Jobless Recovery Myth

Jobless Recovery Myth

There’s no such thing as a jobless economy. And really? As a nation do we want to be dependent on others for everything? for glass?

Glassmaking Thrives Offshore, but Is Declining in U.S. – NYTimes.com

“Imagine China,” he said in an interview, “building a huge structure intended to be an important national symbol and importing glass from the United States to build it. There is no way the Chinese would do that.”

5 thoughts on “Jobless Recovery Myth

  1. Until the cost of manufacturing in China (or the Philipines or wherever) & shipping it here is less than the cost of manufacturing in the US, things will continue to be made overseas. It’s just business… The company I work for, which has been manufacturing products in Portland, OR for over 50 years, finally closed its plant in favor of one in China. As an Oregonian it is absolutely infuriating, but what’s the company to do? They want to remain competitive.

    I was hoping the healthcare reform bill would decouple jobs & healthcare — I thought it might erase that differential, at least in some cases.

  2. But what about the kids who hate school? Who don’t want to go to college or work in an office? Used to be you could get a blue-collar job that would support a family (around here it was the railroad or the mine). We can’t just expect that everyone is going to go to college and work in an office — and really, is that any less mindless? I’ve done my time in the cubical farm … sometimes a job is just a job, not what fulfills you, but what puts a roof over your head and food on the table. What do we do when all those jobs are gone? Seems to me that’s the big question we’re all staring in the face right now. And our solution is giving money to the bankers?

  3. I’m not saying I *agree* with Flanagan. I was implying that her attitude toward gardens is comparable to an attitude toward any labor done with the hands (or in a factory), which she may well wish done overseas. I don’t know that she thinks that, of course.

    I live in a former mill town. People still regret the loss of those of those jobs — jobs they consider perfectly respectable and honorable. And skilled.

    I liked your follow-up and now I am off to the library for Washington’s book!

  4. I didn’t mean to imply that you agree with Flanagan. But like you, I’m in a town where there used to be good solid blue collar jobs, and the outsourcing of my old job, tech writing, to India and Europe looks a whole lot like the way the blue collar jobs disappeared. The assumptions are remarkably similar — that we can all just “retrain” — what do we do though when there aren’t any jobs to retrain for? And how can we have an economy without any jobs? Seems that no one is addressing this, except with a lot of cant about “stimulus” — which as far as I can tell is only stimulating Goldman Sacks.
    And like you, I’m suddenly thinking that Booker T. Washington is a big hole in my reading! (But must finish freelance project … must finish … must stop goofing around with my blog …)

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