It is well known that America’s economy is in transition. This transition primarily results from the revolutions in communications and transportation that have, to a certain extent, made the concept of the nation state an anachronism. It is now easier for profit seekers to literally and figuratively ship American jobs overseas. Furthermore, unemployment figures are deceptive and understate this trend, because they only focus on those still seeking work and do not account for the changing nature of jobs that a wide cross-section of our society now holds. Remaining employed, but with less salary and with diminished benefits, is a reduction in employment, regardless of how one looks at it.
In order to better protect those living in the 13th District, and America as a whole, we need to take a look at who is profiting from this exporting of American jobs, see who is benefitting from it, and see who is being harmed. It seems clear that one conclusion that can be drawn from this outsourcing of American jobs is that only a very small portion of American society is benefitting from it. Large corporations and the super wealthy benefit from the lower costs resulting from these business decisions. Capitalism, or at least the watered-down form of capitalism practiced in the United States, ensures that business owners can benefit without limit from decisions that they make, but are eligible for government bailouts when things turn sour. The rest of us are not so fortunate.
In short, if business owners in favored industries are eligible for bailouts when things don’t go their way, the American worker should be similarly treated. In addition, because the skill set necessary to thrive in the American economy is changing as rapidly as is technology, American workers need the means to transition from one skill set to another with minimal economic and financial dislocation. This means that vocational training and education need to be available to all, not just to those most able to pay for them. Tuition grants, loans, and refundable tax credits need to be put in place to enable American workers, including those in the 13th District, to transition from one field to another with as little economic and personal disruption as possible.