Thursday, October 22, 2009

Shorter Tom Friedman:
I see a future where routine work by by skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled workers won't pay for a decent living - largely due to globalization and immigration, But I'm not perturbed because I believe that through education everybody in the country can become brilliant and superb entrepreneurs. Then they'll be immune from the pressures of cheap manufacturing and cheap services from China and India, and anywhere else.


I'm looking forward to the day when the entire U.S. economy consists of people cleaning each other's houses and selling crap on E-Bay. Our standard of living then will surely be the envy of the world!

All praise Teh Mustache of Understanding!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/22/2009 7:33 PM  

Are you sure we're not there already. I need to look this up but I wonder how many of us are servicing each other? That would include government workers, police, emergency workers, teachers, doctors, dentists, retail sales, most sales, etc.

By Anonymous Rockie the Dog, at 10/22/2009 7:58 PM  

He started out on the oil beat and it took him thirty years to realize that climate change is real. He and his ex-billionaire wife built a McMansion without any green technology in the 1990s before he realized green is the "new red, white, and blue. Plus he's got that soft voice, bad Mr Rogers thing going on, just like Dick Cheney and the most unctuous Catholic priests like Cardinal Law.

In short, what a maroon. Just about the only sane person on the NYTimes editorial page is Krugman.

By Blogger gmoke, at 10/22/2009 9:25 PM  

did you used to read sirota?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/23/2009 12:44 AM  

Apparently Tom Friedman never read - or understood - Kurt Vonnegut's 1952 first novel "Player Piano." He should tune in or at least tinkle.

By Blogger Shag from Brookline, at 10/23/2009 3:29 AM  

T. Friedman is merely saying is that once everyone has above-average skills, everyone will make above-average income. All we have to do is make sure that everyone is in the top half of the distribution, or better yet in the top half of the top half, and it's win-win all around.

By Anonymous eb, at 10/23/2009 8:42 AM  

Garrison Keiler:

"Welcome to Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average."

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/24/2009 10:52 AM  

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