The Key to jobs is allowing free enterprise dictate the winners and losers.
There has never been free enterprise in this country. Big business has always used the power of government to stifle competition, keep down wages, and shift the costs of production to society in the form of pollution and resource rape. In the 19th century we called them trusts. Today we call them transnational corporations.
You're right and we're flourishing under Obama just fine.
Obama's economic policies are terrible. There the same as Bush's and Romney's except without letting the rich screw the middle class. The only difference between the Democratic policies and the Republican policies is that the Republicans would eliminate taxes on the richest 1% and cut PBS (a few million) instead of the military (a few tens of billions). Hence, the national debt would increase more under the Republican plan.
1. Slaves (cheaper to buy people than rent their services).
2. Children (they have no bargaining power and can be easily abused).
3. Third world labor (practically slaves and can be abused as such, but cannot do onsite work, so they aren't available for things like agriculture).
4. Illegal immigrants (they have no rights, work for less than minimum wage, and can be abused because if they go to the police, they get deported).
5. H1B visa workers (they have few rights, get deported if they lose their jobs, so they accept far lower wages than Americans, i.e., they give a bigger cut of the wealth they produce to their employers sometimes over 90%).
6. Unskilled Americans (have less bargaining power than skilled Americans hence the motive to try to turn everything into unskill labor).
7. Skilled Americans (the scum of the Earth, these expect to keep the majority of the wealth they produce).
No corporation hires a person unless it has to in order to fulfill demand.
Dan, you think in the industrial age terms. In our post-industrial society corporations do not fulfill demand, they create demand. The main product of Google, Apple, Facebook, Hollywood is demand. Banks work hard to create demand for mortgages and housing, etc. Some of them also fulfill some or all of the demand they create, like Apple, in this case they use slave labor, but that's not their main product.
To fulfill demand robots may successfully replace your 1. thru 4. categories, but creating demand requires two things:
A. Skilled workers (your cat. 5. and up to certain extend cat. 7., even though there is such a big problem with American education that cat. 5. will remain necessary for a loong time.)
B. Guinea pig population: your cat. 6. -- unskilled Americans.
Dan, you think in the industrial age terms. In our post-industrial society corporations do not fulfill demand, they create demand.
Some industries do. Others like retail stores, restaurants, and service industries do not. And the industries that do create demand will hire when and only when the demand they created is greater than their capacity to deliver. Hence, the principle still applies unaltered.