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Christopher:  I sincerely feel you are on the right track.  Somehow we will
have to address lump sum or piece contracts that obscure the labor pay
scale.  A living wage must be paid (which includes medical, access to
education, potable water, etc).  Even Adam Smith discusses this in "Wealth
of Nations".  "Saving Adam Smith" is another reference our conservative
friends may find enlightening.  If you have not already read it, you might
enjoy "No Logo" .

Jack Shapton
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From: "Christopher Wright" <chrisw(--nospam--at)skypoint.com>
To: "?" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Friday, December 19, 2003 9:29 AM
Subject: Re: Outsourcing - light commercial and h


> >Just like the Davis-Bacon prevailing (union) wage law or the H-1b law
> >requiring payment of prevailing engineering wages?
> Same idea but a little broader in scope, since it would apply to all US
> Corporations utilizing offshore labor. Davis-Bacon applies only to
> Federal contracts and H1-b is aimed at guest labor in the US. Probably
> the best way to make it work would be to tax corporations for the
> difference between the prevailing wage and the wages actually paid and
> disallow (for tax deductability) 100% of any expense for offshore labor
> without proof that the offshore contractor was paying the required
> percentage.
>
> At the risk of sounding like an anti-globalist freak, I don't believe for
> a minute that all the global competitiveness tripe got pushed through
> Congress to expand trade and make a better life for all. It was passed to
> make sure US multi-nationals get cheap labor without messy collective
> bargaining arrangements and occupational safety laws. When times get
> tough in the board rooms and the stock starts down, back come the
> tariffs, as the steel industry has shown us.
>
> I don't have a problem with a global engineering profession, but I have a
> real problem with bottom-feeders who use offshore sweatshops to undermine
> the US standard of living and pocket the difference. The sooner people in
> other countries can make a buck with good jobs at home the sooner our
> illegal immigration problems will mitigate and the sooner we'll have a
> real global economy.
>
> Christopher Wright P.E.    |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
> chrisw(--nospam--at)skypoint.com        | this distance"   (last words of Gen.
> ___________________________| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)
> http://www.skypoint.com/~chrisw
>
>
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