With the advent of World War II America recovered from the greatest depression the US had ever seen.
With the advent of free trade, America will once again return to economic dark ages.
The engineers of free trade agreements said the jobs lost to cheap overseas labor will be replaced by high paying service sector jobs.
Service sector jobs do not “create” anything
Tech jobs design stuff, such as routers, switches and software, but we need working people to make those items. Who is going to assemble the circuit boards? How is going to install the circuit boards?
In other words, we need hands-on people to assemble those products.
We need ship builders, we need people to build bulldozers, build DVD players, make clothes,,,,. It is those jobs that support the middle class.
Is a financial analyst going to pour asphalt on the weekends? How else are roads supposed to be built? Someone has to operate the equipment. Someone has to build the equipment that pours the asphalt.
What about the heat exchangers, cooling towers, pressure vessels, separation towers,,, are tech jobs going to build those items?
What do tech jobs add to the economy or infrastructure? Do tech jobs build drilling rigs? Do tech jobs drive trucks? Do tech jobs build our bridges? How about our roads? Do tech jobs build our roads and highways?
What about our pipelines? Do tech jobs dig the trenches, lay the pipes, weld the pipes, x-ray the welds, fill the trenches back in with dirt?
What about the refineries? Are tech jobs going to build and weld the columns, ladders, walkways,,,?
Are tech jobs going to build and install the pumps that make the refinery work?