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Outsource These People, Please

By TCS Staff - February 18, 2004 12:00 AM

Editor's note: We at TCS have taken a particular interest in the ongoing debate over the outsourcing of jobs. TCS host James K. Glassman wrote a much-discussed piece critical of CNN anchor Lou Dobbs and his sensationalist program "Exporting America" (Dobbs asked Glassman onto his show to debate the issue).

TCS contributor Radley Balko focused on aspects of outsourcing that many people may not be aware of -- burdensome and needless regulations at the state level that force companies to do business elsewhere. TCS contributing editor Arnold Kling explained the critical concept of comparative advantage. And TCS contributing editor Glenn Harlan Reynolds has examined the political dimensions of the debate.

CNN's Dobbs has gone so far as to demonize those companies that are, as he puts it, "either sending American jobs overseas, or choosing to employ cheap overseas labor, instead of American workers." Dobbs has compiled a running list of these companies, a sort of rogues' gallery of those he deems to be acting against the interests of America and American workers.

Dobbs' characterization is false and misleading. As Glassman recently put it, "far from being a bunch of evildoers, the members of the Dobbs most-wanted list are companies that are helping the American economy." That's more than can be said for a small but influential group of politicians, media members and others who are currently demagoguing the outsourcing issue. If turnabout is fair play, we at TCS offer you a rogues' gallery of the worst demagogues on the issue of job outsourcing, those who would sacrifice the health of the American economy to political expedience, ratings or some other reason.

Lou Dobbs

"The fact is that we are seeing hundreds of thousands of jobs being outsourced on the basis purely of a corporation's interest in achieving the lowest possible price for labor."

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)

"...Benedict Arnold CEOs [who] send American jobs overseas."

Patrick Buchanan

"Let it be said: Bush... has no explanation and no cure for the hemorrhaging of manufacturing jobs at Depression rates, no plan to stop the outsourcing of white-collar jobs to Asia..."

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York)

"The president needs to personally repudiate this position immediately... To do anything less is tantamount to giving all those companies who are moving jobs out of the U.S. a wink and a nod telling them 'keep it up, boys'."

Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Connecticut)

Along with Sen. Dodd, Johnson is a sponsor of The USA Jobs Protection Act which, according to The New Republic, would "prevent U.S. companies from hiring foreign workers when American workers are available for the same job."

 

Sen. Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota)

"This week, Americans learned something important. Exporting jobs isn't an accident -- it's administration policy."

 

Sen. John Edwards (D-North Carolina)

"It's time to outsource this administration."

 

Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-South Carolina)

"Mr. President, I will address the most important subject we have confronting us in this country. It is brought about by a headline yesterday in the Los Angeles Times, 'Bush Supports Shift of Jobs Overseas.'''

 

Rep. Sherrod Brown, (D-Ohio)

"If we're going to do trade agreements, as we should, we need trade agreements with rules that will lift up all boats, rather than continuing to pull down U.S. food safety standards, U.S. worker wages, environment, all that these job losses and all that this has done to pull down our standards."

  Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Connecticut)

Along with Rep. Johnson, Dodd is a sponsor of The USA Jobs Protection Act which, according to The New Republic, would "prevent U.S. companies from hiring foreign workers when American workers are available for the same job."

 

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