American Proscenium

Outsourcing Our Future

Earlier this year, Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina defended her company’s decision to send American jobs to Asia by declaring, “There is no job that is America’s God-given right anymore.”  She probably did not mean to include CEO’s of Fortune 500 corporations in this statement—Hyderabad does not offer all the amenities she is used to, after all—but her blunt declaration that patriotism has no place in the board room perfectly captures the logic behind outsourcing.

Fiorina’s sentiments were echoed by Greg Mankiw, the chairman of President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors, who observed that “outsourcing is just a new way of doing international trade” that would help the U.S. economy “in the long run.”  President Bush’s response to outsourcing has been to denounce the “economic isolationists” who would rather see high-paying computer jobs stay in the United States.

The majority of Americans, however, do not share the One Worldism of the Fortune 500 and the Bush administration.  A recent Gallup Poll revealed that 61 percent of Americans are concerned that they or a friend or relative might lose a job to outsourcing.  The same poll showed that 85 percent of Americans feel that a candidate’s stand on outsourcing will be important in how they vote, with 58 percent saying that it will be “very important.” ...

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