One can only marvel at Thomas Friedman’s self denial in his revisionist description of the demise of the American economy (Daily Camera, Oct. 23rd). The issue isn’t that Americans don’t have the skills for $40/hour (or even $20/hour) jobs, it’s that people in poor economies in Asia are willing, and able, to work for dimes instead of dollars.
The obliteration of America’s garment and shoe industries wasn’t caused by lack of skilled labor. It’s not that we didn’t have workers with the skills to answer tech support phones. It’s simply that American corporations moved those jobs to Asia, and radically increase their profits. In the process, factory towns across America turned into ghost towns.
For any large country, the heart of its economy is manufacturing jobs.
From the get-go Thomas Friedman has been a cheerleader for the kind of outsourcing that has helped destroy manufacturing in America. How wrong does Friedman have to be, and how often, before the Camera realizes that his opinion isn’t worth the ink it takes to print it?