Many Americans are unhappy about globalization, but globalization gurus are unequally unhappy with those Americans whom the globalizers see as Luddites fighting the inevitable. Apparently, there are iron historical laws that decree that Americans (except for globalizers, natch) must first spend, say, $200,000 on undergraduate and graduate education, as job requirements for waiting tables. I never knew that waiting tables was such a complex job. Live and learn.
I feel both sides’ pain. Really, I do. I feel the pain of a global outsourcing entrepreneur who can’t get a table at The Four Seasons, just as I feel the pain of a guy with a master’s degree in engineering that can’t get a job installing garage door openers. Economic dislocations are hell on everyone.
Even public school teachers have for years told us, “We live in a global economy.” That means that folks here in the First World must compete for the same jobs with people in places like India and China. As Peter Bendor-Samuel, the CEO of Everest Group which specializes in outsourcing has written, he can hire an Indian in India for one-seventh the wages that an American worker gets in the U.S. (Just imagine when he starts to tap into the Red Chinese workforce!)
And so, if the multicultural educators and tenured free market economists both promoting the global economy mean what they say, they’ll be willing to accept an 85.7 percent pay cut, as will all unions, TV news anchors, Congress and the President, heck, all the way up to George Clooney and Howard Stern. If Clooney balks, we can replace him with actor-screenwriter-director-agitators from Bollywood; we can replace Stern with a Red Chinese (English fluency not required), and we can outsource George W. Bush’s job to someone — anyone — in the United Arab Emirates.