We must hold officials accountable

To the editor:

I was listening to the Glenn Beck radio program and the topic was the unemployment numbers. Statistics were brought up comparing the largest employers in 1955 compared to 2010. Being curious about what they said I did some researching. The statistics that they gave were the newest ones that were given – they were published Sept. 23 by the Huffington Post.

In 1955 the U.S. population was about 166 million, the labor force was working approximately 59 percent of the population and the median salary was about $4,418 a year. The largest employers were: General Motors, U.S. Steel, General Electric, Chrysler, Standard Oil (New Jersey), Amoco, Goodyear and Firestone.

In 2010 the U.S. population was about 309 million, the labor force was working approximately 63 percent of the population and the median salary was about $41,673.83. The largest employers were Wal-Mart, Target, Sears, Kroger, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Dell, Google, Cisco and Oracle.

“In the 2000’s U.S. manufacturing suffered its worst performance in American history in terms of jobs America lost 5.7 million manufacturing jobs and exceeded the rate of loss in the Great Depression. Despite the unprecedented negative performance, most economists, pundits and elected officials remain remarkably blase about what has transpired.” (itif.org) It was 2010 when the U.S. ended its 110-year reign as the leading producer of goods. (dailymail.co.uk)

Here in 2013, the U.S. population is about 315 million, the labor force is working approximately 63 percent of the population and the median salary is about $42,976.61. As for the jobs created this year, 75 percent are part time, less than 30 hours, and the jobs don’t have decent wages and benefits.

Our representatives and government have done this to our nation. They are the ones who have sent our jobs overseas and have regulated our industries into bankruptcies, and even now they are working to close coal mines and coal-fired plants, a source that provides our nation with 78 percent of its electricity. Even with all of this, Congress is looking to add illegals to our work force.

Ormet, an aluminum plant in Hannibal, is about to close its doors because of operational and legacy costs. Unions are not blameless in what has happened to the labor force. They, like government, are looking out for themselves and their jobs, not for the rank and file.

Nothing will change if we the people do not hold our public servants accountable. For years we have elected and re-elected people who are dishonorable, untrustworthy and liars. This is what happens when you sow bad seeds.

Merica Petrella