Let’s outsource our corporate CEOs

Let’s oursouce our corporate CEOs
Date April 02, 2004
Section(s) Opinion

To the Editor:

Subject: Exporting America — CEOs think it’s great to ship out U.S. jobs. So does the Bush administration.

“There are four or five times as many smart, driven people in China than there are in the U.S.”

— Alan Lacy, CEO of Sears now planning to send information technology jobs offshore.

“Outsourcing is just a new way of doing international trade. When a good or service is produced more cheaply abroad, it makes more sense to import it than to make or provide it domestically.”

— N. Gregory Mankiw, chairman of Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors.

“If a capable radiologist in India can read X-ray pictures at a quarter of the cost of doing so domestically, important health care services can be delivered at lower cost to everyone, putting a brake on exploding medical costs.”

— Dartmouth College economics professor Douglas Irwin.

The above quotes are from America@WorkJOBS — AFL-CIO Special Report.

If we take these educated gentlemen at their word, then I believe we have the solution to “cost-effective, competitive, quality, safety and delivery considerations” that CEOs are always putting forth during decisions on production sites.

Let’s send letters to the stockholders and board of directors encouraging them to outsource the CEOs’ jobs. Remember the Newton Daily News article of Thursday, March 25, 2004, stating the Maytag Chairman CEO Ralph Hake’s “total compensation was approximately $1.7 million.”

Maytag Appliances Division President Bill Beer’s “total compensation for the year was approximately $600,000,” the SEC report states.

We could get Mr. Hake’s and Mr. Beer’s jobs done for one-fourth the cost. Remember, “there are four or five times as many smart, driven people in China than there are in the U.S.”

And we know these smart people are in these other countries. Remember how the CEOs of this country fell in love and pushed the “Just in Time” management system from Japan.

Kathy Tipton

Newton

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