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Automation the Joker in the Deck
American Thinker, by Frank Burke

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Posted By:SpeedMaster, 8/1/2014 11:12:59 AM

Because of the hostility toward (and ignorance about) business that permeates the Obama administration and the Far Left, they are overlooking an element that could have the effect of accelerating unemployment among low-skilled workers to exponential levels. That “joker in the deck” is automation. In their rush to increase the minimum wage and offer amnesty (or something like it) to an ever-increasing number of illegal immigrants, the administration and the Left are ignoring a reality that will compound the problems inherent in both goals. The recent increase in the federal minimum wage (and presumably the wage that federal contractors will be required

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Country Boy, 8/1/2014 11:25:27 AM     (No. 9949367)

In the best of times, liberals are not about fixing any problems. NO, it is about just having the good "intentions", hoping that the problem can be solved.

But in these dark evil days of Progressive out-of-control rule, most of them know that raising the minimum wage will impoverish millions more. And then the can rule them completely.

See, now wasn´t that easy?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 8/1/2014 11:34:51 AM     (No. 9949384)

Obama railed against ATMs replacing tellers, but he is so ignorant of the real world that he probably doesn´t realize that the consequence of raising the minimum wage will be more, in effect, ATMs. Plus, robots don´t make demands or pay union dues or go on strike. McDonalds is in trouble, I think because they keep trying to broaden their menu to the point of being ridiculous, so they should go back to their original concept of just hamburgers, french fries and milkshakes, all of which can easily be automated.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: oh-heck, 8/1/2014 1:27:23 PM     (No. 9949554)

Look at where the US is the unquestioned leader in the world. Best example is oil and gas production. A modern rig arrives as sub assemblies on a fleet of trucks to a pad with a retaining wall. The rig assemblies are combined, the racks of drill tubing are put in place and drilling begins. When the well is finished, the rig walks to another location on the pad and drills another well. This continues for maybe 4 wells. Then the sub assemblies are taken apart and moved to the next pad. The drilling rig, the pipe, the electronics, etc are all built in state in automated plants. The counter to "drill baby drill" used to be "you won´t begin to see oil for 2 years". Modern wells are producing in less than 2 months. The longest single delay is waiting for the concrete pad to cure.

Texas is also a leader in cotton. A neighbor just told me that the automated harvesting equipment is adding some of the steps that used to be done at the gin. Instead of blowing the cotton into truck, the cotton will be processed into rolls like hay. Innovation and automation create growth in jobs but a shift from manual labor to operating a machine.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: harper, 8/1/2014 2:34:21 PM     (No. 9949636)

"...Because of the hostility toward (and ignorance about) business that permeates the Obama administration and the Far Left..."

This mass stupidity was also a hallmark of the British government in the appeasement-centered empowerment of Hitler and the runup to WW2.

Those oh so sensitive "sons of ministers" in positions of power threw away the Czechs and their militarily defensible frontier, their will to fight, their arms plants and their armor plate mills as a sop to Hitler`s anger. They didn`t even know that the Royal Navy`s sole source for armor plate, after their policies closed Britain`s plants, was the Czechs. They put their faith in the UN`s useless predecessor The League Of Nations.

But, hey, no problem. When world leader Britain`s appeasement policies resulted in an overrun Europe, they just turned to an Industrial America, with it`s moral clarity, for salvation.

So who will we turn too?


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Reply 5 - Posted by: lil dotty, 8/1/2014 4:30:26 PM     (No. 9949758)

And just how much will go to the union (and on its way to the donkey party)with each robot paycheck written? Oh for a moment only just plain forgot the robots never receive paychecks...only a lube job and adjustment from time to time o and his party will soon ban robots? Just to be fair?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 8/1/2014 9:48:34 PM     (No. 9950074)

I comfort myself with the knowledge that the lofos who voted in the light-giver will be the first ones unemployed by automation.

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