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I'd be really interested to hear opinions about this. I found some of the statistics in it close to unbelievable, but I trust the writer.

It's about poverty in Ohio.




Nov. 7th, 2003 02:49 pm (UTC)
I work in the software industry. That labor is moving overseas as well. Not because it's unskilled, but because the standard of living in India is a lot lower and their workers speak English.

I work on a product that is sophisticated, up-to-date, from a market-leading multinational corporation. We're greatly expanding our India software development; my manager gave a speech to 100 employees saying "India is a reality and it's not going away." For the first time, New development on our project is being done in India; before it was only maintenance and testing.

I comforted myself over the last ten years by saying "Well, that's unskilled labor, it's not the sort of work I do, that's what globalization gets you." To be ethically consistent, I have to tell myself what I told all those North Carolinian furniture workers. "If somebody will do your job for half the salary, you're screwed."

I have no idea what job is sophisticated and skilled enough that it makes economic sense to do it in the U.S. instead of Ireland or Russia or India. Certainly not mine.
Nov. 7th, 2003 04:25 pm (UTC)
This is the rub, really. We're going to have to reinvent constantly to find jobs that ONLY WE can do. Because other people are as good as we are at things and are as educated as we are.

I think our future really IS in R&D. And right now Japan is kicking our butt a lot of the time because we won't invest in it.

Or else we enter into the world of protectionism and tariffs and that gets scary and ugly.

But I do like what some folks have been saying about not having "free trade" agreements with countries that don't give up child labor, have living wages for workers and other standards. It's unfair to as people in the US to compete against that kind of exploitation.

That doesn't get around Ireland, India and other highly skilled places, though.

We just outsourced our customer service to Canada, so I know what you mean.