Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Love hate relationship

It is a nice speech. Obama is smart, thoughtful and balances careful optimism about the future with a reasonable view of the past. It's actually a little weird to read a political speech pitched at that level.

But this is terrible

This time we want to talk about the fact that the real problem is not that someone who doesn't look like you might take your job; it's that the corporation you work for will ship it overseas for nothing more than a profit.

Come off it dude.


Greg Torr said...

Oh dear, that doesn't bode well.

The funny thing is, most Americans seem to have (relunctantly) accepted that it's ok for the corporation to give their job to a machine "for nothing more than a profit". So that basically means they'd rather their job were given to a machine than a human being overseas.

Greg Torr said...

This seems to raise a paradox: to persuade people to accept free international trade it's better to pretend that the overseas people are actually machines i.e. not human beings whose welfare deserves any consideration.

They'll then reluctantly accept the deal. And they'll be accepting the deal based on a presentation of the gains that completely ignores the most significant gains of all.

Is this just another example of the envy thing - similar to those studies showing that people prefer not to earn more, if it means others will earn even more still?

Trevor Black said...

Do you think that paragraph qualifies as a gaff?

Maybe the next few states have lots of bitter workers?


Greg Torr said...

No, I'm sure it's a big vote winner. Unfortunately.

Stuart said...

I agree about the paradox. I find the left's moral grandstanding about their stance on the poor and working class especially grating when they talk like this.

It's politics not morality.

It aint no gaff, it's essential.