I guess, in a way, I'm a fatalist. It's not that I don't feel threatened by the situation----hell---I live here, too!
Fact is, I've always practiced what I preach. When I ran my shop, I was always careful to run work that was profitable, but not excessively so. I never made a lot of money----nor was that my objective. I was simply doing my thing, putting in an honest day for an honest buck. I never joined the union, nor would I have considered doing so. It's not my style. I figure what I am and what I do speaks for itself, and those that are wise recognize me, and my capabilities, and reward me accordingly.
Having said the above, I'm pissed at people that are ruining my life---people that keep demanding more and more for less and less----they're making my quality of life less than I had expected. Maybe it's unrealistic for me to expect a soft drink for 5¢-----although I recall all too well the days when that's what they cost.
Maybe I take an overly simplistic look at things (I'm not very wise politically----probably shows, eh?), but I've watched as inflation has killed the buying power of the dollar. People (at all levels) demanding more for their time, yet not delivering the value for what they're being paid already-----so the boss gives the raise------and raises the price of his product. Worker says he can't afford to buy it at that price, and demands a raise. It has to end somewhere, so I've done my part.
It's not that I'm not uncaring, Dennis----it's that I see things differently, and one of the ways I see it is that you're not a victim----you're part of the problem. Had workers in this country kept their wits about them, maybe their jobs would still be here----perhaps if for no other reason, the advantages of leaving the country wouldn't have been great enough to leave. Dunno-----as I say, I'm not wise politically. One thing I do understand is that doing "business as usual" isn't working----and protective tariffs would only make minor changes in the inevitable.
It sounds to me like you want protection so you can continue the course of more for less. Won't work----and never will. In the end, you still have to deliver value-- or face what's happening today--and that's something almost no one addresses.