I'm not sure if this is the right sub-forum for this, but I thought that I'd ask to see what other people, perhaps more knowledgable than myself, thought. When I got into the workforce in the late 90s, at least where I was living at the time, nearly anyone who had a good work ethic, was fairly intelligent, and could prove themselves reliable and dependable could work themselves into a full time position where they could work one job, 40 hours a week, and cover their bills and live at least a lower middle class lifestyle. If a person did their job and was a good citizen, they could have the reasonable expectation that as long as the company didn't go under, the job would be there, and theirs, for the forseeable future. After college (I did my best for seven years but didn't graduate), I got a part time job at a retail store. Within a year, I got a promotion and worked myself into full time status, which gave me health insurance, vacation time, ect. I was promoted again a year later, and a year after that was in management making more than either of my parents. It was an enviornment where anyone who could prove that they were good at the job and reliable could move up the ladder, and there were a lot of rungs on the ladder. Also, anyone who did an adequate job could expect a yearly raise of between 4-6%. Fast forward a few years, and my company gradually eliminated almost all full time employees, eliminated any semblance of a ladder - leaving only mangers and minimum wage part time employees, and made it essentially impossible for anyone to ever get a raise. I've since learned that this is now commonplace almost everywhere. Will we ever get back to where we were? Where an average person can have the reasonable expectation of finding ONE job, working 40 hours a week, where they can at least afford a safe home and a car that runs? It looks pretty scary to me.