This article gets right down to what ails the U.S. The staff here has been harping on this for ages, but never was able to look at it so clearly or put it so succinctly.
Manufacturing jobs were a blip in our economic history. If we want to improve things for workers and keep a middle class alive, we need to turn our attention to service jobs.
This myopic focus on factory jobs distracts from another, simpler way to help working Americans: Improve the conditions of the work they actually do. Fast-food servers scrape by on minimum wage; contract workers are denied benefits; child-care providers have no paid leave to spend with their own children.
Regarding blue collar jobs, manufacturing jobs, miners, steel workers, construction workers…
In all likelihood, many more of Mr. Trump’s supporters are people who once worked in those kinds of jobs, or whose parents did. They are now caregivers, retail workers and customer-service representatives. When will they start to demand that candidates address the lives they actually lead?
Why Are Politicians So Obsessed With Manufacturing? http://nyti.ms/2dsWATg