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Reichs Boats In the late 1970s it was customary for families to have the dad as the bread winner The Leave it to Beaver persona poured from home to home and engrossed the budding families to come Now in the modern day Gucci society a one person income is not adequate enough to keep a family above water Everything is getting to be more and more expensive but the income of modern families is not rising to the occasion Robert Reich in Why the Rich Are Getting Richer and the Poor Poorer describes a metaphor of three boats explaining the fates of the following American workers the routine producer the in-person server and the symbolic analyst The first group of American workers that Reich discusses is the routine producer or factory worker He stresses that in the mid twentieth century routine producers were to make a decent living they could buy homes take annual vacations and save toward retirement254 However Reich states that this is no longer the case His metaphorical boat containing the routine producers is sinking steadily254 Because of ease of transportation as well as advances in communication modern factories can be installed all most any where on the globe254 Therefore it is a simple process for factories simply to relocate wherever labor is cheapest Reich cites the example of ATT who after years of assembling their telephones at a factory in Louisiana relocated to Singapore where labor cost were cheaper However by the late 1980s ATTs strategic brokers found that routine producers in Thailand were eager to assemble telephones for a small fraction of the wagers of routine producers in Singapore255 Thus the factory was once again moved in the quest for cheaper labor255
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