Who Will Build Tomorrow’s America?
What is not being discussed is the major problem of where America’s next generation will live and work.
In a major lapse of planning, even thinking, leaders have neglected to consider the next layer of population which fundamentally has nowhere to live. Academics, in their ultimate wisdom, ignored the needs of the upcoming children of the engineered society.
Emphasis on high-tech training and service industry adaptation of the national economy had exactly the wrong effect on the gross economy. How did this happen?
First, instead of attributing respect to those who worked with their hands, the high-minded tossed out the idea that dirty work was honorable. People who labored in the hardscrabble trades were considered less intelligent, even somewhat dishonest, and while the construction industry had its share of not-so-lily-white tradesmen, an entire class of workers was shrugged off as charlatans.
The rise of the consumerist class, the effect of an overreaching regulatory system, and the bazaar mentality where haggling was a given spawned the idea that anyone not working in an office or in sales based their business on deceit. News services were no help when they dwelt on fraudulence in the construction business.
Educators were just as bad. When trade technical school classes that taught orthographic drawing, shop, and business were dropped from curricula, an entire echelon of students had nowhere to learn basics. It was considered bad form for anyone to actually want to take a job in the construction business. Why would anyone want to dig a ditch for a foundation when a nice clean desk would produce a paycheck?
Unions were no better when apprenticeship programs were only for sons, daughters, and nephews of members. This practice continues today.
The average age of the tradesman today is 57 years old, and there are few to replace them. Entry level jobs are taken, in the main, by alien workers who see opportunity in doing work that the existing population feels beneath them or their dignity.
Add to these conditions the constant carping of NIMBY constituencies, governmental regulation prohibiting or delaying projects, soaring costs driven by unconscionable economic policies, and the plain obliviousness of an entire stratum of society, and new thinking about development is thwarted.
What does this mean?
It means that this country is headed for a European/Asian style of living that has three generations living in a space originally intended as a single family dwelling. This is reflected in a late survey showing that 36 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 31 still live with their original families.
Some have said that this was caused by a sense of entitlement or a sense of needing security, but what it boils down to is economics.
Regulation, government-guaranteed lending practices, and the arrogance of liberal policy elevated prices in a cost-push inflationary spiral. But the real problem is people who were gulled into the idea that hands-dirty labor was not a thing to be desired or admired.
So, think about this the next time you want some law or regulation or code enacted. What effect will it have on where your kid’s going to live? And who’s going to build it?
We are 10 to 20 years behind the curve here, and we did it to ourselves… and to our kids.