3.17.2004

Thick as a (Campaign) Plank: U.S. Leaders Either Don't Understand or Prefer Not to Understand the IT Outsourcing Crisis, So Here's the Cliff Notes Version i, Cringely via PBS (2/22)

"Send enough technical work to India or China, and what once was the engineering department ends up working down at Home Depot. The industries that are being particularly affected are information technology, telecommunications, and aerospace. These are also the only U.S. industries that in the 1990s produced substantial trade surpluses. We are shipping overseas the only manufacturing work that still makes money for America."

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"Who wants this? The government of the United States doesn't want it, at least not in principle. The various state governments absolutely don't want it. The employees don't want it. The only groups who really want this are investors and top management -- two groups that have the shortest time perspective, thinking no further ahead usually than the next financial quarter."

We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Take another look at that last part.

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