…and Andy Grove, the founder of Intel agrees with me.
Long-time readers know that I have been saying this for years (usually each time that idiot Thomas Friedman does another one of his misguided [tax][immigration][other] breaks for entrepreneurs essays), we have a policy problem that is encouraging manufacturers to offshore our jobs and it is hurting us in ways we cannot imagine. Andy Grove can, and does in the essay I link to at the top.
Here’s the part he does not say: we’ve already lost our technological lead, and we’ve lost at least one generation of technological leaders: what kid in her right mind would want to go into Science or Engineering after watching what has happened to the current scientists and engineers? These kids have seen their parents kicked to the curb after literally decades of 80 hour weeks, deferred vacations, broken marriages, and absentee parenting because the next release is so important.
These kids have watched their parents split up, and go broke when in middle age (and later) their employer has outsourced their jobs to college-aged employees in the low-wage third world. And I promise you this: these kids, the ones who by nurture and nature should be the next wave of Brainiacs creating the next wave of tech marvels, are not going to be from the US. Not a chance.
(Full disclosure: I’ve met Andy Grove. He’s brilliant. He’s earnest. He’s speaking what he believes is the truth.)