Saturday, January 26, 2008

The Jobs that Americans Won't Do

There is an email circulating the Internet that Algore of my friends rebutted it...good stuff.

John Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6am. While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG). He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA). After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA) he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today. After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN) to the radio(MADE IN INDIA) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY) filled it with gas (from Saudi Arabia) and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB.

At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day checking his computer (MADE IN MALAYSIA), Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL)poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA), and then wondered why he can't find a good paying job in AMERICA.
Y'all gotta keep this one circulating, please!

Jeff's response:

This is all a bunch of crap.

Wages and our standard of living have never been better that they are today. Sure, if you hope to grow up and put screws on widgets in an assembly line for the rest of your life, that job will not exist (thank God!).

My company is a good example. Sure I import product made in India, Thailand, Philippines, etc...

But because of that we employ 15 people, all of whom make as much or more than they would make in a factory job and enjoy their jobs far more. The ripple effect from the importing creates jobs in transportation (train company profits are at all time highs), banking, software, computers, etc...

Again, all jobs that pay far more. [My brothers' business] doesn't make anything either, but I'm pretty sure [my brothers] (or any of their employees) would not trade their jobs for the opportunity to slap lead based paint on toys for 12 hours a day.

The U.S. still has the world's biggest & best economy, with a tiny (by world standards) unemployment rate of 5%. People talk about not being able to find jobs, but I read articles about huge shortages in such decent paying fields as nursing and truck driving (an article in USA Today yesterday said trucks sit idle because of a lack of drivers). In North Dakota, farmers are paying up to 40K plus housing because they can't get enough workers (to grow the food that feeds those low paid factory workers around the world).

Name me one person you know who can't find a decent paying job? Hell, I've even heard [my brother] say that one of the biggest problems selling machines to factories is that the manufacturing companies in the U.S. can't get people to run the machines!

After WWII one of the most common jobs in the U.S. was telephone operator--the country needed millions of them to re-route calls. Now computers easily do the work and companies like Cisco (servers), IBM (large computers) and Windows (software) employ millions of much higher paid workers who probably enjoy their jobs a lot more.

Would we be better off if we had saved the jobs of those phone operators and kept that phone system? As you can see, you touched a sore spot. Compare the lives (more vacation, more interesting jobs, more disposable income, more cars, larger homes, bigger garages, more vacations, etc..) of all of your children and grandchildren with the lives of the average person in the 50's, 60's. None of us would trade places for a chance to make a coffee pot.

HT Nate K

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