I will further more talk about all of these topics to show just how bad exploitation is and how there aren't many ways for it to be stopped. Trafficking and sweatshop working are the most common forms of exploitation in the United States today. Trafficking occurs when a poor individual is offered job opportunities to make money and persuaded that these opportunities are good jobs. Then the poor individual agrees to work and then is forced to work as a prostitute, abused laborer or a servant. Sweatshop working occurs in the corporate environment today and is when the average businessman works around the clock for his company and doesn't receive career advancements or raises but the CEO is becoming richer and richer.
They are illegal however, and most business that hire these immigrants are paid under the table. Most of their money is sent back to their families behind the Border so that the families of a lower, poorer income can enjoy a better life. Most immigrants continue to do this until they are either found by law enforcement agents, or the family applies for U.S citizenship to live the life of the “American Dream”, with prosperity and no more fear of deportation. When Hispanic immigrants successfully make it across the border, their instinct tells them to find a job as soon as possible, because most of these immigrants have literally nothing. Some small business chains will not hire illegal immigrants because they fear legal action will ensue if they are caught or they think some immigrants are too inept to work with the needed skills for the job.
The largest companies in the United States are finding that there are workers that are just as qualified in other countries that do not require as much pay. The article Vanishing Jobs says, “Nationally, layoffs are eliminating jobs far beyond blue-collar workers... in the ever shrinking manufacturing sector” (Katel). This quote interprets the idea that business will do anything to make a greater profit through cutting costs. Most politicians say that the issue behind job loss in the United States is because of lack of education. This to some point is true; however, the evidence provides the information to conclude that the degree holders are mostly the ones losing their jobs because of the higher wage that is obtained by the degre... ... middle of paper ... ...ect on the college graduates and younger children of today.
The gap between the rich and poor that has continuously increased throughout the decades makes it even more challenging for an individual to jump from the poor class to the rich. The rich, receiving large tax breaks, stay rich. This leaves the Americans in the poor class to carry the burden of the heavier taxes, leaving them in the same class with little to no hope of becoming rich and obtaining the American dream. In addition, delaying and denying citizenship to immigrants hinders their ability to obtain wealth and the American dream. Low wages also decreases the ability for many Americans to gain a higher education, decreasing the likelihood they will receive high wages and the American dream.
The era of volatility has created a shift from America being the middle-class society to simply rich or poor (Sachs, 2011). A gap this large has not been experienced since the 1920’s (Sachs). “The top 1% of households takes almost a quarter of all household income” but an economy this top heavy will not be able to succeed (Sachs, 2011, p. 30). The working classes are struggling with housing, wage, and employment issues. Rich individuals are ignoring these troubles, shipping their business operations out of the country, thus furthering the downward spiral of the economy (Sachs).
Immigrants in america take the low paying, hard labor jobs that , unfortunately, some americans don't want. Most immigrants usually fill essential service jobs in the economy, which are vacant. Unfortunately, like new immigrants throughout U.S. history, “they experience conditions that are commonly deprived, oppressive, and exploitive” (Conover, 2000). They are paid low wages with little potential for advancement, are subjected to hazardous working conditions, and are threatened with losing their jobs and even deportation if they voice dissatisfaction with the way they are treated. Many work several jobs to make ends meet.
The reasons as to this present inequality are tied to the functions of capitalism. Globalization has resulted in large masses of people who are competing for jobs and the result is businesses will hire individuals at low pay rates/ low benefits (Standing 5). Globalization has also resulted in many businesses outsourcing their employees and production to international countries with little to no infrastructure to protect the rights of workers and the rights to resources. Countries that do not have the legislature in place to facilitate fair treatment are the most abused and experience higher economic inequality rates. The theory of Trickle-down Economics does not apply in these countries because what financial assets do go into these countries usually remain at the top of the social ladder (Diaz).
Look at all the pollution and how it is causing the air to be bad. How does it affect business owners though, you ask? It may be surprising but business owners are also affected about how the weather is. Let it be earthquakes, floods, tornados, or any severe weather event it can all affect the business negatively. It leads to a lot of money loss that owners have to pay in the end, like for an example earthquakes are not predicted beforehand unt... ... middle of paper ... ...sinesses are not affected about what is going on in the environment, but that’s not true.
“The fact that tens of millions of workers will still be trapped in low-wage hell while a sliver of Americans live better than the kings of old will seem like a minor detail.” (David Callahan) Hard working individuals are treated unequally in retrospect to the little amount of income they receive compared to the 1% community and the limited amount of work they need to complete to be considered the 1%. Income inequality causes big businesses... ... middle of paper ... ...dangerous level, and the government has turned a blind eye to this issue. The government should step in and do more to fix this issue because income inequality is causing controversy and discrimination between the 1% of wealthy individuals and the not so much, poorer less fortunate 99% of America 's working class citizens. With income inequality on the rise, it is slowly but surely killing our country from the inside out. It is causing the middle class to slowly dissipate into a false reality with endless hope for recovery and modification.
If the US closes off borders to foreign trade, manufacturing companies would feel a financial strain, causing potential job loss. Manufacturing companies in the US rely on profits from selling products in foreign markets and on many foreign goods to assemble those products. If businesses are not able to import their needed materials, then they would not be able to produce the products, both wanted and needed by both Americans and foreign buyers. Job loss would be inevitable and lead to many of the same problems seen today but on a grander scale. Job loss, homes in foreclosure, and the people who still have jobs would be living from paycheck to paycheck.