"Some people who lose out in this struggle start cribbing and sulking, instead of raising their qualification level.. They assume .. being AMerican citizen its every corporation's responsibility to provide them Job security without looking their balance sheets."
Increase qualification level means increase asking salary. It's a vicious circle. Besides, it wouldn't matter if someone tries to increase their qualifications level because it's boils down to (just like you said) money. If executives see that they can meet their budget objectives by RIFs or offshoring, they'll do it "come hell or high-water".