Adam Davidson makes a brilliant point in today's New York Times Magazine, e.g., that the decision to not invest in acquiring skills makes sense for the individual but is harmful for the larger society. That is what we will call the "Skills Falllacy". First, notice that the skills required to fill all those empty jobs are acquired in community colleges, and that is one of the places we have cut funding most deeply.
Secondly, learning welding inside a factory for a production line is one thing, learning welding outside on pipelines, building structures, etc. is quite a different thing. I once spent a short time as working welder and it is damn hard work that takes a lot of training.
And thirdly, as Goldenberg and his cohort retire, where will the people with the necessary skills to teach manufacturing skills and other production skills come from? That is not a faucet that can be turned off and on in a year or two.
Fourthly, this is more evidence that our government, primarily Congress, is actively destroying the entire country!! We have to find some way to STOP re-electing 95% of Congress year after year! The evidence is overwhelming that individual members are more interested in enriching themselves than in the future of the country.