As the Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein recently reported: “Under Obamacare, businesses with over 50 workers that employ American citizens without offering them qualifying health insurance could be subject to fines of up to $3,000 per worker. But because newly legalized immigrants wouldn’t be eligible for subsidies on the Obamacare exchanges until after they become citizens – at least 13 years under the Senate bill – businesses could avoid such fines by hiring the new immigrants instead.”
My thoughts are this will grant a decade in which finish automation of most factory floors. After that, little will remain for human workers. There will be a class of worker whom makes adjustments to computer applications on the back end of production which calibrate machines doing production.
The labor force can be reduced to a half a dozen or so such “maintaince men” on crews per production facility. We already over produce more than needed. Automating to a higher level would ensure production becomes trivial, more efficent. A con of that lies in displacing human workers.
We should look further into self-sufficeny. People may grow their own food using aqua ponic farming methods. http://www.growingpower.org/ They produce enough surplus to sell it locally. They use aquaponics.
I think I read Growing Power produces a million pounds of food on 3 acres. A person could feasibly grow enough for themselves year round in roughly 20 yards. Doubtful the government will foster such “radical” thought as they must support Monsanto.