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In The Digital Age....We Simply Don't Need As Many People

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February 22, 2010 – Comments (5)

Vudu Movie Service Acquired by Wal-Mart for More Than $100-Million

We don't need video stores and tens of millions of square feet of retail space

We don't need bank branches, hundreds of thousands of employees, and hundreds of millions of square feet of retail space

We don't need P&C insurance agents as sales move online

We don't need as many airline workers...

Continental Airlines Inc. - 600 Reservation Agents 

We could get rid of more than half of the over 20,000,000 people working for government

We don't need as many nursing homes and home health care workers as the millions of unemployed can now care for their parents

We could go on and on and on.......

The problem is all those people were paying into Social Security, Medicare and retirement accounts so our current retirees could relax.......

 

5 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 22, 2010 at 7:11 PM, chk999 (99.98) wrote:

This argument goes back to the invention of the steam engine. What happens is new industries are created and jobs migrate over to them. What are the odds in 1990 that the TCP/IP protocol and the HTTP protocol would create the millions of jobs they provide today?

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#2) On February 22, 2010 at 7:37 PM, JaysRage (90.49) wrote:

But we'll need a boatload more people working in information systems to take care of all that data that is so vitally important to making these on-line marvels work efficiently and effectively. 

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#3) On February 22, 2010 at 8:12 PM, alstry (35.03) wrote:

Actually, jobs were created when we were developing the technology......now that we are in the implementation phase.....jobs are evaporating.

If new industries arise, then jobs will be created again....but for now we are in the job elimination phase.

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#4) On February 23, 2010 at 12:02 AM, FleaBagger (29.37) wrote:

An end to government would mean an end to involuntary unemployment.

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#5) On February 25, 2010 at 1:43 AM, tfirst (36.80) wrote:

We still eat....and we still shit.....we still  like shiny things,....and as long as sex never goes out of style, all you seem to be doing is making rich people nervous.

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