Thursday, October 13, 2005

Instapundit- U.S. position in science is eroding - : " I love science and engineering, and my friends from high school who went into those fields think I would have been good there. I don't know if they're right, but I'm pretty sure that I've had a better career in law. And much as I love law and lawyers, I suspect that a country that makes law a more rewarding career than science and engineering is likely to wind up with more and better lawyers than it has scientists and engineeers."

That is the problem isn't it, law is much more rewarding and less stressful then engineering or science. Have one of your bridges fall down and what happens, a lawyer feeding frenzy. Spill a coffee in your lap and the lawyer makes millions too.

Lawyers can't make a safer, more fuel efficient car only engineers and scientists can. Lawyers may ask even demand better cars but they couldn't make one if they needed to.

It reminds me of a joke:
"An engineer dies and reports to the pearly gates. St. Peter checks his dossier and says, 'Ah, you're an engineer -- you're in the wrong place.' So the engineer reports to the gates of hell and is let in. Pretty soon, the engineer gets dissatisfied with the level of comfort in hell, and starts designing and building improvements. After a while, they've got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and the engineer is a pretty popular guy.
One day God calls Satan up on the telephone and says with a sneer, 'So, how's it going down there in hell?'
Satan replies, 'Hey, things are going great. We've got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and there's no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next.'
God replies, 'What??? You've got an engineer? That's a mistake--he should never have gotten down there; send him up here.'
Satan says, 'No way. I like having an engineer on the staff, and I'm keeping him.'
God says, 'Send him back up here or I'll sue.'
Satan laughs uproariously and answers, 'Yeah, right. And just where are YOU going to get a lawyer?'"

Engineers like teachers are way undervalued.


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