To: null and void
I am glad that the IT workers suffered. They needed it. I remember in the 70's and 80's when blue collar workers were losing their jobs to cheaper overseas companies, they were told by their college educated counterparts that is what you get when you did not go to college. The IT workers were acting like typical yuppies. At that time they were young, able to capitalize on the office automation revolution and command the high salaries. They thought they were riding on the hitech wave of the future and had secured jobs, laughing at the ones who did not go to college. Unfortunately things started to change when these IT workers got older. At the age of 45 they were considered obsolete and were being replaced by younger workers who had the latest IT knowledge and lower salaries. The whole IT world fell apart when overseas Indian workers mastered the technology and were willing to work for 1/4 or 1/3 the US salaries. Now IT workers have tasted the bitter pill of being treated as a disposable commodity, they may finally come around and join their blue collar workers in pressuring our government to start looking at the social problems being created by "free trade", "globalism" and "immigration" and balance it against the narrow focus on "profits" only approach to economical/social policies.
posted on 10/15/2003 8:21:05 AM PDT
Did you forget your humanity pill this morning?
I have never felt this way about any American who has lost his or her job. And I am in IT.
posted on 10/15/2003 8:27:32 AM PDT
(An American for a more socially and fiscally conservative America.)
I am glad that the IT workers suffered.
And people around here call me a gloom and doomer...
posted on 10/15/2003 8:46:04 AM PDT
(Soccer-Moms are the biggest threat to your freedoms and the republic !)
All of what you say is true but there are several reasons for concern. One is that those IT and high-tech workers who are now under the gun have traditionally formed the bulk of the middle class consumers. If you want a consumer-driven economy (which is what ours is) then it is an absolute necessity to have a viable consumer class. Also, the middle class has historically provided the economic, social, and political stability to our society. If we destroy the middle class, the social model you are left with is more along the lines of a South American oligarchy.
Another aspect of this is that the high-tech worker is the one who has the best capability for developing new areas of economic activity, things based on knowledge and discovery and innovation. Who else is going to do that? An unemployed textile mill worker isn't likely to make the new discoveries in medicine and biotechnology. An unemployed steel mill worker isn't going to discover the replacement for the microchip. Those low-tech workers are valuable in their own way and should not be discarded like they have been, but the high-tech employee brings to the table other things of value that make it less desirable to throw him away as well.
Finally, what trumps all of this are the issues of national security. We're in the process of a wholesale dismemberment of the intellectual capital of this country. Some of that is absolutely vital to defense industries, things like aerospace, microelectronics, weapons research, energy development, materials science, etc. Without those, we may find ourselves, come the next high-tech war, in the same position as the Polish Army on Sept. 1, 1939, sending the best and prettiest cavalry in the world out against the Nazi panzers.
posted on 10/15/2003 8:47:43 AM PDT
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