Employers and Employees

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Employers: Walmart, Healthcare, Schools and Boeing

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Only Washington State (Boeing) has an industry that actually manufactures things leading the pack. Walmart generally sells things NOT made in America. But I could be wrong. I avoid Walmart whenever possible.
It would be nice to see a situation where more states had manufacturing that surpassed Walmart, and those minimum wage jobs. There’s nothing wrong with Walmart. They’re part of the free enterprise system and they do fill a niche, as they employ a lot of hard-core unemployables.
Both the state education university systems and the healthcare systems are a product of government taxation. I’m not throwing rocks at them either, but to make America great again, we need to make things again, IMHO.
And THAT, dear readers, is why I only hire males who work as independent contractors to work with me.

26 thoughts on “Employers and Employees

  1. Sadly true state of affairs in America today.
    Definitely agree we need to get back to a day when Made in America meant something.
    We need to change or do away with unions, though, I think.

  2. LL,

    Just here to possibly insert a fly into your ointment. As many, including President Trump, have pointed out, small employers are as a group, the largest source of jobs. That being the case, Walmart and its 1.5 million jobs doesn't hold a candle to say private doctors offices, or attorneys, or the construction industry (as a whole) along with their millions of sub-contractors (due to workman's comp laws). I would suppose, though, that they are better represented in DC

  3. As much as I wish Made in America were so, here is another fly in that whole 'making' thing. Automation, fueled partly by entry level workers who demand $15/hr. to start.

    There was a time when unions had their place. Over time, they have priced the U.S. right out of the world labor market.

  4. It aggravates me when government subsidized/owned (socialist) institutions are the largest employers in a state. Government should never be the largest employer, with the possible exception of the District of Colombia.

  5. I don't think that it's the unions. It's the politicians that vote minimum wage laws and enact costly regulations that drive up the cost making anything. Pres. Trump is trying to fix that. Let's see how he does.

  6. Educate more engineers and people who will create products as part of the solution. Make it attractive to create cost efficient production being competitive instead of having incentives to import cheap unskilled labor that only will make a few richer for a limited period of time and then let the taxpayer carry the burden rest of the life. What happen with the good university and educational system in the US? someone managed to make a disaster out of it and now people only have debt instead of something being attractive.

  7. After working in the electronics manufacturing industry for 41 years in Florida, my reaction is much like Keith Moore with this refinement: by measures of amount produced, productivity, and so on, American manufacturing of all kinds is healthier than ever. But productivity means accomplishing more with less, and that means fewer people on the assembly lines.

    On your last line, why I only hire males who work as independent contractors to work with me., my wife, who worked as technician and engineer for 30+ years said that's exactly what she expects. She spent 30+ years basically fighting that.

  8. Debt is offered to those basket weaving and racial and gender studies majors who will never have the capacity to pay it back. There is no incentive to pursue engineering or hard science majors. The USA has clearly changed to a grievance culture that thrives on primarily perceived wrongs.

  9. I feel for your wife, but why would I hire trouble? My company is a 'small machine' and women are trouble. Most of my employees are latinos, if that is any consolation.

  10. I'm surprised the top employer in California isn't the porn industry. The San Fernando Valley is the porn capital of the whole universe.

  11. That is my point, too, RHT. Unions have priced us out of the world market.

    MikeRoweWorks is a great foundation for vocational education. The largest section of unfilled jobs are the skilled trades.

  12. It is definitely the politicians now, true. But the unions have still out-priced us. We should not have to legislate "Right-to-work".

  13. It wasn’t listed by industry, but by largest single employer. Otherwise drug sales would eclipse everything else

  14. California has been taken over by government and it's employees and they seem to think more government handouts & programs (boondoogles) are the be all end all. Add in the cost of doing business here and it's a wreck. It would be great if N Calif could be made it's own state, but I don't ever see that coming to pass. There are just not enough votes here to make it happen. After 70 years I'm gone, as soon as this house is sold.
    I think you are wise, in your business, to not hire women.

  15. That is a scary graphic… plain and simple. Not a single other state has enough manufacturing to even get an honorable mention…

  16. Walmart and cheap crap from China and India would seem to be the glue that holds the place together.

  17. Unions, government meddling and the grievance culture with its attendant lawsuits have made business difficult in America. I don't know that it can be reversed.

  18. RHT447 I lived in Chico from 5th grade til I was a freshman in college. It has changed so much I don't care to ever live there again.
    Where did you move to, if you don't mind my asking.

  19. Attended Chico State after my Army hitch, class of '81. Stayed and raised a family until we left as mentioned. We are now in the DFW area. Our two oldest kids started careers here, and we followed. Both my wife's and my lineage come back to Texas. BTW, I spent one of my college summers working on a ranch way out on Red Bank Road.

  20. RHT447 Small world… The Cowman's family's home ranch was about 12/15 miles out off of Red Bank Road.

  21. From somewhere I got a tip about a book "Calexit- The Anthology". The future of the US looks grim if the current trend continues. Having a strong financial industry owned by a few moving money around the globe with no loyalty except to the short term profit and an increasing number of people living on government funding do not look prosperous. The left is especially against forecast since the future look bad with muslim immigration, but facts might help. Especially the experience from Israel which they tend to hate. The lesson from Israel go back to 1948 when Prime minister Ben Gurion let 400 ultra orthodox exempted from military service. That is 69 years ago. Since the fertility rate among these are very high, 6.9 and they have special requirements the future became more negative than anyone could predict for the state of Israel. Today 52 percent of the orthodox live below the poverty limit in Israel. The others only 19 percent. The education the orthodox get is bad, so bad that very get a job. The orthodox population is expected to grow from 1 to 3 millions within 2050. In 2065 49 percent of all Jewish children below age 14 will be orthodox. And they will not serve in the military. The politicians have understood this is not sustainable and have already reduced the financial benefits of having many children.

    Their low employment rates present a threat to the economy due to lower state revenues from taxes and higher grants and subsidies to this segment of the population, as it also tends to be poorer. The low employment rates and higher poverty levels contribute to inequality in society.

    The US can learn form this experience. The links are to the news articles giving the details.

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