Dismal labor market is affecting marriage, family

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  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 17, 2013 12:50 a.m.

    Let's bring this back to a far deeper level. Back in the nineteenth century most conservatives were opposed to capitalism, industrialization, and free trade because they believed those things to be antithetical to conservative values which esteemed stable families, stable communities, and established ways of doing things. The fears of these conservatives were spot on.

    But now in the twenty-first century capitalism, industrialization, and free trade are the established way of doing things, even though they have been proven to be destructive of conservative ideals. So where do we go? The one time in history that we seemed to achieve a good balance was in the U.S. from 1945-1975. Families and communities were strong and the working class prospered.

    It was government policy that made working class prosperity and stability, and it could do so again if our government would stand up to the plutocracy instead of doing their bidding.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    April 16, 2013 4:43 p.m.

    Samuelson makes excellent points, and combined with the economic analysis showing how technology is - and will accelerate - making life even more difficult for job seekers (and current employees), this poses some thorny questions for our society and traditional political orientations.

    For Democrats / liberals - does a tax redistribution scheme really address the underlying problems? Where do we go if every kid gets a reasonably equal opportunity, but the equality of economic results becomes even more sharply skewed?

    For Republicans / conservatives - if you really espouse family values, how do you sit by and do nothing to address the economic conditions that put so much pressure on families, that even discourage the formation of families? When it comes down to it, are conservatives really just Darwinists - survival of the fittest, "don't tread on me"? Or can they think outside their historic ideology to take strong measures to help families (and by extension, our society, and conservatism)?

    Nasty questions, no easy answers.

  • Kent C. DeForrest Provo, UT
    April 16, 2013 1:41 p.m.

    Wow, it's 1:40 p.m. and this editorial by Samuelson has evoked exactly zero comments. Must be a hot-button topic. Or maybe Samuelson is just becoming irrelevant if he can't provoke either the Right or the Left.

    His editorial gives some interesting data, but it ignores the underlying question: Why are American workers making less money as time passes? What are we doing wrong in our economy if fewer people can find meaningful work at a decent wage? We need to think outside the box a bit rather than sit around wringing our hands over the loss of decent-paying jobs.