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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Selling the Rope That Hangs You

I saw this in a restaurant today. Note that these techs are training the people who will take their jobs. How foolish is that?

There is a way to put an end to this practice however but it involves something contrary to the nature of government: simplify.


Blogger Holly said...

How would you recommend those techs handle the fact that their jobs are going overseas?

They are being given pretty decent severance packages to stick around until the end. If they just up and quit - no more nice severance package. I think they would be foolish to give up a large sum of money just to "show" those greedy corporate VP's a thing or two. Because I am pretty sure it wouldn't make a lick of difference.

9:54 PM

Blogger The Plumber said...

You are probably right Holly. It doesn't sicken me any less however.

What the techs and the rest of us need to do is make it profitable for businesses to stay in the United States. Unfortunately, too many voters look to the government for help, rather than viewing it as a hinderance.

9:21 AM

Blogger Holly said...

Yes, that is what needs to be done. And it sickens me too. I have many friends layed-off by tech companies because their jobs were offshored. Yes, they got good severance packages by sticking through to the end, but in most cases, their next jobs didn't pay nearly the same.

But, if not through government making it more attractive for corporations to hire in the US - how?

As long as consumers want lower prices, and as long as a surefire way to drop prices is to decrease costs and as long as there is a surefire way to do that by offshoring jobs because there is a mass quantity of well trained college educated people in countries like India and Mexico who are willing to work long hours for low pay - how could we possibly deter corporations from doing just that? I really want to know.

9:07 PM

Blogger The Plumber said...

You didn't read my link. The amount of time and money spent complying with the tax code is tremendous.

I chalk up the lack of reform as just another example of the disconnect between Washington elitists and the unwashed in fly-over country (except Aspen and Vail).

12:14 AM


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