Xenophopic? Let's try Nationalistic. Also Protectionist.
I was born in this country. I am prepared to die for it. I also will
defend this country, and my fellow Americans from invasion -- even invasion
sponsored by big business in collusion with the Federal Government.
Who *is* the best man for the job? The accounting department will tell you
the man with the cheapest price. After all, engineers are a dime a dozen.
Import them at will, use them until they burn out, and discard them.
They're *so cheap* that you can simply replace those who aren't
Do you *really* think that big companies care about you? Do you think
they're interested in doing a *better* job? Think again. But if you'll
work for less money, they will beat a path to your door.
With a staff of over 100 engineers and designers on a project that was
experiencing a major slowdown, I had to prepare a lay-off list of the 15
that would hurt the project the least by leaving. That was over 25 years
ago, and the project (read quality) was the controlling factor. A short 5
years later (different company, similar situation), the accounting
department made the decision and released the highest-paid (best, most
capable, most experienced) people.
Remember, when slave labour is available there is no middle class. Only
the rich can have slaves, and the poor can't get a job. Cheap labour will
always displace more-expensive. It has very little to do with doing a
better job for less money.
Fountain E. Conner, P.E.
Gulf Breeze, Fl. 32561
> From: Tomás Matta <tmatta(--nospam--at)puc.cl>
> To: Rbengrguy(--nospam--at)aol.com
> Cc: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: Re: Letter to Editor RE: Weingardt Commentary
> Date: Saturday, June 17, 2000 10:17 PM
> So basically you´re afraid that a foreign worker can do a better job than
> you and demand less money for it? If I was an employer I would just hire
> the best man for the job, and I wouldn´t be xenophobic about it.
> Tomás Matta