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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Lou Dobbs - Call Your Office

Saw this wonderful post over at Cafe Hayek, a wonderful econoblog.

Almost three years ago, Scott Kirwin was Wired's pissed off programmer ("The New Face of the Silicon Age," issue 12.02). Tossed from his job and raging against globalization, he had launched the Information Technology Professionals Association of America to lobby against offshored work and imported workers. These days, Kirwin still works with computers. He's just less pissed: In June, he shuttered the ITPAA. "I don't view outsourcing as the big threat it was," he says. What changed? Well, Kirwin found better work as an analyst and software architect. And he noticed that the talents that make him valuable – open-mindedness, a willingness to take risks, flashes of ingenuity – couldn't be reduced to a spec sheet and emailed to Hyderabad. If more Americans develop such abilities, Kirwin believes, the use of Indian programmers could even improve our economic outlook. Outsourcing isn't going away, he says. "But in the end, America may be stronger for it."
It's amazing how things work out. I've been discussing how the anti-outsourcing kerfluffle was ridiculous since this blog's inception. And given the current unemployment rate (up to an depressing 4.5%) and the increasing lack of skilled workers, this isn't surprising to me.

What I find amazing is that Lou Dobbs & Co will continue to peddle their idiocy on a daily basis - and many in America will eat it up.

One anecdotal remark from today... returned home from a church event and son had a goodie-bag. In the goodie bag were a variety of items, but first to be put to use was a stamp that had a nativity scene... the stamp prominently displayed a label that said, "Made in China."

I turned to my wife and said, "We cannot allow there to be a Baby-Jesus-Stamp-Gap!!!" (Ala Buck Turgidson in Dr. Strangelove ("Mr. President, we must not allow a mineshaft gap!") At some point in America's economic past, small trinkets and toys like this were made domestically. Is it absolutely necessary that the US retain an absolute competitive advantage in Baby-Jesus-Stamps? Or running shoes? Or in Help Desk services?

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler