The Four Great Myths of Globalization
Short-sighted executives and “Ivory Tower” economists usually resort to falsehoods and myths when trying to justify their drive to put corporate profits ahead of all considerations. This includes a complete disregard for the future of America and its people.
The “Education” Myth
America is losing good jobs is because our public education system is poor and not producing enough technically educated people.
The “Education” Reality
While it’s true that America’s public school system should be improved, that is a long-term solution to an immediate problem. We’re losing jobs every day. This is like giving a starving family some corn seeds and water and telling them they will have enough to eat
once their corn is planted, grown and harvested.
But corporate executives are actually undermining their own myth. Why would any American college or high school student ever be motivated to study technology-based subjects if they know few such jobs will be available upon graduation? Students see their parents, friends and relatives decimated by off-shoring, H-1B and L-1 visa abuse. They also know salaries will be depressed from the downward pull of that huge pool of cheap, foreign labor.
And corporations are not sending American jobs off-shore due to a lack of educated American workers. They’re only doing it to exploit cheap off-shore labor. Period.
The “Qualified Worker Shortage” Myth
American companies are forced to send jobs off-shore and to import foreign workers via the H-1B and L-1 visa programs because we have a shortage of qualified and well-trained workers in this country.
The “Qualified Worker Shortage” Reality
America does NOT have a shortage of qualified, well-trained workers in America. But we DO have a shortage of qualified, well-trained workers who are able (or willing) to work for
peanuts like their foreign counterparts.
If corporate executives paid their employees decent, living wages (like they pay themselves), they would have more qualified people than available parking spaces.
The “Retrain” Myth (the most despicable myth of all)
American workers must retrain for the new, emerging industries in order to “add value” and produce leading-edge products whose jobs won’t be sent off-shore. American workers must “evolve or die”.
The “Retrain” Reality
As anyone who is even mildly awake knows, there are few jobs that can’t be sent off-shore by these corporations unless they are stopped. While manufacturing jobs were mostly eliminated in the past, white-collar jobs are being shipped off-shore in record numbers today. These include jobs for medical technicians, accountants, legal clerks, programmers, customer service reps, software developers and income tax preparers.
India alone has 150 million trained, English-speaking workers. That is larger than the entire workforce in the U.S. They have enough people to absorb all the new jobs created in the U.S.for a long time. When you add China, Pakistan and emerging African nations to the
equation, it becomes obvious that few American industries are safe.
This is the largest “bait & switch” scam in U.S.history.
We Americans must ask these very important questions:
1. For what industry should the laid-off employees retrain?
2. How long will such retraining take?
3. Who pays for the retraining?
4. How long will it take to find a job in that “new” industry after being retrained?
5. How does that employee support his family during the time it takes for all this to happen?
The “Compete” Myth
The American worker is the most productive, value-add worker around and can compete with any worker in the world.
The “Compete” Reality
Yes, the American worker is the most productive worker in the world and has been so for the past 75 years. But U.S.corporations are now demanding that Americans do the same amount of work for a fraction of the pay. It is virtually IMPOSSIBLE for an engineer
living in Silicon Valley to raise a family on $25K/year. It’s IMPOSSIBLE for programmer in New York or Boston to live on $20K/year. Medical technicians would be homeless if they
tried to survive in Detroit or Dallas on $30K/year.
Again, the executives don’t work for such paltry wages; neither should their employees.