Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Thanks For Coming!

Here's a little statistic that should be sobering to the folks who would seal the US border shut: Of the first nine winners of the Nobel Prizes this year, eight are Americans. But of those eight, five were born elsewhere and emigrated to the US. As natural-born Americans ourselves, our math skills are pretty weak, but even we know that five out of eight is more than half.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more. In fact, I think the U.S. better get over itself much in the same way the rest of the world seems to be doing. The awarding of the 2016 Olympics to Brasil is the IOC's way of getting in good with a rising star economy (unlike that of the U.S.). Also, I envision in the future countries marketing themselves as the best place to live by providing its citizenry with ummm...a great healthcare system, new mothers who can take up to a year off without fear of losing their jobs to be at home with their newborns, more than a crummy two weeks (if you're lucky) vacation per year, etc.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I forgot to mention...Not so many fat people wobbling around everywhere.

Anonymous said...

Lastly and very much related...Let's hope the Dream Act is passed. There may be a few other Nobel Prize winners (or doctors, or architects, or journalists, or nurses, or teachers, or lawyers, or Presidents) in there.

Mark said...

Tom Friedman wrote that we should be clipping a Green Card (permanent residency permit) to every PhD awarded to a foreign student in the U.S., instead of voiding their student visa and sending them home. Much too logical to actually get done.

Anonymous said...

Yeah. I'm sure a year off for maternity will lead to a bustling economy.

Burro Hall said...

You mean like the one we have now? I'd hate to see the US wind up like some poverty-plagued Scandinavian hellhole.

Anonymous said...

I think a year off to develop your child's mind and cultivate an educated, productive citizen will lead to a bustling economy. Heck, the lack thereof gave us an economic meltdown only rivaled in scope and severity by the Great Depression. But go ahead dude...Keep focusing on the short term...

Anonymous said...

You can now make that 6 out of 10.

/Orly Taitz