The U.S. has gotten too top heavy.

@uath13 (8201)
United States
January 24, 2011 9:53am CST
In the U.S. more & more people are going to school to study management & similar fields so they can get good jobs. At the same time the production jobs are being sent overseas. If the production plants are no longer here what's left to manage? The more we try to move upward the more our supporting foundation is lost & we end up financially unstable. How is the U.S. supposed to prosper when we no longer produce hardly anything & have thousands of highly paid managers trying to micro manage the few things we do? Everyone expects the goverment to fix the situation but they're not the problem. When you go to the store & buy something with a made in china, mexico, bangledesh, india , etc tag on it your just sending your money overseas. Look at what you buy, EVERYTHING is from overseas. How are we supposed to have a strong economy when every person in the U.S. is responsable for giving our money to another country & it doesn't come back? The only thing the goverment could do to stop that trend would be to impose some HEFTY import taxes & nobody would support that. What do you think's happening to the U.S. economy?
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• Canada
25 Jan 11
This is happening all over. What many people don't realize is that "first world" countries not only have been relying on "third world" countries to subsidize their lifestyle, but it has gotten to the point where they HAVE to. As you point out, so many people are going to school for administrative jobs that pay more, and the result is fewer and fewer people actually know how to MAKE things. Everyone knows how to talk about things, but no one knows how to make or fix them. This is just another bubble that will burst when all the third world countries start to get wealthier, and we will have a real problem when we find out that the only way people can be rich is by making sure other people (usually people in "other" countries,) are dirt poor. In some countries, you are considered very poor if you can only afford a place to live where your children all have to share a room. In other countries it would be a luxury out of wildest dreams to have a weather-proof house with heat at all, let alone one with a kitchen full of appliances, a living room, and a bedroom. There is enough to go around the whole world, but only if the top-heaviness you mention stops completely. No one needs more than what feeds their family and keeps it safe. What we consider "poor" in Canada is actually a wealth of safety and security, and very few people realize it.
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@uath13 (8201)
• United States
25 Jan 11
I never saw the draw in being rich myself. Give me a decent house & food on the table & I'm good. I don't see the point in stockpiling millions in the bank or having a house so big theres rooms you've never even been in. Your quite right about many people not knowing how to fix or build anything anymore. Those of us who can actually have a hard time marketing our trade because we have to compete with cheaply mass produced junk. This disposable society has forced the master craftsmen to walk away from their work.
• Canada
25 Jan 11
I could not agree more, and it's a shame. My parents don't understand why I "want to be poor" the rest of my life, when I explain that I'd rather myself and my husband work part-time, and earn some money online so we can spend more time with our daughter. Sure, we can't afford a lot of extras, and we have to shop the bargains and sales to make ends meet, but our little girl loves how often we're home with her, and we wouldn't miss it for the world.
@dragon54u (31620)
• United States
24 Jan 11
A lot of production has left the country because of the tax system. We have the second highest corporate tax in the world. Add to that the unions that make unrealistic demands in regards to wages and benefits and it's cheaper to move to another country. GM, I heard the other day, is spending millions on another plant but it will be in Mexico--no unions, more favorable taxes. I think that if we had some real, effective tax reform the country would start to prosper again and businesses would be more likely to return to the country or stay here.
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@uath13 (8201)
• United States
24 Jan 11
Not likely. The company I used to work for moved it's plant to Mexico. They can pay workers there pennies on the dollar of what they paid here. An American couldn't live off what they're offering now. The company is saving a lot. Why would they want to be here paying American workers even more? P.S. there were no unions in my plant either.
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@dragon54u (31620)
• United States
24 Jan 11
Well then, that blows that theory! There must be some way to entice businesses to stay here. I'm afraid that our standard of living is going to nosedive very soon.
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@narayan2006 (2954)
• India
24 Jan 11
The world economic system is undergoing a sea change with many Asian countries like China and India are becoming stronger and more competitive. The U.S manufacturing base has become less economic and prohibitively expensive due to high cost of labor and other inputs.U.S needs to make drastic reform in its monetary and tax policies to improve its economy.It needs to take all steps to increase productivity in all economic and production sectors.
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@uath13 (8201)
• United States
26 Jan 11
But the people in control don't care. They own the companies & by sending the production work overseas they're able to make even more profit. They don't seem to realize that once all the work is sent overseas they cut off the income of the people buying their products. We're stuck in gridlock because of greed.
@topffer (42457)
• France
25 Jan 11
It is the same thing in Western Europe, maybe worst : you can't put import taxes in the same economic zone. Western Europe industries have moved in Central and Eastern Europe, where the life level rises. The problem is that the minimum salary in my country is at $1850/month when it is still at $200 in Romania. We need years to upgrade these countries at our level, and during this time our life level will not move... Good for the industry, good the countries where the investments are made, but bad for the citizen of the "old" rich countries...
@uath13 (8201)
• United States
25 Jan 11
We're becoming a world economy but there aren't presently the laws & systems in place to keep workers in some areas from being exploited. Of course companies are going to take advantage of that & the rest of us suffer.