The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 1948 the percent of our civilian not-institutionalized population over the age of 16 that was working was just a few percentage points over 58 percent. That percentage rose to just over 67 percent by the year 2000 but has been in a steady decline since and is now at about the level it was in the late 1970s.
Many jobs have left our country. Our total population is over 300 million but only slightly over 100 million are working full time. A study done by the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that slightly fewer than 25 percent of our households earn a 6 figure income with just over 5 percent of our households earning over $200,000 per year. One political party says we need to increase the taxes on the rich to provide support for the poor. But they offer no proposals for how we would increase employment opportunities for the less affluent other than government made work programs funded by tax dollars. Why is it so few see that as a house of cards doomed to collapse further entrapping the lower 75 percent?
We must find ways to create opportunities for people to be self sufficient to reverse the decline of participation in our work force and increase the number of people working for employers other than those funded with tax dollars. We can’t all work for the government. Countries that tried that have almost all stopped trying.
Brad Sewell, Collinsville