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Friday, February 20, 2004

Senator Debbie Stabenow Refutes White House Council of Economic Advisors Pronouncement that Outsourcing American Jobs is Good for America
 
WASHINGTON Speaking out on the floor of the U.S. Senate Tuesday, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) took issue with the claims of N. Gregory Mankiw, a top economic advisor to President Bush, that outsourcing American service jobs to other countries was good for the U.S. economy.

Stabenows concern centered on Mankiws claim that shipping jobs offshore is the latest manifestation of the gains from trade, a statement he made at a Monday press conference as he unveiled the annual report of the White House Council of Economic Advisors. Mankiw, chairman of the council, went on to say that outsourcing is probably a plus for the economy in the long run.

But today -- this fellow went one step over the line and suggested that we think about reclassifying fast food jobs as manufacturing jobs. 

I guess what made me think about this was that I was talking with a friend who is a senior programmer who was saying that he thought it was important for him to become a project manager, since some of those jobs are still around and aren't being tossed to India.

And from there, I began to wonder what was going on, because for a long time, the solution to losing your blue-collar type job was to get a white-collar type job, but blue- and white-collar jobs are now up for grabs overseas.

So what will be left?  The answer is surprising:

American Photographers.  After all, you need to be where the news is being made to photograph it -- don't you?

Low-wage hamburger flipping jobs.

Building crafts people.  When you build the new Mickey D's in the U.S.A., you will need local people to put the thing together.

Teachers.  Maybe teaching will someday be a web activity, but I don't see that happening for a while yet.  What you will have, is people coming here to get taught and then going back to make a living somewhere else. 

And union organizers, although this would tend to be global to be effective.

Productivity = lower wages.

The propounded solution by the free-traders is that new innovation will come from this.  What is this new innovation?  That remains unknown.  If you do know what it will be, let me know.

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6:59:28 PM    

2/19/2004:  
Dave, great shot of yankee stadium. Just remember, great pitching always beats great hitting. Schilling, Pedro, Lowe, Wakefield. Good luck NY Fans!! See you in Sept. Sox Fan

Or as Casey Stengel said:

"Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa."

I long for the days of Casey Stengel and here are a couple of reasons why:

The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided. 
 
All I ask is that you bust your heiny on that field.
 
All right everyone, line up alphabetically according to your height.
 
Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It's staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in.
 

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10:21:28 AM    


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