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  •  There is in fact no evidence (5+ / 0-)

    that those 3000 jobs would be ending in the US.  Not even in the source article.  If you can prove it, go ahead.

    Hint: already discussed upthread.

    And as much as you wish it weren't about foreign aid, it is.  Period.

    •  And already answered upthread. (3+ / 0-)
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      And as much as you wish it weren't about foreign aid, it is.  Period.

      No, seriously, feel free to stop lying at any time about the actual positions of Obama's critics.  No one here has argued against foreign aid, and it's pure sophistry on your part to continue to pretend otherwise.

      Period.

      And since you skipped right over it the first time, here's the other half of the argument that you also keep ignoring:

      There are many, many, many other ways we could be propping up these economies that don't make them entirely dependent on the largess of software companies, and aren't susceptible to being shipped off to the next cheap labor market.

      You know, like maybe spend $10 million on roads and schools and hospitals, that would create far more than 3,000 jobs while having a far broader impact.  Or make a decade long commitment to buy food from Sri Lanka for the U.S. military, which would funnel money into their economy while helping to establish a sustainable commercial industry.

      You might have more of a case if Obama was working to reform NAFTA and the GATT and the WTO.

      You might have more of a case if Obama was pushing a serious stimulus at home, with long term projects to support long term demand combined with a CCC style program to put millions back to work, fast.

      You might have more of a case if Obama was backing a return of high marginal tax rates and other reforms to discourage companies from squeezing their workforce to gain ever last possible penny for executive compensation.

      But none of that is case.

      ThAnswr "If the administration can't fight for it's friends, don't expect us to fight their enemies."

      by Uberbah on Thu Aug 05, 2010 at 08:15:57 PM PDT

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    •  What is missing from everyone's (1+ / 0-)
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      radar here in regard to the argument of "this is taking away American jobs" is that Asia has a lot of  countries involved in IT and the language of IT is English. Period. Singapore is one example of a prime candidate for outsourcing to Sri Lanka, and English is spoken there. Ditto several others where English is the language of tech, if not the country's second language: Taiwan, Korea, Japan, etc. and the rising cost of living (therefore labor) in those countries is also prompting their own domestic companies (not necessarily American companies) to cast around for cheaper labor markets. So many here seem to think the US is the only country in the world that outsources or offshores IT jobs. It isn't. Maybe even Australia and New Zealand do, I don't know.

      This is American myopia, and as a US citizen who has - in the meantime - lived more years outside of the US than in it - I know this phenomenon very well. Here in Europe there is plenty of offshoring, too, so the fact that USAID is helping a devastated country a helping hand in upgrading its economy at the cost of American jobs is an assumption that is entirely without foundation.

      A proud supporting member of Native American Netroots

      by translatorpro on Thu Aug 05, 2010 at 08:40:50 PM PDT

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