1.07.2005

Outsourcing study a welcome surprise in budget bill CNN.com: Lou Dobbs (12.06.04)
We haven't been tracking the Lou as much as we should, but here's something we all might want to pay attention to...

Congressional authority to peek into citizens' tax returns wasn't the only clause hidden in the omnibus spending bill that recently passed. There's also a more welcome surprise for the American worker: a grant for a comprehensive study of the effects of outsourcing U.S. jobs to cheap, foreign labor markets.

Well at least they aren't total bastards.

So far, the government has simply lacked the data to determine offshore outsourcing's impact on the U.S. work force, said Republican Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia. Wolf initiated the measure to grant $2 million to the independent, nonpartisan National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) for the study.

The new study will provide a breakdown of how many jobs have gone abroad and from which industries. That analysis could have huge implications for future job creation, wage growth and the plight of the middle class.

Too bad Rep. Frank Wolf is such a wanker. Looking at his voting record we don't agree on almost anything. We're having a hard time now giving him credit for even this...

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