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Mr. Trump is promising to bring millions of jobs back to America.  This is a hollow promise because the kinds of jobs he’s referring to are quickly being replaced by robotic machines driven by incredible software. 

In the past, manufacturing went to the countries with the lowest wages.  In the future manufacturing will go to the countries with the best robots, software and the most talented engineers.  For a brilliant example, check out the YouTube video of Tesla autos being produced in California:

 

China is spending $3.5 billion annually on robotics, North America less than $2 billion.  This investment is translating into fewer manufacturing jobs.  Foxconn (China), the world’s 10th largest employer and Apple’s biggest supplier, has already replaced 60,000 workers with robots.

If you have kids in school, encourage them to go into software development or mechanical engineering.  That’s where the future is. If that doesn’t appeal to them, they should learn a trade.  The need for good plumbers, electricians and other trades people will continue for a long time.

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One Response to Trump’s hollow promise of bringing jobs back to America:
  1. I live in the rural South where textile mills employed thousands of unskilled workers for decades. When the jobs left they all went on welfare. Now there kids are doing the same. After NAFTA the economist said let the jobs go and retrain for better skill jobs. Guess what, no companies have moved in that needed better skilled workers. Those workers went on welfare also. This argument assumes there are better jobs for these unskilled or even skilled workers. Except in larger cities companies moved out and nothing moved in. There has to be some way to employ unskilled workers. You will always have them. I am not sure that even a government incentive to certain industries to hire them would be better than pay them to sit at home. It’s frighting how many kids drop out of school and then find they have no ability to make a living. They eventually turn to crime and or assistance. Our inner cities are a great example. The suggestion of trade skills is a good thought. This would be the best possibility for these folks. But again, the high schools have drunk the kool-aid on college for all. We have very little trade classes in school and zero for those that drop out. Training here would be a good use of public funds, but there is no program. I am not sure these folks are on the Presidents radar when he talks about jobs but they should be. There are millions of these folks and quite fewer number that can become engineers or a computer programers.


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