shawn_oneil wrote:Yes but you do not need 1 person to fix for each robot. The total work output is far greater than the same amount of people even taking into account the maintenance.
That depends entirely on the situation and needs. You still have to factor in design, programming, manufacture and maintenance, all done by humans (for now!)
shawn_oneil wrote:I agree to a point. When unions ask for ridiculous items that is when they loose the credibility in my opinion.
And I agree with you as well. On the other side of the coin, you have CEOs getting huge salaries, massive bonuses and gloden parachutes, often rewarding failure.
shawn_oneil wrote:These are global companies. We as a society need to realize that we will be competing for job with people from China, India, Korea, etc. That is why we need our education system to be simply the best in the world. We are not there in my opinion. We can not expect to pay the added cost in products just to keep protectionism in place. We need to compete which means work.
It doesn't matter how good our education system is, our cost of living is light years above that of China, India, Korea, etc..
We will always need a certain level of protectionism, all the above mentioned countries do as well as competing countries. Do you know how much tax the Japanese put on a Harley Davidson? We actually discount their imported products.
The biggest beneficiary of welfare are American Corporations. And that often results in moving jobs offshore simply so Corporations (which our tax dollars helped) can be profitable. And where do those profits go? Into the pockets of CEOs who use accounting tricks to avoid taxes.
shawn_oneil wrote:When you get work done on your house do you seek a fair price (value vs cost) or do you pay for union labor?
I do seek a fair price. I also make sure that my contractor is paying their (legal) employees a fair wage and using quality materials. Since there are generally Independent Contractors, they are not subject to collective bargaining. If you know of a GC or landscaper that has a recognized union contract with their employees I'd be interested in checking them out.