Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Oooh, the big bad foreigner has my job...or does he?

I go the following as an e-mail forward yesterday and there are some interesting things I would like to point out.

First, read the forward:

RE: This says it all

"Joe Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6am. While his coffeepot (
MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG). He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA), designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA). After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA) he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today. After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN) to the radio (MADE IN INDIA) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY) filled it with GAS from Saudi Arabia and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB. At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day checking his Computer (Made In Malaysia), Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL) poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA), and then wondered why he can't find a good paying job in AMERICA.....

Keep this circulating"

Okay, now it didn't transfer properly, so I had to recreate all the coloring. It's basically true to the design of what was sent to me. Anyway, here's the problem with what's listed above. A) It's wrong and B)It's ridiculously xeno- and ethnophobic. Ooh, the big bad foreigners are taking all of the good paying American jobs.

Please. That's absurd. First of all, no they're not. You want to know what the "good paying American jobs" are? It's called being a lawyer, doctor, accountant, working in the financial sector (investment banking). Okay? Those jobs are still here, the only problem is someone likely to agree with the statement above doesn't have the mental capacity to fill any of those jobs. Secondly, unemployment is at around 4.5% nationally. You can find the rates, broken down by state, here. We, as a nation, are not that hard up for jobs right now. Thirdly, those aren't good paying jobs. Who wants to work in the manufacturing sector? I'm not dissing it, I'm just saying most people don't dream of working in a shoe factory.

Now, about the racial aspect of the e-mail. Quit picking on foreigners. We as a nation now have a problem with both foreigners working in their own countries, because jobs get outsourced there for cheap labor, and with foreigners coming to America to work, because they will work for less than an American. The bottom line is Foreigners suck. We want them to stay where they are, but not if they will actually have a job over there. Fact of the matter is, we need all money and jobs here in the US. Only after we are done with them will we permit foreigners to work and eat too.

Now, I find it funny that the author of the e-mail made a few choices. One, he deliberately chose items from foreign suppliers when there is a comparable product here in the US. Why the fuck is he buying imported French wine? This guy has no job!! Buy the cheap shit in a box or some Cali wine. Why did he buy a Malaysian computer? Dude, get a Dell. Made in the USA. So is HP-Compaq.

Why the fuck is he buying a German car? YOU HAVE NO JOB DICKIE. What are you buying a BMW, Porsche or Benz for?????!?!?!??! For crying out loud. Get a Hundai (sp?) or go to Detroit and buy a car from there. Fucking idiot.

Filled it with Gas from Saudi Arabia...oh ohh, those big bad Arabs are at it again. This is the wierdest inclusion of all. First of all, the main exporter of oil to the US is Canada. It's a fact, look it up. Secondly, even if it were Saudi Arabia, what are the options? It's not like there's much of a choice here. No matter what, the manufacturing base in America is not going to figure out a way to magically make the oil appear under our land instead of their sand. What's the use of bitching about it? Oil is a commodity that is found. The labor market chases oil. Unlike cars, t-shirts, jeans, the sectors that chase cheap labor, this is the complete opposite of what is being complained about. But, it includes Arabs which makes it easier for people to draw on their little racist demons.

What's he buying designer jeans for? Again, poor decision. No job? No designer jeans. It's that easy. Also, who's going to hire you if you're wearing jeans and tennis shoes? Idiot. Save up and buy fucking suit (cheap one), some nice shoes (cheap ones) and figure out how to make a resume.

A New electric skillet? Are you kidding me? You're out there trying to figure out what you can do for money and your buying an electric skillet? Moron. You don't deserve a job.

Anyway, here's the response I sent to the person who sent me this:

If you were willing to work 18 hours a day for 15 cents an hour, maybe some of those companies would be willing to manufacture all those items referred to in America. That being said, however, I find it hard to believe that you would want that. Also, maybe instead of blaming the countries you listed below you should blame the manufacturers. There’s a novel idea. Maybe it’s not the fault of the poor people in Indonesia, Malaysia, China, India, Mexico or Sri Lanka who will work for the peanuts. Maybe, just maybe, it’s the fault of the company that is willing to exploit cheap labor around the world. Did that ever occur to you? That those who exploit the poor are slightly more culpable than those who are exploited? Also, if the people of this country were willing to pay a multiple of 4 or 5 for each of those products then domestic based manufacturers would finally have the incentive to base those jobs here. But, so long as investors (made in America) insist on high returns, US corporations will be required to outsource to attract capital. If you have a problem with the system, maybe you should start a grass roots campaign here to “buy American” as opposed to simply sitting there and whining about poor people overseas willing to work for the low paying jobs that most people here wouldn’t take.

Also, interesting that the author mentioned Saudi Arabian oil…First of all, the main exporter of Oil to the United States is Canada. Facts suck sometimes, I know, but you should use them from time to time. Furthermore, unfortunately for us, the majority of Oil in the world is located in the Middle East. It has nothing to do with
outsourcing, jobs or the decline of the manufacturing base in America. It’s simple geography. It’s located over there. Nothing we can do or say will change the fact that it’s still underneath their sand.

Finally, there is plenty of good wine grown and manufactured in America. Why use “French” wine as an example? It’s funny that the author of this piece simply picked and chose the country of origin, ignoring the fact that there are several American companies that make wine, electronics, cars, razors, etc. This e-mail is xenophobic crap that simply permits people to blame other countries for the problems of their

Bottom line is: like I said above, until American investors and consumers actually start caring about source and origin of their products, then it doesn’t really matter. The cycle continues. In the meantime; don’t eat up my inbox with this drivel.



At 9:58 AM, Blogger bean said...

this is a classy post and i completely agree with you. it's misplaced jingoism at its finest (dumbest). the funny thing is, i actually thought the forward was CELEBRATING the diversity of american imports, until i got to the end and realized it's a silly ploy to buy american, etc. (im not saying buying american is silly per se, but this particular ploy and context is). i for one think it's classy that we get to purchase goods from all over the world. i dont mean to say that it's cool that two year old girls in sri lanka are sewing calvin klein shirts with their teeth, but the only way we're ever gonna stop things like that is to continue to support the 'global economy,' widening our commercial/political ties to other countries, through which we might eventually hope to persuade them to adopt more legitimate business practices (obv. im simplifying things, but whatevs.) anyway, isolationism is not gonna help anything anyway.

At 3:19 PM, Blogger Soze said...

I agree.

Multiculturalism is classy.

At 8:53 AM, Anonymous W. McW said...

I have a good friend named Joe Smith: www.joesmith.com. I didn't realize he was such an unwittingly unpatriotic bastard. Maybe I'll call and let him know.

At 9:08 AM, Blogger Soze said...

Hi Whitey,
Good to hear from you again. I had originally thought it was the Joe Smith who played Basketball at U of Md. It didn't make sense that he was looking for a job.

I now see that he's the "struggling actor" out in LA, which makes a little more sense.
Could you ask him about the questions I had?

Namely: Why did he buy the designer jeans, German car and electric skillet if he has no income? Thanks...and keep reading.

At 11:46 AM, Anonymous w. mcw said...

Isn't it about time for your monthly posting?

At 11:24 PM, Anonymous proudmary said...

Well said, well-reasoned, and personally, I share your dismay.


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