Is Outsourcing American Jobs Wrong?

Is Outsourcing American Jobs Wrong?

There are 18 comments on the Forbes.com story from Jan 16, 2013, titled Is Outsourcing American Jobs Wrong?. In it, Forbes.com reports that:

I think a lot of people have a pretty strong gut reaction to this question, and the popular answer is a clear "yes". You can see this in the charges against Mitt Romney that he was outsourcing jobs at Bain Capital, and that he would have been our "outsourcer in chief". There are non-intuitive arguments that outsourcing is good for Americans due to ... (more)

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Raj at Earth

Redondo Beach, CA

#1 Jan 18, 2013
Does America want to sell its goods and services worldwide?

If the answer is Yes, then they will have to outsource some of the American jobs overseas.
David Williams

Leeds, UK

#2 Feb 14, 2013
I think businesses are eventually going to realise that there are so many benefits to keeping outsourced work onshore.

In Britain there is a UK onshore outsourcing company called Bright Future. Their aim is to get British-based companies who want to outsource their IT development to use them and keep the work in Britain and undertaken by Brits.

To do this they have an apprenticeship scheme that trains up young adults to a expert level and then Bright Future takes them on. This way they keep costs down and provide a reliable service.

I think it's a great idea and will become more and more popular around the globe! If you want to check out the business here's the company's URL: www.BrightFuture.co.uk
Trumpanol

Baltimore, MD

#3 Feb 12, 2016
Ethanol from Canada
kuda

Cincinnati, OH

#4 Feb 13, 2016
<< Is Outsourcing American Jobs Wrong? >>

It's certainly wrong for America. I believe that the capitalist business model is sufficiently robust to stop trying to compete, both internal and externally, by exploiting cheap labor and focus on growth of onshore jobs so that Americans can afford to buy their services and products and hence further strengthen the American capitalist model to promote its own growth.

American companies that have moved their customer support services offshore seem to pretend, as they encourage their customers to do, that they're providing a useful service. I reality, customers are subjected to maneuvering through call menu systems with chatty recorded messages at every stage encouraging hanging up to search for solutions at their web sites. Customers who choose to persist in pressing numbers hoping to speak with a helpful qualified customer service representative may eventually connect with someone working at a call center located in a foreign country let's say, for example, the Philippines who answers with an accent and identifies himself/herself with a common American first name, and immediately begin pumping for information to "verify" the customer one question after another, after another before finally asking "How may I help you?" Of course, they have no answer and ask to place you on hold (while they look up the question or problem you pose on their computer. When the next speak, they say "Thank you for your patience," before telling you what they've just read, which does not answer the question or solve the problem.

That's not real customer service, but only a thinly veiled attempt to proffer a poor illusion of customer service.

The way to make "America great again" would be for businesses to show confidence in the capitalist system by keeping suppliers onshore so that their employees can also afford to be their customers.

"Tanki-you for your patience."
Anita Bryant s Jihad

Lansdale, PA

#5 Feb 13, 2016
Turnip is going to build a wall to block jobs from leaving, and he's going to make China and India pay for it.
Teenage Slavemaster

Baltimore, MD

#6 Feb 13, 2016
Is the Tea Party dead yet?
Teenage Scubadiver

United States

#7 Feb 13, 2016
Teenage Slavemaster wrote:
Is the Tea Party dead yet?
You own slaves and I scuba dive. We should be together!!!
Tasmanian Progressive

Baltimore, MD

#8 Feb 13, 2016
Scalia a gray beard Conservative has kicked the bucket!
kuda

Cincinnati, OH

#9 Feb 14, 2016
Raj at Earth wrote:
Does America want to sell its goods and services worldwide?
If the answer is Yes, then they will have to outsource some of the American jobs overseas.
No we don't "have to outsource some of the American jobs overseas." Why would you think that? It might be advantageous to other countries' economies for us to do so but why foster such dependence?

“Denny Crain”

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#15 Feb 14, 2016
kuda wrote:
<quoted text>
No we don't "have to outsource some of the American jobs overseas." Why would you think that? It might be advantageous to other countries' economies for us to do so but why foster such dependence?
Hi kuda.That is the problem with illegal aliens. Business owners want cheap labor and liberals want citizenship for them so they can vote Democrat. Without a border you don't have a country. Enforce the laws and fine companies who hire illegals. We have the highest corporate taxes in the world. Make business want to stay in America because it is their best self interest. Stop giving food stamps and welfare to illegals ! We need a carrot and a stick approach to those who want to move jobs over seas

“#Clippers2016”

Since: Mar 15

Commerce, CA

#16 Feb 14, 2016
Denny CranesPlace wrote:
<quoted text> Hi kuda.That is the problem with illegal aliens. Business owners want cheap labor and liberals want citizenship for them so they can vote Democrat. Without a border you don't have a country. Enforce the laws and fine companies who hire illegals. We have the highest corporate taxes in the world. Make business want to stay in America because it is their best self interest. Stop giving food stamps and welfare to illegals ! We need a carrot and a stick approach to those who want to move jobs over seas
Really? The problem is with *illegals* that the filthy fat cat keptocrats in the lower 48 have offshored manufacturing to China and outsourced IT and telecomms to India??

To answer the OPs question.....no, outsourcing ain't a thang if ur a multi-million dollar CEO, it is if ur a middle/working-class patriot.
Bergen Nor

Baltimore, MD

#17 Feb 14, 2016
"..Cruz comes in, like a crazed idiot or maniac.." Trump 2015 December
goonsquad

Twinsburg, OH

#19 Feb 14, 2016
Of course it's wrong. Corporatists are only interested in money, and making more money is their only basis for action. So to them, even sending jobs to other countries makes perfect sense. But if you love America and value Americans, you would have to do everything possible to keep jobs here.

I would never say we couldn't or shouldn't amend corporate tax codes. But we also should make corporations who choose to try to offshore jobs and money pay a severe price for doing so. I'd drop corporate tax rates for companies with jobs here, but raise them sharply for those moving jobs or money offshore.
kuda

Cincinnati, OH

#20 Feb 14, 2016
Denny CranesPlace wrote:
<quoted text> Hi kuda.That is the problem with illegal aliens. Business owners want cheap labor and liberals want citizenship for them so they can vote Democrat. Without a border you don't have a country. Enforce the laws and fine companies who hire illegals. We have the highest corporate taxes in the world. Make business want to stay in America because it is their best self interest. Stop giving food stamps and welfare to illegals ! We need a carrot and a stick approach to those who want to move jobs over seas
Illegal immigration is an issue different from corporations outsourcing our jobs offshore, which was the subject of my post.

“Denny Crain”

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#21 Feb 14, 2016
kuda wrote:
<quoted text>
Illegal immigration is an issue different from corporations outsourcing our jobs offshore, which was the subject of my post.
I believe the two go hand in hand. You just have to know how to make it in a business interest to not out source. That can be through a taxing policy
kuda

Cincinnati, OH

#22 Feb 14, 2016
Denny CranesPlace wrote:
<quoted text>I believe the two go hand in hand. You just have to know how to make it in a business interest to not out source. That can be through a taxing policy
I strongly agree in principle that businesses could do much better for themselves, their investors and all Americans by behaving more responsibly in both regards that you cite. Instead, they've lapsed into behaving like slackers taking shortcuts to boost their immediate profitability but sabotaging their long term viability by wiping out the middle class through low salaries and unemployment, a middle class that would be their broad customer base if they could afford to be. The problem is that those who skim the majority of profits have no moral commitment to sustaining American capitalism for the broad base of our citizens and future generations.

“Denny Crain”

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#23 Feb 14, 2016
kuda wrote:
<quoted text>
I strongly agree in principle that businesses could do much better for themselves, their investors and all Americans by behaving more responsibly in both regards that you cite. Instead, they've lapsed into behaving like slackers taking shortcuts to boost their immediate profitability but sabotaging their long term viability by wiping out the middle class through low salaries and unemployment, a middle class that would be their broad customer base if they could afford to be. The problem is that those who skim the majority of profits have no moral commitment to sustaining American capitalism for the broad base of our citizens and future generations.
Companies look to the next quarter instead of the next decade :)
kuda

Cincinnati, OH

#24 Feb 14, 2016
Denny CranesPlace wrote:
<quoted text>Companies look to the next quarter instead of the next decade :)
Indeed, Denny! Thanks for daring to collude with your communist enemy.

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