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.