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Kenton in The Crosshairs

YOU and other people like you live in some fantasy world of global transnationals who owe no allegiance to anyone but bottom line. The USA is losing information technology, engineering and now even accounting and financial career fields to younger, cheaper foreigners. Wake up and grow up asshole! It's limp-wristed, mommy's boys like you who usually have never served in the armed forces, never had to sweat and sacrifice for their country and now stick your nose up at all the Americans out of work in these fields and the younger Americans now in school who are studying computer science. Why bother when there will be no more jobs in it anymore? -- R.S.G.

YOU WROTE: "In the long run, however, even the best plans for protecting U.S. jobs strike me a recipe for disaster. If I don't have to worry about my job, I don't need to be the best I can be. I don't need to waste time learning new skills. I don't need to work harder to make my company succeed. In short, I don't need to compete."

I think that you are badly misinformed. In the world of computer programming one must continuously spend time learning the latest technologies. As companies strive to improve their computer processes, new technologies are implemented, and that improvement cycle requires new knowledge. The sheer volume of tech schools and university continuing-education classes serve as proof of that fact.

The idea of protecting American jobs is not about being able to sit on one's laurels and skate through a career. Instead, it is about being able to ensure that people who take the initiative to learn new skill sets will be able to find jobs to use them. The current trend of exporting programming tasks to Third World nations has created a technology glut in the U.S. We now have more programmers and more programming students than we will ever be able to employ. These people have invested the time and money needed to compete, only to find that their best job prospects are waxing floors or stocking shelves.

Ultimately exporting jobs of any sort only serves to make matters worse by removing billions of dollars from the economy. Capitalism is in fact a cycle of spending. That which is paid out in salaries is in turn used to make consumer purchases, and that is the revenue that once again pays salaries. Offshore programming is a major breech of that cycle, and that is the primary reason American jobs must be protected. -- V.G.

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