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Three Middle-Class-Killing Industries for 2016


Three Middle-Class-Killing Industries for 2016

Paul Buchheit

Capitalist enterprises have little incentive to work for ordinary people, and instead they do whatever is necessary to enrich the owners of their corporate stock. Choosing the leading job-killing industry is a difficult task with so many candidates. But technology, pharmaceuticals, and the "sharing economy" are clearly in the running.


Reagan lives!


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Everyone's job can be done cheaper by someone else...Not "can be" but "will be" if capitalists are able to continue driving people into the ground.
We must withdraw our own support from the system then educate and help others to do the same.


You're right Dariel. We are evolving into a new form of slavery or feudalism. It's a great deal for the sociopathic rich.


I don't wish to be tiresome by commenting on grammar and usage, though the opportunities are increasing exponentially, but this one is irresistible:

"Today's tech and telecom companies build products that require less American workers, less middle-income workers, and less workers overall. "

"Less" is used for quantities of things that can't be counted individually, as in "less water", "less compassion". The correct usage would be "fewer", as workers can be individually counted.

In this case, however, one might argue that to the corporations workers are seen as a faceless mass without individual identity, so perhaps Mr. Buchheit is unintentionally accurate with his use of "less". Sad.


When they write up the death report for the middle class, the cause of death will be listed as "suicide." The middle class looked at the range of policies and programs that were implemented from FDR to Reagan, which took the country to its height of wealth and productivity, and CHOSE to do the exact opposite. They reversed the policies, ended the programs, and the US has maintained its downhill slide.

We talk about the greed of the super-rich, but think about this: Our primary former welfare program, AFDC, used a mere 6% of the budget at its highest, and this was the one expenditure that the middle class found intolerable. Yes, welfare actually did work. By the 1970s, over 80% of recipients were enabled to quit welfare for jobs, becoming taxpayers, ultimately repaying all the aid they had received via their own taxes. The middle class just could not live with the thought of allowing a penny to trickle down to the poor. For the principle of it.


Our situation isn't terribly complex. In a nutshell, the rich are now doing to the middle class what the middle class already did to the poor -- often, interestingly, using the same "justifications." Predictable, and predicted.

Think about what we did. The US shipped out a massive share of our jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare in the 1990s, creating a huge surplus of job-ready people who are absolutely desperate for any job at any wage. We made ourselves powerless. Virtually every worker can easily be replaced by morning with a job-ready person who is willing -- indeed, grateful -- to work for less.