I remember it well. In the mid-nineties I was teaching computer skills at a mid-sized training center with three schools and a strong alliance with the Vocational Rehabilitation bureau. At one school I had 30 seats mostly filled with Voc Rehab clients whose jobs had been off shored, most of them laid off from the local shoe factory where they had made upwards of $15 to $20 an hour doing piecework with a minimal base wage. Most of these folks had worked in the mill all their lives - like their parents before them, made a decent living wage and lived the middle class life promised by the American Dream. Then came NAFTA and Ross Perot's giant sucking sound of medium skill, high paying manufacturing jobs being off shored en-mass by people like Fucking Mitt Romney. After my class they would be competing for minimum wage, entry level jobs with some paying a little more for those lucky enough to have some technical skills. Broke My Heart.
Plants like this one in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts that employed thousands of workers and support staff are now empty.
Plants like this one in Hongqingting Shoe Factory, Wenzhou China are now packed and very busy.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
After lunch, as we exited the restaurant which was located on Peach Street - the main street in Atlanta - I was struck by the surrealistic silence in what should have been a noisy, busy city. Still no cars and few pedestrians. We walked back to our hotel without speaking, each lost in our own thoughts about what had just happened in New York and speculating on what was going to happen next.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Hello friends and others. The greendayman has been mired in a deep, dark hole for many, many months now. Denying it serves no purpose. I have finally connected with a doc who has helped me immensely. I am almost back but probably at about 85%. I can't afford the emotional expenditures of railing at the fucking assholes on the right who piss me off so much I could eat a tree.... oops... well, see what I mean. Can't do it. But will try to stay in touch. It is good for me to hear from you as well. I will still be "spitballing" as 'grain sez. Hope to see you all out here on the interwebs. Love always - GDM