no, it doesn't. If with 100 employees, a factory makes 10 million widgets and charges $5 each then automates and can make 20 million widgets at $3.00 each it doesn't change what they pay each employee. The widgets get cheaper from efficiency. Inflation is an enemy to that.That's absolutely not true. The "people's" incomes would have to contract with the overall price structure. Less people would have jobs also as companies sought out more automation to control cost in a deflationary environment. As incomes contract so does purchasing power further exacerbating the cost structure for companies.
deflation only hurts like you are saying on natural resources that are non-replaceable. Deflation in the price of iron ore, uranium, etc would be bad. deflation in the price of a car isn't.
Nope, the reverse happens. our country continues to become more efficient, as we can continue to invest in our country and value isn't lost to inflation. So even though the value of our dollar is high, we could build cars for example for far less than even China could.As our money becomes more valuable relative to foreign currency exports would suffer. More jobs would begin to be pushed overseas to lower price producers.
In this scenario it's difficult to see the standard of living becoming better.
When you go back to tying the value of a dollar back to $35/oz of gold (ok today $1500/oz) and lock it there its not a case anymore of the dollar being more valuable compared to other currency. Its that the dollar is a stable currency, not a manipulated one. In the end, whether the sticker on the escalade is $55,000 $200 or $2,500,000 in USD, the ability to produce it more cheaply due to further internal investment in the US will make it cheaper to export.