As I sit back and watch the continuous rhetoric unfold between the political parties and their plans for increasing jobs in the current economic meltdown, I can't help but wonder exactly how successful either party might be.
I also wonder if they have any concerns about jobs leaving America for other shores.
In the last election, our political nominees touted "green jobs" as the answer for increasing employment. That solution has not materialized.
Is there any possibility that we can resolve the unemployment dilemma with current political thinking?
I remember reading a story in the Wall Street Journal several months ago by David Wessel. His topic was the loss of jobs to other countries and how businesses in the United States were looking at increasing profitability while minimizing costs for manufacturing products.
In the story, Wessel indicated that during the last 11 years, U.S. companies cut their work force by some 2.9 million jobs in this country while increasing jobs abroad by some 2.4 million.
Some of these major companies were General Electric, Caterpillar Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Oracle.
Since no one really keeps a specific count of jobs lost to other countries, I suspect this number is probably increasing every day.
When I think about the "idiot" who suggested that many of these jobs are unsuitable for the American worker, I thought about some of the second jobs I held to make a few extra bucks to make ends meet in my earlier years.
Unloading railroad lumber cars at the old Lowe's store for the Manpower employment agency; working at Snook's poultry for $3 an hour; and serving in a Reserve unit for several years are just a few side jobs I worked for some extra money.
I wondered, too, if any of those people in the 15 percent poverty level might be interested in some of these jobs if they existed today.
I was always thankful I could find some work regardless of the salary. Some salary, I usually reasoned, was often better than no salary.
Times have surely changed.
When I consider some of the reasons companies are moving their jobs to China, India, Mexico and elsewhere, some of the answers seem relatively simple to me.
There is no minimum wage issue in these countries to consider.
There are no pension plans to finance.
There are no monies allocated for accident leave, workers' compensation or disability claims.
No health benefits have to be paid to the worker.
There are no regulations and red tape to contend with by the employer.