How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future – What You and Our Government Can Do About It

Obama Romney 2012 - How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future – What You and Our Government Can Do About It

Obama Romney 2012 – How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future – What You and Our Government Can Do About It

The 2012 American election is going to be about one thing – The Economy. Why the economy? Because unemployment is high which mean a lot of people do not have jobs, and this makes everyone nervous with the fear that they will never get a job; or for the employed, that they will become unemployed soon.

So really, the election is about Jobs, and which Candidate/Party can change the situation in a positive way that will give people hope that the can get a job, or keep their job.

The sides are clearly divided; one side is less government, low taxes, the rich will help the poor –  the other side is more government, higher taxes, and wealth redistribution will help the poor.

The fact is that elections are won by the person who has the most money. For this election, this will be the Republicans.

That is cynical you say:

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2008/11/money-wins-white-house-and.html

In the 2008-2010 elections, 93 percent of House of Representatives races and 94 percent of Senate races; the candidate who spent the most money ended up winning, according to a post-election analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. The findings are based on candidates’ spending as reported to the Federal Election Commission.

The Buck Will Not Stop Here

OK, so Romney wins, how will that really affect the economy and jobs? That is a good question, because Romney has yet to actually spell out the details of his economic plan, except to say that it is based on ‘Republican economics principles’.

The U.S. economy has expanded at a healthy clip for most of the last 70 years, but by a wide range of measures, it stagnated in the first decade of the new millennium.

Job growth was essentially zero, and modest job creation from 2003 to 2007 wasn’t enough to make up for two recessions in the decade. Rises in the nation’s economic output, as measured by gross domestic product, was weak. And household net worth, when adjusted for inflation, fell as stock prices stagnated, home prices declined in the second half of the decade and consumer debt skyrocketed.

The below chart shows a definite flattening of job growth curve during the Republican term of George Bush:

Job Growth Chart by President, Since 1950 - How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

Job Growth Chart by President, Since 1950 – How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

The numbers below are the overall jobs growth data for each presidential term from Carter till Obama and based are Bureau of Labor Statistics.

President                Party    Term              Ave. Job Growth for Term
Jimmy Carter           D         1977–1981      +2.30%
Ronald Reagan        R         1981–1985      +1.75%
Ronald Reagan        R         1985–1989      +2.53%
George Bush            R         1989–1993      +0.69%
Bill Clinton                 D         1993–1997      +2.60%
Bill Clinton                 D         1997–2001      +1.60%
George W. Bush       R         2001–2005      +0.51%
George W. Bush       R         2005–2009       -0.84%
Barack Obama         D         2009–2013      +0.75%

The Republican polices of George W. Bush clearly show the lowest and worst job growth numbers since his father. The decade of the 2000’s (The W Bush Decade) shows stunningly low job growth rates, even though the Republican policies of low taxes (Bush Tax Cuts), less government regulation, strong military spending were in full effect:

Job Growth Chart by Decade, Since 1940 - How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

Job Growth Chart by Decade, Since 1940 – How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

The main gist of Romney’s campaign right now is that there have been no jobs created during the Obama administration, except for the public sector (government). The data actually shows significant private sector job growth, and declining public sector job growth:

Private and Public Sector Job Growth Chart - How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

Private and Public Sector Job Growth Chart – How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

Damn Commies

The Republicans are positioning themselves against the Democrats by stating that Obamas policies are ‘Socialist’ and are destroying job growth in the USA.

The Facts say something else:

654,000: The net gain in jobs since the national job number hit a 10-year low of 129.6 million in December 2009, seasonally adjusted.

54.2 million: The number of jobs created during the nearly 30 years in which Democrats have held the presidency, beginning with President Truman in April 1945. (Comparable BLS data is not available for full presidencies before then.)

34.6 million: The number of jobs created during the 36 years in which Republicans have controlled the White House during the same time period.

4.3 million: The jobs created since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009. More than the 8 years that George W. Bush was in office.

1.1 million: The number of jobs gained under President George W. Bush, the smallest job growth for any president completing at least one term. The seasonally adjusted jobs number fell in each of Bush’s last 12 months in office as 4.4 million jobs were lost.

22.7 million: The number of jobs gained under President Clinton, the biggest job growth of any president.

This chart shows how job growth experienced it worst decline ever as the Bush/Republican policies achieved full effect:

Private Sector Job Growth Chart for Bush and Obama - How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

Private Sector Job Growth Chart for Bush and Obama – How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

The Obama/Democrats policies clearly had a positive effect on job growth, even though we still have traditionally high unemployment:

Unemployment since 1950 - How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

Unemployment since 1950 – How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

Job Creation in the 2000’s flattened out, one of the lowest in history, and now unemployment number are coming down at the slowest pace ever recorded after a recession.

The question: Is the flat job growth, and slowly declining unemployment number related to the economic policies of our government who has been purchased by the 1% percent and the corporations, or is it something else?

Flat Top

There are many factors related to the question of why job growth has flattened in the last decade, and why employment is taking too long to recover from the recession.

I think one of the most over looked and least discussed factor is the effect that technology has had in our society and economy.

How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

The current conventional thought on technology is that even though technological change may adversely effect the demand for labor in some industries, the overall effect of technological change on total employment may be positive.

Technological change tends to increase the rate of economic growth. Higher rates of economic growth are generally associated with lower unemployment rates.

“Okun’s law,” states that this relationship between changes in the rate of economic growth and the change in the unemployment rate. It says that a 1% increase in the rate of economic growth lowers the unemployment rate by 0.3%. While there is some doubt about the exact magnitude of this effect, there is substantial evidence that unemployment rates tend to fall when the rate of economic growth is higher.
Basically, the jobs created by the economic growth provided by new technology, will off-set the job loses created by the new efficiency and productivity that a new technology will provide.

The question of whether the widespread use of computers in the workplace has enhanced productivity, is an important debate. Preliminary studies suggested that the introduction of computers had no significant effect on productivity. More recent studies have generated mixed results.

It is fairly clear, though, that the widespread introduction of computers has, to date, had a less dramatic effect on productivity and economic growth than resulted from the widespread introduction of such earlier innovations as the steam engine, electricity, and the internal combustion engine.

I think that this train of thought about technology is missing and important point.

How has the technology changed society and the way business functions?

Remote Control

Recently I have discovered through my own work experience in the last year, the real effect of technology on jobs – and why they are not coming back.

20 years ago, in order to run a small service business, you needed 10 employees and a building for them to work out of and meet.

10 years ago, you would need 5 employees, and a building to work out of and meet.

Now, you could run the same business with 2 people, and work out of their homes.

Actually, this is exactly what a growing number of people are doing. They work from home. They find work as a small business, with a website as their business face, and they cruse other websites and Craigslist in search of work.

Many small businesses run with a minimum of people, often spread over the country, working out of their homes.

This way of running a small business is due to the technological advances such as VOIP telephone, video conferencing, internet, payroll and accounting service now provided by you bank and a whole host of other innovations.

For years it has been said that small business power job growth. Well, then if that it true, no wonder job creation has flattened out and slowed in the last decade.

Small businesses are not hiring the numbers of people as they did in the past, and they are not renting small offices like they used to, which is why industrial real estate is so bad.

This does not mean small businesses are not hiring people, but as more and more small businesses become more virtual, then the less people they will need to hire.

There is only so much business to go around, small business can now run very lean, which means there are more of them, but they need significantly less staff with the technology now at hand.

So What to Do About It?

Here are some things that America and it’s people can do about jobs in the new and efficient 2010’s:

1) Create manufacturing jobs for workers who need they type of job, by sticking tariffs on imported goods from countries that have tariffs on our products (like China)

2) Train yourself in the basic computers skills and technologies: Office suite, teleconferencing, basic networking, VOIP, accounting software, website technologies like WordPress and mobile technologies and apps.

3) America needs to find a way to make higher education affordable again. Students are having to take on a mortgage in order to get a basic university education, and there is no really good reason for this high cost.

4) Vote this election.

Good Luck America!!!

Here is the chart the Republicans and Romney don’t want anyone to see or think about:

Causes Of Deficits - How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

Causes Of Deficits – How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

1% Romney the Job Creator - How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

Happy New Year!!! I am moving to Prosperity Street.

Happy New Year!!! I am moving to Prosperity Street

Happy New Year!!! I am moving to Prosperity Street

Happy Happy New Year!!!!!!

It the year 2012, a year for hope, growth and prosperity for all!

2011 was a dream about Easy Street, but it felt more like I was living on the moon.

And as you know, the Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

On the other hand, it was a good year for this blog since it was a year in which traffic to the site grew by 3X.

Thank you to all our new readers.

I ended up writing 2X the number of posts, averaging about 3 a month. For 2012 I will try to get that to be more like once a week, but no promises.

2012 is going to be an interesting year, and this will be true for politics – and as readers of my blog can tell, I have some very strong political opinions.

Bottom line, we need to get the money out of politics.

The shocker of 2011, was that the new definition of poverty and near poverty came out, and what everyone felt in their lives became a published and confirmed fact – 2 out of 1 American (150 million people) are near the poverty line or under it.

2 in 1 American are technically barely able to make ends meet, or can’t make ends meet.

This is simply unacceptable.

I believe it will change. This will be the year of the protests, and chaos is certain. Be prepared to see the 150 million poor and near poor people let the government and our 1% peers know that it must change. Come spring and summer, the newest social fad sweeping the country will be protesting.

1968 – here we come!!!

On the other hand – from chaos arises opportunity, and from opportunity comes prosperity.

For 2012, I am looking to move to Prosperity Street.

Get the money out of politics with GetMoneyOut.com Part II – The constitutional amendment and how to make it a reality.

Get the money out of politics with GetMoneyOut.com Part II – The constitutional amendment and how to make it a reality.

Get the money out of politics with GetMoneyOut.com Part II – The constitutional amendment and how to make it a reality.

The article I published earlier this week, got a lot of comments and exposure, it was a nice little emotional rant that made me feel better (calling politicians “Whores”, is a great way to release all the anger that their political incompetence generates):

https://pusz4frog.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/get-the-money-out-of-politics-with-getmoneyout-com-dylan-ratigan-tries-to-do-something-to-get-money-out-of-politics-and-solve-the-us-politician-whore-crisis/

More importantly to me, my friends and family have devoted a lot of time discussing this issue and the proposed Constitutional Amendment that Dylan Ratigan’s http://www.GetMoneyOut.com website is proposing.

If you haven’t gone to the site and registered, click here : www.GetMoneyOut.com

The GetMoneyOut.com site is trying to sign up as many people as possible for support for the following Constitutional Amendment:

“No person, corporation or business entity of any type, domestic or foreign, shall be allowed to contribute money, directly or indirectly, to any candidate for Federal office or to contribute money on behalf of or opposed to any type of campaign for Federal office. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, campaign contributions to candidates for Federal office shall not constitute speech of any kind as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution or any amendment to the U. S. Constitution. Congress shall set forth a federal holiday for the purposes of voting for candidates for Federal office.”

The Best Idea?
For sure, the idea of a constitutional amendment to the constitution that will get the money out of politics is much needed, and who’s time has come.

The fact that a politicians vote can be bought with a large enough campaign contribution is simply bribery, prostitution and a treasonous crime against America – all rolled up in one act.

The discussion among friends and family was NOT about the need, but about the proposed amendment itself.

So let’s take a closer look at it, sentence by sentence:
“No person, corporation or business entity of any type, domestic or foreign, shall be allowed to contribute money, directly or indirectly, to any candidate for Federal office or to contribute money on behalf of or opposed to any type of campaign for Federal office.”

No one seems to have an issue with this, but the first question is – How do the candidates run for office? What about Federal Election Funds? What about free TV and media exposure/time?

The real question here is: Where will the money go?

Getting the money out of the election is critical, but the key to making this work will be adding something about special interest groups and lobbyists.

Therefore, I propose the following changes to the first sentence of the proposed GetMoneyOut.com Constitutional Amendment:

“No person, corporation or business entity of any type, domestic or foreign, shall be allowed to contribute money, directly or indirectly, to any candidate for Federal office or to contribute money on behalf of or opposed to any type of campaign for Federal office, except for those funds given to the candidates by the Federal Election Commission public campaign fund.”

I would add the following sentence to deal with the lobbyists and Special Interest groups:

“Neither elected Federal Public officials, nor are their spouses allowed to accept any gifts or money from no person, corporation or business entity of any type, domestic or foreign while holding public office, except for the US government salary for that office. Any income other then the US Government salary must be declared, and given to the FEC public election fund.”

The above will make public office, a real service to the country, since you or your spouse will not be allowed to earn any money outside your government income. This would limit the ability of lobbyists and PAC’s to buy politicians while they are in office.

Next I would add this sentence to the GetMoneyOut.com Constitutional Amendment:

“Any member, employee, staff, or volunteer of PAC’s, SuperPAC, or Lobby groups are forbidden to have direct personal communication with Federally elected officials, nor are they allowed to advertise on behalf of any person running for Federal office.”

No Problem
The next part of the GetMoneyOut.com Constitutional Amendment says:

“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, campaign contributions to candidates for Federal office shall not constitute speech of any kind as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution or any amendment to the U. S. Constitution.”

No one seems to have any issue with this, or any thing to add. It is needed to make the first part of the amendment legal.

Every Day is a Holiday
The last part of the GetMoneyOut.com Constitutional Amendment says”

“Congress shall set forth a federal holiday for the purposes of voting for candidates for Federal office.”

This actually seems to provoke a lot of discussion, with many of the people saying it is not necessary.

It would also be hard to enforce, and may actually reduce voting turn out since people will use the day for holiday or leaving town. Better to simply make the voting day on a Saturday, in which most people don’t work.

I propose adding that, to the last line.

So, in summary, I would like the GetMoneyOut.com Constitutional Amendment to look like this:

“No person, corporation or business entity of any type, domestic or foreign, shall be allowed to contribute money, directly or indirectly, to any candidate for Federal office or to contribute money on behalf of or opposed to any type of campaign for Federal office, except for those funds given to the candidates by the Federal Election Commission public campaign fund.

Neither elected Federal Public officials, nor are their spouses are allowed to accept any gifts or money from any person, corporation or business entity of any type, domestic or foreign while holding public office, except for the US government salary given for that office.

Any income other then the US Government salary must be declared, and given to the FEC public election fund. Any member, employee, staff, or volunteer of PAC’s, SuperPAC, or Lobby groups are forbidden to have direct personal communication with Federally elected officials while in office, nor are they allowed to advertise on any medium on behalf of any person running for Federal office.

Congress shall set the day of any Federal Election for that of any Saturday of any given week or month, for the purposes of voting for candidates for Federal office.”

Ring the Bell
If you agree with my changed to the GetMoneyOut.com Constitutional Amendment, then let Dylan Ratigan know it by:

Emailing him at:

teamdylaninbox@gmail.com

Tweet him at:

http://twitter.com/#!/DylanRatigan

Message him at:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32692484/ns/msnbc_tv-morning_meeting#.ToTLUlmO6Zw

Facebook him at:

http://www.facebook.com/DylanMSNBC

Contact government officials at:

http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

or

http://www.dearpolitician.org/a_new_voice.php

Good Luck America…

Get the money out of politics with GetMoneyOut.com Part II – The constitutional amendment and how to make it a reality.

Get the money out of politics with GetMoneyOut.com Part II – The constitutional amendment and how to make it a reality.

Get the money out of politics with GetMoneyOut.com – Dylan Ratigan tries to do something to solve the US Politician Whore Crisis.

Get the money out of politics with GetMoneyOut.com - Dylan Ratigan tries to do something to get money out of politics and solve the US Politician Whore Crisis

Get the money out of politics with GetMoneyOut.com - Dylan Ratigan tries to do something to get money out of politics and solve the US Politician Whore Crisis

If you have read my little blog at least once, then you know that I have not really been impressed with our government’s effort to run in a competent and intelligent way.

See:

Dear Morons in Congress, here is a solution to the Debt Crisis 2011

https://pusz4frog.wordpress.com/2011/07/27/dear-morons-in-congress-here-is-a-solution-to-the-debt-crisis-2011/

The US Economic Crisis – Spending, Debt and Possible Solutions

https://pusz4frog.wordpress.com/2010/08/09/the-us-economic-crisis-%e2%80%93-spending-debt-and-possible-solutions/

EDIT: Note I wrote a Part II to this article:

https://pusz4frog.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/get-the-money-out-of-politics-with-getmoneyout-com-part-ii-%e2%80%93-the-constitutional-amendment-and-how-to-make-it-a-reality/

Well, it seems that I am not the only one pissed off. Dylan Ratigan (Host of MSNBC’s ‘The Dylan Ratigan Show’ and Author of the soon to be released ‘Greedy Bastards’) is using his media time to promote a new effort to get the money out of politics.

Fact: 94% of all elected politician in the USA, are the one who received the most money.

Mr. Ratigan has launched a new website (which immediately crashed when he announced it on his show today) called:

http://www.getmoneyout.com/

He also wrote about it in HuffPo:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dylan-ratigan/get-money-out-join-100000_b_983427.html

The GetMoneyOut.com site is trying to sign up as many people as possible for support for the following Constitutional Amendment:

“No person, corporation or business entity of any type, domestic or foreign, shall be allowed to contribute money, directly or indirectly, to any candidate for Federal office or to contribute money on behalf of or opposed to any type of campaign for Federal office. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, campaign contributions to candidates for Federal office shall not constitute speech of any kind as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution or any amendment to the U. S. Constitution. Congress shall set forth a federal holiday for the purposes of voting for candidates for Federal office.”

Stunt?
Now, this could be just Dylan drumming up an empty rhetoric machine to increase viewership on his program, but I don’t think so.

He seems as pissed of as I am about the politicians in Congress and the White House; who sell their souls, drop their pants and spread their cheeks for any company with $50k or more who will contribute to their election campaigns.

It’s sick, and will reduce this great nation to a 3rd world dictatorship with no morals, ethics or a care about anything – except the large multinational corporation’s and global bank’s profit margins.

I remember that in 1984, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Regan ran against each other for President of the United States. Do you know who much money they each raised from corporate donors and PAC’s? ZERO!!! None, nada, zilch, 0.

Now it costs $500+million dollars to win the White House, and in 2012 that number should hit $1 F-ing Billion!!!!!

Joke’s On Us
It’s bad enough that these jokers we call our politicians are moving their mouths and saying things that they don’t believe in, in order to keep their jobs.

But watching the political debates in congress on banking reform, healthcare, the budget, the debt and on the EPA – it is so clear that before most of our politicians vote in Congress; they go find a closet so that the corporations who paid for them to get elected (or those corporation’s lobbyists) can molest them in private. As the gas lobbyist grunts from behind, “Oh, Senator, we know you really want to vote for gas fracking in the town where you live. Right?”

And who are these companies, lobby groups and banks? Americans? Maybe in name, but the reality is that many of them are multinationals and or foreign governments who own some or all of them.

If the large “non-political” multinational fortune 100 companies could dictate American politics, then they would get rid of any environmental, business, anti-trust and banking regulations. They would get rid of any pension, union, fair trade and health requirements. They would also reduce the business tax rate to zero. It sounds like today’s Republican Party in general, don’t it. The Business party. The Democrates are not innocent, plenty of them are selling their soul’s in the money closet as well.

Solutions
So, what can we do about the US Politician Whore Crisis?

1)    Go visit http://www.getmoneyout.com/ – sign up and get on board.

2)    Use www.dearpolitician.org to write your politicians and let them know that you are going to support the GetMoneyOut.com constitutional amendment, and will only vote for candidates who will vote for it.

For more information on http://www.dearpolitician.org:
https://pusz4frog.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/dearpolitician-org/

3)    Call your House of Representative and Senator, and tell them if they don’t support the GetMoneyOut.com constitutional amendment – that you will vote them out of office in the next election.

4)    Vote for candidates that support the GetMoneyOut.com constitutional amendment.

5)    Join peaceful and non-violent protests and marchs against money in politics, and in support of the GetMoneyOut.com constitutional amendment.

Good Luck, and together may we end the US Politician Whore Crisis.

Dylan Ratigan tries to do something to get money out of politics and solve the US Politician Whore Crisis.

Dylan Ratigan tries to do something to get money out of politics and solve the US Politician Whore Crisis.

Dylan Ratigan tries to do something to get money out of politics and solve the US Politician Whore Crisis.

Dylan Ratigan tries to do something to get money out of politics and solve the US Politician Whore Crisis.