A Green Restorative Business Model
Where Have All The Jobs Gone?
Secretaries, Accounting Staff, File Clerks, All Gone! First, the secretary went out with the word processors, then the green shaded clerks exited when inexpensive accounting systems like Quicken and PeachTree came along. Excel spreadsheets and complex data base driven ERP's that automate almost every aspect of a company's operation from manufacturing, to customer service are thinning the ranks of the historically employed educated class of America. From the Sales Force to Middle Management the jobs are going - AND THEY ARE NOT COMING BACK!
And With the Jobs Go Taxes - Many municipalities are struggling with the realities of our NEW, post meltdown economy. The City of Detroit is the newest, most obvious casualty but many others are not far behind. Reduced expectations, and dwindling revenues from a shrinking tax base are the bane of city governments everywhere. Today, over 100 million Americans are on the very brink of poverty. Inner cities are replete with "for sale," and "foreclosures" signs appearing in once prosperous working class neighborhoods. AND ... it's not over yet. This is NOT a result of outsourcing, nor is it the crashed economy either. It is not a result of a lack of education as new college grads cannot find jobs today! It is a major trend that is not only increasing it is accelerating as well. Decent paying jobs in all sectors of the economy are being replaced by increasingly capable tools built not out of steel and metal but from the minds of innovative software designers. These are not the ubiquitous industrial robots we see in the car commercials. No indeed, these automated highly productive software programs that decimate the staff of many companies