With last Tuesday’s election of Donald Trump, a reversal of the current trends in globalization may be imminent. The answer is not to slam the door on trade or to ignore the existence of a problem, but rather to start talking honestly about it and the unforeseen side effects it is having on our country and economy.
It is no secret that what has become known as the sell-out has delivered an ample supply of low skilled, low wage and low-benefited jobs to replace the mass exodus of good paying and skilled American manufacturing jobs. Connecticut and New England have been states hit hardest by the loss of these jobs. Not long ago, folks could opt out of college to pursue trade school and expect the opportunity of well paying manufacturing jobs in industries like hardware, tools, plating, arms, naval or aeronautical. These opportunities have virtually disappeared, the victim of plant closings and shifts to overseas production.