The main problem is that manufacturing jobs were moved to China because they work for less money. Basically they have a lower “Standard of Living”.
I’ve always hated that phrase. “Standard of Living” is used here as a way of saying, “I deserve to have it all”. Originally such a philosophy was sustainable because the rest of the world was incapable of doing what we do. Now as countries like China and India become more advanced, they are now able to manufacture things as well or more efficiently than we can.
Being able to sustain our unrealistic standard of living becomes impossible. That unrealistic standard is thought to be an inalienable right. It isn’t our fault though. For many decades we were brainwashed to think that we can do anything we want. Technically that is true, but not for everyone.
The reason we are losing our jobs is that we want to be paid too much. We think that we have to have that over-sized house and an over-sized car. We think that it is OK to have a bunch of children. We can’t live without the $50 a month cable bill and the $125 per month cell phone. All these things are required to live. If we lower our income we can’t afford these things therefore we can’t lower our income. Nope. Nothing happening. Instead we lose our jobs completely.
This could have been avoided and can be reversed by simply living simply. Sell that quarter of a million dollar house you should have never bought and get one for $50,000. Sell that Hummer and get a used small car. Drop the cable and the cell phone. There are 313 Million people in the U.S. and we can’t all be kings.
Stop deluding yourselves. You don’t deserve it and you can’t have it. Let it go and live simply. Only you can save the world.