We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My friend lost his ME manufacturing support job to Mexico.
In the process he had to make a trip down there. He expected wall to wall children toiling in the hot sun. What he saw stunned him. Everything was top of the line computerized automated, using a fraction of the employees previous. And they were all well educated – robotics, programming, automation technologies....
I begin to think of a book I once read. Player Piano. In that one Vonnegut asked the question: What are we all supposed to do when computers and machines are doing it all? And worse, is it going to be government created bread and circuses, again, which keeps the mob from storming the castles?
Maybe face to face contact is not nearly sufficient. McDonalds is experimenting with customer-operated order entry terminals. And store after store are pushing self-checkout. Eventually, the systems will work well enough that an awful lot of cashier positions will disappear.
This doesn't have to happen. The great majority of customers would prefer to deal with a friendly courteous person. But our idiot government insists on putting bounties of the heads of workers via insanely stupid taxes, laws and regulations. Businesses are being forced to automate, go offshore, downsize or simply quit as a result.
Further proof, although none is needed, that there is nothing so screwed up that government can't make it much, much worse.
Assuming that taxes represent 1/4 of operating expenses, what if overseas workers or automation can cut those costs by 1/2 or more?
I'd love for my states' business excise taxes to be eliminated. But I do most of my driving (it's a brick, mortar, and roads business) on state highways.
I used to pay my banking bills thru courteous but unintelligible Indians. They switched. Now I'm paying thru a courteous and easy automated system, which I like.
Eliminating taxes and regulation will only go so far. What's the answer?
The answer is a VAT (value added tax) or what would for all intents be a federal sales tax to replace business taxes. But for anything made in the U.S. the tax is paid in each step. That is you buy wood to build furniture and your tax is paid. When you sell the furniture the tax due is less the taxes already paid. When foriegn competitor sells the furniture 100% of the tax must be paid. Then too the foriegn company still has to pay their own countries taxes where the U.S. company would have none. The only downside is that liberals would not be able to use the tax code to "punish" so therefore they would oppose this.