Thursday, January 19, 2006

From the state of the state address(pdf)

If you're a factory worker or an engineer, a medical technician or a customer service representative, a software designer or a stock analyst, you can walk into work one morning and find out that you've been replaced by someone in another part of the world.
Their trade policies have resulted in nearly one million American jobs being sent to other countries.

That may be acceptable policy in Washington. But it's not in Illinois. They send jobs to India. We brought OfficeMax to Naperville. They send jobs to China. We helped Chrysler expand in Belvidere. They send jobs to Indonesia. We brought Pella Windows to Macomb.


Sorry it isn't trade policy that is sending these jobs overseas (engineer, a medical technician or a customer service representative, a software designer or a stock analyst) it's improved communications technology and education around the world. I am still waiting for someone to propose anything remotely logical with trade policy that would keep knowledge work in the United States.

Yeah great we attracted jobs to Illinois by offering people deals. Basing economic development off of government deals instead of making the state an attractive place for business is a dangerous game. Do we really want economic development in this state to be based off of how big of a check we will write to a company?

It like the difference between a significant other who likes you because you drive a nice car vs. one who likes you for who you are.

Also nice use of OfficeMax as an example, nothing like referencing a retailer that is closing 110 stores.

OneMan

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