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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-29-10 04:51 PM
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Moves Against Off-Shoring Should Be More Than Political Afterthought
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Moves Against Off-Shoring Should Be More Than Political Afterthought

Wednesday
September 29
12:01 pm

By Amy Dean


Yesterday, Democrats failed working people and demonstrated once more how wide the gulf has become between political rhetoric and tangible legislative results. I'm talking about the failure of the Senate Democrats to even get a vote on the Creating American Jobs and Ending Off Shoring Act. Yes, the Republicans threw every obstruction possible to block the issue following Senator DeMint's call to obstruct everything. But the Democrats took a critical issue facing this country and turned it into an 11th hour band-aid for their political wounds.

Back in January, when I watched President Obama's State of the Union address, I was impressed that he explicitly spoke in favor of a long-overdue change: ending tax incentives for corporate off-shoring. He said:

...it is time to finally slash the tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas, and give those tax breaks to companies that create jobs right here in the United States of America.


Most Americans have no idea that, since the Reagan era, we've been living under a tax code that pays businesses to take their industries to other countries, rather than to generate domestic jobs.

Finally, nine months after the president's speech, Congress tried to move this issue in what was clearly, and many would say cynically, an effort to improve their dire political fortunes. Sen. Charles Schumer told the Washington Post: "There is no issue more important to the American people than the outsourcing of jobs, and that's why we're focusing on it. ..........(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.inthesetimes.com/working/entry/6486/moves_ag... /



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