Some friends from South Africa on a contract in the US for a large motor manufacturer told me this: They waited a week for a data cable to be installed for a PLC and SCADA job on a project running late. During the weekend they soldered up the 9 pin connector themselves and drilled a hole in the panel to connect up to their laptop. On Monday morning when commissioning, they were asked who put in the cable. They were then restricted to the cable quaranteen area for a week and not allowed to work on the job, even though it was late. That's the electrician union. Here in Australia, I have an M.Sc Elec Eng and done the Cisco courses plus cable termination courses, but employed in a PLC company was not allowed to wire up a 24Vdc panel or Ethernet cabling for in-house testing. It had to be an A-class electrician. I worked on motion control and three phase motors of 380VAC for years, but here the cable tag companies drive top-of-the line 4x4 vehicles while engineers are stiffled. Those are real problems. Have a look at the smoking areas in your companies. In Oz, complete with fire extinguisher, broom, shade cover, etc, and must have cost $20,000 to erect. Same price as a decent scope. Flowers installed at huge expense, but we did not even have PLCs on a desk for testing. Medi-evil thinking. Let's not start on the tax, or compliance issues.
"US need to reform it's political system..."
Our constitutional republic is built on a solid foundation. We just need to push the federal gov't back to its constitutional limits.
"Look at china and russia,..."
I wish the people of China and Russia well, but no thanks.
"hope this can enlighten the poor american ppl.."
the above condescending remark dumped to /dev/null.
It's a big debate over the effect of the Recovery Act on long-term jobs. There seems to be insufficient data one way or the other to say anything for sure, but you can find opposing conclusions drawn from the right and left. Mr. Fuller has chosen to draw from sources on the right.
You can also extend this to government stimulus in general, and you'll find economists who'll say the USA should have poured more money into the economy as well as those who'll say they poured too much.
I'm just an engineer. I know my job exists in part due to green stimulus money. I know that tightening EPA regulations has improved our business. I know that in the past fourteen years I haven't seen my salary increase in inflation adjusted dollars, and I've seen my spending level decrease (even with the tax cuts). I've never seen any benefits to myself or the country from tax cuts and deregulation. I've only seen jobs leave the country and income disparity increase.
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