4.19.2004

India's advice to the U.S.: Invest in yourself
Salon.com (4/20)

White-collar globalization is no boogeyman in India: Newspapers here like to call the workers at companies like Infosys "the young hopefuls," beacons of modernization in a society where 50 percent of the population is still illiterate. But everyone in the tech industry in India is fully conscious of the political controversy that has erupted over the topic of outsourced and offshored jobs in the United States -- a country that is also, unsurprisingly, the home of many of their biggest clients.

Their message back? These are your rules we are playing by, and you'll find it difficult, or impossible, to change them.

Well, they're partially right: but it isn't a 'level playing field' and until we demand that our government does something about that (like providing healthcare, enforcing trade policies, etc.,) all that's going to happen is we'll lose more jobs.

But they're right, and if you think about it you'll realize that it's true: we don't invest in ourselves. One only needs look at the lip-service that is paid to the public school system to realize that (and doen't talk to us about 'vouchers' that's just a tax break for the upper-middle class and a way to eventually privitize the schools).

Could universal healthcare be in our future?

Here's an article by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton entitled Now Can We Talk About Health Care? and on Slate.com there's Capitalists for Hillarycare: Look who's supporting universal health care now about how businesses are beginning to realize that it may just be the way to go.

If we don't ask, we won't get and we believe that universal healthcare would help companies keep jobs in this country (or, at the very least, help reduce their reasons for moving them in the first place).

Outsourcing fears based on myths: experts The Hindu (4/18)

Amidst the furore in the US over outsourcing to countries like India, experts have dubbed as "myths" the fears on sending jobs overseas, saying more Americans are now employed than ever before.

"The benefits of sending jobs overseas have been almost entirely ignored," Tom Kane, research fellow at the Center for Data Analysis; Brett Schaefer, Fellow at the Center for International Trade and Economics; and Alison Fraser, director of the Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation said.

First off, and we can say this since we've known a few of them, but the folks at The Heritage Foundation are, by and large, complete jackasses.

No joke: they aren't intellectuals looking for reasonable dialectic, instead they're total ideologues and they aren't interested in doing anything except advancing a hard core conservative agenda. Be wary of anyone at Heritage.

Secondly, we lined up our own experts that we'd like you to take a look at to rebut the scary experts from Heritage and we think you'll find them just a little more convincing.

(And we're sorry, but all of the Indian papers telling us that outsourcing/offshoring isn't a problem is just creepy because (a) they say it way too often and (b) they're a little too eager to have us agree)

One man's crusade against outsourcing American jobs The Christian Science Monitor (4/20)

Michael Emmons had logged almost six years as a software developer when he and more than a dozen colleagues received bad news: Their employer was replacing them with workers from India.

And instead of outsourcing the jobs to India, Siemens ICN had a plan that was every bit as controversial - importing Indians to do the work here. The Americans even had to train their Indian replacements in order to receive severance pay. "They told us this is the wave of the future, and we just have to go with the flow," Mr. Emmons says.

So what is Emmons doing? He's running for Congress from Florida's Seventh District. Give 'em hell boyo.