Hillary Clinton to Indian Audience: ‘OUTSOURCING has Benefited Many Parts of Our Country’
Clinton to Indian Audience: Outsourcing has Benefited Many Parts of Our Country
MARCH 4, 2016
BURLINGTON, Vt. In a video from the Indian TV state NDTV from May 7, 2012, then-Secretary Hillary Clinton told an Indian audience that outsourcing benefited many parts of the United States: Well, you know, its been going on for many years now and its part of our economic relationship with India, and I think that there are advantages with it that have certainly benefited many parts of our country and there are disadvantages that go to the need to, you know, improve the job skills of our own people and create a better economic environment, so its, like anything its, you know, got pluses and minuses.
Following a question from the host about a political ad by President Obama about outsourcing, Secretary Clinton laughingly responds, Well, you know, its an election year . . . .
Her remarks to the Indian audience stand in stark contrast to her comments here in the United States denouncing outsourcing.
For instance, in February 2004, Secretary Clinton said, I do not think outsourcing American jobs is a new kind of trade . . . and I certainly do not believe it is a good thing.
Congressional Record 2/10/04 Page S769
This new video shows Secretary Clinton says different things to different audiences about outsourcing, Jeff Weaver, Bernie 2016 campaign manager, said. In the United States she condemns it but when shes in India she says it has benefitted many parts of our country. Secretary Clinton should explain to the people of Michigan how they have benefited from the outsourcing of their manufacturing jobs.
Given the Secretarys long history of supporting job-crushing trade deals its not a surprise she thinks there are pluses to outsourcing. But to go abroad and just describe it as part of our economic relationship with India is disturbing when so many communities like Detroit and Flint that have been hurt so badly by outsourcing. America workers need a president they can trust to protect their jobs.
Weaver also said the video shows why voters should be allowed to see the transcripts of Secretary Clinton secret paid speeches. If shes willing to say positive things about outsourcing when she knows shes on film in India, we can only imagine what she told Goldman Sachs, foreign banking interests, drug companies and other corporate interests in those closed-door speeches she was paid millions to give. Voters deserve to see them.
Full Text of Clintons remarks on outsourcing is below:
The entire video can be found here.
The relevant section begins at approximately 51:30.
Audience: good morning maam, Im also a part of the youth advisory council of the US government. so I have [inaudible] questions the first one is: with the possible cut down on outsourcing, [inaudible] protectionism, and [inaudible, will you do anything] about the jobs? And uhh
Host: okay lets take one question at a time so we can get other people to respond.
Clinton: So youre talking about outsourcing from the United States to India? Outsourcing from the United States to India? Well you know its been going on for many years now, and its part of our economic relationship with India, and I think that there are advantages with it that have certainly benefited many parts of our country and there are disadvantages that go to the need to, you know improve the job skills of our own people and create a better economic environment, so its, like anything its, you know, got pluses and minuses.
Host: Theres a new advertisement in the election campaign of President Obama, that causing a lot of [inaudible hot word?] about outsourcing.
Clinton: Well, you know its an election campaign, and there is an obligation in any election campaign
Host: to overstate a little bit?
Clinton: Well Im not overstating I wouldnt go that far, but to talk about whats on peoples minds, and you know its more directed toward the fear that a lot of Americans who were in manufacturing, who dont feel like they have any other job possibilities because they werent trained for any other job possibilities, so its a legitimate issue, it needs to be aired, but i think the President has been very clear that he wants to improve our own exports. You know when were on our way to doubling our exports, he wants to improve education, skills training so that people can have the jobs of the 21st century. So its fair to talk about but you also have to have a solution that looks at whats really going to work.
train the foreigners who are taking their jobs. Sickening ecample of 'adding insult to injury'.
Dick Durbin complained to them on a letter...Don't know
if it will do any good.
Either be a billionaire inventor of some new application, or serve hamburgers at McDonald's.
Those are the choices our leaders want to leave us with.
What's the difference between outsourcing American jobs to foreigners and insourcing foreigners to take American jobs? Both put Americans out of work, make the rich richer and the middle class poorer.
undocumented immigrants denying good jobs to AA citizens in a city with a sky high AA unemployment rate.
so many Americans would be devastated by a 500 hundred emergency or that there are 46.7 million people living in poverty......
that bridge turned out to be a bridge to nowhere!
Y'know where you're brought on per project, work long hours for a short time and no benefits. I've had many of these since my old 20th century style staff position was off shored. Wonder if each one is counted as a new job to boost employment numbers? That would be funny.
A decade ago I was a contract software engineer. I think the main pressure was from Microsoft but they wanted to expand the H1B visas to bring in cheap software people from India and Pakistan.
Many of my friends I had met from different parts of the country, especially one guy from Virginia, talked about training the H1B guy who would be taking over their job. My friend in Virginia said that the month he got laid off there were about 3,0000 new H1B visa workers in Virginia. He knew this because there is a government website where they are required to post the numbers.
And then what am I supposed to do, after eight years of wasted time(assuming I live that long if she gets the presidency)?
Many farts of our country instead of parts of our country ......She who smelt ot dealt it .
All that picture needs is a photoshop of a thought balloon "Bullsh*t!"
People already know this about her, what she says depends on the audience she says it to. What's the hashtag "whichHillary". Exactly.
with regards to the IT industry, I would say that she may have a point but there are so many here who have the education and still can't get the jobs because the Indians will come over here on special visas and work for much lower wages than we will. It's a bunch of b.s.!
Then if she is talking about the call centers, well, please.... most of our workers with minimal training could do those jobs! It's just the corporations are money hungry assholes who don't want to pay a living wage.
IF shes our nominee. Which I hope she isn't
And the GOP has been preparing to run against her for decades. I dread to think of the ads that will come out if she's in the GE. This kind of thing will destroy our chances of winning.
They're just going to talk about how Bill ushered in NAFTA and see how that worked out and we will lose so many voters. So many people are saying she has the nomination sewn up and I'm'm seriously worried.
"Both Clintons declined to be interviewed or comment for this article."
ugh, if I actually typed out how mad that statement makes me, I would get a hide.
This is why she cannot be allowed to win the nomination.
now defunct paper plant and the now defunct handbag factory and the now defunct optical manufacturer and all the rest of them will be happy to know their new fast food jobs have helped the economy so much.
SHAMEFUL and DISGUSTING !!!
Why doesn't she just rub some salt in the wounds a bit more.
get the genius of "outsourcing jobs".
One thing where is a business that could not pay labor costs can exist at this end - say you design something, like a line of dishes or the like. But you can't afford a factory in the US. You can afford Chinese/Indian labor. Therefore that business exists here in the US and eventually employs people where it would not otherwise.
I recall being in Australia and they were very wise there - the labels did not just say "Made in China" like ours do, but "Designed in Australia/Made in China"
All in all this issue is not so black and white and cut and dried as job for job.