IT jobs disappear, gov investment in innovation needed
lgonze at panix.com
Tue Nov 4 13:13:34 PST 2003
On Tuesday, Nov 4, 2003, at 15:55 America/New_York, Woodchuck wrote:
>> Face it, this educational time bomb has been ticking for a couple
> Indeed. But it does seem to affect innovation/R&D/the Next Big Thing.
> It seems to affect more the quality of run-of-the-mill workers at
> all levels, and to have caused a huge expansion of government.
> We are looking more, I think, at a narrowing of a huge gap due to
> the Asians improving, instead of white people declining.
Well, we've been getting away with it because our universities are the
best, so talented people have to come here for school. We're in the
process of destroying that advantage now. Since 9/11 dealing with
immigration has become a very nasty experience for foreign scientists
and students. The aggressive anti-science push, both in lack of
funding and restrictive rules on research, of the current
administration has also had a profound effect.
I don't know about Asians improving. From my limited personal
experience, conservative Asian cultures have a way of turning talent
into mediocrity. The Indians and eastern Europeans seem like a better
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