have the MOST unemployment we've ever had for the LONGEST period of time since such things have been recorded.
Coincidence? I think NOT.
When we have a jobs surplus and record numbers of folks on government assistance, I MIGHT begin to wonder what's wrong with American workers.
Until then, I continue scratching my head at those who believe all we need is to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, when the vast majority don't even have boots.
When are YOU gonna look at the bigger picture, Larry?