[lit-ideas] Re: Didn't I tell you so?

  • From: "Andy Amago" <aamago@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2006 22:19:09 -0400

> [Original Message]
> From: Andreas Ramos <andreas@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: 6/29/2006 2:47:33 AM
> Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Didn't I tell you so?
> Irene writes
> Irene makes a mistake in thinking that electricians are some sort of
low-level job. She 
> hasn't paid any lately. Electricians earn solid incomes.
> And it's a career with a future; electrical installation can't be
offshored to China, 
> whereas loser professions such as attorneys, professors, doctors, and
similar are easily 
> offshored.

I don't think it's a low level job at all.  A good electrician can make
very good money, and, as you say, the work can't be offshored.  Given that
a college education today often leaves graduates with a debt in the five
figures, or their parents paying a ridiculous amount of money for their
kids' education, coupled with the fact that professional jobs are getting
outsourced more and more overseas (MRI readings over the Internet, etc.),
coupled with the fact that insurance companies limit payments to doctors
and even lawyers, coupled with the fact that a college education doesn't
teach anything worth knowing half the time (yes, it's true), I think the
trades are a very good place to be in the coming decades.  Philosophy and
English and history and all the rest of it are easily picked up as an
avocation, especially today with things like The Teaching Company, or
part-time classes in the evening.  On the other hand, if someone really
really wants to be an economist and has the ability, he shouldn't be
tracked into being an electrician.  That's all I meant.

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