If I were to pick the single-biggest issue that dampens the American spirit, damages our economy and ruins our future, it would be unemployment. Total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 125,000 in June; the unemployment rate is 9.5 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What drives much of today's unemployment? I would argue that it's outsourcing. I see job outsourcing as much more than the inconvenience of calling your technical support or financial institution and encountering someone with a strong accent.
When I came to this country, back in 1980, America was a beacon for immigrants. Now, immigration is down. Even the seasonal workers from Mexicodon't come in huge numbers anymore.
People used to say, get an education. Education is your way to find a job. That and experience. The time for this wisdom is gone.
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