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Carly Fiorina, the ex-CEO of HP gave a speech this week at the Detroit Economic Club...

Carly Speech Story

DETROIT -- Americans can prosper in the global economy, but they're being hampered by an inferior education system and a belief that they're more entitled to good jobs than are workers in China and India, ex-Hewlett-Packard Co. Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina says.

Speaking Monday to an enthusiastic audience at the Detroit Economic Club, Fiorina said many seem to believe that it's OK for other countries to develop their economies as long as Americans don't lose jobs in the process.

That's a wrong-headed notion, based on the idea of American "manifest destiny" from the 1840s, and is leading to a dangerous complacency in a fast-changing world, she said.

"It's completely wrong," Fiorina said. "The worst idea in American history is the belief that we were destined to become what we have become."

Rather, she said, America's economic success has always come as a result of hard work, innovation and investment. Fiorina said those attributes are especially needed at a time when there are 300 million educated workers in China, India and other developing countries -- more than the entire population of the United States.
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Question for Debate:

Is Carly right about her assessment of the education system in the US and our attitude regarding our privilege?

Or, are executives like her part of the problem, not part of the solution?

What do you think?
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QUOTE(lordhelmet @ May 24 2005, 09:21 AM)
Carly Fiorina, the ex-CEO of HP gave a speech this week at the Detroit Economic Club...

Carly Speech Story

DETROIT -- Americans can prosper in the global economy, but they're being hampered by an inferior education system and a belief that they're more entitled to good jobs than are workers in China and India, ex-Hewlett-Packard Co. Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina says.

Speaking Monday to an enthusiastic audience at the Detroit Economic Club, Fiorina said many seem to believe that it's OK for other countries to develop their economies as long as Americans don't lose jobs in the process.

That's a wrong-headed notion, based on the idea of American "manifest destiny" from the 1840s, and is leading to a dangerous complacency in a fast-changing world, she said.

"It's completely wrong," Fiorina said. "The worst idea in American history is the belief that we were destined to become what we have become."

Rather, she said, America's economic success has always come as a result of hard work, innovation and investment. Fiorina said those attributes are especially needed at a time when there are 300 million educated workers in China, India and other developing countries -- more than the entire population of the United States. 
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Question for Debate:

Is Carly right about her assessment of the education system in the US and our attitude regarding our privilege?

Or, are executives like her part of the problem, not part of the solution?

What do you think?

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I think she hit the nail on the head. We're at a juncture in our evolution of capitalism where parts of the world are catching up with us with that very hard work (and arguably some less than scrupulous labor practices, early 1900's anyone?) and innovation we used to become the premier economy in the World. We can choose to rest on our sense of entitlement or refocus on what got us here in the first place. It does start with education, in my opinion, but lots of hard work will be required in order for us to maintain our position in the global economy.

As for your 2nd question, I think its a bit of a non-sequitir. Though ironically I believe she is unemployed so I guess she's part of neither for now.
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