Future looks bleak for many in work force

info@islandpacket.comNovember 4, 2012 

What will we do with all the unneeded workers? I am a conservative and hate dependence on government, but how will we deal with the lesser able and lesser motivated people who are not needed in our work force anyway?

More than one in 10 people in this country are unemployed or under-employed, but with all the automation and self-service, everything is still getting done well enough without them.

With eReaders and Internet, publishing and its labor is going under. We pay our bills online and use e-mail to communicate with friends and businesses and so the Postal Service is going under. We have automated check-outs and banking and pump our own gas.

Using modern machinery and a little seasonal part-time help, my brother farms 2,000 acres almost by himself. Televisions and autos are so dependable they seldom need repair. Even our military needs fewer people. When is the last time a real person answered your call to a larger business or even the doctor's office?

So what do we do with all our unneeded workers and their families? Look back a couple of years to see that make-work stimuli did not work. Some say emerging technologies will provide new jobs. Yes, but not many because goals are to increase efficiency even more, not to increase labor costs.

Whatever the solution, it will not be pretty.

Glad to be retired in Sun City Hilton Head.

Paul J. Shane


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