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Reader Opinions on the Offshoring Backlash

Only 5 percent of those who are offshoring today say public disapproval will cause them to cut back.

Backlash is not based on analysis, just emotion. If we do not outsource offshore, other foreign companies will. The search is on to produce quality goods at the lowest delivered cost.

I do believe there is some legitimacy in that companies outsourcing services and their clients are avoiding payroll taxes. I believe that a tax should be imposed to the extent the service is being utilized in the U.S.

Typical of misinformation that arises in an election year. It is a threat to business profitability and a clear case needs to be put forth in support of offshore outsourcing. The backlash is understandable given the information conveyed to the general public; companies must do a better job of explaining the overall benefits as opposed to focusing on the cost save/shareholder value aspects.

Our auto industry customers indirectly dictate that we outsource, through constant demands for price givebacks (3 percent to 10 percent annually).

Backlash is a direct reaction to the lingering malaise in the expected employment increases. No such reaction was demonstrated during the NAFTA shipping of jobs when the overall economy was seemingly more productive.

It is only more significant now because white-collar workers are being affected. Many people did not really care when it affected blue-collar workers.

Constantly seeking lower costs is the product of capitalism, on which the U.S. is based. The U.S. needs to find greater markets for all our USA products to create a boost to the U.S. economy to benefit us all.

The focus should not be on outsourcing, but on how we can remain competitive.

The backlash is understandable, but in today’s global economy, companies survive by building and preserving competitive advantage. It’s hard to argue against a U.S. company gaining a competitive advantage in a global economy, and simultaneously improving the economy of the offshore nation it outsources to.

We are in the midst of the same debate that we had when manufacturing was outsourced to China 5 to 10 years ago; finally the economic principles will prevail over politicians and debates.

I have a real problem with encouraging the youth of America to strive for a college education and then outsource these positions offshore.

I believe the public is not always well informed. Much of the work being moved off shore is work that U.S. employees rate as unsatisfying, repetitive, and not contributing to career development.

I see it the same as the backlash that we witnessed in the U.S. when companies that had traditionally not laid off people started to do so in the late ’80s. At first it was looked at in a very negative manner but in the long run it was good for the economy.

Can understand negative reaction, but economic “theory” suggests that offshore outsourcing should make the economy better — keeps prices low and makes companies focus on higher-value-added businesses.


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