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Microsoft in the Pink

Rumors continue to swirl that thousands of Redmond-ites may soon become ex-Redmond-ites. Some say as many as 15,000 Microsoft employees may soon be flooding the tech market with freshly tuned resumes.

My take? Microsoft can still be highly efficient and productive with a smaller workforce. After all, it's an aggressive capitalist enterprise; competition is in its DNA.

So the question is: If Microsoft and others can run fine with smaller budgets and workforces, why can't government -- local, state or federal -- do the same thing? Seems odd to me that as tax revenues fall and the economy contracts, government's answer is to grow larger. As an economics major, I understand the multiplier effect, but this still makes no logical sense.

How would you solve our economic mess? Is massive debt/stimulation the answer? Right- and left-wing answers equally welcome at [email protected].

Posted by Doug Barney on January 19, 2009 at 11:53 AM


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