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This explains it…

August 18, 2011

Yesterday I talked about how the WashPo didn’t like the way Texas created jobs – the policies were “so third world”

Interestingly, now today Hot Air talks about Obama’s dislike of industrial automation because it ‘takes jobs away’

Working in high tech in a global business, I’ve learned that certain arguments supporting the benefits of “cheaper/faster/more efficient” work in certain locations. If you want to talk about allowing your software teams to do more with the same resources – for example – you generally have that kind of conversation in the Western economies.

You don’t often win the day having that conversation in the Far East/Eastern world however. You can’t win easily if you promote a technology that ‘saves on engineering man hours’. Their objective is NOT saving on engineering man hours. Their objective is employing lots of people to do ‘lots of jobs’

So, like President Obama‘s preferences – you have personal drivers and household servants and lots of recent college grads slogging away writing software – because in many cultures, the objective is full employment, not efficient employment.

Obama Quote: One of the challenges in terms of rebuilding our economy is – businesses have gotten so efficient, that, uh, when was the last time somebody went to a bank teller? Instead of using an ATM. Or, used a travel agent instead of going online. A lot of jobs out that that used to require people now have become automated

This explains the secret sympathies with the totalitarian regimes – their objective is NOT raising everyone’s standard of living. Their objective is a combination of carrots (incentives to not overthrow the existing government) and sticks (asserting or allowing heavy handed control by their more militant supporters) so that the population stays calm instead of restless, quiet instead of protesting. The end game is to allow the totalitarian leaders to spend their days in peaceful, quiet luxury with their supporters in tow, being served by the nation around them – with as little guilt as possible weighing in on their conscience – if they happen to have one.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2011 1:38 pm

    Perfect concluding paragraph.

  2. Ellen D. permalink
    August 18, 2011 9:55 am

    And he complains about Texas creating low paying jobs? Most of the jobs that were eliminated through automation were low paying jobs. Besides who would take these jobs if they existed when they can collect unemployment that pays better?

    • August 18, 2011 4:54 pm

      he LIKES low paying jobs when they are there due to HIS policies. He does NOT like low paying jobs when they are there due to someone ELSE’s policies. That’s the algorihm I think 🙂

      • Ellen D. permalink
        August 19, 2011 7:36 pm

        Figures. Maybe he will suggest they unionize then wonder why companies will be accelerating moving offshore and/or accelerating outsourcing whatever they can.

        My husband once said “tongue in cheek” we are becoming a nation that will be flipping burgers for one another. This may be the new reality 😦

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