Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Still Here

I still have a job and for that I'm thankful. There are others who do not. My heart goes out to them. When I read back over the entry today, it occurred to me that my boss, who is a good friend of mine could think that what I wrote was direct at him. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Being in his position and having to carry out corporate directives cannot be easy. He looks as if he has aged over the last few weeks.
My frustration is with the direction our country is taking in general. President Bush says that sending our jobs off shore to China and India is a good thing for the global economy. Wal-Mart is one of China's largest trading partners...larger than some small countries. The things that we once made to sell in Wal-Mart now come from China.
Our company like so many others, is sending jobs over seas. The reason they say is because other companies are doing it, so if we are going to be competitive we have to "best shore" too. Everyone has to please Wall Street.
What I'd like to see is the head of our company say "you know what?" We aren't going to make it a policy to send our jobs over seas. Yes, employing Americans may cost a little more, but if you need help on the phone with your computer you can understand what our people are saying. We are smart and we know our customers. Our service is superior. If you buy a superior car or washing machine, you expect to pay a little more.
I realize that the business environment today is like no other time in history and that very difficult decisions are being made every day. My view is probably simplistic but I don't think I'm alone.

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