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Flatulo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-17-11 01:20 PM
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44. Good rant, but unfortunately, none of your points have
anything to do with the outsourcing of American jobs, which is my personal peeve, having been outsourced three times in the last decade.

Almost no one in America (except corporate directors and their large shareholders) think outsourcing jobs is a good thing. RW radio listeners are mostly blue-collar, and have been hit harder than anyone else by it. Rush Limbaugh's position on outsourcing is that those jobs are gone and will not be coming back. And you know what? He is absolutely right.

American companies began outsourcing jobs long before the Fairness Doctrine was eliminated, and you're going to have your work cut out for you showing me any causal correlation.

American companies did this to remain profitable. The trouble starts when one manufacturer in a particular industry, say disk drives for example, goes offshore. The remaining manufacturers in that sector have to immediately follow suit or they will literally be bankrupt in the next quarter. The constant consumer demand for lower prices has driven manufacturers to follow the money to the bottom. A 20 MB disk drive that cost $700 in 1982 has been replaced by a model with 100X the capacity at 10% of the price.

The price we've all paid for this progress is the loss of much of our manufacuring base, and much of the middle class.

If the directors of American companies cannot generate a profit, then the shareholders of that company will be fired and replaced with new directors who can generate a profit. This is what needs to be addressed. Corporate compensation needs to somehow tied to the societal costs of outsourcing. If HP can toss 30,000 skilled workers to the curb, there is a massive cost to society that HP just walks away from.

I don't know precisely how to fix this, but I think it will take political will that is just lacking. We need leadership, not censorship.
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