A hairnet in your future
It's always good to get reassurances from high government officials on issues of great concern to the people.
Take the nagging issue of U.S. corporations offshoring hundreds of thousands of well-paying, high-tech jobs out of our country -- the very jobs we were told would be our people's ticket into the middle class. The CEOs of Dell, Microsoft, IBM, and the rest are shipping these engineering and programming jobs off to India, Russia, and other locales where they can pay a third or a fourth or even a tenth of the middle-class pay scale in the U.S. Hey, they say, America's a great place, but we're gonna go where we can fatten our bottom lines.
Yeah, we remember being told that! Man, those were good times... good times...
This self-serving betrayal of America's middle class has -- to put it nicely -- annoyed many, many, Americans. This is where Colin Powell steps in. Bush's secretary of state recently sought to reassure people on this issue of offshoring.
Colin Powell? Really? Gosh, we feel so much better. Sure there was that thing about him lying to the U.N. but, well, we're sure that was really just some misunderstanding.
Unfortunately, the people he reassured were in India.
On a recent trip there, he promised that the Bushites would do nothing to stop the outsourcing of U.S. high-tech jobs to India and, indeed, would oppose all congressional efforts to stop it. He even posed as an economic philosopher, declaring that "outsourcing is a natural effect of the global economic system," adding adamantly that "you're not going to eliminate outsourcing."
You know what, we're not sorry he squandered his political capital when he told the entire world that 'we' knew exactly where Saddam's WMD's were.
He deserves what he gets.
the Bushites plan to train the American people for new jobs. What new jobs, exactly? He didn't say. He didn't have a clue.
Bush's labor department knows. It lists 30 job categories that will have the greatest growth between now and 2010. Number one? Fast food workers. Two-thirds of their "growth jobs" pay less than $20,000 a year.
Uh oh. Uh, Colin? We didn't mean it. Can we have a job with you?