re: Sorry, But Outsourcing Isn't Evil
The real issues as I see them are actually quite clear. 1. Regardless of any quaint ideas of ethics or proper politics, labor will move to where it is performed at the least overall cost - to include the shipments of raw materials and finished goods. 2. The era of national borders as it relates to commerce are quickly coming to a close.
With these two thoughts in place I would point out to those who see the issues as involving class to wake up and look around. It certainly does involve management, if line-labor jobs are outsourced to another nation someone is supervising the effort and managing the effort, it is only directed from the US. Also, I would point out that if our national leades had handled the bankruptcy of GM and that of Chrysler properly there would certainly be foreign ownership and management of those firms - a lot of the managers of those companies would not be there. I would argue that it their direct failure to match the market demands, leading to their lack of profitability, that they, in fact, should absolutely not be there now.
When you really come down to the full realization of the purpose of a business it exists to do one thing - and one thing only. That purpose is to provide income for those who own the company. It does not exist to provide jobs or careers for company management. The company exists for those who own it. Capital for machines and technology, for hiring and salaries, is the cost of doing business - absolutely not its purpose.
Those of us who do not own a company, perhaps even do not own stock shares in one, must be aware of the dynamic. It is wonderful that companies treat us well and with humanity, it is also wonderful if they pay us fair wages and benefits for the effort we bring. The reality is that 'loyalty' does not figure anywhere in this paradigm. Just as the company will not think too hard on letting me go if my efforts are not a good fit, I should not think too hard on leaving if I can fit better with another employer.
All of the above said: If you want to end outsourcing we need to jump headfirst into the deep end and embrace technology to accomplish the results we want at the least cost. We must be better as individual producers within the companies we work for.