Let's All Squeeze Together...
So, does a world group squeeze all make us feel better?
I linked a story about deflation of wages from Mish yesterday. Today Naked Capitalism has a story about how workers in Japan have been squeezed to keep their competitiveness.
The article talks about how younger workers have been squeezed and the growing population of people who live in poverty. What I did a double take on there was rioting in Japan, you know, get along with everyone, polite Japan.
The move from workers having jobs with benefits and pensions to jobs without reminds me very much about what has happened in Vancouver. There has been a huge decline in jobs that offer benefits relative to workers.
I don't know that that is a bad thing in itself, but the inequity between people is exactly the stuff that makes for riots. Indeed, I know not having pension, or much pension, made me far more responsible managing my finances.
And on the closing paragraph about improving the social safety net, well, just where's the money supposed to come from?