Gee, who does David Perdue sound like?
It would be hard for Georgia Republican David Perdue to back away from his extensive career in outsourcing
jobs, now that a legal deposition in which he talked in detail about it is public. So maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that Perdue's response is that he's proud of his outsourcing work
, and also that it's Obama's fault:
“Defend it? I’m proud of it,” he said in a press stop at The White House restaurant in Buckhead. “This is a part of American business, part of any business. Outsourcing is the procurement of products and services to help your business run. People do that all day.”
The deposition was taken as part of a lawsuit in the bankruptcy of Pillowtex, a failed textile company where Perdue was CEO in 2002 and 2003. In remarks Monday, he attempted to draw a line between his business decisions and Washington policies.
“I think the issue that people get confused about is the loss of jobs,” he said. “This is because of bad government policies: tax policy, regulation, even compliance requirements. It puts us at a competitive disadvantage with the rest of the world. Even today, right now this administration has policies going on that are decimating industries today.”
I'm not sure people get "confused" about the loss of jobs so much as confusing people is the intent of all the bullshit rich CEOs like David Perdue shovel to justify race-to-the-bottom business practices. Of course none of this makes any sense, from attempting to connect a president in office beginning in 2009 to job loss in 2002-2003, to the suggestion that outsourcing manufacturing jobs from the United States to Asia would somehow not lead to job loss if only there were fewer regulations and taxes.
Again, Perdue is sort of trapped by the reality of his business career and the bluntness of his past words describing it. But it sure sounds like he thinks sending manufacturing jobs to wherever in the world wages are lowest is something a candidate for United States Senate should actively embrace. It's something any Georgia voter who makes less than $100,000 a year should think hard about before voting.
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