Middle-class US jobs are being lost because overseas folks do them better, Arianna, not just because they do them cheaper.
There is a global market in employees and jobs. America priced itself out of many low-end-jobs and is now losing middle jobs on responsiveness and quality. Higher end financial services jobs stayed here because there was a perceptions that Americans did these job better than most. Now that financial crisis has burst that bubble, these jobs may go elsewhere as well.
Incidentally, trying to stop this flow by tariffs and trade barriers is like a store that is losing market share getting the police to fine other store owners when folks shop there.
PS: Some folks seem worried that the US will become a third-world country. If it does, we might get a lot of those jobs back, provided we can give better value for money
You are right, Bob. In 1940, German police could ask - and can still ask today - of any German citizen or visitor: show me your papers. So can the current French police, Italian police, Swedish police, Spanish police and most police in most countries of Europe. This Arizona law must be struck down - otherwise people will start thinking that folks in America should obey the law and that American police should enforce the law. Where would that lead us?
You are right, David. If people are writing stuff like this to the editors of our newspapers, the editors should suppress them - to ensure that the American people do not know this is happening. Far better to keep us ignorant and happy than upset us by letting people know that some folks think differently than you do.
Those with wealth and power get privilege - warranted by purchase, by intimidation or from admiration. The only other ways to warranted privilege are through good deeds (which is not actually so rewarded all that often) or from pity of the poor & disadvantaged (which warrant is not all that much fun to get - given the choice poor and disadvantaged folk would rather be comfortable and whole; then you can keep the privilege thanks very much.).
Astonishing that Katie did not make the connection to performance-enhancing drugs in other areas, such as steroids in baseball, track and cycling. She failed to ask "Do you think tis is okay in college and professional sports?" If not, then why is it okay for tests? Seems a freshman journalist mistake.
Not just the Dumbocrats and the Retroblicans. No party has any intention of giving their ill-gotten GS millions back nor, in this time of populist hatred of bankers, of staying bought by the money they took from any bank.
Of course it was forseeable, which is why Mr Lewis, tens of thousands of brokers and thousands of pension funds and insurance companies are now fantastically wealthy because of their bets that it would happen.
You are right, they cannot tell the truth in the debate.
They cannot say that the Trident "deterrent" is a myth and its only possible use would be to blow up a mass of civilians in a fit of pique after getting whupped.
They cannot say that the EU is here to stay, and Britain is better in it than out of it, but that it will inevitably continue to erode UK sovereignty, since that is the purpose and function of a union.
They cannot say that the people want to abandon Afghans - to cut and run - but the people are short-sighted and mis-informed.
They cannot say that the UK is powerless to do anything of value on the world stage (e.g. in Africa or Asia) beyond humanitarian aid, much of which is siphoned off for personal and political benefit in the recipient countries.
The best they can do is call the other guy weak, lily-livered, vacillating and anti-British if they even hint at the truth.
Court Splits Sharply On Campus Christian Argument It's an interesting dilemma. Can a religion say that black people have to dress differently from white people (cover their head, say)? Can a religion say that black people have to pray separately from white people (behind a screen. say)? Can a religion say that all black people should be educated separately from whites? Can a religion say that all female people....etc So, if Hastings allows Islamic student organizations.....?
PS: This is not really all that new. For years, Black organizations have been required to admit whites and women's organizations (women in the media, etc) to admit men, in order to qualify as non-discriminatory. Most have done so and found they were not over run by whites or men. The problem with the CLA is that they are putting a restriction that not all of their co-religionists support. If there are Christians that think that homosexuality is NOT an "immoral lifestyle" and who "advocate" that the lifestyle not be considered as such, they would be barred by the "statement of faith". That is, upholding the CLA position would legitimise the usurpation of the name "Christian" by a sub-group of Christians and allow them to exclude any Christians who disagree with them. It is tantmount to a Law Student Association saying that all law students may join, if they sign a statement of faith that "ambulance chasing" is an immoral lifestyle and "unrepentant participation in or advocacy of" advertising for legal clients is grounds for exclusion.
Tax Dollars Must Go to Jobs, Not Wars Interesting: the study cited shows that switching investments from the military does produce more jobs and that these jobs, on average, pay about 25% less. So the switch would exacerbate the trend to McJobs: more people working for less money.
popskihaynes wrote: Thursday, 15 April 2010 at 08:58 am (UTC)
"The LibDems having failed to sell themselves as a potential Government to the electorate, instead of taking a hard look at themselves and changing what they are doing, want the Electoral System changed to suit them. A sort of Government 'subsidy' for their inefficiency. Does that make sense to anyone ?"
Of course it does! It makes perfect sense to any small-l liberal.
Anyone who cannot make it on their own should be subsidised and discriminated in favour of: from gender to ethnicity, from socio-economic class to sexual orientation. Why not political parties?
Why Do We Exist? Experiments Hold the Answer What utter drivel. Why" is the one question that the scientific method can never answer and was not designed to answer. "Why" is a philosophical question. Experiments can only answer "under what circumstances?"
West Virginia Mining Disaster & Financial Crisis Have Same Root Cause What an outrageous suggestion! They DO have the same root cause: the managers did not know what they were doing, did not manage, cut corners and let their employees cut corners. But to suggest that these philosophical, managerial and moral wrongs were caused by not enough government red tape and watchers is truly outrageous. It puts morality not on the actors, but on the spies.
"no child's education should be decided by the roll of a dice"
So children should not be chosen at random and they should not be selected.
The third choice is.....?
PS: "18 grammar schools have fewer than 50 per cent white British entrants" ?
On a political action group open to the public: Independent, Dumbocrat and Retroblican alike!
A. I did not know that Organizing for America did anything that was secret.
B. I did not know it was even possible to "spy" on this kind of organization....folks just go along to their meetings. If they find an idea that resonates, they participate; get involved. If they find an idea they want to use to organize some other group on some other issue, they take it home with them.
'Confederate History Month' Declared By Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell
Hey, history months are always racist.
There is a month for Black history, Hispanic history, Native American history, Caribbean history.
There is no month for White history, Germanic history, Native European history or Scandanavian history.
If Confederates want a history month, let them have it - or do we only want to study "nice" history?
Blowback: The Lessons of the Moscow Bombings for America Yes, Douggy, the main purpose of terrorism is political: "you do what we want and we will stop killing you." This was as true of Dresden, Coventry and Hiroshima as it was of 9/11 or 7/7, as true of IRA and Shining Path as of Irgun, Haganah and Hamas. Only rarely is the the goal actual genocide, as in the case of Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot. In these cases, the political end is to rid the body politic entirely of a class or ethnic group.
Women, who want to be able to read? Who want to achieve their potential and have a role in society? Nonsense!
Why should they benefit from 100+ years of campaigning by their western sisters?
Let's pull out of Afghanistan and leave these courageous women to their own devices.
It seems clear that Muslim men wont help them, so let them eat cake.
You've heard of "Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells"? Well, I live in Holland Park and I've Had It. Up to here! An old curmudgeon, I rant and rave about things I read, see or hear in the News. Frequently sarcastic, irreverent and libertarian; often wrong - but never uncertain.