I've thought this for years that corporations need to increase they're wages, it would solve a myriad of problems. But i've never been able to articulate it as well. Wages flattened out decades ago, the average worker is taking home less now than thirty years ago, to cope back then women went to work to make up for the lower wages, people put in much longer hours to make up, that worked for a couple of decades. In the last two people have been using credit to keep up with inflation, and we have seen how that has worked out. Now if wages were increased way back when women/mothers could have stayed home and raised the kids, maybe moral values wouldn't have reached the lows that they have with more guidance at home. (Just a thought) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/03/opinion/03reich.html?_r=2&ref=opinion THIS promises to be the worst Labor Day in the memory of most Americans. Organized labor is down to about 7 percent of the private work force. Members of non-organized labor â€” most of the rest of us â€” are unemployed, underemployed or underwater. his crisis began decades ago when a new wave of technology â€” things like satellite communications, container ships, computers and eventually the Internet â€” made it cheaper for American employers to use low-wage labor abroad or labor-replacing software here at home than to continue paying the typical worker a middle-class wage. Even though the American economy kept growing, hourly wages flattened. The median male worker earns less today, adjusted for inflation, than he did 30 years ago. But for years American families kept spending as if their incomes were keeping pace with overall economic growth. And their spending fueled continued growth. How did families manage this trick? First, women streamed into the paid work force. By the late 1990s, more than 60 percent of mothers with young children worked outside the home (in 1966, only 24 percent did). Second, everyone put in more hours. What families didnâ€™t receive in wage increases they made up for in work increases. By the mid-2000s, the typical male worker was putting in roughly 100 hours more each year than two decades before, and the typical female worker about 200 hours more.