Last weekend James had the opportunity to work with Soma the inventor of Rapid Prompt Method (the method he uses to communicate). As is usual, it was enlightening and interesting. Soma has all sorts of ways to teach a lesson and she can elaborate on almost any topic. She likes to start with a short lesson and then take words from the lesson to get her students communicating. She asked James if he would like a business lesson and he said yes so she did a short lesson on the Gross Domestic Product. She explained that the GDP is made up of all the assets of a country, above ground and underground! All the goods, services, roads, freeways, farms, bridges, anything you can practically think of. James asked WHAT ABOUT HONDA CARS? He wanted to know if the cars were made in Japan but bought here do they make up the US GDP or the Japanese GDP? This led to a discussion of US companies that make their products in China and other places where the labor is less expensive. They discussed Apple in particular since most of their products are made overseas. They then started talking about illegal workers, particularly migrant farm workers who are cheaper for our farmers but actually hurt the GDP because they do not pay taxes and often send their earnings back to their country of origin. James said I AM LIKING THIS DISCUSSION so Soma said why don’t you wrap up by writing an immigration plan for President Obama? Here it is:
LIST OF THINGS TO CONSIDER WHILE PLANNING IMMIGRATION
- WHEN PARENTS ARE NOT US CITIZENS THE CHILDREN MUST GO THROUGH THE PROCESS (of applying for citizenship).
GUEST WORKERS MUST HAVE A THREE MONTH WORK LICENSE (renewed every three months).
IT MUST BE ILLEGAL TO BE HERE WITHOUT A VALID PERMIT. (Soma said this would be really hard to enforce!)
I THEREFORE ASK APPLE TO HIRE WORKERS IN THE US AND BE GOOD TO THE AMERICAN GDP. (good luck!)
James ended the session by saying I WANT TO JOIN POLITICS. I LIKE BLOOMBERG. (ok, this shocked us!)