Political Hypocricy of governments

San Francisco,Oakland Bay Bridge

“Outsourcing jobs overseas is the newest trade controversy. With to-day’s technology,, goods are easily transported across oceans and information is carried across the seafloor at the speed of light through fiber optic cable. Meanwhile a debate rages throughout the country over the loss of mid-level white collar jobs to foreign countries.

At least 31 legislatures have introduced measures banning state agencies from entering into contracts with companies that would send those jobs outside the United States. The policy dilemma is equity. Is it right to spend taxpayer dollars overseas if it means savings to the states? Or is it the responsibility of lawmakers to ensure tax money stays in the United States?

Opponents of outsourcing believe that it is bad for states and bad for the American worker. Their primary argument is simple. Losing white-collar jobs to cheap overseas labor is bad for families and bad for states’ economies. And there is no proof that outsourcing results in the creation of higher level jobs for displaced workers.

According to MBG, a business information, analysis and forecasting firm based in Washington, D.C., the net private sector loss over the last three years is close to 3 million jobs. And the predictions for further job loss, especially in the service sector, are high. Forrester Research INc. predicts that domestic employers will move 3.3 million white collar service jobs overseas in the next 15 years. In the past, the economy typically shed jobs during a recession and rehired when the economy turned around. This was true when the United States had a very strong manufacturing sector. A factory would suffer slow periods, lay off a portion of its workforce and then rehire Re`hire´that workforce when production expanded. But, if job loss is the result of offshore, the people who have lost their jobs are not going to receive a call to come back to work. Those jobs are gone forever.”
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One thing that these politicians have in common is a political philosophy of Socialism, it seems. It appears that these politicians think it is better to support a socialistic form of economy even if it means outsourcing business than to support a capitalistic form of economy by awarding contracts to companies of this nation.

If outsourcing jobs is being unpatriotic by American businesses then how much greater is the lack of patriotism of those leaders of our nation that outsource business? I don’t see how you can protest one and support the other without being hypocritical.

Can someone help me in this dilemma?

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4 thoughts on “Political Hypocricy of governments

  1. BB-Idaho

    It would seem the state legislatures are acting in the best interest of their constituents, trying to cauterize the bleeding of job loss overseas. I cannot help in the ethics of
    such processes, but note that many years back I saw the beginnings. Our area shipped logs overseas and we purchased plywood on the return ship. My understanding of the economics is that primary (logging, minerals, oil) sector of GDP and secondary (manufacture, industry, transport, sales) sector have shrunk signifiicantly since the
    mid 70s. These are the major producers of wealth. The factors are inverse in China, Korea, Singapore and the like. Unfortunately, I have seen no plan in the politcal
    sector that can reverse this trend, be it stimulus, deregulation, taxes, free market,
    nationalisation or prayer that will achieve a fix. (even more unfortunately, I cannot
    come up with a cure either)…economics may be independent of politics, but once
    we let our heavy industry migrate the cat was out of the barrel. Am I an optimist
    or what! 🙂

  2. The Griper

    oh, i can understand the political intent of those who complain of outsourcing jobs, BB. what gets me is the fact that these same politicians will turn right around and outsource business which denies work for the labor sector of this nation instead of contracting with a business located in this nation thus giving Americans jobs like that san francisco bridge that was built in China.

    another thing; socialism is suppose to be a non-profit form of economics yet you see these same governments demanding profits on what they export. if socialism is such a good system of economics then why must they get a profit from exports but not from domestic labor and goods? isn’t that still exploitation of the worker and isn’t the exploiter the government instead of the rich businessman?

    like i have said, i am just a foolish old man with foolish ideas and principles without any understanding of the ways of the world, i guess.

  3. BB-Idaho

    I would think S. Frisco would not want a Chinese bridge; some gov’t contracts I’ve heard of do require American labor and materials, but I’m not sure of the extent or even the efficacy. Regarding Asian exports, my understanding is that China is a version
    of ‘state capitalism’, which sort of works like-
    “China’s growth comes both from huge state investment in infrastructure and heavy industry and from private sector expansion in light industry instead of just exports, whose role in the economy appears to have been significantly overestimated.[18] The smaller but highly concentrated public sector, dominated by 159 large SOEs, provided key inputs from utilities, heavy industries, and energy resources that facilitated private sector growth and drove investment, the foundation of national growth.”
    As for worker exploitation, by definition, IMO, the worker is at the mercy and pleasure of the employer be it private or public. And by definition, the worker must produce not only for themselves but their employer. This has held historically, but with so much of the
    GDP in the ‘service sector’, it is difficult to define what the product of their productivity
    is. Thus the confusion regarding the ‘worth’ of teacher, doctor, policeman, banker,
    hedgefund mgr, loan officer, soldier, financial planner, (dare I mention politician?)
    movie star, writer etc. Back in the day we measured productivity as so many widgets
    per hour…which was pretty straight forward. What do we foolish old men know? 🙂

  4. The Griper

    i aapologize, BB. my links in my post were no good. seems like i have much to learn from wordpress yet. but from this source the bridge was built in China

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