Agree with much of what has been stated here, factors such as:
*Increased Taxes that are wasted by corruption and bad fiscal mgt. by Congress and US Senators.
*Increased Immigration with H1-B Visas that has unequally disproportioned the US worker in the job market.
*Increased in Health Care & Costs, Food, Gas, and Pricing…the other day even a Target just for a 12ounce bag of coffee was $11.00,
the cheapest I could find even with my Target Card and Cartwheel App -was Seattle Best @$5.79.
*Global Trade that is disproportionate to US Trade and Exports.
As a small business owner consultant, I am now being asked in some of my projects to charge what I was making in 2000, but yet everything has gone up.
Although, I have the technical background, education, and analytical skills that are valued, and yet I am competing with foreign workers that are charging less, but not living in my area.
Interesting enough, some of the companies are realizing that by outsourcing they are getting: No analytical skills, only line production mentality - they do not go beyond looking at a problem or solution since they are not trained for this, but then they come back to me with a project and want me to charge the lowest rate possible…I say please call 1-800-MUMBAI-WORKER and do not waste my time. We need to start pushing back that this is unacceptable this conglomerates and corporate america can no longer do this to the US Workforce.