Skip to main content

View Diary: Let Congress See the Off-Shoring Jobs Report! (160 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Thanks for your kind & well thought reply. (0+ / 0-)
    Here goes...

    You cannot teach your way out of a labor arbitrage situation. No matter how smart our kids are, the Chinese are still going to work for thirty-four cents an hour.

    Also one has to face the fact that not everybody is college material. Do we then just write these folks off?

    If the US creates new industries by being on the cutting edge of technology, that wealth will create spinoff jobs for the less talented primarily in the service sector.

    Again, even if you have universal health care, your rent is still what it is, your grocery bills are still what they are, and so on. The savings cost on labor thru universal health care is not going to fill the chasm between $1.50/hr and $15.00/hr.

    This may be larger than you think. We are spending approximately $.07 more of every dollar we earn for healthcare than any other industrialized nation. Americans don't live any longer than they do. Hell...we live a year longer than Cubans.

    How would you like to have a 7% raise?

    Check out our healthcare costs on the CIA website.

    Life is what hap-pens to you while you're busy mak-ing oth-er plans. yoko

    by vic ariel on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 03:02:16 PM PST

    [ Parent ]

    •  vic (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      mimi9, bablhous, hardisun, tonyahky

      If the US creates new industries by being on the cutting edge of technology, that wealth will create spinoff jobs for the less talented primarily in the service sector.

      Let me put it more simply. Our Democratic leaders tell us that we need to train for the 'jobs of the 21st century', and they use buzzwords like 'nanotechnology'. Do you know where the majority of nanotechnology papers are coming from right now. I will give you a hint, it is the same place from whence most of the rest of the stuff you buy is coming from.

      The US has lost it lead in the technology field. You simply haven't been informed by the MSM yet. I wonder why that is ... could it be because companies like General Electric own companies like NBC? In less than five years India will export more technology to the US than it imports.

      It is the height of racism to believe that, simply because we are Americans, we are somehow smarter than everyone else. It is this type of shallow thinking that got us to this point.

      If the Chinese and Taiwanese can develop flash memory chips for a fraction of the cost of an American plant, what makes anyone think that they cannot do the same with nanotech, or any other new technology.

      It is not about newer ... or better ... it is about cheaper. Call it 'the Chinese price'.

      This may be larger than you think. We are spending approximately $.07 more of every dollar we earn for healthcare than any other industrialized nation. Americans don't live any longer than they do. Hell...we live a year longer than Cubans.

      How would you like to have a 7% raise?

      Your thinking raise in pay, so as to buy more stuff. I am thinking pay, so as to survive.

      <div style="font-size:10px;text-align:center;background-color:#ffd;color:#f33">If the terriers and bariffs are torn down, this economy will grow - G. Bush

      by superscalar on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 03:17:19 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Enjoyed it superscalar. (0+ / 0-)

        Doesn't my first retort agree with your reply? The US needs to improve education.

        Your thinking raise in pay, so as to buy more stuff.  

        Where did that come from? My healthcare provider is the Veterans Administration. I wish every American had that benefit regardless of whether they served in the military or not.

        Life is what hap-pens to you while you're busy mak-ing oth-er plans. yoko

        by vic ariel on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 04:38:26 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  vic (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          mimi9, bablhous

          Doesn't my first retort agree with your reply? The US needs to improve education.

          Again to put it more simply, education is not the answer. Yes we need an educated workforce, and yes without an educated workforce we would be worse off than we are now. But simply to say that if we had, right now, today, a better educated workforce, we could compete directly with the Chinese or the Indians, is foolish. The Chinese and the Indians are not competing with us based upon education, no matter what the NAM, the Chamber of Commerce, the ITAA, and the Congress of the United States would have you believe. We graduate more engineers per capita than all but the Israelis, and our native born engineering talent is among the best in the world. All of those countries I mentioned are competing on price, not the relative education of their workforce. For the forseeable future they will continue to compete based solely on price, irrespective of the education level of our workforce.

          Where did that come from?

          You will please excuse any insult or slight. It has been a long day.

          <div style="font-size:10px;text-align:center;background-color:#ffd;color:#f33">If the terriers and bariffs are torn down, this economy will grow - G. Bush

          by superscalar on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 05:01:05 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site