Clinton on outsourcing
by dataguy, Tue Sep 11, 2007 at 08:50:18 AM EDT
We're all familiar with the occasional speech by some deranged wacko who opines that "when being raped, you might as well relax and enjoy it." Of course, anyone who says this should be and is ROUNDLY CASTIGATED on any number of grounds.
What does this have to do with outsourcing?
Well, here it is.
Sen Clinton says that outsourcing is inevitable and that we have to accommodate it. OK, fine so far. But accommodate how?
For Sen Clinton, this appears to be taking large amounts of money for both her and Bill from Indian body shops. That is, they are in the pocket of these job thieves.
Even Chelsea Clinton, a good kid, has gotten into the good times. She is on the payroll of one of the body shops for $125,000/year, which probably seems like small change to many, but is actually pretty good money. It's the way to a mother's heart, too - thru her child.
What does Sen Clinton actually believe about outsourcing?
From May 1, 2005, Asia Times Online (found thru google):
"There is no way to legislate against reality. Outsourcing will continue," she told an audience of Indian big-wigs. She pointed out that there were 3 billion people who feel left behind and are trying to attack the modern world in the hope of turning the clock back on globalization. "It is not far-fetched to imagine ... if the Indian miracle would be the one of choice of those who feel left behind," said Hillary.
Hillary has been at the forefront in defending free trade and outsourcing. During the height of the anti-outsourcing backlash in the US last year, she faced considerable flak for defending Indian software giant Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for opening a center in Buffalo, New York. "We are not against all outsourcing; we are not in favor of putting up fences," Hillary said firmly, despite inevitably invoking the ire of the anti-free trade brigade.
So, Sen Clinton's approach is to outsourcing and the Indian body shops is that, if we are being raped by Indian body shops outsourcing good jobs, we might as well relax and enjoy it, especially when Bill can get a $3.5 million dollar fee. That fee is about 35-60 jobs. He's sold his soul and all we got was a bunch of jobs saying "Want fries with that?"
For me, I advocate fighting back against this kind of learned helplessness on outsourcing. We need fewer H-1Bs, not more. We need tax policies which make such outsourcing more expensive, not cheaper and easier. We need to put Americans first for American jobs, not Indians or Chinese. Why doesn't Sen Clinton view outsourcing as a problem for Americans, rather than a good for Indian body shops?