John Q. Public wrote:Not in the order you asked, but....
If guys at the top make $$, does that mean it's done at the expense of the lower incomes?
In some cases, yes; in most cases, no. Most people who've become wealthy deserve every penny. Then there's the Donalds, the corporate raiders and the Walmarts, although I hear Walmart's getting better. But their managers still don't make as much as managers of some smaller types of stores do.
Why do you think that is?
What do you mean by "squeezing the incomes", and what is the way to counteract that here in the US?
I posted a job posting for a forklift driver a while ago that paid just about the same as I made for it 30 years ago (non-union). My first job after I got out of college pays about the same as it did then, and in many cases, much less. I posted a couple years ago that Staples was eliminating the position of Store Manager. I don't know how that worked out, but many mall-type stores don't have them, or it's just a title and the actual management is done by a district manager. Warehousing and truck driving don't pay near what they used to. Many sales jobs haven't kept pace. Lots of examples out there of jobs that once would buy you a modest house but now will get you only half of an apartment.
In some cases technology's been the cause, in some it's been efficiencies, but in many it's been employers saying "take it or leave it" and there being somebody out there who's willing to take it. An example of that one - the last two companies I've worked for have been advertising for part-time help all around the Bay Area for five years (5 years!) without finding any takers - and without raising the pay to a level that somebody in the Bay Area could work for. I guess that means the jobs are kind of marginal, but it also says they're willing to wait for that one person who desperately needs a job.
If I understand you correctly, you believe:
1) there are some ruthless businesses
2) there are some jobs that are no longer in demand
3) Some businesses would prefer to leave a position unstaffed than to pay more then what they've determined the worth
Is that correct?