The Economics of Obsequience: Part 1

Winik, Lyric Wallwork. 2007. “How Safe Is Your Job?” Parade Magazine (1 July).

Here is the wisdom of Elaine Chao, Secretary of Labor and wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, after downplaying the problem of outsourcing:  “Beyond the cheaper cost of labor, U.S. employers say that many workers abroad simply have a better attitude toward work.  “American employees must be punctual, dress appropriately and have good personal hygiene,” says Chao.  “They need anger-management and conflict-resolution skills, and they have to be able to accept direction. Too many young people bristle when a supervisor asks them to do something”.”  So , the real problem, is an obsequience deficiency.


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