It's not a lack of a skills, it's a lack of jobs. Eventually robots will do it all; but in the mean time, let's stop offshoring our best jobs to foreign countries, or giving jobs (that Americans want to do) to foreign workers.
Made in the USA — Putting America First.
Multinational corporations supersede sovereign borders; U.S. international trade agreements not only supersedes the sovereignty of America, but supersedes American workers for the sole benefit of multinational corporations.
Pending trade deals such as TPP, TiSA and TTIP would only exacerbate the problem for American citizens. This is called "globalism". Trump wants to put America first. The alt-left calls this "nationalism" — but precedes this description with the word "White" to invoke racism to shame Americans into believing that "fair trade" is "protectionism" and racist, because they put themselves and their families first before they do other people of the world.
And the same is true for immigration and migration policies, which both political parties in the U.S. have used both for votes (Democrats) and cheap labor (Democrats and Republicans) as can be seen with the use of guestworker visas (such as H-1B) and the offshoring of jobs to low wage countries — many that use child labor*.
* And of course, whenever possible, the "job creators" will use computers, robots, automation and artificial intelligence to replace living human beings...because they don't get sick, are never late for work and never need a vacation.
In the U.S. (ever since the Powell Memo and when "free trade agreements" first went into effect), stock prices and CEO pay have skyrocketed, while wages for typical American workers have remained stagnate, forcing the trend in dual-household incomes just to pay for basic essentials. And that's why eventually, with more and more Americans being left out of the labor force, we will need a basic income -- BEFORE human labor becomes obsolete.
And no, it's not because of a lack of skills -- it's because of a lack of jobs. Everyone could have a Ph.D. and we'd have a lot of smart people working at McDonalds and Wal-Mart -- and kids in Vietnam will still be making shoes for Nike.
The multinational corporations largest institutional investors (banks, hedge funds and private equity firms) have no patriotic duty to the livelihoods and happiness of their native citizens. Their only goal is CASH -- to enrich themselves. A 2016 Oxfam Davos report shows that 62 people own the same amount of wealth as half the world. That is insane!!!
Stock prices and CEO pay has soared over the past 40 years. But after inflation, real wages in the U.S. have remained stagnant. U.S. multinational corporations invest overseas for cheap labor. Their record after-tax profits are spent on a record high number of stock buybacks (to increase the value of executive stock-option grants) and in mergers and acquisitions -- almost approaching monopoly-like economic power. What's left goes into the pockets of company executives, not workers.
In western "democracies" the "people" began fighting back, but the "powers that be" have been trying to rig elections to keep the status quo. So far the world has seen #Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Obama (a pro-banking, open-borders globalist) went to England to tell voters that if they left the EU they would be in the back of the line for trade deals with the US. (Its a good thing for the UK that Trump was elected.)
Will this trend of offshoring good-paying manufacturing jobs to low wage countries continue with Trump as President? We hope not, because that was a big reason why many people voted for him.
* Clink on the image below to enlarge to see how U.S. trade deals have tracked the stock market. Stocks up over 1,800% over the past 40 years, but wages are not.
- Israel-U.S. Free Trade Agreement in 1985 was America's very first FTA
- North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada (NAFTA) came
into force on January 1, 1994
- U.S. PNTR with China - Oct 10, 2000 China joins WTO in 2001
- Jordan–U.S. Free Trade Agreement - Oct 24, 2000
- Australia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) signed May 18, 2004 and came
into effect on Jan 1, 2005
- Chile-U.S. Free Trade Agreement signed on June 6, 2003 and in force on Jan
- Singapore-U.S. Free Trade Agreement was signed on Sept 3, 2003 and in
force on Jan 1, 2004
- Bahrain-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (USBFTA) signed on Jan 11, 2006 and in
force on Aug 1, 2006
- Morocco-U.S. Free Trade Agreement came into effect on January 1, 2006
- Oman-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (OFTA) signed on Sept 26, 2006 and in force
on Jan 1, 2009
- Peru-U.S. Free Trade Promotion Agreement was implemented on February 1,
- The Dominican Republic–Central America Free Trade Agreement (was CAFTA,
in 2004 the agreement was renamed CAFTA-DR)
- The Panama–U.S. Trade Promotion Agreement was signed in 2007 and in
effect since Oct 2012
- Colombia-U.S. Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA) was passed on Oct 12, 2011
and in force since May 15, 2012
- Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) first signed on June 30, 2007, renegotiated and signed in Dec 2010, and in force since March 2012
Pending Trade Deals
- TPP (Asia) first began in 2005, but beginning in 2008, additional
countries joined. Described as "NAFTA on steroids"
- TTIP (Europe) proposed in 2006 by German Chancellor Angela Merkel
- TiSA (Europe) first crafted in Feb 2012
The Triple Trade Treaty Threat: TPP, TTIP and TiSA
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) or Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a trade agreement among twelve of the Pacific Rim countries—notably not including China. The finalized proposal was signed on 4 February 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand, concluding seven years of negotiations. It is currently awaiting ratification to enter into force. The TPP contains measures to lower both non-tariff and tariff barriers to trade, and establish an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism.
The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed trade agreement between the European Union and the United States. The "globalists" with the American government considers the TTIP a companion agreement to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The agreement is under ongoing negotiations and were originally planned to be finalized by the end of 2014 (but will not be finished until 2019 or 2020, according to economist Hosuk Lee-Makiyama.
The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is a proposed international trade treaty between 23 Parties, including the European Union and the United States. The participating countries started crafting the proposed agreement in February 2012 and presented initial offers at the end of 2013. Criticism about the secrecy of the agreement arose after WikiLeaks released a classified draft in June 2014 of the proposal's financial services annex, dated the previous April. Another release took place in June 2015 and in May 2016.