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Comment from: Greg [Visitor]
It ain't just in Mexico. Service is vastly better in Asia. (I'm an American living in Singapore, and travel fairly widely)

All this xenophobic talk of keeping the mexicans out of the US, not offering forms in Spanish, etc. are worrying indications of America's insularity.

I was talking with a German friend who put it this way: "In my country people are debating a 36 hour work week versus a 40 hour work week, and in your country some people want to build a wall to keep out the mexicans. Until they've been to Shanghai, they have *no* *idea* of what's headed in their direction".

He was right.
2006-06-16 @ 10:48
Comment from: Hoyt Decker [Visitor]
Greg wrote:
"... a German friend who put it this way: 'In my country people are debating a 36 hour work week versus a 40 hour work week, and in your country some people want to build a wall to keep out the mexicans. Until they've been to Shanghai, they have *no* *idea* of what's headed in their direction'."

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Uh, Greg? WHAT THE HELL WAS YOUR GERMAN PAL'S POINT!? For the life of me, I can't make out what it is he was trying to indicate. Seriously. What did he mean?
2006-06-16 @ 11:10
Comment from: Greg [Visitor]
Sorry, it was a bit muddled; my toddler needed me at the moment and I should have waited to edit my post. Now, at the risk of further muddling....

His point was that the risk to American competitiveness posed by our insularity is basically unrecognized by many Americans, as the corresponding risk is unrecognized by most Germans. So, for example, we argue about 'english-only' education while the rest of the world is committed to bilingualism. Or the Germans shorten their work week while developing nations work 12 hour shifts, 6 days a week. The most obvious global movement is toward China (followed by India). It's virtually impossible to grasp the magnitude of the Chinese juggernaut without visiting Shanghai (which has been estimated to have one fifth of the world's construction cranes).

Of course, none of this is golf related. Hit 'em straight!

2006-06-16 @ 23:10
Comment from: andy [Visitor]
Mexicans or anybody can come to our country if they want to do it legally.
Any border would be to keep out ILLEGAL imigrants. Our country cannot support every person in the world that wants to live here illegally. Immigrants need to help support the educational and medical services that they need and use. They can only do that by being legal and paying taxes like the rest of us.
Learning English has nothing to do with bilingualism. Its about assimilating and being an American. Try going to ANY non-English speaking foreign country to live and speaking only English. That's just foolishness.
2006-06-17 @ 23:00

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