“[I’m not able to] involve myself in many, many locations.”
–Bill Nuti, NCR’s Chief Executive Officer, on NCR’s (Nuti’s) decision to move its headquarters from Dayton Ohio to a suburb of Atlanta Georgia, after 125 years of operations in Dayton.
This excellent article by Dan Barry of the New York Times describes the decision of the New York-based CEO Nuti to sever ties with Dayton, Ohio, the ancestral home of NCR, formerly “National Cash Register.” When we think of the origins of populism in America today, we do well to consider the possibility that its basic motivation may lie in the destruction of dignity that is experienced by numberless ordinary Americans as decisions are made – whether by private businesses or distant government (or both together) – that deprives them of the decent expectation that they can live in a community where children can be well-raised, neighbors known, enjoyed and sometimes mourned, and in a place loved and cared for. That basic and decent expectation of life was treated like a piece of soiled toilet paper by Mr. Bill Nuti, as his comment about being too busy or oblivious to “many locations” suggests. Doubtless he is a proud example of a high-level commitment and an educational system that aims to produce deracinated, placeless individuals.
“In this country, the success of our children cannot depend more on where they live than their potential.”
–President Barak Obama (D), State of the Union Address
“A child’s educational opportunity should be determined by her intellect and work ethic, not by her zip code.”
–Governor Bob McDonnell (R), “Republican Response” to President Barak Obama’s State of the Union Address
(NOTE: It’s important to recall that the two political parties claim to differ over deep fundamentals. Let the evidence of these two previous quotes, and the actions of Mr. Bill Nuti, be taken into account in assessing that claim).