Made another comment, I understand that guy may not be a big fan after the one yesterday, but this one I couldn't agree more. This is actually a very good site, and I recommend it highly. Decline of the Empire
Here's my comment:
I couldn't agree more, having worked in magnetic media, hard drives, audio and video tape in three different companies, in engineering, during the 70's and 80's, all of whom were absorbed, or sent out of the country, and in sales since. At one a Memorex plant in Anaheim, where I worked for seven years 74-81,I went to work one day, and was told there was to be a meeting in the lunchroom, where we were all simply told the plant was closing and we could all go home.
I have watched with dismay as everything from steel on down is closed and workers laid off. Here in the little town near where I now live, there was a pharmaceutical company that employed a large part of the town. My sister and her husband were employed there. A couple years before I moved here, the company was closed with no warning, putting a large portion of the town out of work. There was a science fiction story I read years ago, don't remember the title, but the point was that in the story, the US had become a giant Disneyland for the rest of the world, primarily the Orient, and the we were all workers, fast food, restaurants, hotels, casinos, to the more seamy jobs, serving the flood of tourists...
Every day more people are laid off and the unemployment keeps growing, both drawing unemployment and drawn out but not working, yet the government tells us the recession is over blah, blah, blah. Who do they think they're kidding, I talk to people every day, a perk of sales, and NOBODY believes it's ending.
When you say the machine is broken and the good, read high paying, jobs are never coming back I'm afraid you're right. The good news is I'm old enough for social security so I'll have some time, until the government goes broke, but I already have a spot picked out for my cardboard box.