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Despite the arguments one can make that outsourcing can be good overall for the country economically, George W. Bush can't really like the headlines inspired by his economic report. For there is a section in there defending outsourcing, which can't be too pleasing to all those who lost their jobs because Indians are willing to work for less money. And yes, it has inspired many headlines. . .
Bush Supports Shift of Jobs Overseas
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<a href="http://www.tnr.com/etc.mhtml?pid=1155">Despite the arguments one can make</a> that <a href="http://slate.msn.com/id/2093649/">outsourcing can be good overall for the country </a>economically, George W. Bush can't really like the <a href="http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/archive.html?blog=/politics/war_room/2004/02/10/outsourcing/index.html">headlines inspired by his economic report</a>. For there is a section in there defending outsourcing, which can't be too pleasing to all those who lost their jobs because Indians are willing to work for less money. And yes, it has inspired many headlines. . .
<a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/politics/la-na-bushecon10feb10,1,6077937.story?coll=la-news-politics-national">Bush Supports Shift of Jobs Overseas</a>
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<a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2001854367_bushecon10.html"></a>
<a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04041/271362.stm"">Bush Economic Report Praises 'Outsourcing' Jobs.</a>

<a href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/nationworld/orl-asecmbushecon10021004feb10,1,3095277.story?coll=orl-news-headlines">Bush Says Sending Jobs Abroad Can be Beneficial</a>

This is the sort of thing that people who have lost their jobs or are uncertain about their jobs will not like to hear.

I guess I should also note Bush's budget reports aren't widely considered to be dispassionate and/or sober in the issue of job creation, deficit reduction, or well on anything.

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rtfirefly
Feb. 10th, 2004 09:56 am (UTC)
I think Edwards' comment (from your second-to-last link) sums it up:

"These people," he said of the Bush administration, "what planet do they live on? They are so out of touch."

I think people are starting to figure that out. Not just about Bush, but possibly, just possibly, about the Republican agenda as a whole.
rtfirefly
Feb. 10th, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC)
More on the 'out of touch' bit:
From the same link as before: "Outsourcing is just a new way of doing international trade," said N. Gregory Mankiw, chairman of Bush's Council of Economic Advisors, which prepared the report. "More things are tradable than were tradable in the past. And that's a good thing."

Even if it's a whole bunch of people's jobs. Great, just great!!

Here's the thing that gets me: even if we do create a whole bunch of new, hyper-level jobs to replace all those $80K programmer jobs that just got transformed to $10K programmer jobs in Bombay, what's happening to people's lives in the meantime? Realistically, how many times can people transform their careers over a lifetime and still come out with something at the end, especially when a lot of people are going to spend a lot of time unemployed (or 'retraining') between one job and the next? Especially when they find themselves unemployed at 53 and nobody really wants to hire them? That steelworker who retrained himself as a computer programmer, what's he going to retrain himself as this time? Or is the next job, if one exists, simply going to be out of reach?

A book called "Future Shock" came out while I was in high school. I think the future's here, and it's not exactly kind to a lot of people.

Turning Social Security into private accounts (another Bush panacea) is really gonna hurt a lot of people who go through a lot of that. It's hard to build up much 'security' that way when you keep on having big gaps in your working life.

Funny, I really wanted to post about this article (Is the job market broken?) but I've run out of steam. There's the link, anyway.
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