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America’s Real Dream Team

Text adapted from an external article written by Thomas L Freidman

Keeping a constant flow of legal immigrants into our country — whether they wear blue collars or lab coats — is the key to keeping US ahead of China. Because when you mix all of these energetic, high-aspiring people with a democratic system and free markets, magic happens. If we hope to keep that magic, we need immigration reform that guarantees that we will always attract and retain, in an orderly fashion, the world’s first-round aspirational and intellectual draft choices.

This isn’t complicated. In today’s wired world, the most important economic competition is no longer between countries or companies. The most important economic competition is actually between you and your own imagination. Because what your kids imagine, they can now act on farther, faster, cheaper than ever before — as individuals. Today, just about everything is becoming a commodity, except imagination, except the ability to spark new ideas.

If I just have the spark of an idea now, I can get a designer in Taiwan to design it. I can get a factory in China to produce a prototype. I can get a factory in India to mass manufacture it. I can use Amazon.com to handle fulfillment. I can use freelancer.com to find someone to do my logo and manage my backroom. And I can do all this at incredibly low prices. The one thing that is not a commodity and never will be is that spark of an idea.

If we can just get a few things right — immigration, education standards, bandwidth, fiscal policy — maybe we’ll be O.K. Don’t sweat about the problems our generation will have to deal with. Believe me, our future is in good hands.

As long as we don’t shut our doors.

To read the complete, unaltered version of the article in New York Times, click here.

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  1. Sandy
    May 24, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Hi,

    I want to contact u regarding taking a choice about a second mba… have done my first from iim-i , plz send me ur email id.

    rgds,
    sandy

  1. March 22, 2010 at 10:23 am

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