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U.S. Suspends Controversial Outsourcing Training Program
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10/27/2012 | 5:47:37 PM
re: U.S. Suspends Controversial Outsourcing Training Program
"Just because there is a call center in the Philippines which employs English speakers does not make it an outsourcing center for U.S. jobs. Other countries in the world also speak English - England, for example."

Fine, then those English speaking countries can pay to train the Philippino call center workers, rather than the American taxpayer, which has a demonstrably larger loss of call center jobs than all the other English speaking countries COMBINED. Your willful blindness to the CAUSE (training Business Process Outsourcing workers in Philippines) and EFFECT (outsourced American jobs admitted by the very same companies doing the outsourcing) just proves your crony capitalist myopia. Your belief in free markets doesn't mean that American taxpayers should pay for other nations' workforce training for free!

"A sad case of American isolationism and protectionism which is making our country just a little bit weaker and a little bit less safe."

Offshoring call center jobs ABSOLUTELY makes our country weaker in both financial and military ways! Given that the middle class, whose spending represents 70% of US GDP and is the very foundation of the American economy; why would anyone ever advocate reducing their spending, which is necessarily tied to their job losses due to offshoring? For every dollar of US income lost, GDP and tax revenue go down, but our government spending has to go up to pay for unemployment benefits. Meanwhile, our growing deficits diminish our ability to pay for military action and protection from terrorists around the world. Sounds like a LOSE - LOSE proposition to me!

Realize that offshoring business processes allow a company to take a massive tax break for the expenses of mass layoffs and setting up operations elsewhere, which necessarily reduces their profit and IRS tax debt. Furthermore, if that offshored business process is set up as a foreign subsidiary, any and all income derived from that process/subsidiary is not taxable by the IRS until that income is redistributed back to the US parent company, which may be years, if ever. So BILLIONS of US corporate profits are tied up in foreign banks, which are being invested in foreign economies and interests, but definitely not in the American economy. Such enlightened thinking by our corporate "partners", which would have you believe that these are the inevitable results of "globalization"! They are the result of GIANT US tax loopholes that have to be closed to stem the bleeding of the US economy.
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5/2/2012 | 12:42:34 PM
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Very sad that an industry-funded hack journalist can misrepresent a solid foreign aid project as "call center outsourcing" and have it shut down because of the spineless aid agency's fear of pushing back just a little bit in an election year. The point of that project, seemingly, was to try and train young people in a conflict-torn area with English-language skills that they can use to look for jobs in "healthcare; maritime services; travel and tourism services; business process outsourcing (BPO); and other areas of international employment". In case the nearsighted IT sector folks can't understand that, let's make it clearer. We don't want people fly airplanes into our buildings, and this is the kind of project that means to make us safer by reducing the supply of such people. Furthermore, all call center jobs on Earth do not belong to Americans. Just because there is a call center in the Philippines which employs English speakers does not make it an outsourcing center for U.S. jobs. Other countries in the world also speak English - England, for example. A sad case of American isolationism and protectionism which is making our country just a little bit weaker and a little bit less safe.
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4/30/2012 | 1:39:53 AM
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The fact that the program ever existed in the first place is a sign that we (the voters) need to do some serious house-cleaning in 2012. This isn't a choice between Democrats and Republicans since both parties have sold out - which is a natural result of our campaign finance laws.

We need to defeat Crony Capitalism. I'm all for capitalism, but not crony capitalism. Step one is to only vote for those who will support an amendment to the Constitution to define a person as a human being and to allow limitations to be placed on campaign contributions. They have argued that donating money is a protected form of speech; we need to address this in the Constitution.

There are many other things we need to do, but we won't be successful in those things until we first declare war on crony capitalism.

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4/26/2012 | 3:37:37 PM
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How about the outsourced jobs that are still existing at China and India. Has anybody forgotten about it? We should be more concerned on the outsourced jobs on these countries which for years and years have contributed to the unemployment of many American workers. Why do you pick on small Asian countries which have been allies of the US while keeping a closed eye on China which is intent on controlling the world.
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4/25/2012 | 6:16:39 PM
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Kudos to Information Week for stepping up to the plate and helping out the American workforce! I was beginning to wonder if you were only about the pros of outsourcing and not much about the cons. This proves you are willing to take a more balanced approach than all the cheerleaders out there for unrestrained capitalism. Good job!
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4/24/2012 | 6:05:49 PM
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"We have a serious jobs deficit in this country and the fact that we would spend U.S. taxpayer dollars to prepare foreign nationals to take over jobs that can easily be done by Americans is shocking"
He forgot to say "Cheaper"


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