5.19.2004

A hairnet in your future
WorkingForChange.com (5/19)

It's always good to get reassurances from high government officials on issues of great concern to the people.

Take the nagging issue of U.S. corporations offshoring hundreds of thousands of well-paying, high-tech jobs out of our country -- the very jobs we were told would be our people's ticket into the middle class. The CEOs of Dell, Microsoft, IBM, and the rest are shipping these engineering and programming jobs off to India, Russia, and other locales where they can pay a third or a fourth or even a tenth of the middle-class pay scale in the U.S. Hey, they say, America's a great place, but we're gonna go where we can fatten our bottom lines.

Yeah, we remember being told that! Man, those were good times... good times...

This self-serving betrayal of America's middle class has -- to put it nicely -- annoyed many, many, Americans. This is where Colin Powell steps in. Bush's secretary of state recently sought to reassure people on this issue of offshoring.

Colin Powell? Really? Gosh, we feel so much better. Sure there was that thing about him lying to the U.N. but, well, we're sure that was really just some misunderstanding.
Unfortunately, the people he reassured were in India.

Bastard!
On a recent trip there, he promised that the Bushites would do nothing to stop the outsourcing of U.S. high-tech jobs to India and, indeed, would oppose all congressional efforts to stop it. He even posed as an economic philosopher, declaring that "outsourcing is a natural effect of the global economic system," adding adamantly that "you're not going to eliminate outsourcing."

You know what, we're not sorry he squandered his political capital when he told the entire world that 'we' knew exactly where Saddam's WMD's were.

He deserves what he gets.

the Bushites plan to train the American people for new jobs. What new jobs, exactly? He didn't say. He didn't have a clue.

Bush's labor department knows. It lists 30 job categories that will have the greatest growth between now and 2010. Number one? Fast food workers. Two-thirds of their "growth jobs" pay less than $20,000 a year.

Uh oh. Uh, Colin? We didn't mean it. Can we have a job with you?

Offshoring of US service jobs gathering pace, says survey The Business Times (5/20)

THE 'offshoring' of US service jobs to low-wage countries is growing faster than previously thought, a leading research firm reported on Monday.

Forrester Research, a technology trend analysis firm, estimates that 830,000 US service jobs will be lost by 2005, a 40 per cent increase from a projection of 588,000 jobs it made in November 2002.


'It's happening more quickly than we anticipated' because employers are finding they can significantly reduce labour costs by sending jobs to low-wage countries, particularly India, Forrester vice-president Stephanie Moore said. In a highly competitive global marketplace, 'everybody is trying to do more with less,' she said. 'There's a lot of pressure on budgets.'

Yeah, there's a lot of pressure on budgets: family bugets, school budgets, city budgets, state budgets, the federal budget... everyone except the military's budget it seems. Well, what are you going to do?

How India funds Bush's campaign
Asia Times (5/19)
There is our glorious leader: creating jobs for the rest of the world!

There is more than one reason US President George W Bush should thank Indians, whether in the United States or India, as the buildup to elections in the US slated for November gathers steam. Indians are contributing handsomely to Bush's campaign funds while, until recently, there was a band of more than 100 dedicated call-center executives who were handling Bush's fundraising and vote-seeking campaign for the Republican Party from the outsourcing hubs of Noida and Gurgaon, which adjoin the national capital Delhi.

Yes, fearless leader, that's it: create jobs and they'll love us! Truly he is the chosen one!
While it seems that the fundraising contract was called off because most Republican voters had been covered, sources also say that the backlash against outsourcing in the United States as well as pressure from the anti-outsourcing lobby within the Republican Party might have also contributed to the cancellation.

Really? You mean that fearless leader & his lackeys flip-flopped on a deal because of political pressure?? That doesn't sound like Bush at all.