Thursday, March 10, 2005

Assignment #3

"Unmade in America" by Barry Lynn, was very thoughtful and well done. It covers a growing problem here in America that many people don't know about, outsourcing. He made a great example in the cases of Dell computers as he described the fact that there assembly line strecthed from Dallas, Texas, to Malaysia, Korea, Taiwain, and China. It also strecthes through tiers and tiers of subsuppliers. And, a single missing shipment of components from one of these places can slow down the entire global operation, which is ridiculous to say the least. Consequently, after the tragedy of 9/11 our dependence on other countries severly back fired after we closed the borders. I'm curious to know if the fact that the value of the U.S. dollar has gone down so dramtically in the last year has anything to do with our globalization and rampant outsourcing. At some point we as a country have to stop depending on other countries to do our work because corporations don't feel like spending any real money on American labor. What Lynn is saying is that we don't know it yet but a lot of these countries (excuse my language) really have us by the balls, and you can make the case own part of our country. We need to wake the f*ck up! Can I buy a computer or talk to my credit card company and please speak to someone from this country who knows what the hell they are talking about. I call Dell for some computer help and I speak to a guy doesn't know a damn thing about computers and doesn't understand a word I'm saying. Logan made a good point by saying that our country keeps adding to this outsourcing by our materialism and consumerism. Meghan made a great point in saying that oursourcing goes against what this countries traditions and foundations were built upon by people like Henry Ford.


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