IBM's Edward Orange, emphasizing that IBM manufactures products and delivers services in 170 countries, echoed Haas's point: "IBM goes wherever the talent and the market is." Orange is the Asia-Pacific director for IBM's Lotus unit, the article said.
Sun's Joe Hartley was even more blunt: "The policy may shrink global trade in the long run. Not every job can be outsourced. But a job has to be done at the right place and at the right time," according to the Economic Times, which also offered these statistics:
Indian subsidiaries of U.S. companies such as IBM, Sun, Microsoft, Oracle, and HP together employ over 150,000 people. IBM, which has more than 70,000 employees in India, sees no merit in U.S. government's protectionist policies.
This blog has pointed out on multiple occasions the near-impossibility of President Obama's desire to re-establish in today's interdependent global economy the outdated concept of "our jobs" and the supposed benefit of somehow attempting to sequester them within U.S. borders. And the blunt talk from these leading global IT corporations, which happen to be based in the United States, will surely intensify the debate over potentially disastrous protectionist policies.