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NAFTA Not To Blame For Blue Collar Workers Voting Republican Or Kids Not Studying

Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton are running away from any notion that they once supported NAFTA.

They are criticizing various trade agreements with other nations.

Underlying this is the fear that American workers have that living standards are declining.

As they are.

Would it do any good to remind many working people how often they have based their votes on appeals to racism and on who would best protect their right to own many guns?

I suppose it would not.

However, one thing the candidates could tell blue collar workers and other working people, is that their kids need to put away the video games and turn off the cell phone and go study.

We could tell these people the truth about how rough the future is going to be instead of blaming people in some other country.

Both parties share the blame for selling average people down the river on a variety of fronts when it comes to wages and job security. Yet one gets the sense that many parents have little idea of just what it will take to make their kids competitive for good jobs.

You can’t blame NAFTA for that.

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February 25, 2008 - Posted by | Campaign 2008, Politics | , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. Even white-collar jobs are fleeing the country hand over fist now. I have a friend with an engineering degree that’s working as a maintenance man in an apartment complex, because that’s the best he could do.

    The only jobs that are really safe- for now- are hands-on jobs like nursing and truck driving; any job that can be sent overseas will be sent overseas. And when workers begin to migrate to the hands-on jobs, they’ll flood the market and wages will plummet.

    The problem is not that kids today are playing video games. The problem is that capitalism, when absent of the counterbalance of strong labor unions, just simply doesn’t work.

    Comment by ThomasLB | February 25, 2008

  2. I have some sympathy for your position, but working folks—blue collar, white collar and in-between–must get a grip on what matters and on what’s going to prepare their kids for what will be a rocky future.

    Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 25, 2008

  3. Their kids can study all day if there are no jobs their time is wasted. we need to bring back blue collar jobs because we as a country have a over abundance of blue collar workers such as myself. Americans used to produce and now we consume, a country or society can not substain on consumption alone.

    Comment by Bill Brady | February 25, 2008

  4. In hong kong the garbage collector is as respected as the doctor the gardener is respected as the teacher. all jobs share a common thread and teamwork in a society is essential. the blue collar jobs are looked down apon. when we make reference to why we have so many illegal’s is because they do jobs that no one else will do is a statement that we rank jobs in a hierarchy where some jobs are more important than others. all jobs are need to be veiwed as equal and the pay scale should match. i am not saying a cherry picker and a surgeon should be paid they same but both are needed and need to be recognized and equally important in our society. great pride can be taken in any job as long as the person doing it is shown appreciation and gratitude for the service they provide.

    Comment by Bill Brady | February 25, 2008

  5. Bill–Thanks for both accurate comments. Though we have based on consumption for a long time now and I’m not sure the blue collar jobs are coming back. At least in a way that supports a family very well.

    As for the second comment, it would be a great start if average working people would be respectful of other average working people. That is something we could improve on in this country.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 26, 2008


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