January 26, 2017

100 Words -- Job Story

President Trump has started a national conversation on jobs. I hope we talk about more than just trade. Many analysts argue robotics far outweighs trade as a job killer. I see this when my trash is picked up. The county used to have three-man crews:  one driver and two collectors. These were good-paying jobs with benefits, a toe-hold in the middle class. Now there is one driver. The two collectors were replaced by a robotic arm that scoops up the bin and dumps it into the truck. As a taxpayer I’m happy we saved money, but at what hidden cost?

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